This special event required the 18 finalists of the Muslim pageant to wear the Muslim headscarf and would be judged not only on their appearance, but also on how well they recite verses from the Koran and their views on Islam in the modern world. The organisers wanted to see that they understand everything about the Islamic way of life – from what they eat, what they wear, how they live their lives said the organisers.
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The 18 finalists included a doctor and of course the computer scientist who won, paraded in glittering dresses against the backdrop of world-renowned ancient temples for the contest in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country.
This event was seen as riposte to Western beauty contests. This was the fourth event of its kind. The World Muslimah Award first drew global attention in 2013 when organisers presented it as a peaceful protest to Miss World, which was taking place around the same time on the resort island of Bali.
This year event faced many challenges with at least seven finalists dropping out and others struggling with Indonesia’s complex bureaucracy to obtain visas. Others have gone to great lengths to take part in the fourth edition of the event with one teacher in Singapore quitting her teaching job after her employer would not give her time off to participate.
Organisers hope to present positive role models for Islamic women around the world and the contestants, who are aged between 18 and 27. We look forward to welcoming this special event on African soil. Last year it was worn by a Nigerian Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola.