Different kinds of legal opportunities have been created for Salafi men to exploit women in the name of Islam. They have invented several kinds of fake marriages. We are providing below some details in this regard.
(a) Misyaar (zawaj al-misyar or traveller’s marriage)– It is a temporary relationship between men and women. In this relationship the women relinquishes all her rights that are available to her in a Islamic marriage. It is claimed that 60 Salafi scholars, including Saudi Grand Mufti Shaikh Abdulaziz al-Shaikh endorsed Misyar relationship between men and women in their fatawas.
The terms and conditions of Misyar and Shia practice of Mutah (sexual pleasure ) are same except that in Misyar, it is claimed that the partners do not fix a time to end their sexual relationship and are free to leave each other anytime they wish. In Mutah, they fix a specific time, like one week, one month etc., and at the end of that period both man and woman are considered as legally separated. In Mutah and Misyaar, man and woman need not live together under the same roof. They can meet whenever the man demands and spend a few hours together in privacy and go to their homes quietly.
(b) Urfi (Common law marriage) – Most of these marriages are unannounced secret marriages between man and a woman, usually between University students, city employees, etc. These do not cost much and there is no need for a home for the couple to live together after marriage. In this relationship there are no official contracts signed and it does not give women any rights whatsoever.
(c) Mesyaf (Summer holiday marriage) – It is a tourism marriage practiced by Saudis who go on summer vacation to other countries, like Yamen, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and other countries. In these countries they take advantage of poor Muslim families by fake marriages with young, rather very young girls between the ages of 9 to 16 years in collusion with local middlemen and agents who are paid for these notorious services.
There are two types of fake marriages in Mesyaf.
(I) The woman / girl is made aware that the fake marriage is done for a short time for the Saudi to have sex with her. In this case, she bargains and gets paid an agreed amount in advance.
(II) The woman / girl and her parents are not made aware about the intentions of Saudis. Poor parents and the young girl consider that it is a regular Islamic marriage and that after marriage she will go to Saudi Arabia with her husband. These fake marriages are done with the knowledge and collusion of middlemen and agents. In these deceptive marriages, Salafis from Saudi Arabia and other rich Gulf countries spend 15 days to one month with these poor hapless young girls in hotels. At the end of their vacation, Saudis disappear in thin air leaving behind the devastated young girl and her parents. There are hundreds of thousands of young Muslim girls who have become victim to this Saudi practice. These girls later get involved in prostitution in these countries.
(d) Friend Marriage – This is a special marriage where the bride does not go out of her house. The male goes to her house or meets with her in a hotel and have sex with her. After that she goes back to her home. In this relationship women does not have any legal maintenance from the man. In most of the cases the woman demands a certain amount and gets it in advance.
(e) Misfar (Foreign study and Business Trip marriage) – Misfar is a deceptive marriage undertaken by Saudis who go to study in Western countries. In Misfar, Saudis marry local women but never disclose their true intentions. Once their studies are over or their businesses are accomplished, they dump their wives and children and go back to their countries. They use these women physically, emotionally and many a times financially since they save them the trouble of finding accommodation or facing the financial burdens on their own. Many Fatawa by Saudi Scholars in this context are available on official websites like Bin Baaz.
In all the above deceptive marriages, the arrangements are made discretely where women will have no evidence to pursue men legally. There is a massive network of Arabic dating websites that use revolutionary ways of interaction between total strangers where unsuspecting women are easily tricked into Saudi prostitution net in the guise of fake marriages.
Most alarming in this context is the latest Fatwa by Shaikh Adil Al-Kalbani, the Imam of the Grand Mosque of Makka issued on July 16, 2010. This Fatwa was published on al-arabiya.
Shaikh Kalbani, proclaimed this fatwa after receiving an email from an overseas Saudi male student studying in the ‘West’. The Saudi student, who is married and living with his wife, claims that he is worried about controlling his desires when he sees ‘Western’ females wearing seductive semi-naked clothes that arouse him.
He goes on to ask the Shaikh if it is OK to marry one of those women in a ‘Misfar’ marriage, which means marriage based on travel, because he claims that he can’t fight temptations and also accuses his wife of being frigid.
The old Shaikh Kalbani posted on his own website his fatwa that permits Saudis marrying Western women with the intention of divorcing them when they are finished with them without the pre-knowledge of the women of their deceitful plan.
Meaning, the Imam has given green light to Saudi overseas students and traveling businessmen to use women as disposable containers to relieve themselves sexually.