Nigerian wins Islamic Miss World contest

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Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola2A Nigerian woman won the Muslimah World contest, a beauty pageant exclusively for Muslim women held in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on September 18. The contest was a rival event to the official Miss World 2013 contest in 2013, which is strongly objected by hardline Muslims.

The 20 finalists of Muslimah World, who were all required to wear headscarves, put on a glittering show for the final, strolling up and down a catwalk in elaborately embroidered dresses and stilettos. But the contestants from six countries were covered from head to foot, and as well as on their beauty they were judged on how well they recited Koranic verses and how their views on Islam in the modern world were.

The audience mainly comprised of religious scholars and devout Muslims,and the judges eventually picked Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola from Nigeria as the winner. Upon hearing her name, the 21-year-old knelt down and prayed, then wept as she recited a Koranic verse. She said it was “thanks to almighty Allah” that she had won the contest. She received 25 million rupiah ($2,200) and trips to Mecca and India as prizes.

Meanwhile, the US, British and Australian embassies in Jakarta have warned their nationals in recent days of the potential for radical attacks on the Miss World 2013 contest in Bali.

“The embassy has received information that extremist groups may be planning to disrupt the Miss World pageant being held in Bali from September 8 to 28, potentially through violent means,” the US embassy in Jakarta said in a statement. The British embassy said “local Islamist vigilante groups have threatened to hold large-scale demonstrations to disrupt the Miss World pageant” and added that “extremist groups may also be planning to attack the event.”

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A Nigerian woman won the Muslimah World contest, a beauty pageant exclusively for Muslim women held in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on September 18. The contest was a rival event to the official Miss World 2013 contest in 2013, which is strongly objected by hardline Muslims.

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Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola2A Nigerian woman won the Muslimah World contest, a beauty pageant exclusively for Muslim women held in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on September 18. The contest was a rival event to the official Miss World 2013 contest in 2013, which is strongly objected by hardline Muslims.

The 20 finalists of Muslimah World, who were all required to wear headscarves, put on a glittering show for the final, strolling up and down a catwalk in elaborately embroidered dresses and stilettos. But the contestants from six countries were covered from head to foot, and as well as on their beauty they were judged on how well they recited Koranic verses and how their views on Islam in the modern world were.

The audience mainly comprised of religious scholars and devout Muslims,and the judges eventually picked Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola from Nigeria as the winner. Upon hearing her name, the 21-year-old knelt down and prayed, then wept as she recited a Koranic verse. She said it was “thanks to almighty Allah” that she had won the contest. She received 25 million rupiah ($2,200) and trips to Mecca and India as prizes.

Meanwhile, the US, British and Australian embassies in Jakarta have warned their nationals in recent days of the potential for radical attacks on the Miss World 2013 contest in Bali.

“The embassy has received information that extremist groups may be planning to disrupt the Miss World pageant being held in Bali from September 8 to 28, potentially through violent means,” the US embassy in Jakarta said in a statement. The British embassy said “local Islamist vigilante groups have threatened to hold large-scale demonstrations to disrupt the Miss World pageant” and added that “extremist groups may also be planning to attack the event.”

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