You almost have to ask yourself, “Is this for real?” It would be amusing if it were not so sad how the father of the girl who by the way attends a Catholic school keeps saying that her participation in a beauty pageant is not about religion. May Allah protect us and increase us in haya.
On a side note: Why do some Muslim parents send their children to Catholic schools to be educated? I know far too many Muslims that have attended Christian schools in their formative years and are now in danger of falling out of Islam.
And what is even worse, these same parents now complain that their children, now in adulthood, do not respect them nor do they observe many of the tenets of Islam, and some may be undergoing some difficult trials and tribulations. Indeed, it was the parents who failed in their amana to their children. May Allah rectify our affairs and guide us to that which pleases Him. Ameen.
Which reminds of the story of the man who complained to Umar radiyAllahu anhu about his son’s poor behavior. Umar radiyAllahu anhu asked for the son to be brought and questioned him. The son said that his father had never taught him anything about the deen not even a single ayah of Quran. Umar radiyAllahu anhu concluded that it was the father’s fault that the son mistreated him.
Source: The Australian
August 28, 2006
A MUSLIM teenager accused of casting “a slur on Islam” by entering the Miss Teen Australia beauty pageant says she can’t understand the fuss.
“I’m quite shocked. It’s something I never expected,” Ayten Ahmet, 16, said yesterday during a break in judging at Melbourne’s Federation Square.
“As long as you present yourself well, respect yourself and respect others, that’s what’s important. Religion’s not an issue.”
The Melbourne teenager of Turkish descent became the subject of a Muslim morality debate after Melbourne cleric Sheik Mohammed Omran was quoted at the weekend as saying Muslim girls cast “a slur on Islam” by participating in beauty contests.
But Ayten, who attends a Catholic secondary school near her home in Craigieburn, north of Melbourne, has the support of her family.
Her father, Salih, said the fact his daughter was Muslim was irrelevant to her participation in the pageant. “Religion doesn’t enter into it. This is a fun day for her and that’s the way we see it,” he said. “It’s about respecting and treating people fairly. That’s what it comes down to.”
Yasser Suliman, chairman of the Islamic Family and Children’s Agency, said questions needed to be raised about the “whole issue” of beauty pageants. “This is a non-issue. There are far more important issues to be debated and discussed,” he said.