April 4th, 2013
03:34 PM ET

Bikini model: I'm a faithful Muslim

(CNN)–Is her job at odds with her faith? CNN's Alina Cho reports on Muslim bikini model Maryam Basir.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Islam • Muslim

soundoff (206 Responses)
  1. George

    What she is is a gorgeous muslim woman. We don't see a lot of those out there.

    April 5, 2013 at 12:22 pm |
  2. Billy

    Wow!! Imagine how hot she'd look in a black tablecloth.

    April 5, 2013 at 12:20 pm |
    • Red

      She has to stand alone and in a state of nakedness in front of her Maker on the final day. It's up to him. Free will. I can't judge that's for sure.

      April 5, 2013 at 2:21 pm |
  3. Lead by example

    I have friends of all religions. As a woman and a Christian, I feel it is important to lead by example. This young lady could have worked towards an education, started a business and helped others. However, she took the easier route to make money off displaying her body and shaming her closest loved ones. I don't believe Islam teaches it's followers to be selfish, driven by fame or money. She may need to listen more to Allah than her inner self-serving thoughts.

    April 5, 2013 at 11:41 am |
    • sam stone

      what makes you think she will not do those things with the money she makes being a model?

      April 5, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
    • Soldier of Misfortune

      Yep, and here we have proof that conservative followers of Abrahamic faiths are basically the same.

      April 5, 2013 at 1:07 pm |
    • Tim

      " displaying her body and shaming her closest loved ones."

      The only ons who should be ashamed are the sick perverts who are unable to look at a womans skin without getting all freaked out and jyzzin their pants. The human form, especially that of a woman, is beautiful and to be admired and celebrated, not hidden under a sheet because someone is afraid of silly imaginary demons who make you think bad thoughts. It's the forbidden nature of s e x that makes it so powerful. Show a guy at Venice beach a womans heels and he won't bat an eye, but go flashing a heel in certain Muslim countries and you have judges using that as an excuse to justify a group of men who commited gang r a p e. This sick perverted male dominated society is coming to an end the world over so muslim countries better get used to the sight of women without their Hijabs.

      April 5, 2013 at 1:09 pm |
    • mzh

      @ Tim:

      Would you see your mother naked and in front of the world? same applies to your sisters, wife and daughter? i bet you wouldn't... if you do then i would say the animals are the most civilized creatures...

      If you read in Genesis: first thing Adam and Eve did after eating from the food is covered themselves with whatever they could have grabbed... what does tells you brother in mankind?

      Day by day the shame is getting out of our society... and there was a time when a woman in this country were not allowed to be beach without being covered... now what change we see in perhaps 50 years and imagine what we will see after 50 years if its not being stopped...

      April 5, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
  4. Jonah

    I would like to invite all my friends to view General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints tomorrow morning (Saturday) at 10:00 mst. Just click on lds.org.

    April 5, 2013 at 10:58 am |
  5. Not Us

    Whew! at least the spot light isn't on us this time!!
    -said the Christian
    (lol, just kidding) It's always interesting when ppl who aren't apart of a certain faith (i.e christianity, islam, jewish, etc) feel they are an expert on how a person of that faith should conduct themselves. Worry about your ownself and stop assuming that someone should "act" a certain way because they are a "christian" or insert your favorite faith in the "".

    April 5, 2013 at 10:47 am |
  6. Doc Vestibule

    I'd guess she's about as much of a devout Muslim as Hitler was a devout Catholic.

    April 5, 2013 at 10:46 am |
  7. RMMC

    Allah Damn!!

    April 5, 2013 at 10:45 am |
  8. Enoch

    They are commtted to promote their Islam by all means. Snakes shed their skin gradually!

    April 5, 2013 at 10:39 am |
  9. guest

    This pic is only to start an argument without a good conclusion.

    April 5, 2013 at 10:20 am |
  10. ronvan

    O BOY: Here we go again! She is a beautiflul woman with a mind of her own! While I do not recognize the muslim religion because of its teachings, what is the difference between this woman, the catholic church scandals, our high flying pastors, preachers, etc., making millions, born again christians, etc.?

    April 5, 2013 at 7:53 am |
  11. Bob1god

    Religion plays 2nd fiddle to it's first commandment – MONEY. !

    April 5, 2013 at 2:10 am |
  12. David Witcraft

    Indonesian and Malayan women don't cover themselves up. Hajib is a cultural rule, not Islam. Allah says it's an apostasy to kill other muslims, doesn't seem to slow them down much....

    April 4, 2013 at 11:48 pm |
  13. The best for the world

    More bikinis and less religion.

    April 4, 2013 at 5:55 pm |
    • Nate

      Amen to that!..wait...

      April 5, 2013 at 5:37 am |
    • beernpizzalover

      I hear that!

      April 26, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
  14. TopCat

    if there is a god, he would only have 2 things to say to us.
    raise your children to be better people than you.
    and give them a better world than you inherited.

    April 4, 2013 at 5:42 pm |
  15. Women are not objects!

    That picture is just downright crass, vulgur and obnoxious.

    April 4, 2013 at 5:26 pm |
    • Hmmmmmm

      You know, it isn't the men buying those skimpy swimsuits and lacey lingerie.

      April 4, 2013 at 5:56 pm |
    • Pepperpot Waitress

      Why? Men sit like that all the time. Their junk doesn't need THAT much room...

      April 4, 2013 at 6:24 pm |
    • ronvan

      Do you also argue over the MANY women that wear alluring clothes? You know those sprayed on dresses that stop about 4" above the knee, etc.?

      April 5, 2013 at 8:47 am |
    • sam stone

      if it offends you, do not look at it

      April 5, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
    • Tim

      The fact is that nudists are the least perverted people in the world and they prove it daily by standing there in their own skin not trying to hide who they are to the world.

      April 5, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
    • Huebert

      @Women are not objects!

      Comments like that completely invalidate the fact that this woman is a professional working in the field of her choice. Why would you seek to curtail a woman's choice?

      April 5, 2013 at 1:24 pm |
  16. Jsilva

    North Carolina and south carolina( helms, Thurmond) like the pharisees. Talk the talk.

    April 4, 2013 at 4:55 pm |
  17. STFU

    My friend Mohammad A. Dar and I fiercely debated se xual fantasies of muslim men and women last night, we spent half of the night debating (actually, trading insults), but he categorically denied my evidence aka ca 1800 muslim artworks clearly portraying muslim man having s ex with animals, and muslim woman using carrots as dil dos. Check the links below (click on NEXT top right for more images)


    L0033076 Credit: Wellcome Library, London
    A man copulating with a goat or deer.
    Gouache 19th century
    Published: [S.l.], [18–?]



    L0033079 Credit: Wellcome Library, London
    A woman using a dil do in the form of a root vegetable suspended from the branch of a tree.
    Gouache 19th century
    Published: [S.l.], [18–?]


    My point is muslims were/are 100 years ahead of American liberals

    April 4, 2013 at 4:50 pm |
    • meifumado

      Would like to know what is written on these paintings.

      April 4, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
    • Pepperpot Waitress

      Oh, I dunno, STFU...men porking their livestock are usually deep south 'necks that vote the 'straight' GOP ballot...

      April 4, 2013 at 6:29 pm |
  18. Reasonably

    Money talks.

    April 4, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
  19. William Demuth

    A bimbo is a bimbo is a bimbo!

    April 4, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
  20. Bill

    "I'm a faithful Muslim"

    We believe that as much as we believe it is a religion of peace.

    April 4, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
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