The consular bureau at the U. Department of State from the mids until distributed a document titled " Marriage to Saudis ," offering straight-talking advice to American women contemplating tying the knot with Saudi men. As Martin Kramer describes what he calls "a minor classic by an anonymous diplomat": For prospective spouses, "Marriage to Saudis" constituted an official tutorial in Saudi culture; for others, it served as a fascinating example of practical anthropology, school of hard knocks.
Confused and need advice- Older U. Department of State from the mids until distributed a document titled " Marriage to Saudis ," offering straight-talking advice to American women contemplating tying the knot with Saudi men.
As Martin Kramer describes what he calls "a minor classic by an anonymous diplomat": It is remarkable for its undiplomatic and anecdotal tone, so distant from the department's standard bureaucratic style.
For prospective spouses, "Marriage to Saudis" constituted an official tutorial in Saudi culture; for others, it served as a fascinating example of practical anthropology, school of hard knocks.
Here is a choice excerpt: The donning of the black abayas and face veils American citizen wives swear that the transformation in their Saudi husbands occurs during the transatlantic flight to the Kingdom. There is the universal recollection of approaching Riyadh and witnessing the donning of the black abayas and face veils by the fashionably dressed Saudi women.
For many women, the Saudi airport is the first time they see their husband in Arab dress i. For those American women reluctant to wear an abaya the all-encompassing black cloak and for those Saudi husbands who did not make an issue of the abaya prior to arriving, the intense public scrutiny that starts at the airport—given to a western woman who is accompanying a Saudi male—is usually the catalyst for the eventual covering up.
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Since the overwhelming majority of American citizen wives never travel to the Kingdom prior to their marriage, they are abruptly catapulted into Saudi society. Despite its affectionate title, the document includes a warning against Catholic women marrying Muslim men.
Here is the key passage: When, for example, a Catholic woman and a Muslim wish to marry, If the marriage is registered with a consulate of the Islamic country of origin, the Catholic party must beware of reciting or signing documents containing the shahada profession of the Muslim belief.
In any case, the marriage between a Catholic and a Muslim, if celebrated in spite of all this, requires not only canonical dispensation but also the support of the Catholic community both before and after the marriage. One of the most important tasks of Catholic associations, volunteer workers and counselling services will be to help these families educate their children and, if need be, to support the least protected member of the Muslim family, that is the woman, to know and insist on her rights.
It's remarkable that, multiculturalism notwithstanding, such institutions as the U. May 16, Dec. Further, if an Italian woman marries a Muslim immigrant and they move to his country of origin, her rights are "not guaranteed in the way they are in Italy or in other Western nations.
Stephen Fumio Hamaoa Japanese Catholic cardinal, wrote in about the "bitter experiences" of European women who marry Muslims. Because our country receives people of all nationalities, cultures and religions, you may meet and develop a relationship with a Muslim man.
He may be especially attractive because of his dark good looks, education, financial means and the interest he shows in you. You may be excited that you have found the 'tall, dark and handsome man' you have been looking for. His sweet words and attention may blind you regarding the influence of his Muslim religion and culture.
Because we have freedom of religion, he may agree that you can keep your religion and you may think there will be no problem with such a marriage. Do not be deceived and become a victim of his religion which has very oppressive rules regarding women's status and rights.
Such a marriage will cause you great heartache. The rest of the tract consists of quotations from the Koran and the Hadith, followed by various counsels: Do not be naive and become a victim. Very often there is a motive behind such a marriage.
While you may be in love, a Muslim man could just be using you to obtain legal immigrant status and citizenship. You must be warned that Islam is more than a religion; it is a way of life, a complete code of the 7th Century pagan Arabian culture that Muslims want to force non-Muslims to adopt.
If there is ever a dispute between you and your Muslim husband, he only needs to travel to a Muslim country and Islamic law, which favor men, would apply. The Muslim's mind is ingrained with the teachings of the Koran and his Muslim culture which favor men. It does not matter whether he practices Islam or not.
Becoming a Muslim's wife would mean you are sacrificing your freedom. If you hope to have a successful married life, consider finding a Christian man. If you are married to a Muslim, never even consider giving up your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ under any situations.
June 25, update: But not all the advice against intermarriage is directed to non-Muslim women. AKI reports today that, in response to the growing number of Moroccan women who are marrying European men, Sheikh Mohammed al-Tawil of FezMorocco insisted in an interview with Al-Arabiya television that marriage between Moroccan women and non-Muslim European men is unacceptable.
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