(RT.COM) – A truly heartbreaking story worthy of a place in "One Thousand and One Nights" has taken place in a Saudi Arabian city. A woman was denied to marry her sweetheart because he allegedly played a musical instrument, local media report.
Roughly two years ago, a 20-year-old male school teacher, asked for the hand of a woman in the city of Unaizah in Qassim province, Saudi newspapers reported.
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However, the woman's family refused to greenlight the union, saying that the suitor was not "religiously compatible" because he played the oud, a lute-type instrument popular in the Arab states. In some parts of the ultra-conservative kingdom people who play music are considered to have bad reputation.