Category: Where It All Began

I did not want an arranged marriage… but my father, in keeping with Arab custom, was determined to see me wed before I turned twenty-five and exceeded my marriage expiration date.

On New Years Eve when I was twenty four, my dad announced “starting next week, I’m going to bring a man for you every Friday so that you can see if you meet one that you like and get married.” For the next fifty-one weeks, my dad kept his word.

EXPIRED N FABULOUS

For anyone who has followed my blog 51 Fridays, you all know that my father went on a mission to get me married before I reached my marriage expiration date–twenty-five. This is the age Arabs have labeled as “The Day It All Ends” for women, of course. What ends you might ask? Well, a lot […]

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Here We Go Again!

Hi Everyone, I’m sure you’re all wondering why there was a huge gap in my story. Well, on May 6th, of last year, my father, Fayez Rammuny, passed away. I’m not ready to share the details just yet. I guess a part of me just hasn’t really put it all into perspective quite yet. I […]

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All American Arab

After September 11th, a lot of things changed in the Muslim Arab communities. American flags were purchased, pro-America bumper stickers displayed on cars, some even hung ‘God Bless America’ clings on their front windows. Arab Muslims did their best to portray themselves more American than Kid Rock and learn all the words to Lee Greenwood’s, […]

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Un-Married Appliance

There are three things I find utterly disgusting on men: 1. Thinner eyebrows than me. 2. Yellow teeth. 3. Long toe nails. So, you can only imagine how horrified I was when my dad brought over Fahim. He walked in looking like a Palestinian from the blad (back home): dark olive skin, curly black hair, […]

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Divided We Stand, Divided We Fall

Racism is a disease that plagues every country. That’s right, Arabs–EVERY country. Even the ones populated by Arabs alone like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt–EVERYWHERE! You see, Arabs are incredibly racist not to outsiders but each other. After September eleventh, everyone heard about non-Arab/Muslim people being racist against Muslims, anyone who looked Middle Eastern, and […]

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The Candlestick-Maker

The term candlestick-maker was one I first heard when I was about eight years old. I think most people learnt the term the same way: Rub-a-dub-dub Three men in a tub The butcher, the baker The candlestick-maker A candlestick-maker is, well, someone who makes candles. What I didn’t know was that there was an Arab […]

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The Grudge

My mom always told me that holding onto a grudge was like swallowing poison and waiting for the other person to die. She of course always followed this by saying, “There are some things in life that are so much easier to forgive than forget.” So that’s what I did with my grudge against the […]

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Forever Young

I had the strangest yet most alluring dream last night. I was the lead contestant on the ABC TV series, The Bachelorette. My hair was swept up in a French twist, and I was dressed in a beautiful black gown, and all decked out with the most gorgeous diamond choker. I stood behind a table […]

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I Have Seen Him

In a large city like Chicago, I have managed to avoid ever bumping into the hundreds of men my father has introduced me to since I was fifteen (fingers crossed). Yet, the one man I prayed every night to never see again was exactly the one I saw. With all its hidden shops and food […]

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Brotherly Love

Conflict between siblings is very common amongst all races and ethnicities. However, I think we Arabs take it to a completely different level. Recently, I heard of a pair of sisters who were married to two wealthy men. Sister Y’s husband ended up having to file for bankruptcy after Sister X refused to ask her […]

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“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” — WITH BOYS!

I’m a Muslim girl with male friends. You’re probably thinking, “Yeah, so?” But if so, then you’re obviously not Muslim. You see, Muslim boys and girls are not allowed to befriend anyone of the opposite sex. This is based on the belief that when a man and a woman are alone, the devil is the […]

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The Runaway Bride

That August night in 2008 would be one that no one would ever forget. It started off with my father, mother and me readying ourselves to attend the wedding of a young happy couple: Ehab and Faiza. I think the reason my father was so happy about attending the wedding was because the bride and […]

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Happy Expiration Date!

Today is my birthday. I am now OFFICIALLY expired. How freakin depressing!!!!!!!!!

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Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Burkini

It was a quiet Friday afternoon, and I wanted to take advantage of the fact that I wasn’t meeting anyone by just sitting at home and relaxing. The day was cloudy with scattered rain showers – an overall great setting for me to lie in bed snuggled under the covers with a hot cup of […]

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Lady Yaya

Have you ever met those happy, sappy women who say, “The moment that I met him, I knew that he was the man I was going to marry.” I know I’ve met many women who have said those very words, but I’m not exactly sure if those words will ever come out of my mouth. […]

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