Saudi Arabia: Men can divorce their wives with nothing more than a text message

Text messages are powerful because they’re ubiquitous, easy to create and consume, relatively cheap, and can be used to do things such as deliver mobile banking to countries where no previous banking infrastructure had existed before, alert the police when someone has trespassed on your property, and even pay for a public toilet. Now there’s yet another thing SMS is capable of doing: divorcing your wife. I wish I was making this stuff up. In Saudi Arabia a married couple had an argument, nothing out of the ordinary, right? After the quarrel the husband sends a text message to his wife telling her that he may as well divorce her. The woman goes to a judge, tells him what happens, and because of how the law of Islam is structured, she is granted the divorce.

Will this precedence begin a massive collapse of marriages? What’s to stop a woman from stealing her husband’s phone, sending herself a text message saying “it’s over bitch, we’re done!”, and then showing it to a judge and getting out of an abusive relationship with relative ease? I’m not one to judge how the laws of another nation operate, much less another religion, but this is rather funny, shocking, and slightly depressing if you ask me.

Whatever happened to “till death do us part” or at least keeping a marriage afloat for the sake of appearances while both parties lead separate lives with different lovers? Too old school, too classic, too idealistic, too French? Maybe, but marriage as an institution and a concept has been diluted to the point of irrelevance thanks to court orders such as this one and the extremely high rate of divorces in many parts of the world.

What say you: awesome use of 160 characters or horrible way to leave someone you once cared for?

  • Mrtah

    You are kidding right?

    I’m Saudi and thats not the low of Saudi Arabia or Islam !!

    The divorce should be said verbally and registered at court to be valid.

    I won’t waste my time explained, if you want the truth you can find it ..

  • CommonSense

    DO you have any idea how women are treated in the Saudi world? they are usually worth less than cars (which they are not allowed to drive).

    The story within the story is that it is cool to see a court in this country granting some power to a woman.

  • Ialsulby

    Hi there
    I am a Saudi also and it is really funny to see such news as if Saudis are living on another plant and it would be hard to find the news. When I was kid I was watching in the TV the western life style and being tough that anything from the west is full of sins and we should not follow. Now after many years, things changed in this part of the world and we understand the others much better, however, these others are still thinking of Saudis just like what we used to think of them many years back. Not in the same way for sure, but with the same wrong methods.

    We need you to know more about us, our religion, our problems, our cultures, our politics, we are having far interesting storys that we are proud of and parts we are ashame of, just like you if you can imagine.
    Stop acting like a meter of the right and wrong. Please, we been there it was so inhuman.

    • all mighty

      ok, ok, ok…. now go and get 3 of your 6 wifes some whipping…

    • all mighty

      ok, ok, ok…. now go and get 3 of your 6 wifes some whipping…

  • Ialsulby

    Hi there
    I am a Saudi also and it is really funny to see such news as if Saudis are living on another plant and it would be hard to find the news. When I was kid I was watching in the TV the western life style and being tough that anything from the west is full of sins and we should not follow. Now after many years, things changed in this part of the world and we understand the others much better, however, these others are still thinking of Saudis just like what we used to think of them many years back. Not in the same way for sure, but with the same wrong methods.

    We need you to know more about us, our religion, our problems, our cultures, our politics, we are having far interesting storys that we are proud of and parts we are ashame of, just like you if you can imagine.
    Stop acting like a meter of the right and wrong. Please, we been there it was so inhuman.

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