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Hala Shiha takes off her niqab

Thursday 12/July/2018 - 01:33 PM
Hala Shiha
Hala Shiha
Sada ElBalad-Yara Sameh

Mohamed Emad، a dentist posted on his “Facebook” page a picture in his clinic accompanied by Hana، and Hala Shiha، in her latest public appearance.

Hala Shiha went viral across the social media after appearing in the picture without her niqab “face-covering clothing”، wearing only the veil.

The picture stirred a controversy، especially among her fans who were surprised by the move، which comes after her recent confirmation that she will not take off her niqab، which she was wearing for nearly five years، according to hiamag.

Social media users shared the picture while expressing their wishes for her to return to acting.

In 2006، Shiha announced her retirement from acting and wearing the veil after co-starring in several blockbuster films such as “Lembi”، “Oredo Kholaan”، “Aaris Men Geha Amnya”، and others.

She surprised her audience at the time with the withdrawal from acting and wearing the veil.

During her retirement، she partook in Charity work and advocacy before wearing niqab.

Noteworthy، Hala Ahmed Shiha، known as Hala Shiha، is a retired Egyptian actress. She isborn on February 23، 1979 in Cairo، Egypt، to an international acclaimed painter Ahmed Shiha، and a Lebanese mother who is also an artist.

She is the eldest out of four daughters، her sister is well-known actress، Hana Shiha.

She is best known for portraying the main roles in The Ladder and The Snake، and Lost in America.

She officially retired from the entertainment industry in the 2005، after she decided to start wearing the hijab. The following year، she made a brief comeback to star in a role with her hijab.

Her decision to start wearing the hijab and retire from the entertainment industry at such a young age and so soon in her career caused controversy.

It sparked a massive debate in Egypt about the veil and the decline of secularism within Egyptian society and among Egyptians.

Hala Shiha is a devout muslim. She shocked the entertainment world when she announced her retirement for the second time in her career، the first time was in 2003، because she decided to "recommit herself to Islam".

Originally، deciding to wear the hijab in 2003 Hala had taken off her Islamic headdress (Hijab) after wearing it for a period of two months amidst objection from family and members of the acting world.
She returned to wearing it in 2005 once she declared she was planning to quit acting.
Hala Shiha takes off her niqab

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