Number 5: ‘Hair, hair and hair absolutely all around your body’
There is a scientific explanation to it. 5-alpha-reductase – a hormone responsible for hair growth is much more expressed in the Middle East and the Mediterranean.
To be activated this hormone needs a help of another hormone -testosterone, or so-called male-hormone.
Arabs unlike Asians have more of this hormone, thus – more hair! So hair can appear even in such unexpected places, like: ears, nose or butts!
Number 4: Being asked to belly dance at weddings and birthday
Dancing is not welcomed in Muslim cultures, and is forbidden for women to dance for men. However women do dance in closed female only-functions. For men though it is quite unusual to dance and many prefer covering their faces when they dance. However don’t expect every Arab to know how to dance bellydance!
Number 3: Girls with fake Facebook accounts
Muslim scholars say women shouldn’t upload pictures of their face on social media. However many are so tempted to have accounts that they prefer to use fake images or photos of objects. That might be very confusing!
Number 2: No privacy
Living ‘like an Arab’ implies sharing pretty much everything with your big family as well as multiple uncles, aunties, cousins and even neighbours. Many parents simply find it difficult to trust their kids, so building trustful relationships can definitely take time. One teenager even complained his dad use to read his diary as a bathroom material…
Number 1: Marrying at an early age
Mutah website said it all. Here is the quotation: ‘Because of Islam’s great love for marriage, it has strongly emphasized that people get married as soon as possible. This is more so for women, and the Prophet (s) and Imams (as) have strongly emphasized that it is the responsibility of a father to ensure that his daughters become married as soon as possible. This is in order so that the woman may not fall into fornication as a result of not being able to marry, and that this very important part of her life become dealt with as soon as possible.’
with a family like mine, there is no such thing as privacy or space. #arabs
— Sarah Sw (@sarahxsw) July 6, 2013
My friend & I are having breakfast & a bunch of Scandanavians are making a lot of noise. He said “They must be married to #Arabs“
— سلطان سعود القاسمي (@SultanAlQassemi) May 11, 2010
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