Karen Mansour

My New Life in North Africa with my husband and children.

Ramadan 2018 Day 5 Part 2

karen | 22 May, 2018 18:26



I will leave this here - xxInnocent

Ramadan 2018 Day 5

karen | 22 May, 2018 18:09

Sad but joyful day in Manchester today - I walked across to Albert Square across lunchtime just to pay my respects - wearing a scarf i was aware of the looks I was getting but please be aware that ALL Muslims are not like the one who caused devastation 12 months ago. I shall leave it there as I dont want to live in the UK anymore and hopefully Thursday WILL be my last day coming back.

I feel safer at home than i do in the city I once called home - all because I cover my hair and shoulders - now that is sad.

Pinched this from Wikipedia

Headscarves and religion

 Headscarves may specifically have a religious significance or function, or be expected as a matter of social custom, the two very often being confused.


Religions such as Judaism under Halakhah (Jewish Law) promote modest dress code among women. Many married Orthodox Jewish women wear a tichel to cover their hair. The Tallit is commonly worn by Jewish men especially for prayers, which they wrap around their head to recite the blessing of the Tallit.


Hutterite Christian women wear headscarves.

Until at least the 18th century, the wearing of a headcovering for the hair was regarded as customary for Christian women in Mediterranean, European, Middle Eastern, and African cultures, to agree with contemporary notions of modesty and as an indication of married status; the "matron's cap" is a general term for these.[3] This practice was derived from the Christian Bible, specifically, 1 Corinthians 11:4-13, which has traditionally been interpreted to mandate the wearing of a headcovering by Christian women.[3][4] To some extent, the covering of the head depended on where the woman was; indoors and at home it was less worn, but it was usual outside and on formal occasions, especially in church.[5] Women who did not wear headcoverings were interpreted to be "a prostitute or adultreress".[3][4] In Europe, law stipulated that married women who uncovered their head in public was evidence of her infidelity.[6] The Roman Catholic Church required all women to wear a Christian headcovering over their hair in church until the 1960s; in Spain, these take the form of the mantilla. Women meeting the Pope in formal audiences are still expected to wear them. Martin Luther, the founder of the Lutheran Churches, as well as John Calvin, the founder of the Reformed Churches, also expected women to cover their heads in church, as did John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Churches.[7]

In many rural areas, women, especially widows, continue to observe the traditional Christian custom of headcovering, especially in the Mediterranean, as well as in eastern and southern Europe; in South Asia, it is common for Christian women to wear a headcovering called a dupatta.[8] At times the styles of covering using simple cloth became very elaborate, with complicated layers and folding, held in place with hair pins. Among the many terms for head-coverings made of flexible cloth are wimple, hennin, kerchief, gable hood, as well as light hats, mob caps and bonnets.

Many Anabaptist Christian women (Amish/Para-Amish, Brethren, Bruderhof, Hutterites and Mennonites) wear their headscarf at all times, except when sleeping.[9]

Svetlana Medvedeva, the spouse of Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev is seen wearing a headscarf during Easter Divine Service in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow on 5th of May 2013

In countries with large Eastern Orthodox Christianity population such as Romania [10] or Russia[11] headscarves and veils are used by Christian women in the Eastern Orthodox Church, Oriental Orthodox Church, Assyrian Church of the East, and Roman Catholic Church.[12][13][14] A few years back, all women in Russia who attended Divine Liturgy wore head-coverings. A woman having her head covered means that she honors the Lord. Head-coverings also symbolizes that a woman is married and that her husband is the head of the family. Little girls also have their heads covered when they go to Mass at church, not because they are married, but in order to honor the Lord. Today, young Russian Orthodox women and little girls still cover their heads when going to church, although it differs in style from those worn by women of older age (grandmothers).

Some English speakers use the word "babushka" (the word for 'grandma' in Russian: About this sound 1a1CH:0 ) to indicate a headscarf tied below the chin, as still commonly worn in rural parts of Europe. In many parts of Europe, headscarves are used mainly[citation needed] by elderly women and this led to the use of the term "babushka", a Slavic word meaning 'grandmother'. Some types of head coverings that Russian women wear are: circlet, veil, and wimple.


Islam promotes modest dress among women. Many Muslim women wear a headscarf, often known as a hijab and in Quranic Arabic as the khimar. The Keffiyeh is commonly used by Muslim men, as for example Yasser Arafat who adopted a black and white fishnet-patterned keffiyeh as a hallmark.

Headscarves and veils are commonly used by observant Muslim women and girls, and required by law for women and girls in certain Muslim countries (Saudi Arabia for example). The Muslim religious dress varies, and various cultures include burqa, chador, niqab, dupatta, or others. The Arabic word hijab, which refers to modest behaviour or dress in general, is often used to describe the headscarf worn by Muslim women and girls.[15]


Young Sikhs often wear a cloth wrapping to cover their hair, before moving on to the turban. Older Sikhs may wear them as an under-turban.

New Website

karen | 21 May, 2018 08:37

Hopefully the new website will be up and running by the end of this week ..... then I will slowly close this one down after copying as much as I can to the new one.

Looking at a web address of www.karenmansour.com - watch this space !! Kiss

Ramadan 2018 Day 4

karen | 21 May, 2018 08:31

Back to Liverpool arriving at 7:30am - on our Moroccan passports and - promptly stopped by the Security and questioned (nicely) for 10 minutes. Had the distinct feeling that they thought we were sex trafficking Beth into the UK - but she and I have proof that she had exams all week and that we live in North Africa. So pleased when we get away from the UK full time!!

Our security guys/gals helped out and smoothed things over - one quick sat call to home and we were on our way. Roll on Thursday!!!!!!!!


Ramadan 2018 Day 3

karen | 20 May, 2018 23:14

Its all confusing - apparently we are on Day 4 NOT Day 3 .... something to do with a crescent moon - confused ex bottle blonde here!

Actually and honestly I am getting on ok with the fasting - the other religious bits are a bit weird but I need to try for Mr M's family's sake - and his also xx

Just had a lazy lazy day as Sunday is his day off from work (unless he gets called in) - today was quiet with just a few phone calls to make. We just lazed all day by the pool au natural (until chef arrived!!) - peace and lovely smell of Jasmine everywhere.

Early flight tomorrow back to UK for Beths exams ... only 2 more weeks of this then home full time!!

Manchester tomorrow at 8am!


Loves Ya

KM xx


Ramadan 2018 Day 2 Part 2

karen | 19 May, 2018 23:00

Awesome awesome day at the Big House - think things have been sorted and announcements will be made soon .... better than we hoped for this morning at 9am!

Ramadam 2018 Day 2 Part 1

karen | 19 May, 2018 08:35

Massive Family Day today .... we need to be at the Big House for 10am - kids and us ...

Apparently there is a Royal Wedding in the UK today - its being broadcast live on the TV but I think our day will be more important.

Mr M is upbeat but I know he is a little worried about how thinks will go.


Updates after sunset tonight xxx



Ramadam 2018 Day 1 Part 2

karen | 18 May, 2018 17:14

Well ... has the sun gone down yet???? Nope .... managed a few hours sunbathing elfresco with the kids while Mr M was at work ... then a visit to town for some shopping ... passed McDonalds, Burger King and Pizza Hut .... so so tempted but the girls knew I was fasting so they said nothing lol.

Mr M said he is cooking break fast tonight after sundown - so back by the pool writing this on the lounger ...


More later xx KM xx

Ramadam 2018 Day 1

karen | 18 May, 2018 07:35

Well today is my first ever day of Fasting. Mr M produced a wonderful breakfast for me and the girls before sun up this morning. Thank You Darling.

Due to their ages the girls will NOT be fasting but I (as a new convert) have agreed to partake to cleanse my body and soul.

So while Mr M goes to his office I have worked out that zero physicall exertion will decrease my hunger ... thus laying by or in the pool all day to top up my tan. 3 weeks of this and I will look North African lol.



Guess that sort of sums up my first day so far. (thanks Bethany for the picture!!!!!!!!Cool). Pearl tonight to break fast - or is that Breakfast??


Love to all my followers!!







Ramadan 2018

karen | 15 May, 2018 19:22

Tomorrow is my first day of Fasting for Ramadan - this means no food from sunrise to sunset.


Finally I can wear it!

karen | 11 May, 2018 19:25

It was in Malik's pocket all the way over here and he finally let me wear it as we crossed the coast .......




Goodbye UK

karen | 11 May, 2018 14:23

Posting this on the plane to our new home -

I will possibly close this website at some stage - but friends in the UK have asked me to keep it open for a few weeks until all of us are finally together.

Some will know where we are going but others may find out one day ... maybe

Malik, Bethany, Clarice and I wish you all the best - I have some fond memories (and some naughty ones) - but now I am a one man women .... sorry guys!!



Busy Busy Day

karen | 09 May, 2018 23:56

Back in Manchester - lots of business things to deal with - like sorting the money for the flat "sale" - seem like I am £400k richer than I was when I left home lol ....



Flight Day

karen | 08 May, 2018 13:25

Back from Africa today for a few days - see some friends and then pack up and leave a sunny Manchester for a hot African country.

Husband is with me today as he has some business here in the UK ...


Cant wait to get back to our home ..

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