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‘Seeds of Satan’ in waiting…and waiting…

A life alone for Saudis born out of wedlock

12/29/2011 11:54

Marriage prospects are dim, which can consign a girl to a lifetime in an orphanage.

Ahmed is a precocious seven-year-old boy who idolizes his father and has a knack for mastering electronic games before any adult in the family. His home in the Saudi city of Medina is filled with cousins ranging in ages from one to 16. Whenever the aunts gather at the end of the day, they often speculate about whom the kids should marrywhen they come of age.

Ahmed’s name never comes up. The boy was born out of wedlockand adopted by his loving family. The unspoken truth in the household is that Ahmed’s ability to find a wife is in doubt. Few Saudi families have an interest in marrying their daughters off to a man considered the “seed of the devil.”

3 Responses

  1. If that is how they look at it, then why do they condemn a child to this? It is the parents who did the deed.

  2. Actually I am surprised that there is any adoptions at all. As I understand it, Mohamed forbade adoption, at least to some degree, definitely they may not give the family name to the adopted, because Mohamed made up that rule when he wanted to have sex with his own adopted son’s wife. He decided it was not a violation of his previous rules because adopted sons aren’t really family so no violation and then gave a tirade on why adoption is a bad thing anyway.

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