– Any post from the page is not from me
+’The pageant is foreign to Islam’ -SHAYKH AHMAD
The winner of the maiden edition of World Muslimah Pageant, Obabiyi Aisha has denied opening a new Facebook page account with the name, Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola (Public Figure), warning friends to ignore any message from the handler.
Her post on Sunday, September 29, 2013 read, “Hello everyone, thanks for the greetings. I also want to inform all my friends that the new facebook (page) account with “Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola (Public Figure)” was not created by me. Please any post from the page is not from me. Thank you all for understanding.”
The fake Facebook with hundreds of followers was opened shortly after Aisha was declared winner of the controversial pageant that has continued to receive global comdemnation. Although, the intention of the imposter is not known.
Further enquiries from the Urban and Regional Planning student of University of Lagos was not fruitful. She said, “I got your message sir, but I won’t be able to answer those questions now. May be when I am back in Nigeria. Am very sorry for any inconvenience, I am a little bit occupied. Thanks so much sir for your kind understanding.”
Meanwhile, foremost Islamic scholar, Shaykh Abdur-Rahmad Ahmad has described the pageant as foreign to Islam, insisting that the beauty of a muslim woman should be appreciated by her husband alone.
The National Missioner of Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria spoke with ENCOMIUM Weekly on Saturday, September 28, 2013 on the issue…
‘The pageant is foreign to Islam’
– SHAYKH ABDUR RAHMAN AHMAD
Bismillah Ar-Rahman, Ar-Raheem. Islam is a complete religion that does not need any reformation or revision. It guides muslims in all aspects of life including economic, political and spiritual. It is a complete way of life, there are guidelines for every human action.
Islam particularly frowns at the display of beauty by women. The display of beauty is part of what Islam has prohibited. So, I do not know where the organizers of beauty pageant get the basis for displaying the beauty of a woman. In Islam, a woman is not an object of entertainment. Islam looks at her as a complete being.
She is not valuable only for her looks or for her body composition or for her statistics. She should be looked at as a member of the society in her contributions intellectually and otherwise. It is not just for the entertainment value or sex values, no. So, in real essence, I can say that such beauty pageants is not something that has been heard of in Islam. It is very new indeed.
However, there is no religion that does not have its own values. No ideology that does not have its own values. This is foreign to Islamic ideology.
From the mixed reactions gathered, there are views that this particular matter falls under ‘mustashabihat’ ambiguities. What’s your take on it?
It’s not ambiguous. It’s called A-tabarruj which is the proper Islamic term for the display of beauty or ornament by women. It is not mustashabihat, something ambiguous. There are clear Islamic rules on how a woman should dress and how she should live right.
Some learned Islamic scholars commended and also supported the pageant which actually shows that we have support for it. What do you have to say about it?
Islam is one thing, individual is other thing. When there are issues concerning Islam, we are looking at the Quran and Sunnah of the Prophet (SAW). Those are the basis for our judgment, not what individuals said.
How best can we appreciate the beauty of the woman in Islam?
Women are beautiful for themselves because they should be respected. Are you looking at the shape? Is that the way to appreciate someone as a sex object or sex symbol? This is gross disrespect for women and islam has said you should lower your gaze, not be interested in women for sexual values which is what the society has reduced women to.
The woman is a human being and she should be respected as such. The beauty of a woman should be appreciated and enjoyed by her husband not by men of the public.
Do you have any advice for the winner being a Nigerian?
She has the responsibility to study and understand her religion properly and it’s her personal responsibility. She shouldn’t play to the gallery. Ultimately, she has to answer to her Lord one day. Ignorance should not be an excuse.