A Saudi court has ruled a woman cannot marry the man of her choice because he plays a musical instrument, which makes the couple religiously incompatible, reported AFP on 2 October 2018.
Women must get permission from male guardians–e.g. a father or brother– to do a range of things including getting married and applying for a passport.
Two years ago, the woman’s suiter asked for her hand in marriage. But her family objected.
In some parts of Saudi Arabia, “a man who plays a musical instrument is considered of inferior status and having a bad reputation”, AFP reported.
According to BBC, the woman asked lawyer Abdul Rahman al-Lahim to file a lawsuit against her brothers who had refused to allow her to marry the man because he “once played the oud (lute) and so was not considered religious”.
A lower court in the Qassim region sided with the family, agreeing that the couple could not wed. The judge said “Because the suitor plays a musical instrument he is unsuitable for the woman from a religious point of view,” according to BBC.
An appeals court recently upheld the verdict.