About

Updated May 11, 2014
I’ve added an “Awards” section to this page to make it a bit more organized. Click Here to jump to the “Awards” Section

FLASH! I’ve been added to the lineup of featured writers at Kiss From The World Travel & People Magazine! Click here to read my post about this exciting news: Aisha’s Egypt: A Kiss From the World.

Updated April 23, 2014
On April 15, 2014 I started the Daily Post’s excellent 30 day class, Blogging 101: Zero To Hero. Today’s assignment is to create an About Page. I already have one, but since our first Assignment was to create a post introducing ourselves, I’m updating my About Page today by adding a link here to the post I did for Day One. I had already pretty much covered an introduction here on my blog already, so on Day One I created my official Bio blurb, and you can read it at this link, if you like:

My Official Bio Blurb

Updated Mar.11, 2014
On March 11, 2014, my first Guest Post appeared on Ms. Kim Saeed’s Inspirational website, Let Me Reach. It is my deep pleasure and honor to share in some small way her excellent efforts to help victims escaping from narcissistic abuse. She published my story of transformation from this nightmarish period of my life, and I pray it will be a good example for anyone who reads it.
My Guest Post on LetMeReach.com with Kim Saeed, “A Light Entered My Cocoon”

Update Feb. 07, 2014:

My Interview with Expat-Blog.Com went live yesterday 02/06 (my birthday!) on their website, Here. I’ve posted the full-length interview with photos on my blog, here, at: https://aishasoasis.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/my-expat-blog-com-interview/

Blog Awards For Aisha’s Oasis

The Four-in-One Award – April 26, 2014

Please click here for this post: Aisha’s Egypt: A Kiss From The World and a 4-in-1

The one and Only Liebster Award – April 24, 2014

Please click here for this post: Aishas Egypt: 11 Little Secrets & Liebster

The Shauny Award For Blogging Excellence – Feb.10, 2014

On February 10, 2014, the Dear and Inspirational Kim Saeed of Let Me Reach nominated me for the Shauny Award For Blogging Excellence. I love awards! You probably already know that, or, at any rate, you will be quite convinced by the time you finish reading this page. It means I get to spread a little more joy around the blogosphere – hurray! You know in your heart of hearts you love awards, too – don’t be afraid to admit it, you’re among the best of friends here! So smile with me while I smile with you, and let’s thank Dear Ms. Kim for all these great vibes, and let me introduce her to you with a quote from her “About” page:

Kim Saeed, B.A.E., is a survivor of narcissistic abuse specializing in recovery, healing, and self-care. She is the author of the recovery information blog Let Me Reach and an upcoming book that showcases the red flags of narcissism, narcissistic behaviors, the complexity of toxic attachment, and healing.

hit Refresh to display this! Please visit Kim’s blog, and take the time to share her wisdom and guidance with your family and friends. The chances are high, unfortunately, that somebody you know is in dire need of this excellent support. Fortunately, I thank God I can tell you personally, the help Kim offers to emotionally abused spouses can be 100% successful!

The Rules:
Show Humanity, Show Love, Be Yourself, Don’t Be Others, Don’t Gossip, And Share This Award With 10 Others
(LOL – a missed opportunity to list 3 facts about how “Shauny” we are!)
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And now it is my great delight to introduce you to my 10 awesome nominees for the next round of Shauny Awards For Blogging Excellence:

Dear Kitty. Some Blog
Inside The Mind Of Isadora
Ms. Muslamic
History Of The Ancient World
Dashes From My Heart
Talains Photography Blog
BGT Travelography
Veiled Princess
Rob’s Real Life
An Ever Changing Writer I Am

Congratulations to you all, and thank you for introducing yourselves to me with your kind and supportive friendship! I encourage anyone reading this to check out the excellent blogs of these great nominees, and all the other excellent blogs linked on this page, as well!

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Updated Feb. 01, 2014

I love the WordPress Community!

This place is like a gigantic party – any form of entertainment you can dream of, it’s here! And you all are so cool, you offer each other gifts, too! Wow, I really like this place!

I think the blog awards idea is awesome on so many levels. First, it encourages the new blogger with a huge infusion of self confidence. It really is a big leap of faith to start a blog, and it feels wonderful when others offer such a thoughtful welcome. Second, the rule requiring us to share a few random facts about ourselves asks us to stretch a bit more on a personal level, and possibly those random facts would have never made it into one of our ‘standard’ posts. Third, the nomination process requires us to become familiar with more bloggers, possibly increasing our own readership in the process, and certainly increasing our opportunity to see and learn new things, and make new friends. Fourth, you didn’t have to do it, but you did. You took the time, paid the attention, and spent the energy to both accept an award, and pass it on! In my book, that’s awesome!

So I’ve updated this page today, Feb. 01, 2014, after reading and then reblogging an excellent post by Ms. Muslamic about what it’s like being a White Muslim woman. She is the perfect spokeswoman on this topic and was recently Freshly Pressed for it! Please read her post by clicking on her blog name in the previous sentence, or from my reblog post, Here.

(Update From Jan. 15) …I’ve received my third! award, more on that, below, and I’d like to offer my sincere thanks to all of you for your incredibly nice welcome and support and friendship! Thank you!

I guess I can also collect all the random facts I might offer about myself, and display my pretty awards here, too. I wasn’t really going to create an ‘About’ page, but where else should I collect all these random tidbits ‘about’ me? lol, this is as good a place as any, I suppose! I will also know where to find you quickly, kind of like a blogroll, by scrolling through the links to all your wonderful blogs that I have been blessed to find, and read, and enjoy, and offer you gifts, too, in return!

The 2013 Blog of the Year Award, Jan. 13, 2014

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On Jan. 13, 2014, petrel41 of Dear Kitty. Some blog nominated me for a 2013 Blog of the Year Award! This is a very great and humbling honor! Such a wonderful surprise and treat – Thank you very much!!!

The biggest reason I’m so excited is because it means I get to give this award to others and let them know how much I like their blogs, and how their support has both encouraged and instructed me! Hurray!

The instructions for the Blog of the Year 2013 Award are as follows:

1-Select the blog(s) you think deserve the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award.

2-Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen- there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required- and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3-Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them- (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4-Come over and say hello to the originator of the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award via this link: 
http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/blog-awards-2-/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/

5-You can now also join the Blog Of The Year Award Facebook Page.Click the link here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/BlogoftheYear

Share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

6-And as a winner of the award- please add a link back to the blog that presented you with this award-and then proudly display the award on your blog- and start collecting stars!

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Yes-That’s right-There are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once-this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ’1 star’ award- and every time you are given the award by another blog- you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs- and even if they have already been given the award by someone else- you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum of 6 stars! You can either ‘swop’ your badge for the next one each time you are given the award- or even proudly display all six badges if you are lucky enough to be presented with the award 6 times!

You can find all the badges and banners and information you need via this link: ‘Blog of The Year 2013′ Award Badges.

Congratulations to all the nominees! Best of luck to every one!

My nominees are:

YassarnalQuran

Randomly Abstract’s blog

A Mom’s Blog

Love, InshAllah

Reflections Enroute

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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The Sunshine Award, Jan. 08, 2014

image On January 08, 2014, I was awarded the Sunshine Award by the kind and dear Ms. Kunzmann of My [Redacted] Journey, and I thank her very much! I recommend you visit her blog, she is a very courageous woman, and I admire her greatly!
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The Sunshine Award Rules:

– Thank the person who nominated you (I just did)

– List 11 facts about yourself (see below)

– Nominate 10 others for this award (see below the 11 facts)

– Announce the nominations to the Nominees (I will ASAP!)

Now, for the 11 random, previously undisclosed facts about myself, I will tell you a sunshine story about myself in 11 lines, each containing at least one true fact:

1. 8 children in the house all day during the hot summer vacation is too much for any mother, including mine
2. So she and her best friend piled all the children into our VW Bus every morning to enjoy the hot sunny days at the beach image
3. But not before filling the kitchen table with bread slices and slathering half with peanut butter, and half with jelly
4. With sandwiches made and stowed in the cooler, she next filled up a huge water cooler with cherry koolaide
5. Once we were in the car, she locked us in and usually went back in the house to sweep and mop the kitchen floor
6. Our favorite beaches dotted the sunny southern California coast from Long Beach to Huntington Beach and on to Newport Beach
7. We were especially fond of a little ocean inlet in Long Beach that we called “The Lagoon.”
8. It looked like a small lake with white sandy shores and calm salty water that never made waves
9. It had a long wooden dock extending out into the water that was very nice to enjoy the view of sunshine reflecting on the water
10. But it was far more interesting to swim in the warm water under the shade of the dock where there was space to breathe and something to hold onto while we held our breath and ducked under the water to watch the fish
11. The sunlight filtered through the water turning it bright green and we pretended we were scuba divers like Jacques Cousteau – it was fun!

Finally, drum roll please, here are my 10 nominees for the next round of the Sunshine Award, and my congratulations to you all! You bring Sunshine to your blog, and it has warmed me so nicely, I want to say Thank You Very Much!

1. Button Bridge
2. 3rd Culture Children
3. Dreams to Reality
4. FAswag
5. Ramisa the Authoress
6. Living Success 3D
7. GuidedHeart
8. She Laughs Unbecomingly
9. ice cream magazine
10. Peace be upon you!

Congratulations, once again, and thanks one more time to Ms. Victoria for sending this nice award to me!

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Reader Appreciation Award, Jan. 06, 2014

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This is quite exciting, I like awards! On Jan 6, 2014, I was nominated by A Mom’s Blog for the Reader Appreciation Award. Thank you so much, Zainab! I’m really new to blogging, having only just started here on Dec. 5, 2013, so I honestly consider it a huge honor to have made so many friends so quickly. I can not thank you all enough for the kind words and encouragements you have offered with your friendship! But I will try: Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you! But it’s still not enough ;^)

So, now I will happily share with you all 7 things about myself:

1. I absolutely love being Muslim – Islam is my anchor

2. I hope I will die a martyr – insha’Allah by any of the nonviolent means!

3. I hope I will go to the Paradise, and be my husband’s wife there, too, insha’Alla, I love him so much

4. I was born into a nice big Irish Catholic family, there are no muslims in my family except me

5. I went to Catholic school through the fourth grade, and learned to love God from the nuns there

6. I never dreamed of growing up and becoming Muslim, or an Egyptian, but I’m very happy that it happened

7. I’m very thankful for ALL the blessings Allah has given me, but especially my son and daughter!

Now for my Nominees for the Readership Appreciation Award, I’d like to offer it to the following excellent and appreciative bloggers who took the time to read and comment on my blog posts. Thank you for your friendship! I appreciate you! Xoxoxo ;^)

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1Shadows of the Divine
2Loving Food Fasion & Life
3Browsing the Atlas
4Go Go Gadabout
5The Hungry Artist

Congratulations, and thanks for being such delightful readers! The rules for accepting your Award are to link back to this post, share some things about yourself, and select your own nominees for this award.

Thank you, once again, my dear new friend and sister, Zainab! Please visit her wonderful blog!
http://zainabjavid.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/blogging-awards/

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  1. Congratulations!
    It is my honer to be listed on your 10 blogs you are nominating.
    It is a pleasure to be part of this wonderful community, the wordpress community.
    Have a very promising day

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  3. Thank you for the honour.
    I appreciate your magnanimity. Jazakillaahu Khayra.
    Indeed it is a blessing of Allah to be part of the blogging community through which we are able to convey the message of Islam to the people of the world. Wa lil-laahil Hamd.

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  5. Dear one, you have done an outstanding job at building this marvelously creative and fascinating blog. It allows me to travel, to visit another culture and to learn about the possibilities in life and love. You are a fascinating mind indeed and how you manage to tie this all together is astounding. I applaud your efforts at making this a unique tale to share with me/us.

    I remain your steadfast frieend…and hope to ride a camel with you someday. 🙂

    • Ya Rabb (something like “Oh Yes Lord!”) I would love to go camel riding with you Tonia! Thank you so much for your beautiful kind words, dear friend and sister! xoxoxo ;^)

  6. Salaam. Jazakallahu Khairun.. for listing me amongst your top 10..
    May Allah always keep you successful in both the worlds, bless you keep you happy and make your blog a means of success for the whole nation…
    Keep it up and once again..Shukran from the bottom of my heart.
    Keep me in your Duas as you’ll be in my Duas.
    Salaam ♥

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  8. Hello!
    Thank you for following my blog. I know how many interesting blogs are out there and feel honored that you picked mine to follow. I hope my stories entertain and inform and my photos bring you joy and wonderment.
    I travel mostly local but try to always find interesting places. I have lived in several different places and dig through my archives of photos to bring glimpses into places I have been. Sometimes I post a recipe because food tells a lot about culture.
    I am not a professional photographer, so my photos are sometimes a little fuzzy and there are telephone poles and wires and other things along with what I was photographing. The older photos are 35mm, the newer are point and shoot digital and a few are Samsung Smartphone.
    I am new to blogging so if you have any advice or critique please drop me a comment.
    Thank you again for following and to quote Mark Twain: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain
    Iris the Wanderer

    • Thank you so much, Dearheart, alhamdulillah all is well here! I took a break from the speakeasy for a bit, but I really like Cee’s photography blog prompts, she has lots of participants who are kind and have enjoyable content to read, and everyone gives nice comments. I hope you’ll try it to – you could always write a short story based on your photo and we would all get to enjoy your wonderful writing skill! Learn more if you like at: http://ceenphotography.com/fun-foto-challenge/

    • Thank you very much, Chloe, that’s a great honor! I appreciate it very much, too, but as I just received a Liebster already, I must decline, but I look forward to visiting your blog and I’ll be over shortly! ♥ ;^)

  9. Salaams Aisha,

    Great Blog, interesting reads! Smashing it with the Awards! May Allah (SWT) reward you for your efforts. Ameen.

    I have recently started my Blog: FaithIsWhereTheHeartIs. Check it out, inshaAllah. Let me know about what your thoughts are on the Articles I have written. 🙂

    • Allah bless you, and your family too, my sister! Ameen!
      Thank you so much for your nomination, and congratulations to you, too, you’re so sweet! ♥♥♥ ;^)

  10. Aisha, I must know how you trusted this man was true? I’ve read so many horror stories about Muslim men marrying American women. Having survived a narcissistic relationship (like your first husband) I read so many red flags into your early emails with your husband…yet it turns out he was really a good man?! I’m baffled by this. There are whole websites warning American women against Muslim men and saying that they change so much once married and especially once the new wife travels back to their country with them. Why do you think your experience turned out differently? I’m fascinated! Do tell!! Also, where can I read the rest of the story? Will you be posting more?

    • Hello Dear Sister Survivor, I can certainly understand your feelings, trusting under any circumstances is difficult after surviving an abusive relationship, but when there is a huge cultural difference between the two, it does make for a very scary case and trust comes really slowly under the circumstances!

      First, about my story, I’m working on it one episode at a time, it’s not actually already written, only the emails are printed out, so you’ve got the latest episode out here right now, and the next one is in the works, thanks so much for reading and joining me here!

      Now, about your comment about the American women being fooled by Muslim men, and so disappointed after moving to their country with them, this is a really great subject. Islam has very straightforward guidelines for how life should be lived if one is a Muslim. The Muslim man already knows these guidelines, and to whatever degree he follows them, they are definitely influencing his lifestyle, especially in his back home.

      The foreign woman who is interested to marry a Muslim man is at a complete disadvantage if she is not also Muslim. She must not marry without understanding Islam. But there are a couple of other scenarios to take into consideration first for the future of this marriage. He may be uninterested in his faith, and only interested in his own advantage. He may be hunting an easy path to U.S. citizenship and will do anything to make himself appealing to his bride. Once he gets his citizenship he will do anything to unload his unwanted responsibilities. This is very common, unfortunately.

      Another common scenario is that the man may not be so callous, and may genuinely want his marriage to work, but his lifestyle in America is merely an adaptation to a foreign culture, not terribly different from any young man’s first year away at college. All the freedom and fun is enticing and enjoyable, but how he lives in that first year of college is not truly indicative of how he wants to live once he marries and settles down. That’s not a big hurdle when they both grew up in the same country and met in college, but coming from two totally different cultures and backgrounds is definitely a disadvantage when considering marriage, babies, future residence, etc.

      And to be honest, we can’t blame someone for the lack of cultural and religious knowledge of the other, just as we wouldn’t blame someone for not knowing how to drive a car or ride a bike – if someone grows up driving a car, it’s something normal for him, and if his bride doesn’t yet know how to drive, for sure he imagines she will learn to like it, it’s just knowledge and experience not yet attained. This may not be true, but it’s a very common explanation for a very common scenario. Not having enough knowledge of each other can be a marriage waiting to explode, or it can be an interesting challenge and an opportunity to grow in a new direction.

      Marriage is a gigantic obstacle course even in the most healthy relationships, because there are lots of difficulties in learning how to get along, and lots of compromising involved. It’s a bad idea to marry without understanding each other’s basic lifestyle, religion, ideology, social network, career preferences, plans for children, future home location, etc etc – and it’s not a decision to make under the influence of hormones, lol!

      I was already commited to Islam and my new lifestyle as a devout Muslim before I met Mohamed, so it was my dream and prayer to meet and marry a Muslim man. And living in his country was also a great hope for me, too, so I was committed to make any change necessary to satisfy God in the practice of my faith. I chose Islam initially because it is a complete lifestyle, with rights and duties for everyone. I like the boundaries that come with well defined rules. I like being able to identify a hypocrite and call him out on it. I like having rules so if a hypocrite breaks them, I can leave him and nobody can blame me, especially not God. After this, I feel great peace and confidence that I’m doing the right thing and I don’t need anybody’s opinion or advice or BS to manipulate me into another direction. I’m not following my husband, I’m following God. And if my husband doesn’t like my direction, I don’t need that husband!

      So, you can see that I primarily needed to know that my husband followed the same rulebook as me, and then I knew I could trust him. If he is obedient to God, he must give me my rights, just like I must give him his. Once I knew we agreed completely about this, I trusted him completely! I trust that God’s guidelines are the ones we have both agreed to follow, so in any moment of doubt, we turn to Islam, the Holy Quran, and the example of the Holy Prophet for answer. God is our Judge and His decision on any matter can be found in Islam.

      This is our way to resolve any conflict and in 15 years we’ve never used a different way. We’ve certainly had conflict, of course, but we trust each other completely to always come to the negotiating table with Allah in the Judge’s seat. We respect each other’s ability to obey our religion, and it gives me personally a deep and profound love for my husband, 24/7. Mohamed has an incredible amount of credit in the bank of Aisha, and I have no doubt whatsoever that he feels the same way about me! I don’t just want to be his wife for the rest of my life, I want to be his wife in the Paradise! Getting into Heaven should be the highest goal of any Believer, and following this path not only leads to Heaven, but guides us to a more happy life along the way.

      I’m so happy you asked me this amazing question, and I realize my answer is not workable for many people, but my response to this is that it could be, if that’s what they both want. Love is a very powerful agent for change, and marrying a Muslim man could be an incredible opportunity for a smart woman with a strong faith in God, no matter what country either of them comes from!

      I pray for God’s guidance to lead us all on the straight path to His success in every aspect of our lives, Ameen!

  11. Hi Aisha,
    Truly Love Egypt is a new free E-zine specialized in promoting tourism to Egypt. Each monthly issue will cover one town in Egypt.

    June 2014, Issue 1 Nuweiba:

    I would love it if you could promote it on your blog & share it with friends.

    Awaiting your reply.

    • Alf Mabrouk! What a wonderful magazine, I’m so excited about it! I already tweeted it and somebody favorited it right away. I’ll do what I can to help promote your great magazine, thanks so much for introducing yourself! ♥♥♥ ;^)

  12. Thanks so much for your long and thought-out answer, Aisha. So many of the sites I read spoke about women being abused in every way and tortured. These sites also said that the Quran says men are allowed to beat their wives. Then, I read elsewhere what you said which is that there is great respect between a husband and wife. I am a Christian so I don’t know the answer to this which is why I write to you. Does your religion really allow a man to abuse his wife or is this false? You and I both know that “Christian” men can be abusive, as well, and the Bible clearly states it is wrong. So am I just hearing of the abusive Islamic men who would be abusive anyhow, regardless of their religion? Or is this a cultural thing amongst those Islamic men who are not completely following their faith…just as the case with abusive men who call themselves Christian, Catholics, or otherwise but clearly are not being the loving, spiritual leaders that God would want them to be? Thanks again for your time.

    • Hello again, my Dear Sister Survivor,
      Thanks so much for your reply, and I’m very happy to have this excellent opportunity to discuss these issues with you!

      As you have correctly pointed out, domestic abuse can happen in any home, regardless of religion. Abuse is a method of control that abusers use to get what they want. It works for them, so they keep doing it, taking advantage of their victims by any means that is successful, pushing whatever button they can push to make the victim compliant and obedient. He wants what he wants, and he will do whatever he wants to make sure he gets it.

      Whatever he (or she, because abusers are often women, too) looks like on the outside, narcissists are all the same on the inside: spoiled rotten selfish brats who scheme and connive, whine and cry, and scream and fight to get what they want, when they want it, how they want it, and whether you like it or not. How the victim feels is of absolutely no concern to them. He uses the path of least resistance to get his way, full of sugar and honey to coat his poison pills until you swallow his bait and he has you under his control. Once you are under control, he doesn’t spend any more energy on sugar or honey because it’s no longer necessary.

      Religion is usually the easiest path to success for a narcissist. It has associated behaviors that are easy to mimic, and followers that are already interested to comply for the sake of their faith. Lying is probably the first vice a child learns to use to manipulate his parents, and the transformation from liar to hypocrite easily goes unnoticed. Especially if he grows up in a house full of accomplished hypocrites. I’m not familiar with very many other religions, but Christianity and Islam place a great deal of blame on the hypocrite. Jesus’ hatred for religious hypocrites is very clear and outspoken in the New Testament. Islam assigns the deepest level of punishment in Hell for the hypocrite.

      Using God to abuse one of God’s creation is a detestable crime in God’s eyes, and the abuser will pay dearly for his crimes in the end. Although verses do exist in the Holy Bible to support beating (see http://shelpeare.hubpages.com/hub/7-Bible-Verses-On-Corporal-Punishment ), our understanding of this method of punishment has to be balanced with a correct measure of compassion and mercy. The same holds true for verses in the Quran (see http://www.islamawareness.net/Wife/beating1.html ) regarding this same form of discipline. Using religion to support abuse is ludicrous and sickening, and every believer knows this in their heart. We can also be certain that God will not allow an abuser to go unpunished, no matter what religion he uses to justify his wrongs.

      Christianity doesn’t care much for clear cut rights and wrongs, being more interested in forgiveness for sins and overlooking the faults of others. This is noble, but usually leads a victim of domestic abuse back to her abuser if she looks for outside help. There is no clear path in Christianity to guide the victim to safety, because nobody wants to pass judgement on anyone, for fear of having judgement passed on him. This is a slippery slope that leads only to more hypocrisy, more lies, more abuse, and more misery.

      There are just as many hypocrites using Islam to abuse their victims, as there are in Christianity. The advantage I see in Islam is that right and wrong is clearly defined, and in the Quran right is always clearly upheld. Wrong is always clearly condemned. Followers don’t always follow the right and avoid the wrong, but the rules have never changed, punishments have never been erased, and the truth is still undisputable. Anyone who wants guidance has it at their fingertips, even in the home of the worst, most abusive Muslim hypocrite. There will be one whole month of every year when every practising Muslim will fast from early dawn to sundown, reading the Quran as much as possible every day of the month.

      Ramadan is the Holy month set aside by command from God for the believers of Islam to renew their faith, revive their rights, correct their wrongs, and refresh their understanding of what God wants for them, and from them. All of this is contained in the Quran, the Holy Scriptures God revealed to the Prophet Mohamed through the visits of the Archangel Gabriel, who taught him God’s message, word for word verbatim as God commanded. God promises in the Quran that He will protect the Quran from every corruption, and to this day there is not one word changed in the Quran from it’s first delivery. Every year while he was alive, the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Prophet and tested him in the complete recital of the entire Quran. Devout Muslims still follow this same practice, reciting or reading the entire Quran over the course of the Holy month of Ramadan, every single year of their lives.

      If a Muslim comes to understand that his or her spouse is a hypocrite regarding Islam, they have the right to divorce. Divorce is the one right that God hates, according to the Quran, but also in the same verse, God allows divorce to right a wrong. There are steps to reconcile differences between spouses that should be taken first, and there is clear guidance about what is right and wrong. As in any faith, however, the followers may be weak, often in the face of clear evidence of wronging, and often in the face of overpowering animosity from the spouse and/or family members.

      Divorce may simply not be an option in many cases, also, and we must recognize that we are not in complete control of our fate. Sometimes, problems can not be solved as we might like or prefer, regardless of clear cut answers or guidelines from our faith. Understanding that our lives are in God’s hands, He is our Creator and will take care of us, even if we don’t understand how or when, can be a source of peace and patience in trying times.

      I hope this helps you to understand the situation more clearly, my sister. Religion is often used as a kind of uniform to identify political enemies. Political reasons are often the true factor behind misleading and inflammatory websites, and the one who is truly interested in the truth has a hard job of finding it between all the lies and propaganda. In the case of Islam, please try http://onislam.net as a source of honest and helpful information.

      I see you have a real interest in the truth, and by your words I can tell that your heart was already guiding you to the truth. God’s rules are written on our hearts, and the ones interested in His rules still have a clear conscience, able to guide them as we understand God’s direction for us, to the best of our limited abilities. Thank you so much for writing again, and please feel free to continue this discussion with me as you like!

      God bless us all with clear conscience to read the comands He has written on our hearts to guide us to His success!

  13. Dear Aisha,

    My name is Joyce and I work for ExpatFinder.com.
    ExpatFinder.com is a free one stop website for people preparing to move or working and living overseas. We provide a myriad of services for expatriates and we have over 2,000 articles to help and support the people moving around the world and we are now creating an interview section to help the expats with real life experiences!
    We quite enjoy your blog about living in Egypt, it is very interesting and informative. Would it be possible to interview you to further share some of your tips and feature some of your first hand experience as an Expat and your interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers. The questions are mainly about the day to day lifestyle of an expat. If it would be possible, could you also send some photographs that we can use?
    Of course, if you accept, we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.
    The questions are enclosed, feel free to respond freely. You can return the doc with your answers if you accept this invitation.
    Thanks in advance and do let me know if you prefer other means to conduct this interview and we would be happy to accommodate your terms.

    Best regards,
    Joyce

    • Hello Joyce, and welcome! Thank you very much for your kind offer for an interview, it would be my pleasure to participate. Please give me a moment to research your email address on gravitar and I will send you an email asap. I’m working on 3 deadlines, but God willing, should be free on this friday (10/17). So nice to meet you! ♥♥♥ ;^)

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  15. Hello from Canada,

    I just joined Expatblog and came across your blog site. Gosh, at this time of year with ice on the creek and the need for double woolies, it sure would be nice to be in a place like the Africa. While I have no plans at the moment to visit there soon, much less move there, I am writing as a fellow US Expat (to Canada) in search of some information RE US Persons living abroad.

    Mainly, my purpose in contacting folks has been to make sure that they are well aware of FATCA. I sell no product or service, am not a cross-border accountant or lawyer. Rather, since last spring when I first got the shock of finding out about this US law that was being forced upon every other country in the world via threats of economic sanctions, and now is complicating the lives of “US Persons” living everywhere outside the “homeland”, I’ve been making a continued effort to contact other US expats to make sure they are at least aware of this issue (it was so deeply hidden in a US law in 2010 and the press has done only a limited job of accurately explaining/communicating this information).

    As part of my own learning, I have become an avid reader of the Isaacbrock blog-site (Isaacbrocksociety.ca); this is a 3-year running Canadian open blog site which has, as its motto, “Liberty and justice for all United States persons abroad” and the main focus of this very active site has been FATCA (including outstanding cautionary presentations to the US Congress, the Canadian Parliament and even a Human Rights Complaint to the UN). At that site there have been many many posters from all over the world, but none that I have yet seen from the Caribbean Islands or Latin American or African countries (other than South Africa). We realize from news reports that, due to FATCA, many banks have with little notice closed their accounts with anyone with “US taint”, but little else is known of their experience and situation.

    One further effort in Canada: a group off-shooting from Isaacbrock has (as of mid-2014) mounted a Canadian federal court constitutional challenge against FATCA and the Canadian Government for signing the IGA. My understanding is that the Canadian constitutional challenge is the ONLY currently active litigation in the world in relation to FATCA. Our Canadian IGA, signed at the end of June 2014, created legalized 2nd class citizenship for all US Persons living here (born in the US or still holding a not-officially-renounced green-card, child of someone born in the US, spouse of a “US person”, business partner of such a person, etc – – I think there are about 1 million of us). This clearly contravenes the long-established Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (which disallows discrimination based on nationality or parentage) plus numerous other federal laws which stem from this long-standing legal basis. While there are rumors of Republicans Overseas bringing a Constitutional challenge inside the US against FATCA (being in contravention of the US Constitution and Bill of Rights), this hasn’t happened and seems to have no launch date as of now.

    You can find more about this Canadian historic effort at http://www.adcs-adsc.ca/ If successful (and our constitutional lawyers and other involved experts have assured us that the IGA is on the wrong side of the law, and the government was warned about likely constitutional challenge before the bill came up for a vote), then perhaps other countries, too, may look more closely at whether it is possible to reconsider and stand up to the US and say NO” to this world-wide FATCA extortion and NSA-type information dragnet.

    It would be so helpful to us in Canada to know more about the FATCA experiences and concerns of US expats in other countries. Perhaps you or some other US Expat you know would be interested in checking out (and checking in with) the Isaacbrocksociety website and posting now and then? Feel free to share this information of what is being done in Canada with other US expats there.

    I hope I have not overwhelmed you with this inquiry and that you will send at least a brief reply with comments/ideas and/or questions if you have any about any of this.

    Happy New Year from the cold white north 🙂
    LLGM

    • Dear Laura, thank you for your visit,and very nice to meet you. I’m sorry I do not understand anything from all that you have written. Can you please tell me in a few lines what it is specifically that frightens you about this thing called FATCA? Thanks very much! ;^)

    • Hi Dearest Sue, thanks so much for your love and warm wishes, I really needed them! My husband’s had a bad spell of health lately, but thank God he’s pulling through. I’ve put everything on hold lately in order to give him the care he needs, but the doctor says he is going to be fine now, insha’Allah, and in a few weeks we should get back to stable life. Thanks so much for your message, I feel your heart reached out to mine in the perfect moment and it really means a lot to me! I hope all is well with you and your family – all my love to you! ♥♥♥;^)

      • Dear Aisha,
        So pleased to know that your Husband is now well on the way to recovering.. Its awful when our other halves are ill. or our children.. We feel so helpless and would sooner it be us that is ill than them.

        I am so pleased the Dr says all is now going to be well again..
        And I am happy my small message came in just when it was needed..

        I am fine dear Aisha.. sending lots of love and Blessings your way xxx
        Love Sue

        • I am glad to know you are well, Sue! Yes, it is a terrible helpless feeling, and scary too. Thank God we made it through the rough time and God willing it will all smooth out from here. Rest up, the gardens will be calling us soon! Love and peace and blessings, dear friend ♥♥♥;^)

  16. Hi Aisha

    My name is Joyce, I am a marketing executive at expatfinder.com which is a leading expat information and services website.

    I saw on your blog that you are and expat. I wish to interview you to further share some of your tips. The questions are mainly about the housing, the daily life etc.
     
    It just takes 5 minutes (or more depending if you have lots to say 🙂
     
    Of course, if you accept we can add a link to your blog or some of your website. 
    If you are interested to participate at this project, please send me an email at interview@expatfinder.com.

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