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Reasons Why Falling for Hassan from ‘Halawet El-Donia’ Will Ruin Your Life

Reasons Why Falling for Hassan from ‘Halawet El-Donia’ Will Ruin Your Life

By: Farah Andil

Many of us ladies tend to fall for men with pretty faces and terrible attitudes. And somehow, along the process, we manage to convince ourselves that between his insults and excessive jealousy, lies his unconditional love – and what more can we possibly ask for?   We would put up with anything for the sake […]

Amina Khalil Just Proved That Love Alone is Never Enough

Amina Khalil Just Proved That Love Alone is Never Enough

This article began as a piece on the topic of how I had learned from my own experiences, and the experiences of those around me that love alone is not enough to maintain any kind of romantic relationships. I was very concerned about the angle I would need to take up, in my attempt to […]

To Arab Fathers On American Father’s Day

To Arab Fathers On American Father’s Day

  To the men we call yaba, baba, bobs or daaaaaaaaad. The men who taught us everything from tying our shoes to changing a tire. You were the first superhero we knew and are still just as heroic. In your eyes, we are a nawari excuse for a child, but you’d never hesitate to claim […]

Signs That It is Definitely Time to Break up

Signs That It is Definitely Time to Break up

By: Rana Awadalla

If you are reading this right now chances are, you are thinking about leaving the person you are in a relationship with. Break ups are a part of life, not a very pleasant one, but no one is exempt from the harsh reality of break ups.   Sometimes they are even necessary in order for […]

I Am a Woman and I Want to Propose to Him

I Am a Woman and I Want to Propose to Him

by Nadia Aly

Women have come a long way since the dark ages, but for some weird reason, even in this day and age, it is still frowned upon for a woman to ask a man to marry her.   Whilst interacting with my proximate and distant circle of female acquaintances, I learned that a lot of them […]

Why “No, This Does Not Represent Islam” Is No Longer a Sufficient Response to Radical Islam

Why “No, This Does Not Represent Islam” Is No Longer a Sufficient Response to Radical Islam

A video has recently emerged on YouTube containing footage from an Islamic School in the United Kingdom; the footage indicates that the school is openly teaching hate and prejudice towards other religions.     What makes matters even worse, is the fact that the school had originally been created and sponsored by the government under […]

Here Is What You Need to Know About Female Bosses

Here Is What You Need to Know About Female Bosses

by Nadia Aly

A lot of the people around me – from a variety of age groups – seem to have a common complain: female bosses. From my aunt in Dubai who is 47-years-old and states that she would much rather pick having a female boss over a male one any day; to newly graduated friends of mine who […]

Things You Don’t Realize You’ll Miss Once You Graduate College

Things You Don’t Realize You’ll Miss Once You Graduate College

by Rana Awadalla

From the moment we set foot in college, we can’t wait to graduate. We spend our days fantasizing about leaving, imagining a world where we aren’t drowning in never-ending assignments and racing to meet deadlines. Getting a degree and finding a job sounds so tempting but a year later, college starts growing on you and before you […]

Gifts That You Must Get Your Significant Other This Ramadan

Gifts That You Must Get Your Significant Other This Ramadan

Egyptians always love to add their unique touch to everything, especially when it comes to imaginatively tuning national and/or religious holidays into ones that cater to romance.     From creating our very own Egyptian Valentine’s Day in October, to a cultural norm that dictates that a man ought to buy his significant other a […]

Absolutely Awful Relationship Advice That You Should Always Ignore

Absolutely Awful Relationship Advice That You Should Always Ignore

by Rana Awadalla

Fighting is healthy in a relationship, but when couples go through a rough patch they tend to listen to anyone willing to tell them what they want to hear. Unfortunately, what they want to hear is not necessarily what should apply. This often results in them making decisions that they come to regret later.   […]

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