He controls her Facebook, her phone messages and e-mails, and does not allow her to meet or talk to male friends.
Deprived of minimal privacy and parental trust, the 14-year-old girl has become very insecure.
I’ve seen parents bow in prayer begging God to help and guide their child.
Unfortunately, that is usually the extent of their effort.
Cairo, Egypt – When one graduate of Egypt’s prestigious American University of Cairo (AUC) recently became engaged, she told her parents in southern Egypt that she met her fiancée through mutual friends.
The truth: they met after both swiping right on a dating app.
” she thought, refusing to write articles based on imported formulas that do not relate to the realities of Egyptian teenagers, caught in a crossroads between inherited conservative morals and the radically liberal ideals they are bombarded with through their laptop screens.
“What does this have to do with real life in Egypt?
Such convictions were relatively rare in Egypt, which does not have a law defining sexual harassment, but a court in October sentenced a man to three years in jail for groping a woman.
Women's rights activists welcomed that ruling and said it was unprecedented in Egypt.
Acceptance of Gender Mixing: Humans need to socialize and interact with one another. Contrary to most Islamic Scholar’s interpretation of Islamic teachings, I believe that healthy interactions among the genders is needed to build self-esteem and healthy choices in life.
I sometimes wonder why scholars emphasize the importance of community values among Muslims (Jummah, Eid, visiting the sick, keeping relations with kin), yet spend most of their time speaking of the evilness of mixing with the opposite gender and the horrors that come about.