Islamic Beauty Competition ( No really )

Screen shot from aljazeera.com

Screen shot from aljazeera.com

It turns out that Islamic women want to be seen as beautiful just like Western women. I say this because a beauty pageant in Indonesia was created for them by a news reader who lost her job because she refused to read the news with out wearing her hijab.

She has found a way to combine the supression modesty of Islam with the dogma teachings of Islam. That’s right, it is a beauty contest where only the face can be judged and you have to also be proficient in your knowledge of your political ideology religion in order to win. Oh and you must wear a hijab. Apparently she wanted to show the world that Islam is beautiful.

It was a beauty contest where the women were being judged not only on outer beauty and religious knowledge but on ‘ inner beauty’ as well as part of the contest was to test their charity and compassion. In order to do that they completed a number of activities including visiting a home for the elderly.

At an elderly home, the girls are tested on their charity and compassion.   Miss Muslimah 2014 an award competition in Indonesia, which intends to be the opposite of a beauty pagent.

At an elderly home, the girls are tested on their charity and compassion. Miss Muslimah 2014 an award competition in Indonesia, which intends to be the opposite of a beauty pagent.

I wonder if they were tested on praying as well though I don’t know exactly how you would score that one. Best prayer mat? Most graceful prostration?

Finalists pray during preperations for the Grand Finale on November 21st, 2014 in Yogakarta, Indonesia.  Miss Muslimah 2014 an award competition in Indonesia, which intends to be the opposite of a beauty pagent.

Finalists pray during preperations for the Grand Finale on November 21st, 2014 in Yogakarta, Indonesia. Miss Muslimah 2014 an award competition in Indonesia, which intends to be the opposite of a beauty pagent.

Really it is a fantastic PR exercise for Indonesia and creates a soft caring image of Islam. If only we could ignore the inconvenient truths and focus on the kind, pretty and pious ladies.

Pretty and pious Muslim ladies.

Pretty and pious Muslim ladies.

 

 


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