Riyadh: A 63-year-old Saudi Arabian man has created a record of sorts by marrying 53 women during his life.
A video clip showing a Saudi citizen recounting the experience has now gone viral.
Abu Abdullah married 53 women at different intervals. He got married for the first time at the age of 20 and she was 6 years older than him.
According to the Arabic daily Sabq, the reason for his multiple marriages was his search for a woman who would make him happy in his life, as his marriages continued even after divorcing his fourth wife, indicating that he tried to do justice between his wives.
He explained that stability comes from marrying an older woman, not a young one, noting that the minimum duration of his marriage was only one night and that all his marriages were traditional.
It is reported that most of his marriages were with Saudi women, he also married a foreign woman when he traveled outside the Kingdom for his own work, and he stayed for 3-4 months.
“When I married for the first time, I did not plan to marry more than one woman because I was feeling comfortable and had children,” he recalled. “But after a while, problems happened and I decided to marry again when I was 23 years old and I informed my wife of my decision,” Abdullah said.
He pointed out that when a problem arose between his first and second wife, he decided to marry the third and fourth and after some time divorced the first and second, then the third after a quarrel between him and his fourth wife.
The number of people, married to more than one woman, has decreased in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Arab and Islamic world with the spread of contemporary lifestyles and living in small homes. The rising costs of living and the requirements for childbearing, education, health, and transportation, are also reasons for the decrease.