Controversy Greets Muslim World Beauty Pageant

Whoever thought there could be a thing called a Muslim beauty pageant about a year ago may have been stoned to death probably by Muslim zealots.
But here is it. Our very own Obabiyi Aisah Ajibola made it through and was crowned winner. The 21 year old University of Lagos student will wear the crown of Muslimah Queen for the next one year.

However, controversy has ensued around the morale behind the pageantry.

The world, Nigerians especially have taken to various social networks and airing their views for and against it.

While some congratulated the winner, Aisha for scaling through and making Nigeria proud, others vigorously kicked against the pageant.

According to some, they believed the pageant is the “most stupid” ever as it didn’t parade beauties adorned in bikinis and boob exposing dresses.

On the other hand, some think exposing ones nakedness is not beauty and that a lady can be decently dressed and still look classy. However, they condemned the significance of the pageant as laid down by the organizers.

Those who find the pageantry as a worthy milestone in the achievement of Muslim as against violence which they have been known for, challenged Christians to also follow suite by coming up with their own beauty pageantry.

The 21-year-old University of Lagos student, Obabiyi Aisha Ajibola, beat 19 other beauties to emerge Muslimah Queen 2013.

The beauty pageant for Muslim women took place Wednesday in Jakarta, Indonesia. She received 25 million rupiah ($2,200) and trips to Mecca and India as prizes.

The contestants were all required to wear headscarves, covered from head to foot.

They were judged on their looks, how well they recited Koranic verses and their views on Islam in the modern world. The judges and audience were mainly religious scholars and devout Muslims.

This pageant was actually staged as a retort to the Miss World pageant holding in the same country. The organizers said they wanted to create an awareness within the muslim female community that there is a better form of beauty than the one being portrayed by the Miss World.

They said the pageant is Islam’s answer to the glamorous Miss World Pageant.


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