Monday, August 28, 2006

A Slur on Islam?

Beauty Queen Uproar

A MELBOURNE Muslim girl condemned by Islamic leaders for entering a beauty pageant has defied protests to be shortlisted for the Victorian final.
Ayten Ahmet, 16, advanced to the top 26 of Miss Teen Australia yesterday despite an outcry from some of Victoria's senior Muslims.

The year 11 student said she entered the pageant to fulfil her modelling ambition, and was surprised by the objections.

Parents Salih and Sarah Ahmet said their daughter was a typical teenager, and her faith was irrelevant to the contest. Ms Ahmet, from Craigieburn, beat hundreds of hopefuls at an open casting session at Federation Square.

A spokesman for Melbourne cleric Sheik Mohammed Omran this week branded the competition, which involves swimsuit parades, as a "slur on Islam".

And Victorian Islamic leader Yasser Soliman said the contest did not conform with the teachings of the Koran.

Ms Ahmet, who plans to combine modelling with an accounting degree, said the criticism was disappointing and unnecessary.

"I thought it would be good experience and an opportunity to have a bit of fun," she said. "The cameras are something I love."

Sherene Hassan, executive committee member of the Islamic Council of Victoria, said Sheik Omran's comments were unfair.

"He is entitled to his opinion, but people should be aware he does not represent the mainstream Muslim community," Ms Hassan said.

She said she felt beauty contests were exploitative, but she supported Ms Ahmet's right to make her own choice.

Ms Hassan said she never judged women by the clothes they wore. Mr Ahmet said his daughter was entitled to participate.

"We are not flying any flags. We are Australians first and foremost," Mr Ahmet said.

I wonder if Sheik Mohammed Omran would object to making Ayten Ahmet one of his wives?
My guess is no.


At 12:57 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

Actually women "parading" in swimsuits is an insult to all I dont see this as a big success..but she best be cautious now...u know how those radicals get when someone defies their "authority!"

At 3:21 PM, Blogger Dan Zaremba said...

dont see this as a big success..

Of course not, although there are young bucks these days 'parading' in their undies to compensate this insult. ;-)

On the other hand it is not an offence qualifying for decapitation or stoning.

Just a little diversion from the topic:
Feminist movement was always against so called exploitation of female body (all radical/left movement signed under this credo)
How come the same feminists lasses take of their clothes and parade to protest against Israeli aggression etc?

Another question:
Why politically radical film makers (who always support feminist movement) are allowed to produce semi-pornographic stuff as avangarde art (as opposed to beauty pageants, which exploit and insult women)?

At 4:20 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

Hiya missing link...please email me if ya like..I wanted to link to your site and wasnt sure which writer u were!..:)

At 6:59 PM, Blogger Obob said...

I believe the sheik said, "Dibs."

At 7:30 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

Gee, what a great question, ML. You'll never get a straight answer from a 'tolerant' leftie on it!

I hear 'ya Angel; I would hire a bodyguard (or two or three) if I were that girl. You know how those 'honor' killings tend to happen.

At 6:09 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Great questions Felis. I wonder if one of her brothers or father feels obligated to do an "honor killing"?
Angel, I can see why many women feel that parading around in swimsuits is an insult but I don't feel the same way.
But regardless...this was her decision and she should be able to make it.

At 11:38 PM, Blogger elmers brother said...

I wonder how she would answer the question about solving world peace?

At 1:29 AM, Blogger Dan Zaremba said...

Am I sensing some unhealthy cynicism there? ;-)

At 10:53 AM, Anonymous jmichael said...

"Great questions Felis. I wonder if one of her brothers or father feels obligated to do an "honor killing"?"-AC

;D lol and what about the disingenuous cleaving counterpart to complete the circle of stupidty?

"oh islam is so 'peaceful' they'd never do that.'-The 'softer, kinder, gentler' voice of panzy liberal Americans who wouldn't know shiite from shit when smeared with both. (ugh)


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