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Man claims fiancee hid beard under niqab

An Arab ambassador said he decided to call off his wedding immediately after he discovered that his wife-to-be, who wears a niqab, was bearded and cross-eyed.

  • By Bassam Za'za', Senior Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 February 10, 2010
  • Gulf News

Dubai: An Arab ambassador said he decided to call off his wedding immediately after he discovered that his wife-to-be, who wears a niqab, was bearded and cross-eyed.

The ambassador claimed that the bride's mother deceived his mother, when she went to see his Gulf national wife-to-be, by showing her pictures of the bride's sister.

The Arab man, who also holds the title of minister plenipotentiary, claimed to a Sharia court judge in Dubai that the bride's family showed his mother photos of the bride's sister and not the woman he was going to marry.

Sources close to the case told Gulf News that the groom only saw the woman a few times. He did not realise that she had a beard because she wore the niqab the few times he met her, added the source.

"Every time the couple met, the bride would do her best not to reveal her entire face. After the ambassador and the woman, who is a physician, signed the marriage contract, the groom was sitting with the bride… he claimed to the Sharia court officials that when he wanted to kiss his wife-to-be, he discovered that she was bearded and cross-eyed as well," claimed the source.

The ambassador then decided to call off the wedding party and lodged a divorce claim alleging that he was tricked by his parents-in-law and incurred emotional and moral damage.

In his lawsuit, the groom also asked the bride to repay him his Dh500,000, the amount which he claimed he spent on jewellery, clothes and gifts.


During the trial, the bride asked the judge to dismiss the groom's lawsuit and demanded him to pay her alimony after the Arab called off the wedding party.

Gulf News also learnt that the ambassador requested the Sharia court to refer the Gulf national woman to a specialist to have her examined for hormonal deficiencies.

The court referred the bride to a specialist who countered the ambassador's claims and reported that she did not suffer any hormonal problems.

The court divorced the couple and rejected the groom's request that the pre-marriage gifts be returned.

Comments (13)

  1. Added 18:01 February 10, 2010

    I truly feel for the lady. I think the whole issue going out into the public may have humiliated and caused her even more emotional damage. I realize that parents only want the best for their daughters, but I think it was wrong for the Mother to show pictures of a different person. May Allah grant her strength and happiness.

    Amna, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 17:25 February 10, 2010

    For any successful marriage, I believe there should be love, loyalty, understand and respect between the groom and the bride. Beauty is always skin deep. I feel sorry for the woman who has suffered more emotional damage.

    Sujah Samson-Paul, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 17:05 February 10, 2010

    IN this case the MAN is is at fault who is going to marry a woman with out seen her face while this case has no relation with the naqab

    Kazim, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 17:05 February 10, 2010

    IN this case this MAN is senseless as he is going to marry a woman with seen her face while this case has no relation with the naqab.

    Kazim, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 14:55 February 10, 2010

    I agree with Ahmad, the way this article is written doesn't focus on the incident, rather destroys the image of women wearing a NIQAAB. May be the intent was more towards adding spice and making the article attractive.

    Danial Ahmad, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 14:25 February 10, 2010

    Well as I see it, the girl didn't want to get married to this guy... Cause if she did she would have at least shaved this beard of hers... Plus the Niqab doesn't usually cover the Eyes, so he should've spotted her Crossed Eyes earlier!!!

    Hiba, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 14:16 February 10, 2010

    Such people are a shame to our society who marry because of the looks. i believe he should then opt for some models and such articles will spoil the image of niqab as people might have the notion behind niqab is not religion but to hide one self.

    Mariam Mukhtar, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 14:03 February 10, 2010

    it does not ruin the image of niqab in anyway. im a person who respects all religions equaly. but using a religion for treachery is not acceptable and so the one who have done this have insulted the niqab. so they must be given some kinda of punishment.

    Anonymous, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 13:33 February 10, 2010

    Due to this incident, people think that wearing niqab is not good. Before marriage Bride's side they must inform whatever problem she has and also from Groom's side they must inform whatever problem he has. Hiding any information before marriage from both side is not acceptable. If not, this kind of problem will rise

    Jahabar Sathik Hakeem, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 13:25 February 10, 2010

    Something is odd about the man's statment, couldn't she go thru a laser treatment? isn't he able to take her to do laser treatment himself if he loves her? he just broke her heart. it is good they did not get married because from what I see there does not seem to be much love.

    Claudio Samaha, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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