Saudi woman continues fight to wed British beau
Three judges at the Court of Appeals in Makkah will review and rule on her case in the next few days
A Saudi woman who has been barred from marrying a Briton by a Jeddah court has taken her legal battle to the Court of Appeals in Makkah.
A judge of the Jeddah General Court had initially refused to approve the marriage of the academic to a British aviation engineer, who is Muslim.
He made the ruling after the woman filed an adhl (male guardians preventing women from getting married) case against her family.
The judge based his decision on a saying by the Caliph Omar that he would only marry off women of “good breeds” to men of the same social standard.
Three judges at the Court of Appeals in Makkah will review and rule on her case in the next few days.
The father, who is objecting to his daughter marrying a foreigner, has asked one of his sons to represent him.
His daughter is standing firm in her decision to marry the British man.
She cited a number of Ahadith (prophetic sayings) by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) asking families to allow their daughters to marry if they are satisfied with the ethics and religion of the suitors.
This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette.