Sharia Alert from Down Under. Sheik Mohammed Omran is perfectly free to moralize, but bitter experience has shown that slurs on Islam often turn into threats of violence against those who are perceived as doing the slurring. “Beauty queen uproar,” from The Herald Sun, with thanks to JE:
THE Islamic community is bitterly divided over a Melbourne Muslim girl’s entry into the Miss Teen Australia beauty pageant.
Aspiring model Ayten Ahmet, 16, says she wants only to be a positive role model for teenagers.
She believes religion is irrelevant to the competition.
The Craigieburn teenager hopes to be announced as a Victorian finalist in the contest, marketed as the southern hemisphere’s biggest teen beauty pageant, at a preliminary event at Federation Square today.
But the pageant, which includes a swimwear section, has been condemned as sinful by some senior Muslims.
Melbourne cleric Sheik Mohammed Omran criticised the event, with his spokesman branding participation by Muslim girls as “a slur on Islam”.
“They are ignorant of what their religion teaches and should learn their religion,” the sheik’s spokesman said.
“The teachings of the prophet and the Holy Koran do not encourage a girl to go out and uncover her modesty in public.”
Victorian Islamic leader Yasser Soliman said participating in the contest was not in accordance with the teachings of Islam.
“What Islam teaches is that God-given beauty is only to be shared with the husband. It is not something used as a commercial gimmick, for financial gain, fame or entertainment,’ he said….