Skip to comments.Egypt's First Lady Represents New Image (first cousin of Marsi is his wife?)
Posted on 07/03/2012 3:33:46 PM PDT by LurkedLongEnough
Editorial note: Mohammed Morsis victory as Egypts first elected civilian presidentand first leader with a PhDalso brings the first traditionally Islamic First Lady.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.--The world now knows that Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhoods Freedom and Justice Party became the first civilian elected president in Egypts long history on June 24. But this isnt the only first that Morsi has brought to the Egyptian political landscape.
Morsi is the first Islamist to get to the presidential palace. He is the first Egyptian president with Mohammed as an actual first namealthough Hosni Mubarak and Anwar Sadat injected Mohammed into their names for Islamic flavor.
Also, he is the first Egyptian president to hold a PhD degree, which he earned in engineering at the University of Southern California (USC). And he is the first president to win a competitive election, where Egyptians had--for the first time--the opportunity to choose from more than one candidate.
Her Fashion Statement A Full Hajib
An additional first that has garnered attention from the West especially among Americans is that Morsis wife, as the First Lady, is also the first to wear an abaya, the traditional Islamic dress and full coverage hijab.
Her name is Najla Mahmoud. Born in Cairo in 1962, she is Mohammad Morsi's first cousin (dont panic, they do it in Texas) and married Morsi in 1979. The couple has four sons and a daughter.
Egypts new First Lady lived in the United States with her husband while he studied at USC. She has been an active member of the Brotherhood for many years running multiple charity projects, particularly in the field of education, and she worked as a translator at the same time.
Even by Egyptian standards she is a very different First Lady.
The new First Lady received a fair amount of ridiculous coverage from Egyptian liberal media and so-called secular Egyptians. Some even questioned if she is really fit to represent Egypt. Her image has become the subject of a rancorous debate on Egyptian websites and in newspapers.
A column in the newspaper El Fagr asked sarcastically, How could she receive world leaders and still adhere to her traditional Islamic standards of modesty? The paper added, Dont look at her. Dont shake hands with her, in stating that her new status presents a comic scenario.
Traditionally the role of the Egyptian First Lady is an invisible one. The past First Lady, Suzanne Mubarak, lived in Hosni Mubaraks shadow, running charity organizations and meeting dignitaries.
According to a recent interview in Egyptian press, the new First Lady does not even like the title. She told the media, Islam taught us that the next president is the first servant of Egypt, this means that his wife is also the servant of Egypt. Any title that has been forced upon us must be gone with. It should disappear from my political and social dictionary.
Mahmoud sees herself first in the womans foremost traditional role as a mother. She admitted that she preferred to be called Em Ahmed (mother of Ahmed, her eldest son) above any other title.
Former First Lady Suzanne Mubarak, though, would have never accepted being called Em Gamal, (her eldest son). She was, however, grooming him to take over Egypt after her ailing husband displayed deep signs of political boredom.
Even though former First Ladies spent fortunes on their appearance, appealing to many western fashions statements, the new First Lady will have none of it. The only fashion statement she has to make is the hijab and the full dress Islamic dress. This will be the one representation of post-revolution Egypt.
And that wont be too difficult for most Egyptian women to follow. Muslims as well as Christiansin fact, most women in Egypt, regardless of religion, already wear some kind of head covering.
Dalia Saber, 36, an engineering lecturer, said of Najla Mahmoud, She looks like my mother. She looks like my husbands mother. She probably looks like your mother and everybody elses.
Yet, the West has a fixation about traditional Muslim attire and the hijab. That criticism is that the hajib is mostly a colonial style and a symbol of oppressionas if the multibillion-dollar fashion industry werent dictating what western women should wear.
Racist attitude towards Muslim women wearing traditional dress is often hidden behind the veil of secularism.
I wear a hijab to be part of a faith not a part of fashion, explained a young French Muslim woman responding to a question of why she covers her beautiful hair.
Najla Mahmoud, the first hijabi-wearing First Lady of Egypt, may just bring a new attitude toward Muslims women, and a new look toward Muslim fashion.
Ahmed Tharwat, is producer and host of the television program, BelAhdan (in English: With Open Arms) based in Minneapolis, Minn. Tharwat is a professor of marketing at the University of St. Thomas.
I'd rather know how she thinks, at this point, than what she is destined to wear.
Will someone, please, photoshop Michelle wearing an abaya?
Certainly no problem for Michelle to stand along side this lovely First Lady, at least not in the way that she once did standing beside the First Lady of France!
I thought Joe Paterno was dead.
They had two anchor babies in the US.
I’m guessing they both vote Democrat via absentee.
I sure hope she isn’t thinking impure thoughts about bananas, zucchinis, carrots and touching them! The Imam has ruled that it is improper and unislamic! Amazing how fast Egypt is retreating to the 9th century!
It’s Danny DeVito in muzzie drag????
Compared to a modern Muslim woman living in a Muslim dominated society the princess royal from Medieval Europe are totally liberated.
Proof of statement - when was the last time that a female reported was sexually assaulted in the US? When was the last time that a female reporter sexually assaulted in Egypt?
And there are still people out and about that claim all societies are equal?
If only someone would collect all the ridiculous pronouncements of the mullahs.
Yea, Grover Norquist does.
I quit reading right here.
I don't much care to read the writings of a liberal dildo.
Gee, I took it as meaning that Muzzies do it in Texas, too. And in Dearbornastan, as well as all over the Middle East.
And yes, Muslims marry their cousins. And the cousin's sisters. Those countries stupid enough to subsidize the wave of Muslims that will soon overrun them are also paying through the nose for Birth Defects, and the myriad other diseases that afflict the inbred.
Saudi Arabia: The typical result of their inbreeding is quite plain to see in characters like the late Osama bin Ladn. One of 75 children by a cousin ... he had about the same number of children by a succession of cousins. Extreme ectomorph, deaf, with bad kidneys, crossed eyes, a variety of tics, and mental instability ... IOW, a true Arab. The problem is is so bad in Saudi Arabia that the government actively tries to recruit brides from other Muslim countries to broaden the gene pool. Tough sell. Tops on the wish list: Blondes from Bosnia!
This is serious. The National Health Service in Britain is going broke caring for birth defects among its Muslims! Ah yes. The perfect immigrant: an inbred religious fanatic who wants to kill you, cannot hear you, and cannot be reasoned with.
The couple has four sons and a daughter.Warning: there's a picture of her. Oh, and some Texas bashing.