Muslim clerics seek to ban Miss World pageant

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bikini-ban-miss-world-2013A committee of Islamic clerics in Indonesia demands that the Miss World 2013 beauty pageant slated to be held in Indonesia in September be banned, even though the event will not feature a bikini session.

The clerics argued that even though the bikini round has been cancelled, the contestants would still be wearing body hugging clothes and gowns which will expose parts of their bodies. Such exposure is against Muslim teaching, they said according to an AFP report.

“Exposing women’s bodies in public is haram, forbidden by Islamic teaching,” the clerics said.

On August, the Indonesian Ulema Council, Indonesia’s top Muslim clerical body, said that it is the joint decision of all top-level clerics not to have the pageant in the country.

Miss World pageant is expected to have more than 130 contestants and some rounds will take place on the resort island of Bali. The finals are to be conducted in Bogor, outside Jakarta. In June 2013, Miss World organisers confirmed that contestants for the 2013 pageant will not appear in bikinis. The contestants will wear more traditional sarongs to avoid upsetting their Indonesian hosts.

However, the event has been opposed by religious extremists in the Muslim-majority country. There also have been serious threats against the organisation of the event.

 

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A committee of Islamic clerics in Indonesia demands that the Miss World 2013 beauty pageant slated to be held in Indonesia in September be banned, even though the event will not feature a bikini session.

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bikini-ban-miss-world-2013A committee of Islamic clerics in Indonesia demands that the Miss World 2013 beauty pageant slated to be held in Indonesia in September be banned, even though the event will not feature a bikini session.

The clerics argued that even though the bikini round has been cancelled, the contestants would still be wearing body hugging clothes and gowns which will expose parts of their bodies. Such exposure is against Muslim teaching, they said according to an AFP report.

“Exposing women’s bodies in public is haram, forbidden by Islamic teaching,” the clerics said.

On August, the Indonesian Ulema Council, Indonesia’s top Muslim clerical body, said that it is the joint decision of all top-level clerics not to have the pageant in the country.

Miss World pageant is expected to have more than 130 contestants and some rounds will take place on the resort island of Bali. The finals are to be conducted in Bogor, outside Jakarta. In June 2013, Miss World organisers confirmed that contestants for the 2013 pageant will not appear in bikinis. The contestants will wear more traditional sarongs to avoid upsetting their Indonesian hosts.

However, the event has been opposed by religious extremists in the Muslim-majority country. There also have been serious threats against the organisation of the event.

 

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