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UNILAG Student To Rep. Nigeria At World’s Muslim Beauty Contest In Indonesia

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UNILAG Student To Rep. Nigeria At World’s Muslim Beauty Contest In Indonesia

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Sept 18, 2013 – UNILAG Student To Represent Nigeria At 2013 World’s Muslim Beauty Contest (Muslimah) In Indonesia

Today in Indonesia, a 21-year-old Nigerian student, Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola from UNILAG will officially represent Nigeria at Muslimah World Pageant.

The finale of a beauty pageant exclusively for Muslim women will take place in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, in a riposte to the Miss World contest in Bali that has drawn fierce opposition from Islamic radicals.

Twenty contestants will show off the latest Islamic fashion trends in the Muslimah World pageant and will also take part in other activities, such as reciting the Koran, aimed at demonstrating their piety.

“We’re just trying to show the world that Islam is beautiful. We are free and the hijab (Muslim headscarf) is our pride,” said Ajibola.

The contestants can only enter the competition if they wear a headscarf and have undergone three days of “spiritual training” in the run-up to the final in Jakarta, waking up before dawn to pray together and sharpen their Koranic reading skills.

Organisers say they want to show Muslim women there is an alternative to the idea of beauty put forward by the British-run Miss World pageant, and also want to show that opposition to the pageant can be expressed non-violently.

Organiser Eka Shanti, who founded the pageant three years ago after losing her job as TV news anchor for refusing to remove her headscarf, bills the contest as “Islam’s answer to Miss World”.

“This year we deliberately held our event just before the Miss World final to show that there are alternative role models for Muslim women,” she said.

It is a starkly different approach to the groups of Islamic radicals who have taken to the streets in recent weeks to protest Miss World, denouncing the contest as “pornography” and burning effigies of the organisers.

Despite a pledge by organisers to drop the famous bikini round for the pageant in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, radical anger was not appeased and the protest movement snowballed.

The government finally bowed to the mounting pressure and ordered the whole three-week pageant be moved to Hindu-majority Bali, where it opened on September 8.

Later rounds and the final, on September 28, had originally been scheduled to be held in and around Jakarta, where there is considerable hardline influence.

While beauty is very much at the heart of Muslimah World — contestants’ height and weight is shown on the pageant’s website and it is sponsored by a halal make-up brand — the contestants’ piety is also a big factor.

More than 500 contestants competed in online rounds to get to the final in Indonesia, one of which involved the contenders comparing stories of how they came to wear the headscarf.

On Wednesday night, contestants will retell these stories and answer questions from judges at the final in a Jakarta shopping mall, and the 20 finalists will be whittled down to four before a winner is crowned.

“What I will be looking for is strength of personality — someone with a vision for the future, who gives back to their community and shows that beauty is not just about bodies,” said Jameyah Sheriff, an education expert from Malaysia who is on the judging panel.

Shanti said the contest was first held in 2011 and was then only open to Indonesians but it proved so popular that it was opened up to international entrants.


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  1. k

    September 18, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    arrant nonsence

  2. a

    September 18, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    This is complete rubbish and must be discouraged…. Why are they showing Islam the way it is not it….. This is not ISLAM, THIS IS NOT ISLAM…..Every bid’ah is in the fire of hell…. May Allah’s curse be on those people trying to spoil this religion

  3. christy Tanko

    September 18, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Arrant nonsense indeed mweeeetttttchhhh

  4. herlysh

    September 18, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    @K, do mean to say that girls/ladies walking almost naked (in a bikinis), is really sensible to you?

  5. Hsdiza

    September 19, 2013 at 5:54 AM

    Dis is not Islam, Islam does not permit women show there body in d open, Subhanalillah this is one of d signs of end-time, how can a muslim lady ever conceive d idea of going 4 a beauty pageant, may Almighty Allah forgive us all.

    • Mariam

      September 19, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      @Hsdiza, if you go 2ru very well there is no place they mention that they go naked, they are covered from head to toe, nothing is revealing, there just trying to show the world that beauty is not by exposing our body all because of beauty contest. This is not bad let show the world that we muslim nd there is decency being a muslim sister. May Allah help us.Let be caution of we say in order not to give other religion opportunity to insult our religion. Allah knows best.

  6. adesquare

    September 19, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    it is Islam.Muslims are trying to show the standard on which islam is being built.Prophet said every intention will be judged according to individual”s motive.

  7. EDITH

    September 19, 2013 at 8:45 AM


  8. atolagbe morufat

    September 19, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    islam is beautiful and islam basically on knowledge not thinking.

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