Skip to comments.Jais' Advice Questioned (Women 'Advised' to Pull Out of 'UnIslamic' Beauty Pageant)
Posted on 11/20/2011 12:47:17 PM PST by DogByte6RER
Jais' advice questioned
The five Muslim beauty contestants believe they have done nothing wrong
The Sarawak Islamic Affairs Department's (Jais) move to advice five Muslims against participating in the Miss Borneo Beautiful 2011 contest has caught state Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah by surprise.
Surprised because this was the first time JAIS had acted to stop Muslims from taking part in a beauty contest in this state.
"I have to talk with (Abang) Shamsudin (Abang Seruji, state Jais director).
"I am keen to know what happened and why the advice was given," she told the New Sunday Times.
Fatimah is more curious about Jais' ruling on the participation of Muslim women in beauty contests.
"Would Jais act similarly for other beauty contests?"
Her concern stemmed from Abang Shamsudin's reported statement that "the syariah dictates that beauty pageants are illegal".
She said this would have implications on traditional beauty contests, such as the Ratu Kebaya (Kebaya Queen) or the international Miss World Harvest Festival.
"From what I see, Jais was just carrying out it's responsibility. If they didn't act, they would have been accused of not doing their job. But I would still like to get a clearer picture of what happened."
However, the closed-door talk by Jais failed to get the women -- Melatie Melisa, 22; Natasha Nur Amarina Mohamad Kaie, 21; Adira Kamil, 23; Sharifah Nadzirah Wan Hamid, 23, and Roszainah Suhaili, 21 -- to withdraw from the contest.
"We did no wrong. We did not do anything that went against the teachings of our religion," Natasha said after finishing second runner-up among the 18 finalists.
Adira, who finished fourth runner-up was voted Miss Popular.
Nadzirah picked up the Miss Personality title, while Farahana was crowned Miss Photogenic.
The women claimed they was no swimsuit segment in the contest.
"Maybe some people were envious of us, so they complained and created an issue," Natasha said, adding that their decision to ignore Jais' advice was unanimous.
"After all, the hard work we have put into this contest would go to waste. And we did not do anything wrong."
Meanwhile, Abang Shamsudin told Berita Harian that Jais could not act against the contestants for ignoring their advice.
"We have done our duty. Their decision to go ahead and participate is their right."
There's also some men that have those big old head-covering things and white gowns like they're Lawrence of Arabia or something.
Not guilty across the board and the one on the left is PARTICULARLY not guilty.
I have seen pics of some Arab(ic?) women not covered head to toe and it is amazing how lovely they frequently are.
Muslim males see nothing wrong with frequenting strip joints, stuffing dollar bills down skanks’ silicone enhanced chests while they enjoy the performance. Those frauds tell us how important modesty is to them - like it isn’t important to Christians and Jews. They want to impose their rules on us while they’re free to do what they want.