(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.

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.