Sister Ange at Hegab Rehab posted something today about Sabaya, a combined saloon, cafe and shop only for women, that made me remember an incidence last year that sparked a lot of controversy. This is old news, but I didn’t own a blog back then, and I want to hear your opinions about it.
In 2007 many received a chain mail promoting veiled egyptian actress Hanan Turk’s combined cafe/shop/beauty salon.
The mail went like this;
At last a place where Muslim GIRLZ can hang out
Sabaya is a very nice place . .
nice food and drinks . .
no music played . .
entrance is only allowed for females
so it’s is really safe for montaqebat . .
it’s owned by Hanan Tork . . and Ahmad El Sakka’s wife ( Mohammad El So3′ayyar’s daughter ) . .
so . . it’s a cafe and hairdresser . . and also they sell mo7aggabat stuff . . praying carpets . . and gifts :))
ALL IN ONE
Address: 6 Meet 3′amr street . . Midan Safir . . Masr El Gedida.
if u know the street that has Cook Door / McDonald’s / Oriflame /Smiley’s ) . . it’s behind McDonald’s . . when u see McD . . go right. . then left . . Sabaya will be on ur left . . isA
Tel: 2240 2223 – 2240 2229
Advantges of SABAYA café
– You have the freedom of taking your veil/neqab off.
2- Meeting muslim girls who are willing to get closer to Allah.
3- Increasing your ’so7ba sale7a circle’.
4-Getting the opportuinity of being inspired by real stories by the same girls you meet.
5-You can have parties.
6-Learn how to shun sin…since You won’t be exposed to songs or movies JUST CARTOONS AND RELIGIOUS SHOWS.
7- Get to meet Hanan Turk. heheheheheheheheheheheh
8-Enjoy the feeling that you’r making everything which is not allowed outdoors and Allah won’t be mad at you :D..
P.S. Attending sabaya will be very useful from both the life and religious prespective, since YOu will be helping in changing the wrong perceptions about both Neqabis/ Hegabis that were already inheritied ages ago.
Help in renewing a new age of respectful, effective, lively , happy with their commitment to Islam EGYPTIAN LADIES. nOthing is impossible.. May Allah grant us His Mercy and sincerity –
– First please Don’t invite Christian girls , because they aren’t
allowed to the place.. Second inform all your friends that if the number of visitors increased remarkably in the coming year..inshAllah next year they may be able to open a branch in mohandesen or down town ..We ARE IN DIRE NEED OF A PLACE THAT CONTAINS US ‘NEQABIS’ OR ‘HEGABIS’ SO PLEASE THINK BEFORE U GO ANYOTHER CAFE
The reason this mail sparked controversy and set the egyptian blog society on fire was that they specified that no christian women were allowed. Also people started talking about them not allowing muslims that doesn’t veil inside. Now I don’t know about the last thing, I wanted to visit to see it, but I never got the chance when I was living there. But it states clearly that christians are not allowed, even though this might have changed, it looks like that from Ange’s blog post…
What do you ladies think?