Saudi wants divorce after husband lifts her veil Never showed her face in 30 years of marriage DUBAI
A 50-year-old Saudi woman asked for divorce after her husband lifted her face veil while she was sleeping, local press reported.
For 30 years, the wife said she never showed her face to her husband in conformity with the tradition of her native village near the south western Saudi city of Khamis Mushayt.
"After all these years, he tries to commit such a big mistake," the wife told Saudi newspaper Al-Riyadh, after she left the house in total disbelief. She said the husband apologized and promised never to do it again.
This is not the first case of husbands who have not seen their wives' faces in decades.
In the past Al Arabiya has reported the case of Ali al-Qahtani, whose wife had been wearing the face veil for the entire ten years of their marriage. When he tried to take it off, she threatened to leave and only decided to stay after he swore never to try again.
Hassan Al-Atibi threatened to marry another woman if his wife didn't show him her face. The woman nominated one of her friends who doesn't observe this tradition as a possible new wife for him, saying this would be better than her showing her face.
And neither the husband or children of Om Rabea al-Gahdaray, 70, have ever seen her face. Al-Gahdaray says it is a family tradition, also followed by mother and sisters, which her husband accepted and never tried to change.
When asked how she could have kids without her husband ever seeing her face, she replied: "Marriage is about love, not faces." _
Comments posted by Muslim readers of Al Arabiya ADNAN Mr shame on alarabiya.net, as news articles like this one present arabs to be not only close minded, but retarded as well, islam is a great religion, but people like that have set the worst example of Islam to the western world, the veil is a tradition used by arab bedouins in general, not by islam!!!!, and posting such news in english gives islam a bad name, but again, i wish this was the worst thing that was done in the name of Islam, as it isnt, oh and if you (alarabiya) have the tiniest drop of dignity, you would not post such news in english for the whole world to see as this only happens in very rare numbers, but then again, im not surprised to see such an article coming from Alarabiya!! and i wouldnt be surprised if you dont publish my comment as this website does not believe in freedom of speech, because this website is a tool to try and give the middle easterns a fake idea about the american so called "Democracy" worst example of Islam Tariq shame on alarabiya.net because it always shows the worst example of Islam to the western world I'm not surprised !! because this article is from AlArabiya dying with laughter!!!!
Iciasomali This is so funny walahi, i don't even know where to begin. And to the people talking about dignity and that alarabiya should not have posted this GET A FREAKING LIFE, for gods sake ever heard of freedom of speech. This doesn't make arabs look stupid or retarded at all, it is just highlighting some stupid stuff which goes on in the Mideast. Next some of you will be saying don't post anything which doesn't put arabs in good light e.g. bombings, beheadings etc i guess the list can go on.
TRUE ISLAM Tajalli This is selective obscure instance of rarest of rare family custom being masquaraded as ISLAMIC pervasive custom by self-hating west worshipping Al Arabiya reportage.Why doesn't he write about values funny abdikadir its better to write some thing better than this its madness i mean they are sick you say she dont show her face to her children and her husband so you think they are normal ppl. alarabiya dont show the bad image to the west they think muslim are like this every country have sick ppl like this islam is the best religion.
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Personally, i go by the adage each to their own. I have long found many of the Islamic traditions to be both beautiful and fascinating despite not following them myself.
Every culture has beliefs and traditions that appear to others as absurd. However that is just a part of being different.
This article simply showcases a part of a culture which to those of us who do not live in such a way does admittedly seem rather absurd. But in another way it shows an amazing side to the culture. Imagine a relationship based ENTIRELY on what you feel rather than what you see.
The western countries have become very... superficial and vain. I am not as thin as some, or as tall as others, i am not blonde and my eyes are an ordinary green and i don't tan well. Thus i am not the ideal beauty that so many look for.
Which brings the qauestion... does it truly matter to be married to somebody whose face you have never seen? If you truly care for that person... who cares what they look like. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder right?
To the romantic among us... one might think that such a love is purer due to it being based on personality rather than physical traits. Imagine being loved for who you are... rather than your dress size.
(Sorry... i tend to ramble)