Stories & Articles

Once Upon an Actress

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Once Upon an Actress

The world of movies and acting is an enticing one to many, full of bright lights, fancy clothes, and promises of fame and happiness. Even some Muslims are so busy staring into the lights, they’re blinded to the reality of it. Hala Sheha is a contemporary sister of our times – and until a few years ago, she was also a famous Egyptian actress. In a recent television interview her husband did on an Egyptian channel, Hala called in to the program to tell her story, and give a few words of advice.

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A Short Note About Hayaa’

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A Short Note About Hayaa’

“If hayaa’ is beautiful in a man, it is even more beautiful in a woman. If it is virtuous in a man, it is even more virtuous in a woman, as it only increases her in elegance. So, the pinnacle of good in a woman is her hayaa’, and the pinnacle of evil in a woman is her boldness and forwardness.

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Hijabi Clothes (or the Lack Thereof)

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Hijabi Clothes (or the Lack Thereof)

We sisters care about our wardrobes and appearances so even though we wear hijab, we want to look decent, within the boundaries of Islam. I wanted to make up a list of certain pieces which could work for new hijabis and help them to not delay their hijab. (Remember excuses? One of the reasons for not wearing hijab is the infamous ‘I need to go shopping because I don’t have hijabi friendly clothes.’)

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Muhajabah: To Be or Not To Be, That is the Question

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Muhajabah: To Be or Not To Be, That is the Question

At some point in our lives, we have all faced the decision of whether or not to make the life-long commitment to wearing the Islamic headscarf. For some of us, the choice is simple and seemingly natural, just another step in a lifelong progression of “growing up.” Hijab is what was always expected of us and requires little thought or hesitation on our parts. For others, it’s a struggle that is life altering and requires facing a dilemma that can unsettle our very identities. As for which category I fell in, choosing to wear the hijab was a milestone in my life, a rite of passage to a new world in which I would no longer be defined by the length, texture or beauty of my hair.

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All the Blood Came Down

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All the Blood Came Down

I underwent open heart surgery. And the next day, I woke up from the surgery, and the stitching and everything had been completed. The doctors were passing by, those supervising patients in the intensive care unit. And this was immediately after my waking up from the anesthetic, after 24 hours from the operation. The nurse in charge of me noticed a matter – something in the blood – so he informed the doctor on duty. So the doctor asked another doctor, and this other doctor asked a third doctor, until there were nearly 14 people, doctors and others in charge of patients, gathered.

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