A Quiz!

Today is the second anniversary of my blog! Time flies! There is a huge difference between today and how I was in 2018, but I am sure that I will go up many rungs maybe until I reach the peak. I have some questions as an Arab woman from the upper of Egypt, with illiterate milieu, tribal roots, a thirty-year-old woman “SPINSTER”, self-made, simple, strong-headed, studious, ambitious, willing to knock down all the obstacles, still down to earth, still ethereal, and spiritual too as a monotheist first and a muslim who is enjoined to befriend all and respect everyone’s choice, the question is why are you following this blog? Do you enjoy what you read here? Will this blog blossom? Have your standpoints changed about Arabs even the bare minimum? Do you think I am equal to any educated woman on earth? Will objectification be stopped? Will I get where I want to be? Will I get a scholarship to pursue my study abroad? May I be a CEO someday?! Will I get married to someone who is willing voluntarily to serve love, support, equality, and respect at the table of that sacred tie? Will you accept me? Will I coexist peacefully with my flaws and afflictions? A lot of questions and they always lead to the same labyrinth!

Hola friends and I am waiting for your answers!

45 thoughts on “A Quiz!

    1. thanks Dave! wish you all the best in your life too. We are similar as human beings regardless of those veneers such as hue, languages, different lifestyles, traditions, etc! salaam brother!

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  1. Best wishes with fulfilling your life! Your always thoughtful posts have given me a nice perspective of your unique and beautiful life.
    I have also received enlightenment about your culture, and am thankful for what you share. May God bless humanity! As a Christian , I believe that God loves his created beings, and I’m glad for the array of beliefs and lifestyles on our planet. Wishing you peace! Take care.

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  2. Congratulations! You ask simple, but thought provoking questions, and this is why I follow your blog. To learn from you and engage in my own way. Yes, you will find love and get married to a man who deserves such a strong-headed partner. I wish you the very best.

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  3. Congrats for completing two years. You do have a lot of valid questions. As far as about an Arab, I haven’t met that many. However I met an Egyptian family, they lived in the same town as us. We had our occasional flare ups. I cannot give any judgment from that experience. I met two Egyptians in Makkah who were very nice. They helped a few Hajis, who had problems with a lady, who occupied a large space in the mosque and refused to share the space. The problem was communication, she spoke Arabic only and the others their own language. The two Egyptians came forward and helped both parties.
    I was told by my Prof. that one must have high expectations of oneself i.e reaching as high as the sky. When one does that one can expect success.
    As humans we cannot pick a certain group of people and give our opinion. We all are God’s creation, we must leave it to our Creator to decide our fate in the hereafter.
    I loved reading your questions, with your ambition you will succeed whatever you choose to do.
    About marriage I’ll say it’s pure luck. My best friend’s husband is superb, she is lucky. But I wasn’t.
    All my best wishes for you, I hope you are the luckiest person in this world. πŸ™‚

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    1. indeed! Egyptians are suffering from the lack of courtesy, so I am sorry for what you have been through because of my people! we should excel no matter how as long as it is ethical. enjoy your day!

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  4. I listen because you speak from the heart. You are fearless in the questions you ask about yourself, your culture and those wanting to oppress you. You have courage to think about a better life, a better education and a better role more suited for yourself. I see you as a dove with tiny wings, waiting, wishing for them to grow.
    When they do, I wish to be there, here of your enlightenment and rejoice with you in your new found flight. You can be whatever you want, I feel the strength to succeed within you. If only you could travel, see the world, the different people and cultures of this world first hand. Breakaway from the bonds of your homeland because there is so much more to learn by being out there.
    This I wish for you as I do for everyone. Perspectives change with education and more so with seeing with your own eyes. Not everyone is open enough to except new perceptions but in you I see this hope. But you need freedom to grow, freedom to express what you think without reprisal and freedom from old beliefs and superstitions. There are many places in this world where you are free to do this. You will shine in an environment like this. Your wings will spread wide and you will fly!

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    1. Thank you so much! I usually portray myself as a caterpillar still dwelling into the cocoon, but I love your metaphor too! I will fly soon and blossom and I am pretty sure of that!🌻

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  5. Hello, Gehad! I appreciate your blog because I see in you a woman who is sincerely seeking truth and understanding about life, a woman who is defined by who you are and not by any label or constraint that comes with your gender, your nationality or your religion. As one self-made spinster to another :), I would say that the Lord says, “Seek and you shall find.” You will find the husband you are looking for if you realize that marriage is not a necessity, but rather the Plan of God in a person’s life. True marriage is not a contract written on paper, but the union of two souls – something only God can accomplish. And God chooses to join our souls together according to His greater purpose for our lives. With this perspective, you will not “settle” for someone who does not meet what you are looking for. You will wait knowing that because this is God’s idea for us, you are guaranteed to meet the one whom He has prepared for you, and if you follow God into the relationship, your marriage will be designed for you to play a part in growing you into all you were made to be. Remember that if God has given you so many wonderful qualities, it is guaranteed that He has given at least one man such wonderful qualities as well, and you have every right to reserve yourself for someone who will complement you so that you are both blessed and better off as a result of your marriage. Never become less than you are for the sake of a relationship. Stay true to yourself – stay true to God – in all integrity. I regard you as a sister, and maybe we will get to meet someday. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much for your compliment and supplication! You are right about marriage but I also wanted to convey others’ standpoint. Thankfully, I enjoy having that air of independence and freedom of making decisions on my own. Having those blessings is truly a life 🌻

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  6. I have never come across such expression about oneself in very clear and honest words. Truly knowing self is one big asset. Keep going because you know the way out from the maze of life.

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  7. Hi Gehad,
    I enjoy your courage to share openly and honestly about your life. Your blog is thought-provoking. I have learned about your culture and faith so it has been a learning experience for me. You are open-minded and respectful of other faiths and cultures, as well. This creates open dialogue. The more we learn about each other the more we realize just how similar the human experience is. We all just want to be heard and respected. May God bless you in the coming New Year, and always.

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  8. All humans should be respected as equals and try to coexist peacefully. Unfortunately the lust for power and control gives birth to the evil which segregates races, religions, philosophies and genders. Have as wonderful a 2021 year as is possible. Peace.
    Art

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  9. Egypt was once, what the west you admire, is now. Surely, the west will become what Egypt is now. In a way, it already is. Weaker of us are oppressed everywhere and anyway. I think you are very brave, though I do not know, are you writing in Arabic too, or do people you live with can read and understand what you’re writing about. You are doing this for them, aren’t you? So you all can have a better place to be in πŸ™
    I wish you all the best πŸ’›πŸŒ»

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    1. Thank you so much! I don’t write in Arabic and my milieu don’t speak English at all, so I write out of Catharsis and to renew my energy. Definitely I will be able to help when I succeed 🌻

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  10. A lot of questions indeed!
    Ten points for your optimism, your positive outlook on life and your undeniable fighting spirit.
    Why do I follow your blog? Curiosity about how a woman in your part of the world interprets her reality and deals with her cultural obstacles. Reading your words I am filled with optimism, I have no doubt you will master the challenges of your envisaged goals.

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    1. Thank you so much for your compliment! I am optimistic about my future too but believe I have paid upfront and there are still some arrears πŸ₯΄πŸ˜‚. We will attain our goals for sure with determination and persistence. Stay blessed and safe please 🌻

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  11. Congratulations on your two years.
    I am here because I like the way you blog. β€œTo the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders” this should answer β€˜A quiz’.

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  12. You say you are a “caterpillar still dwelling into the cocoon.” Yet, here you are speaking your personal truth to people around the world and, in your own way, spreading peace and understanding. You are already a beacon who is shining light into places where darkness has dwelled. Do not underestimate where you are right now, Sister! Your heart will guide you in all things.

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