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Saudi Court Accepts Divorce Sent by Text Message

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    A court in Saudi Arabia has agreed to accept a divorce that was sent by text message, a newspaper in the Gulf Kingdom reported over the weekend. The woman from the western town of Madina asked court to officially endorse her divorce and supported its complaint with the SMS from her husband, the online Arabic language daily Anakum said.

    The husband told the judge he sent the message after an argument with his wife but that he did not mean to divorce her," the paper said. "But the judge considered the SMS as a real divorce under Islam and decided to support the wife's plea for divorce."
    There have been previous attempts to divorce by SMS, although the only one we are aware of which had been successful until now, was in 2001 in the UAE.

    In 2007, Malaysia's Islamic Court fined a local politician US$145 for attempting to divorce his wife via SMS. Senator Kamaruddin Ambok had used the SMS to divorce his wife - but was given a stern lecture by Judge Zainor Hassin on the sanctity of marriage. In Malaysia, the divorce statement must be uttered inside an Islamic Court, so the SMS was not accepted.

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