A Misyar marriage entails no rights or any financial obligations towards women as it is mandatory in common Nikah
The Saudi study shows that one of the reasons for husbands resorting to misyar marriage is that women do not accept the idea of polygamy
The study also shows that the man normally hides his Misyar marriage from his first wife and children
Arab men resorting to Misyar marriage due to increasing costs of marriage. A Saudi researcher Mada Bint Abdul Rahman Al Qurashi, presented the study at King Saud University. It stresses the need not to exaggerate the dowry. As it is one of the main reasons for the spread of misyar marriage in Saudi society.
The study confirms the necessity of working to reduce the exorbitant costs of marriage. So that some men do not have to resort to a misyar marriage for economic motives. The thesis titles “Attitudes of faculty members towards misyar marriage in Saudi society … a study applied to King Saud University.”
The misyar marriage is fairly legal in Arab world. One of the key attractions in this form of marriage is lack of rights and obligations on a man. In this marriage, a woman voluntarily relieves the man of all her rights. These include her financial rights meaning that the man is not to pay for her living. Moreover, there is no obligation on the man to visit the lady on daily basis. Rather, it is more of an open relationship between the couple.
In traditional marriage in Islam, a man is under strong obligations. Even if her marries more than one woman, he is to ensure equality. This equality is in form of division of nights, expenditures, property and literally everything. However, misyar marriage is a convenient solution.
It relieves the man of duties such as living together, equal division of nights between wives, the wife’s rights to housing, and maintenance money, and the husband’s right to home-keeping and access.
Purpose of Misyar Marriage
The couple continue to live separately from each other, as before their marriage, but get together regularly, often for sexual relations in a permissible and halal manner. Although allowed in some Muslim countries, misyar is not popular with many because women lose nearly all their rights in a confidential marriage. A large number of such marriages end up in divorce.
Although the couple’s marriage is in courts. The man doesn’t add the wife under his official civil document, which is a must so that the wife gets her full official rights.
Arab women generally accept to get into this kind of marriage when they reach 40 years of age and above and need male companionship. These women don’t want to be alone. They seek male companionship, and thus accept marriage instead of being alone. In many cases, these women are divorcees or widows, marriage counselors say.
Thus, Arab men resorting to Misyar marriage due to increasing costs of marriage.
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