Algerian novelist Ahlam Mosteghanemi launched on her Facebook page a series of religious sermons addressed to women and focusing on ways of choosing a good husband.
Since the holy month of Ramadan started, Algerian novelist Ahlam Mosteghanemi has started posting advice to women about the choice of husbands in accordance with Islamic principles.
“Do not trust a man who does not obey God,” she wrote. “If he is not grateful to God, he will never be grateful to you. If he doesn’t feel guilty when he disobeys God, he will not feel guilty if he hurts you.”
Mosteghanemi warned women of choosing men who come up with lame excuses in order to quit praying or fasting because this means he will also do the same if he wants to leave her.
She added that men who do not think of the afterlife will not be committed in marriage as they will only think and the here and now and will not think of their future together.
“If he forgets that God is watching him, he will forget to see your tears when he hurts you and if he does not ask God for forgiveness when he sins, he will not ask for your forgiveness when he hurts you.”
Mosteghanemi’s sermons were greeted with enthusiasm on the part of her fans and hundreds of users have been expressing their admiration of the religious posts she published. Mosteghanemi page has more than 60,000 fans.
The way she mixes between love and religion and the literary style with which she writes are what attracted women to the advice she offers.
“Her talk is invaluable,” wrote Nora Ali, one of the users who frequent the novelist’s page. “She proves that fearing God regulates relationships and all kinds of human behavior.”
“Ahlam, you have always dazzled us,” wrote another fan. “It is true that the man who loves God would love God’s most beautiful creatures—women. The prophet called upon men to treat women gently and Muslims who obey the prophet will follow this advice.”
Mosteghanemi’s religious posts were published under titles like “Faith is like love, a private passion,” “Have you ever thought how precious you are to God?,” and “Learn how to differentiate between a real and a fake believer.”
Ahlam Mosteghanemi is the most prominent Arabic language writer in Algeria and is the first female author to have her Arabic works translated into English. She also attended the first Arabic-language school in Algeria.
Her most famous novel Memory of the Flesh, published in 1993, has sold more than one million copies all over the Arab world and is considered one of the top 100 Arab novels published during the twentieth century.
According to Forbes magazine, Mosteghanemi is the most successful Arab writer as sales of her work exceeded two million copies.
(Translated from the Arabic by Sonia Farid)
Do not trust a man who does not obey God,” she wrote. “If he is not grateful to God, he will never be grateful to you. If he doesn’t feel guilty when he disobeys God, he will not feel guilty if he hurts you