Saudi Arabia bride divorced on wedding night

Groom comes under intense fire for insensitive, foolish action

09 Gulf News

Manama: A Saudi groom who divorced his bride on their wedding night has been branded “totally irresponsible” and “utterly insensitive.”

The couple has reportedly accepted to marry without meeting or seeing each other at least one time as is the custom with traditional families that allow the prospective groom and the future bride to exchange looks.

It was only on the wedding night, and as the female guests from the two families were celebrating the wedding, that the groom saw the bride’s face for the first time in the presence of a hired photographer who was getting ready to take their picture.

“You are not the girl I want to marry. You are not the one I had imagined. I am sorry, but I divorce you,” the groom told the bride, local daily Okaz reported on Sunday.

Under the shock, the bride had a nervous breakdown and broke into tears, drawing the attention of the guests who rushed to her and tried to understand how an evening of happiness was turning into a tragedy.

“He caused her great pain through his irresponsible attitude, and he deserves to suffer,” Afra, a social network user, said. “He should appreciate that beauty is in the character, not the face. Unfortunately, many young people today are interested only in looks and ignore values and morals. May God give her a better husband who will appreciate her for who and what she is.”

Abu Nass, another user, lambasted the groom.

“He is not man enough to assume his responsibilities,” he said. “He is totally, completely insensitive. Nobody has forced him to marry her. He should have insisted on seeing her before the wedding and the engagement, and not wait until the wedding night. May he always be a loser and may he be deprived of getting married at all. He is not a man and he lacks basic feelings,” Abu Nass said.

Khalid said that the whole case was a catalogue of errors.

“Even if it is a traditional wedding, the two families should have arranged for the man and woman to see each other so that there is no misunderstanding or misconception,” Khalid said. “If the two accepted each other, the marriage plans would proceed. If not, then everybody seeks another chance in life. But waiting for the wedding night is not right,” he said.

Badr said that the groom should have been more sensitive and thoughtful.

“Whatever the reasons, it is not acceptable or fair to divorce her on the wedding people as the two families are celebrating,” he said. “He was selfish and foolish.”


  • Osman

    Nov 17, 2014 4:59

    unbelievable what he does. i swear this not awareness and this guy is sick

  • Ali

    Nov 17, 2014 3:13

    This isn't a custom issue as the article clearly states that the couple were allowed to see each other but unfortunately didn't use this privilege, hence the result.

  • Hammad Ishrat

    Nov 17, 2014 2:31

    It's a misconception that the bride and groom are not allowed to see each other before the marriage and this is somehow Islamic, which is not.

  • Abidha Basheer

    Nov 17, 2014 1:34

    This is really pathetic!! People are becoming so insensitive towards feelings and relationships. It is important the would be's see each other before the whole wedding is set - why did both families ignore this custom? Why did the would be's not insist on seeing each other. Fault is on both sides! Parents often think they should decide everything and their children should just follow. This is what happens for raising children without giving them chance to make decisions in life!

  • SAM

    Nov 17, 2014 11:57

    Gulfnews you just love enabling comments on such topics to find people mocking some traditional behavior. It is clear that its tradition and that’s the consequences of it. However, it is not opened for mocking and brutal comments. I'd appreciate more respect.

  • Arif

    Nov 17, 2014 11:48

    The correct way is to see each other's face before marriage. That is the correct custom which could have avoided these anomalies.

  • Azeem Owaisi

    Nov 17, 2014 11:39

    how both families were agreed for this marriage even both groom and bride were not aware of this proposal before marriage. Our Islam says parent have to ask groom / bride interest, if they are happy and agreed with proposal they have then go ahead .... groom should not have divorced her.

  • mario

    Nov 17, 2014 11:23

    I agree with Zaid on this, there would have been so much disappointments averted.

  • zaid

    Nov 17, 2014 11:14

    The problem here basically lies not in the 2 individuals BUT in the bizarre custom that the two marry without even seeing each other. None of this would have ever happened if this bizarre custom had not existed and there would not have been any of this pain & dissapointment.

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unbelievable what he does. i swear this not awareness and this guy is sick


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