Saudi Arabia: What is the Impact if a Foreign Wife is not Muslim?

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Many people will automatically assume if a western wife is married to a Saudi that she likely converted to Islam. However Saudi men (and actually all muslim men) are allowed to have wives from either the Christian or Jewish (Abrahamic) faiths. It is not required or mandatory that a western wife become a muslim due to marriage to a muslim. But what is the impact if a foreign (western) wife of a Saudi is not a muslim and living in the Kingdom? Is she treated differently? Is she as readily accepted?

There’s not a “one size fits all” answer and the impact will depend much on the woman, her Saudi husband and the Saudi family into which she marries. In most cases a foreign (western) wife will be more readily accepted if she is a muslim but then one can debate on whether a foreign (western) wife is ever truly accepted by the family into which she marries.

It is not unusual for a foreign wife of a Saudi who is not muslim to receive pressure from different fronts such as the husband’s family and other muslims with whom she comes into contact to convert. Some foreign Saudi wives simply converted to islam rather than face the familial pressure from the husband’s family or for fear of being rejected overall. As most are aware, this is not the reason why one should convert to Islam but I am pointing it out in that it does happen for the reason I cited.

If the foreign wife of a Saudi is not muslim it will also restrict her travel in the Kingdom. She would be unable to accompany her husband or his family to the holy areas in Makkah and Medina. Maybe for some that would not be a big deal but for others it could be an issue.

I do not have young children here in Saudi Arabia so I cannot comment if there is an impact with a non-muslim wife of a Saudi and her children. I am speculating that there would be much pressure for the children to be raised as muslims regardless of how strongly the non-muslim wife may view her chosen faith. In fact it is expected that any children born of a Saudi father are muslim and would be raised accordingly.

However it is all too easy to inadvertently assume and assume wrongly in Saudi Arabia what a foreign wife of a Saudi’s chosen faith could be. I believe it is fair to say there are degrees in which muslims practice their faith where some women are very comfortable and desire to fully cover and perhaps veil where other muslim (converts) may be comfortable maintaining the style of their culture such as not veiling or covering their hair. But chances are a muslim following these practices will likely be assumed to not be a muslim by the individual who may not know her. The first assumption will likely be is that she is Christian and married to a Saudi. Because she does not conform as the majority of women, even in spite of being muslim, there may be distinctions in how she is treated and accepted.

This post was written in response to the specific question from a reader on the impact if a foreign wife is not muslim. I believe I’ve thrown out some points and thoughts for consideration and discussion. Now I eagerly look forward to hearing your views.

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38 Responses

  1. This is an interesting topic. It seems Saudi culture is more conservative in this regard too. An article I read on international divorce also specifies that in some Muslim countries the mother stands a better chance of getting child custody if she is a Muslim and remains in the country. Another not so spiritual reason for converting.

    At least in my experience, in Morocco there is no family or official pressure on the foreign wife to convert, but it is understood that the children are Muslim and will be raised Muslim. The Moroccan marriage contract (based on Islamic family law) specifically states that by this contract the couple are free to have sex, and are to have children who will be raised Muslims. It also specifically states and preserves the right of the woman to her own monotheistic Abrahamic religion. In order to marry she must be represented by her father or a man from her religion. In my case, my father provided a notarized letter giving his consent, and it was a member of the diplomatic corps from the Spanish Embassy who stood in for him. No one has ever suggested I convert, and great pains were taken by the family court officials to make clear my religion and protect my rights.

    The hijab probably goes a long way to blur the appearance of Christian and Muslim women.

    Jewish woman and Muslim man is also a possible combination–though rarer. Interesting that the children would be Jewish by Jewish law and Muslim by Islamic law.

    Thanks for this post!

  2. a Saudi would have to be crazy to marry a Jewish woman. We all know what the Quran says, however, politics loom larger than the Quran REGARDLESS of what KSA likes to portray.

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  4. Ive always wondered why children of any religious parents are considered active members of that religion even when they are toddlers etc…

    example…children born of Muslim parents (or at least the father is Muslim) are considered Muslim…even though the requirements for being Muslim are, for one, having the maturity and intellect etc to make the decision…how can a child make that decision…of course they cant. So they are, in fact raised into a religion in which they had no choice in the matter…they didnt actively choose to believe in God…to believe the Prophet is Gods Prophet etc…its just something they are raised from birth to believe…but considering they never had the choice to believe or not…I wonder really…how does that impact them as Muslims, Christians…whatever?

    God doesnt want sheep Im assuming…and children raised by religious parents into a faith in which they had no active choice in choosing for themselves…are basically sheep.

    But then when they do reach maturity…some of them decide the religion of their parents isnt right for them…then all Hell breaks loose. Something wrong with that picture…

    Sorry to get a bit off thread…but this post brought this thought up…

    btw…for the 2 years I was married and not actually a Muslim…people assumed I was a Muslim simply because my husband forced me to wear the hijab…when I told them I wasnt actually a Muslim…they acted surprised…

    Then why do you wear the hijab? was asked of me many times…(something I asked myself and him many many times)…this is when I started wondering about the whole hijab equals Muslim woman thing…before I even became a Muslim. Funny thing is …I went on to wear the hijab for 20 years…and people still asked me whether I was muslim…AFTER I became a Muslim and openly practiced it…talk about confusion.

  5. I think it largely depends on the husband and the family how things will go for the woman. I’ve known a couple of women who remained non muslims LONG after their marriages. But these women were all Aramcons and lived an Aramco life. The children are Saudis, hence assumed Muslim and raised that way To suggest anything else is an entire legal issue within Saudi. The children will go to saudi schools, unless they get permission for an international school (and that is harder to achieve now) and will be taught as Muslims from KG on.

    I’ve known couples that are not religious to the point of really ya can’t even call the man a Muslim (no praying, no fasting, no nothing) who celebrate christian holidays ect but these are a minority. And in this situation you run the risk of being left with an angry husband who blames the wife for the straying of the entire family, especially his girls.

    As for covering, perhaps it is a regional issue because in Khobar not all Muslim women cover in fact many do not. So one can’t assume based on covering if the woman is a Muslim. I haven’t met one non muslim woman in khobar who covers her hair.

  6. Interesting comments.

    Nzingha–I didn’t realize that one required permission to send Saudi children to international schools. Much more restrictive than elsewhere, where only the money matters,

    Mariam and all–is it politics or culture and tribe that makes the Jewish woman-Muslim man so impossible a combination? (Gaddafi is such a combination).

    Coolred–an interesting point about sentience and religion, since all Abrahamic religions seem to decide religion by birth–with varying degrees of formalizing it later. And like Nzingha’s comment yours points to hijab being local practice as religious cover.

    Anyone know someone or experience pressure to convert, or family dynamics like the one Nzingha described?

  7. With all due respect, I cannot imagine that a non-Muslim wife of a Saudi man, living in Saudi Arabia, could have much of a family life. Islam enters into every aspect of Saudi life, even when one lives in a foreign compound. It’s hard enough for Muslim foreign wives to establish themselves within the husband’s environment; what about the non-Muslim foreign wives? Why would a non-Muslim, non-Arab woman marry a Saudi and live in the Kingdom? I’m asking seriously, not facetiously.

    As for children, no matter how they are raised, they know they arise from a religiously divided household. How do they reconcile the fact that Mom believes differently from everyone else?

    Later in life, these children may feel free to convert to any religion. I was raised in a religiously divided household. As soon as we kids became of age, we left religion altogether. As middle-aged adults, we’ve come back, to five different faiths!

    Religion is one topic that cannot be discussed in my family of origin!

  8. Marahm wrote:

    “How do they reconcile the fact that Mom believes differently from everyone else?”

    I have wondered about something similar to this. How does Mom if she is firm in her faith (e.g. believing Jesus is the only way to God as He claims in John 14) reconcile the fact that her dear children *have* to be taught another way to God? I cannot comprehend this in matters of eternity. This is why I could never marry a Muslim and raise my kids that way. I’d forever think my family and I would not spend eternity together … how sad is that? Just not for me.

    Anyway…I really enjoyed this post.

  9. Marahm and Susanne–I enjoyed your perspectives, thank you.

    I can easily imagine an Abrahamic couple living happily and raising their children happily. Partipation in the family, social, and cultural rituals accompanying religious events does not require religious conversion. Non-members of the faith are only precluded from certain activities and certain religious duties. Also, most Muslim countries have separate laws (at least family law) depending on the individual’s faith. As I mentioned above, some women convert to have better rights regarding their children.

    In interfaith households knowledge about and respect for each other’s religion sets the tone for the children, and having ready answers for their concerns will alleviate their fears about one parent’s beliefs. Many people follow a pattern of a loss of faith or piety and a later return to a religion or a conversion, even if they were raised in a same faith household.

    A given extended family’s demands might be different, and religion and piety can be used in family dynamics as tools of rivalry, superiority, divisiveness, etc., which is something I wondered about in relation to this post.

    In my own case, while no one suggests I convert,
    one very competitive brother-in-law has done this as part of a broader cultural “People like you…people like us… ” (unfortunately using these exact phrases) eg. “People like you can live far away from family, but people like us have family values” (also very unfortunately exact words and the man has a highly prestigious degree done on a highly prestigious scholarship abroad); and, one other sister-in-law gains status by her and her family’s religiosity.

    As far as raising children and eternity goes. In general the more liberal the faith practice of the parents the easier this is to reconcile. Very conservative, and certainly fundamentalists would have a harder time. Perhaps from the Islamic viewpoint they would be inspired by the Jewish and Christian wives of the Prophet. Since Islam values Isa/Jesus highly including believing he is the messiah and will return, the only truly incompatible part for a Christian is the Holy Trinity, and the actual death (as opposed to being replaced with an imposter). Judaism doesn’t recognize Jesus/Isa as a messiah nor Mohamed as a prophet but Islam does recognized Moses/Musa.

    Since it is all the same Yahweh/God/Allah and eternity
    family would all in the same heaven (hopefully! :-) )

    As an example ( not a political statement :-) )
    Jehan el Sadat was raised Islamically by a Christian mother who never converted but did make sure her children were educated in Islam, said their prayers, and fasted with them; and, she considers herself a Muslim and raised Muslim children.

    Sorry to be long but the post and comments are stimulating of thought.

  10. As a foreign (muslim) wife of a Saudi, I meet so many other “Saudi wives” and have to say they are divided pretty evenly between those who are or are not muslim. And at least from an ‘outsiders’ eyes, that does not on the surface appear to cause any problems but of course one may now know what pressures (if any) are applied by other Saudi family members. So I guess to you Marahm, it does indicate that a couple will marry for love but also that love includes a respect and understanding of each others faiths regardless of location.

  11. “a couple will marry for love but also that love includes a respect and understanding of each others faiths regardless of location.” –exactly!

  12. PS I should have been clearer that my brother-in-law doesn’t care about my religion or conversion but only in one-upping however he can. Fortunately no one else does that, especially not my husband, who saw pictures of me in hijab in Iran and was verrrrry uncomfortable.

  13. You can consider yourself a muslim all you want, but by praying and fasting, you are still not a muslim a la Jehan Sadat. You MUST profess the faith.

    To answer Chiara, Jews lived in saudi until the 1960′s and intermarriage was common. So rather than cultural/tribal, I think it is political. People are always shocked to find out how many tribes were Jewish in saudi and yemen. Unfortunately, it was a Jewish tribe who “betrayed” the followers of Mohammed (pbuh) in Mecca – so some people always looked “askance” at Jews, regardless of their abrahamic roots.

    Interesting Post.

  14. idk, the profession of faith is stated in every prayer, five times a day.

    You raise that right index finger and declare your shahada. New Muslims say it for the first time, established Muslims renew it over and over …. alhamdulilah

    I know what you mean, and I don’t know about Jehan Sadat … but can you just say alone before only Allah? … is that enough and then you practice?

    I don’t know … can you tell me?

  15. I am reminded of the movie “Not Without My Daughter” for some reason! :-P

    I would think people would have issues (esp the family) if the wife isn’t a Muslim and most important would be the religion of the children.

  16. mariam- it is assumed that certain people are ‘born muslim’ those born to two muslim parents are even those born to a Muslim man. The assumption is that the child is a Muslim. Hence the calling of adhan in their ear, circumcising boys as a infant, and raising that child as a Muslim and even inheriting as a Muslim in case of death of parents ect. A child born into a Muslim household doesn’t have to declare shahadda like a convert who would before than be known as a non muslim. The profession of faith goes beyond a matter of the heart and into the public realm of identifying a muslim in the larger community. But one doesn’t have to keep professing that article of faith when they go to a new masjid for instance, for they are assumed Muslims if they bow in worship as everyone other Muslim there. Hence why scholars make no distinction with apostates if they are ‘born’ or ‘chosen converts’

    I think Susan summed it up really nicely that an established Muslim renew their faith w/ the shahadda in salah five times a day.

  17. What is it to be “chosen” though? …

    I think anytime, a Muslim, either born into an established Muslim family or one who has embraced the progression of faith by declaring their shahada, and who wakes each day and falls to sleep each night with the intention – a very sincere one – to be foremost muslim (in the verb) to better embrace Muslim in the noun …. is chosen.

    During this past Ramadan, the approach of Allah has chosen you in addressing those (in this case it was me) was presented …. But Allah has chosen each and every one of us who strive with sincere constancy in our love for Him … despite the sometimes harsh lessons and difficulties we face.

    To sleep each night with a prayer and intention of “Have I done my best in accordance with Your guidance, and if not, to try better the next day, mindful of Allah.

    Apostasy? It’s on many levels … there are some who profess the faith yet have in their hearts such … there are those who see the “big three” as one faith … posing an interesting twist on concept of the trinity don’t you think? ;) with the seal of the Prophets and the completion of the messages in Muhammad.

    Sometimes, actually most times, I see Islam as a river, pure and clean, refreshing. It flows through many lands and cultures, and if we venture as though in a boat, along this river or walk it along its banks … it’s still the same river, regardless of the lands and cultures it traverses through. Sometimes the brush is too high, too thick and it takes time getting through it to see how it has depth in some places, is marshy in others, is the wetlands of new birth and creation, are and torrents and rapids and waterfalls of our difficulties.

    Islam and Muslim are indeed nouns … but they’re also verbs. And sometimes, as it definitely seems to me, the verb of the noun can be quite interesting and perplexing.

    We all journey to straighten the lines and fill in the gaps, don’t we?

  18. @Nzingha;

    even if you are a non-saudi muslim – you need the Ministry of Education Approval to send you child to an international school.

    been there – done that

  19. I’ve really enjoyed reading all the recent comments — good food for thought!

  20. Thank you all for your further comments and answers to my questions.

    Just to clarify, Jehan el Sadat was “born Muslim” because of her Muslim father, but was “raised Muslim” by her father, Christian mother, and Muslim extended family. Jehan does identify as a Muslim, it was her mother who taught the rituals, and fasted without converting. Sorry, on re-reading my comment, that was unclear.

    In my experience, in every religion the main concern is the religion of the children, and the spouse’s religion is only a concern because of that, either because of the birth religion or how they will be raised. There is less concern about conversion as long as the children are born and raised in the religion.

    Mariam–thank you for clarifying the political aspect re: jewish-muslim interfaith marriages. The 60′s was a time of rising nationalisms, and the Jews were newly discriminated against in some countries or even expelled.

    Turkishmom–thanks for further clarifying the required permission to attend international school. It is more obviously an issue of religion rather than culture.

  21. BTW Tara umm Omar did a similar post to this and referenced this post. Some interesting comments including a story of a happy Jewish-Muslim marriage.

  22. Hi, i’m a hindu married to a saudi muslim, I was born a hindu and will die one :-) lived in saudi for 4 yrs and decided to move back to a more tolerant INdia and eventually to the US ( again pl all this is my opinion only). Before we were married.courting stage to say we discussed this issue and he didn’t see any need for either of us to convert. I could not imagine myself converting to islam but @ the same time i loved this guy, so what if he’s muslim he’s just another inhabitant on this planet. well to cut a long story short, his family hated me. forced me to convert and i told them to @#$% off. His friends wives tried to convert me .. again… buzz off. The one strong person who stood by my side was my spouse who insisted that i do as i please. We were married in a hindu ceremony in india — sacred thread and all. plus in a islam ceremony — kubul and all.. again in india( for the saidi authorities) . I retained my indian passport went to india to have my kids so they entered saudi on indian passports. ofcourse my dad being paranoid made my husband sign a pre-nup type thing and also had it written in the islamic contract that custody in case of talaq would be mine. I kepy my hindu fasts he kept his ramadan, he went to mecca and i went to pilgrimage in tirupathi ( both of us took our kids) , we prefered to send them to international school, they speak english and Tamil ( my mother tounge) and can understand arabic. I wish they could speak it too and be trucy citizens of this world..unfortunately apart from their dad they have not much contact with arabic speaking folks. his family decided to have nothing to do with us ( including the innocent kids – just because they didn’t have muslim names) their loss. his dad doesn’t tralk to him. of course they al llove our $$$$ .. aparently hindu + mislim $$$ is acceptable.i actually funded my mIL’s trip to mecca.. ironic isn;t it .. she who hates me for my religion apparently doesn’t mind our money .
    Eventually my daughter turned 6 and we did not want the KSA women lifestyle for her. and moved .
    KSa was not kind to me and if there are any women there married to saudi men who are not as tolerant as my hubby– god help them. Glad to have seen the last of KSA.. no more living there– never again.. now i drive by myself, don’t need permission from any mahram .. and yes i have plenty of household help in india . My husband can also take my daughter to a mosque and not raise eyebrows when she wears the bindi ( dot on her forehead) … that’s acceptance
    My kids are 16 and 14 ( oh yes the terrible teens) and more hindu than muslim. we’re fine with it. she comes to the temple with me, actually my husband does too on diwali new year etc., and i keep ramadam fast with him ( although i drink tea) .. but pl remember this has more to do with the fact that we do this out of love for the other person than to please any religion.

    “There is only 1 god — we just worship in different forms” –

  23. Radha –thank you for your story. I am glad for you that it worked out so well. The most important is the relationship within your nuclear family and that you find an accepting environment in India. Hopefully the inlaws will come around with time (seems like a long time, given the ages of your children :-) )

  24. Radha,

    What you have shared is beautiful and gives one hope that there are decent and supportive Saudi men out there.

  25. I dare say if more Arab/Muslim husbands supported their wives in the face of family condemnation as yours did…less women would be struggling and finding life married to one difficult at the best of time.

    It matters so much that a husband realize his wife is his partner…hopefully for life…and the sooner he gets this point across to his family the better. Sadly, this doesnt happen nearly as often as one would hope.

    Thanks Radha for the inspiring story.

  26. Why is it that so many Saudi men can not identify their wife as a partner and for life?! And secondly, why do they have a problem conveying this to their family?

  27. American Bedu–Perhaps your questions were rhetorical. but cross-cultural studies of marriage and marital therapy show that in traditional Arab/Islamic culture the primary attachment of the husband remains to his family of origin, and then to his children. There is no tradition of a couple being considered the primary unit or a partnership in the Western sense. Fatima Mernissi, the Moroccan sociologist did her PhD at Brandeis University on this topic before returning to a professorship in Morocco, and published it as “Beyond the Veil”. She and others have written more on it since. Of course individuals structure their marriages (privately and publicly) as they choose.

    The ingrained obligation to the family of origin, particularly mother, and the fear of ostracism where familial identity and community identity are stronger than individualism (or form a more integral part of one’s individual identity) make it hard to convey differing views to family members. Many do in one way or another, at some time or another, and most families adapt.

    Radha’s story is an excellent reminder of the risks when the family doesn’t adjust and how one can construct a happy life anyway.

  28. thanks for your comment, Chiara.

  29. thank you all for your support. yes i do have a wonderful life thanks in part to my cute saudi hubby, v supportive , but again i do believe it’s mostly since he was outside saudi from the age of 17. My family support me, but the kids miss a whole different culture and it’s their fathers and their by right !!! well my anger aside, why even involve religion/culture /nationality into this, shouldn’t the grandparents/aunts/cousins want to know them as blood members of their family? Just because they are in KSA and the culture is different i didn’t think anyone would ostracise their grandkids. Well i’ve tried to reconcile but my spouse told me nothing will budge till i convert and live life their way. i gave up adn decided it was their loss. Although i do feel bad we visit KSA a lot less frequently nowadays . atleast feel bad for my spouse. Oh to top this saga off i ‘m a vegetarian .. oh it was hilarious when my husband tried explaining to them i didn’t eat meat/fish nothing with a face :-) His folks thought he was mad and offered to procure a correct bride for him :-) he had to tell them that half his business was outside KSA and that my dad would get him thrown in jail for polygamy if he ever tried that :-) ya blame my poor dad. He did tell me that till he was in KSA he never gave a thought to the plight of women and only after he left he saw the pain the women their went thru. I guess he was real desperate to keep us out of it when my daughter was born, she’s the spoiled daddy’s girl . His cousing visited us and his son was cute , so after they left i jokingly suggested that he’d make a good pair with our daughter. that’s th eone time i saw rage in my husband’s face.. absolutely she cannot marry any male from KSA lest they take another wife and torment her.. ironic ..considering i trusted him enought to marry him… are all your spouses like that. one rule for the daughter and one for the wife.. he said she can pick from the rest of the world, rekligion/nationality doesn’t matter but not from a place where polygamy is legal… his sister was badly hurt and he regrets he was left to pick upthe pieces…( that’s theonly rational explanation i can think of for his anger).. any insights?

  30. Radha–thank you for commenting further.

    LOL “anything with a face” is one of the best definitions of vegetarianism I have ever come across.

    Children being cut off from one half of the family, and that side of their heritage is one reason warring families are encouraged to maintain a certain level of civility and acceptance of each other, even if the adults don’t intermingle much. Most do and ostracizing grandchildren in my experience is rare. It does happen though, and to me is paradoxical in cultures like Saudi where family is so prized.

    One standard for a wife and for one’s daughters is common. Fortunately in your case it benefits all. Often it is a uneducated wife/ educated daughters; restricted wife/ more opportunities (eg sport, travel) for daughters; berated wife/spoiled daughters; etc. Generally a daughter is an extension of the biological and psychological self, whereas a wife is not necessarily even an extension of the psychological self. Besides, they’re so little, and cute, and need protection, have daddy around their little fingers… :-)

    Your rational explanation of the impact on him of his sister’s experience is a good one, and an example of the good impact on family of a sibling’s experience, as well as a demonstration of the unhappiness of polygyny.

    All threads begin to merge while remaining distinct! :-)

  31. Radha,

    You have also had your share of experiences and again, thank goodness for such a supportive husband and it does become more clear on why he may have certain views. Yes; it is sad that your children may not have a relationship with part of their family and also miss out on some of their heritage. I guess as they get older you’ll need to be prepared how to answer these questions in a way they can understand and not feel anger or guilt.

  32. really strange,what is rong with u people,women?i never read any blog from muslim point of view,that pass these kind of strange comments about WESTREN life style,or wanted so badly to change it?what u want,if u married some one muslism or some one from KSA,does not mean u got a right or PHD to try to change things here,u people are much narrow and closed minded people.plz stop playing the innocent part ok?u did know what u are geting into,before u married and moved here,mind your own bussines,if its so bad here,plz leave,fallow miss madhori,i mean radha example,chiara,coolhead,readhead38,crazy head,all of u shame on u.leave plz,go back to your FREE WORLD and dont come back,take your thugs and kilelrs called nato and us army.
    as for radha i think your husband lost his mind,after he started watching indian movies at age 17,if ploice find out he is married to hindu and your marrige is not legal.and radha u write so long pages,like u are some expert on religon and human behavior,plz do some thing about lot of power indian women who are soild by there families to marry some saudis or maids ,who get treated so badly.for GOD sake use common sence,this is 2009!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!and u still belive in STONES,ELEPHENT,A STUPID BALCK WOMAN WITH ,WHAT 10 ARMS?u still belive in COW?gosh what will happen if your in laws invite u toa big family dinner,beef with rice?

  33. Fawad – consider yourself on warning. Your hatred is becoming repetitive and non-productive. If you can not comment in a civil and professional manner as in accordance with blog rules, you will be removed. There is no reason to insult individuals just because you may disagree with things that have been said. That is both petty and childish.

  34. warning for what?what i said?i told the truth,why?is every body have to agree with u,its not hatred its truth,which u dont want to see.consider your selfon warning people,sitng here and talking bad about ksa,before some one report u and u all get deported,LOL!

  35. So is it now a crime to speak in a negative way about Saudi?

  36. Can you provide more information or resources on this? The Visa process is not alwas so easy from what I have read

  37. @CJ – what kind of info or resources are you seeking exactly? Are you wondering about visa process if a wife is not muslim? The visa process is also different whether the foreign wife is the wife of a Saudi in Saudi Arabia or the wife of an expat working in Saudi Arabia. If you search my blog regarding marriage and visas in Saudi Arabia you will come up with a lot of earlier information to include the marriage approval process and visas.

  38. my brother in law converted into muslim lately and now he wants to separatre with his non muslim family?is this a must? I am really interested to know because this is his reason leaving his family.

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