Not ‘Islamists’, but plain devout Muslims…
Islamists Berate Egyptian Actress Hala Shiha’s Return Without the Hijab
Egyptian actress Hala Shiha, who retired in 2005 for religious reasons and began wearing a hijab, has announced her comeback while revealing she will now shun traditional Islamic dress.
Shiha created a Twitter account to tell Egyptian followers of her controversial move, describing herself online as “an Egyptian actress, shone again,” and tweeting she was a “strong independent woman from the beginning”.
The Twitter account has now been suspended.
As recently as August 2017, Shiha provoked an outcry when she posted a picture of herself on Facebook in a niqab, the full face veil. Vowing never to take it off or to return to acting, she urged her fans not to share her old pictures as an actress so as “not to sin.”
Now she has created a furore in Egypt by her decision to shun traditional Islamic dress, with Islamists saying she has “disappointed” women and girls who had looked to her as a role model.