May Ezzedine Shines in Ramadan 2013

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Saidia – For the past few years, the Egyptian actress/singer has been panned for participating in one of the worst movies of all times by critics and 4 of her movies were listed in Al Arabiya’s black list.

However, luck maybe changing for the Arab world’s Lindsay Lohan as the actress showed unprecedented acting performances and reincarnation of a character so evil, so malicious and viper-like mentality. Watching her 2013 Ramadan series “Al Shak” was more than amazing, it was more than entertainment it was,, it was believing that the person playing that role isn’t May. she perfected the character of money-loaded Wassila so perfectly that its nearly impossible to recognize sweet little May Ezzedine.

We guess now that her name being on the black list isn’t an issue for the young actress, because now she should always be proud to have starred in “Al Shak”, the most watched and liked (at least on Facebook) during Ramadan of 2013.

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Yousra’s Ramadan Series: Underrated?

Saidia – I was impressed along with the rest of my family with Yousra’s series during Ramadan 2012 “Sharbat Louz” and I considered it as one of, if not the, best series of last year’s Ramadan.

When promos featuring Yousra’s  series of this year, I was so happy to see that it looked very, very promising and I couldn’t wait to watch it! However, I guess TV Channels didn’t agree with me because the major TV Stations in Egypt (CBC, Hayat, Mehwar and maybe even Nile Drama) didn’t add the series to their programming. Moreover, I found no trace of the series on TV and that maybe due to the fact that maybe a particular channel bought the rights to show the series (BIG MISTAKE). Why big mistake? if the channel isn’t one of the most prominent TV Station in the Arab World or at least Egypt, the series will be ignored especially that this year’s Ramadan has one of the best programs I’ve seen in years.

What I can say to Yousra is that I’ll be watching your show on the internet and that you remain one of my favorite actresses in the world.

The 7th Day of Ramadan: People Finally Coping

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Saidia – Today is the 7th day of Ramadan here in Morocco and people are back to their pre-first-day-Ramadan energetic although fasting. 

Unlike what many westerns think, Ramadan of 2013 isn’t Ramadan of 665 because people always find a way to cope with the very special Ramadan routine and soon get back to being energetic and seemingly not fasting. The reasons vary from house to house, family to family and person to person. Most young people spend the day sleeping and wake up only 4 to 3 hours short from the Maghrib (time to break the fasting), while other young people who need to work, cope with each passing day as job-related issues takes their thinking away from food. For older people, most of them work and therefor, must cope with daily Ramadan activities. Normally by the 7th day, a Muslim gets used to the Ramadan routine and at times, favorites it from the ordinary routine and starts fasting Mondays and Thursdays (Preferred yet not Forced by Islam).

Ramadan’s first couple of days always bring much confusion for family members, especially women who find themselves wondering about what to cook next.

Hekayate Hayat (مسلسل حكاية حياة ): Keeping Viewers On Their Toes

Saidia – Ghada Abdel Razek may have rose some eyebrows with her political and pro-Mubarak statements back in 2011/2012, however no one can deny that Ghada is one of Egypt’s most talented actresses, and her latest Ramadan series is just amazing.

So this series talks about a woman called  Hayat (Ghada) locked up in a “crazy people” hospital while her family enjoys living the life or the rich and powerful as part of Egypt’s elite community. It turns out that Hayat was accused of killing her mother and instead of going to prison, her father used his influence so that his daughter gets to be locked in a “crazy people” hospital, a lavish hospital I might add.

A Doctor following the case of Hayat soon finds out the horrors Hayat went through and go through inside the hospital as some workers in the hospital abuse her and mistreat her. The good doctor gets so close to Hayat that the latter starts telling him about what really happened and how she was framed for killing her mother, getting her husband taken from her by her own sister and subsequently losing her money to her sister and little brother after the death of her father. Hayat tells the doctor how her mother used to sleep with other men and that when she decided to face her things got heated and her mother fell from the porch — >Dying.

Following yet another abuse by hospital workers, the doctor helps Hayat to break free and then convincing the hospital “dirty” officials to state that Hayat has been cured and subsequently getting a government committee to agree that Hayat may leave her “prison”. Seeing that 13 years have passed since she was first locked, her criminal case was dropped (Egyptian law states that after 10 years any case or rulling are dropped). Now, Hayat is living one block away from her Son, who she last saw when he was a little kid but she is yet to get her money, she is yet to start her war with her family and she is yet far away from fighting back especially that she keeps telling the doctor (who is married and seems to be falling in love with her) that she wants to be left in piece, she doesn’t want any money and only wants her son.

Wow, what a series right? From Al Araf, to Al Shak and the Preacher what could you possibly choose with another cool series: Hekayat Hayat….Egypt is truly the Hollywood of Arabs.

Al Shak Series: One of Ramadan’s Best

Saidia – Al Shak (مسلسل الشك) is becoming with each passing day a crowd pleaser, proving to be a straight hit and one hell of a comeback for Syrian actress Raghda.

The series talks about a typical middle class Egyptian family dealing with daily-life issues yet staying strong and facing each problem as one body, however this body soon catches a cancer that divides them and weakens them and turns each one of them against the other one. When lawyer comes knocking their door telling the family that a man left over $70 Million to the family’s matriarch “Samya” and her daughter “Wassila”. Everyone was surprised to know that the man left the money to his supposed ex-lover and daughter. Doubt soon spread in the house driving the Father to conduct a DNA test to prove if he is the father or not and surprisingly enough, he finds out that Wassila isn’t his biological daughter sending him into a rage and subsequently evicting his wife from the house. His wife stands harshly behind her innocence while her daughter seems to enter into an atmosphere of shock driving her to accept the money and is shown blowing her recently acquired cash on designer handbags, shoes, clothes and such.

According to the promos, Wassila will turn against everyone (her husband included) making this series one of Ramadan’s most thrilling by a long shot.

The Preacher: One of the best series of Ramadan 2013

Saidia – The Preacher (مسلسل الداعية) has come out as one of the potential best series of Ramadan 2013.

The reason behind such statement is the relevance between the current political atmosphere in Egypt and how the series cleverly denounces the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood and how they “stole” the revolution, though being a family-drama series focusing slightly on politics, slightly on religion and generally on social and family issues.

At least for now, the first two episodes of The Preacher seem exciting, ravishing and can’t wait to see what happens next!

Ramadan: The Month Of Delicious, Tasty Food

Saidia – Back i the day, Ramadan’s arrival was largely attached to embracing god and the religion along with experiencing the feelings of poorer people who are unable, throughout the year, to find something to eat whenever they want.

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However, people alienated Ramadan from its religious and holy form and into a month of tasty delicious food made exquisitely for visiting family and loved-ones. I won’t lie, I personally enjoy Ramadan, hankering for its arrival along with its blessings, religious atmosphere, and I won’t lie….The food and series are AMAZING! Yes it has become the month of series and delicious food, the same way the new year celebration, Christmas and thanksgiving diverted from their original forms. However, on a little bit optimistic stance, Muslims (myself included) are still attached, at least for now, to the larger and clearer parts of their religion, and although we can’t change what we have become, we sure can’t forget who we are, we can’t forget our Islamic origins and roots.

I love Ramadan, I love its smells, I love its theme, I love its routine, I love its food, I love its family gatherings but more importantly, I love its spirituality and holiness.