This article, translated by Arab News from the Arabic daily Al-Madinah, notes that through a new law, Morocco is doing more to protect Saudi women and their marriages than the Saudi government itself. Saudi men often marry Moroccan women for a variety of reasons, including the fact that as they are generally not well-educated, they take more abuse than Saudi women. Distressingly, Saudi men will end up marrying a woman in Morocco without every advising their current wives in the KSA, at least until they bring them to the Kingdom as second, third, or fourth wives. Needless to say, this can come as a shock to their Saudi wives.

Now, Morocco requires that any prior wives must be notified and Saudi court approval be granted before such a marriage can take place. That’s a good move by the Moroccans to protect their own female citizens. It works well for Saudi women as well.

Good News to Saudi Wives
Nabilah Mahjoub, Al-Madinah

Some men believe that it is their right to lie and deceive when they intend to get married. They do everything that is against religion just to achieve their objective, even if this includes cheating, lying and depriving others of their rights.

There is good news for worried and terrified women who fear their husbands may be visiting Morocco in the near future. From now on, you can rest in peace and relax even if your husband decides to go for an extremely long trip to Morocco. However, the same is not true if he decides to go somewhere apart from Morocco.

The issue of men taking second wives is worrying not only when they decide to travel abroad but also inside the Kingdom. Marriage is something that is promoted nowadays especially by imams and marriage officials, who are doing a great job in marrying off both old and young married men.

I received an e-mail about a news item published in Al-Jazirah newspaper detailing that the Interior Ministry had issued a memo about the regulations that the Moroccan authorities have put in place for Saudi citizens interested in marrying Moroccan women and the documents that they need to process the marriage.

The memo mentioned that married men are required to obtain a written consent from their first wives besides a court approval. The memo said that the wife’s consent was very important. Now, husbands cannot deceive their wives. Unless a wife approves her husband’s marriage, there is no chance of him ever getting married in Morocco. Many countries are working toward helping their citizens by putting in place a set of rules and conditions that govern marital relationships and protect the rights of women married to foreigners.

May:04:2007 - 21:52 | Comments & Trackbacks (14) | Permalink
14 Responses to “Morocco Protects Saudi Wives”
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    Saudi Stepford Wife Said:
    May:05:2007 - 11:33 

    I’m sure that many people will try to argue the Islamic legalities of this, claiming that a husband is not required to tell his first wife. This is a purely a secular law created to protect the country’s citizens and I applaud this move. I hope to see similar laws like this passed in nations like Syria, Jordan, Algeria, and Indonesia amongst other places whose women are exploited by unethical, Khaliji men on bride-shopping expeditions. Men who intend to treat a second wife with dignity, respect, and who intend to grant her rights similar to those of his Saudi wife will have no objections in complying with this new law.

    This will greatly improve the quality of life for Moroccan women who go to KSA as second wives. Instead of being greeted by a hostile atmosphere in a country where she is alone and doesn’t have family to protect her, she may received in a more welcoming manner.

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    Jillian Said:
    May:06:2007 - 10:16 

    Great post; thank you! I’m going to link to it as well as your blog…feel free to link to mine as well if it interests you.

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    The Morocco Report Pinged With:
    May:06:2007 - 10:40 

    [...] Crossroads Arabia, a blog written by an American in an effort to put Saudi Arabia “into context” for foreign readers, reported on May 4th that a new law in Morocco will help both Moroccan and Saudi women. The article, written by Nabilah Mahjoub, was translated for Arab News from Al-Madinah, an Arabic daily, and appears below: Good News to Saudi Wives by Nabilah Mahjoub [...]

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    MoRocco Said:
    May:11:2007 - 08:40 

    great article! it really is a big issue.. morocco is doing a great thing!

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    Mara Said:
    May:23:2007 - 01:53 

    Hi there…i would like to ask question about Filipinas who are married back home (Philippines) and still able to have an affair with a single man or married man in Saudi Arabia. The question is, how did they get away with it? Why is it that some Filipino family encourage those people to stay in one of their rooms in a rented unit just for these people to sleep in. Aren’t they afraid of what might happened if the Saudi government learn about this? What did the Saudi government do about it? Are they aware about it or not?

    Please i need comments about this case as my friend who is working in Khobar as a nurse told me that this is really happpening in AL-Khobar.


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    Mara Said:
    May:23:2007 - 01:56 

    It was a great article indeed! Its nice to know that Morocco government are doing something to protect their people. I wish other countries will do the same.


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    John Burgess Said:
    May:23:2007 - 07:44 

    You’re asking a complicated question. There are, indeed, situations in which a domestic worker illicitly ‘has an affair’ with someone. This, as elsewhere in the world, has its risks of discovery. Just what those risks are depends on who is involved, how and where the affair is conducted, etc.

    There are also, unfortunately, situations in which a domestic employee is forced into an ‘affair’ with a member of the household. This is frequently just a euphemism for rape.

    Penalties for illicit sexual affairs differ in detail, but can include prison, flogging, and always deportation if discovered. Punishments for the male, unfortunately, often depend on his or his family’s status within the country.

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    Abu Sinan Said:
    May:23:2007 - 21:38 

    This is very common in Saudi Arabia. Having sex with the maid is almost a rite of passage for many Saudi teen aged boys.

    I dont really think it to be an affair, because an affair works in the idea that it is consensual. In most cases it is not much more than rape.

    The idea is that you sleep with your Saudi boss or you go back to where you came from. When you realise that these maids are often the main bread winner for their familes back in the Philipines, Sri Lanka or Pakistan, they have little choice.

    When it is caught they are often just shipped back to their home country without their back wages. If anyone is punished it is the female.

    The life of the domestic worker in Saudi is really awful. The stories I have heard are terrible. Whereas I have not seen it first hand in Saudi, my wife and her family have made it clear. We also had a maid here who worked in Saudi for 8 years and she said it was a nightmare.

    I can attest that it is very common throughout the Middle East. I have seen it in Jordan and Lebanon. The rates of abuse, rape and suicide are very high. Often the deaths are recorded as “suicide” but it is very clear that the lady was murdered.

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    Abu Sinan Said:
    May:23:2007 - 21:41 

    As to Morrocan wives, many of the girls are literally sold to Saudi men. They are usually older men, often in their 50s and 60s, looking to marry a young virgin girl.

    They go to Morroco because they can buy (and it is buying) a young virgin girl for a few hundred dollars. In Saudi a similar girl’s family would demand a dowry in the tens of thousands of dollars.

    I feel sorry to the 14 year old Morrocan girl sold to the 65 year old Saudi man because her father needs money to feed the rest of the family.

    She will live a miserable life in Saudi, be given no rights, and then shipped back to Morroco when he dies.

    But this isnt just Morroco, it happens in Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen and many other places. It isnt just Saudis either, it happens usually with men from all over the Gulf.

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    John Burgess Said:
    May:23:2007 - 22:00 

    And it’s not just the Gulf, either. This kind of behavior, if less common, is not unheard of in any Western country, including the US. It happens in India and Pakistan; it happens in China and Japan. It’s formally known by the name ‘Trafficking in Persons’ as the victims aren’t only women.

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    Ahmed Said:
    January:09:2010 - 23:45 

    Saudi men should not come to Morocco to marry our women. They should stay away and marry their women. Why do they come to Morocco and spread their filth. We don’t want them to come to Morocco. We want the good people to come to Morocco, not the men who cheat on their wives. The money to spend on a second wife should be given to the Palestinians. Saudi are famous for wasting money. go spend your money on good things and don’t come to Morocco.

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    Chiara Said:
    January:10:2010 - 13:33 

    Interesting post. Thanks Ahmed for commenting here and bringing it to my attention. I am married to a Moroccan and in my experience your sentiments are shared by a number of Moroccans. However, others are more than happy to have the Saudi money earned by the tourist industry, and sad to say, to have Saudi “attention” to their daughters. That is what poverty brings in its wake.

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