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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

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  1. lol?? Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Tutu won the girl in a prison lottery??

    April 6, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
    • Akira

      What is wrong with you?

      April 7, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
  2. palintwit

    Sarah Palin is a twit,
    Is a twit
    Is a twit
    Sarah Palin is a twit
    She likes to wallow in moose dung.

    (Sung to the tune of Mary Had A Little Lamb)

    April 6, 2013 at 11:13 am |
  3. FunnyAmerican

    If she has recited the shahada she is a believer. Her actions are between her and Allah.

    April 6, 2013 at 10:14 am |
  4. W.G.Well

    Well I´ve said for years that islam is the height of hypocracy !!

    April 6, 2013 at 8:32 am |
  5. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    April 6, 2013 at 6:27 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!~

      April 6, 2013 at 10:38 am |
    • Really?

      "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things"

      That's why the data; has shown that atheists have happier and healthier lives than conservative Christians. Your post is built on a lie !

      April 6, 2013 at 10:41 am |
    • more2bits

      Prayer is morally reprehensible for children.

      That's because forcing a child to do anything before their minds are mature enough to decide for themselves is brain washing and wrong.

      Just like we limit teenagers to 16 or so to get a drivers license, 18 to drink, 21 to vote, etc, young children should be forced to endure having religion shoved down their throats with no choice in the matter. It's obscene and in order to insure freedom FROM religion–should be made illegal in every nation on Earth.

      Until then ET is not interested in visiting this barbaric nation as they don't want to risk being 'converted'.

      April 6, 2013 at 4:06 pm |
    • more2bits

      Pardon that should read 'shouldn't'. Typo.

      April 6, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
  6. Jounrey

    This lady is about as Muslim as Pope Francis.

    April 6, 2013 at 2:41 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      i doubt she's ever protected child molesters, so she's probably a much better person. she's definitely better looking...

      April 6, 2013 at 5:06 am |
  7. Douglas

    A faithful Muslim woman is modest and pious.

    This woman is neither.

    April 6, 2013 at 12:56 am |
    • Damocles

      So, tell us the story of how you two met and talked so much that you know her so well.

      April 6, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
  8. tnfreethinker

    She will live her life and die, and that will be it. There is no afterlife and her only judge is herself. We pay for our mistakes through cause & effect while we live. Death is the end.

    April 5, 2013 at 11:48 pm |
    • nyc

      deep. I like it.

      April 6, 2013 at 1:16 pm |
    • beernpizzalover

      At last, another realist online here!

      April 26, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
  9. Doobs

    Somebody must have complained about the crotch shot.

    April 5, 2013 at 6:23 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      Trust me, the very same people that refer to islam/allah are probably mas'ter'bating to the picture. hypocrites.

      April 5, 2013 at 6:25 pm |
    • STFU

      @Ken, you are close, but not close enough, just look at the ca1800 muslim artwork (link below) from British Public Library, the guy is copulating with a goat; in arabic it says Allah-U-Akubar, funny

      http://wellcomeimages.org/indexplus/result.html?_IXMAXHITS_=1&_IXACTION_=query&_IXFIRST_=80&_IXSR_=etfRZapaLEa&_IXSS_=_IXMAXHITS_%3d15%26_IXFPFX_%3dtemplates%252ft%26_IXFIRST_%3d1%26c%3d%2522historical%2bimages%2522%26%252asform%3dwellcome%252dimages%26%2524%253dsi%3dtext%26_IXACTION_%3dquery%26i_pre%3d%26IXTO%3d%26t%3d%26_IXINITSR_%3dy%26i_num%3d%26%2524%253dsort%3dsort%2bsortexpr%2bimage_sort%26w%3d%26%2524%253ds%3dindia%26IXFROM%3d%26_IXshc%3dy%26%2524%2b%2528%2528with%2bwi_sfgu%2bis%2bY%2529%2band%2bnot%2b%2528%2522contemporary%2bclinical%2bimages%2522%2bindex%2bwi_collection%2bor%2b%2522corporate%2bimages%2522%2bindex%2bwi_collection%2529%2529%2band%2bnot%2bwith%2bsys_deleted%3d%252e%26_IXrescount%3d1078&_IXSPFX_=templates%2ft&_IXFPFX_=templates%2ft

      April 5, 2013 at 6:49 pm |
    • USMC 1371

      STFU
      That explains how Muhammad caught that STD

      April 6, 2013 at 7:09 am |
  10. Ken Margo

    If Allah was truly upset, he would have had her killed already. The real issue is ALLAH doesn't exist, so it really doesn't matter. Unless you're going to pay her bills, mind your business.

    April 5, 2013 at 6:10 pm |
    • dibss

      "If Allah was truly upset, he would have had her killed already. The real issue is ALLAH doesn't exist, so it really doesn't matter. Unless you're going to pay her bills, mind your business."

      I am a christian that is a firm believer but not a church goer. I've never felt that I have to go to a special building at a special time on a specific day of week, in other words a church, to be a good christian. I also don't feel it is fair to say that Allah does not exist. God exists in our minds with no concrete proof so why can't Allah, Buddha or any other religious monarch be followed by those that feel strongly about them.

      I will admit it is odd to see a Muslim female doing this kind of work given what they have had for rules for centuries. This is probably a good thing for Muslim women.

      April 6, 2013 at 2:35 am |
    • Ken Margo

      God exists in our minds with no concrete proof so why can't Allah, Buddha or any other religious monarch be followed by those that feel strongly about them.

      That's the problem. God ONLY exists in YOUR mind. As YOU stated "With no concrete proof" In other world it's just your imagination running away with you. Unfortunately it's going to take more than your imagination to solve any problems.

      April 8, 2013 at 5:36 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      in other "words"

      April 8, 2013 at 5:37 pm |
  11. STFU

    boring, boring, boring absolutely boring your posts Mohammad A. Dar, you need to come up with some other spew your muslim nonsense. You're just a jealous blind muslim, who can not see the beauty......no wonder muslim woman using carrots, let me tell you Mohammad A. Dar, ca 1800 paintings of muslim men and women are engaged in some weird se xual fantasy is result of Islamic taliban like you, and don't visit the following link, please please don't, I don't want to yo explode with obscenity in front of your wife and kids

    L0033071 Credit: Wellcome Library, London
    A devil buggering prophet Muhammed.
    Gouache 19th century
    Published: [India?], [18–?]
    Size: image 15.5 x 8.8 cm.
    Collection: Iconographic Collections
    Library reference no.: ICV No 51428 and External Reference 47695i
    Full Bibliographic Record: Link to Wellcome Library Catalogue

    http://wellcomeimages.org/indexplus/result.html?_IXMAXHITS_=1&_IXACTION_=query&_IXFIRST_=75&_IXSR_=8mEAr7FgJRW&_IXSS_=_IXMAXHITS_%3d15%26_IXFPFX_%3dtemplates%252ft%26_IXFIRST_%3d1%26c%3d%2522historical%2bimages%2522%26%252asform%3dwellcome%252dimages%26%2524%253dsi%3dtext%26_IXACTION_%3dquery%26i_pre%3d%26IXTO%3d%26t%3d%26_IXINITSR_%3dy%26i_num%3d%26%2524%253dsort%3dsort%2bsortexpr%2bimage_sort%26w%3d%26%2524%253ds%3dindia%26IXFROM%3d%26_IXshc%3dy%26%2524%2b%2528%2528with%2bwi_sfgu%2bis%2bY%2529%2band%2bnot%2b%2528%2522contemporary%2bclinical%2bimages%2522%2bindex%2bwi_collection%2bor%2b%2522corporate%2bimages%2522%2bindex%2bwi_collection%2529%2529%2band%2bnot%2bwith%2bsys_deleted%3d%252e%26_IXrescount%3d1078&_IXSPFX_=templates%2ft&_IXFPFX_=templates%2ft

    April 5, 2013 at 6:07 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      hinduism absurdity of a hindu immoral by faith, way of hindus secular s, filthy kenjers to put humanity on hindu filthy path, Now click report abuse button, hindu secular, filthy self centered crook.

      April 8, 2013 at 4:04 pm |
  12. Reality

    Dear Bikini Gal,

    From the studies of Armstrong, Rushdie, Hirsi Ali, Richardson and Bayhaqi----–

    The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:

    ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

    Are you ready?

    Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

    The First Five of the 77 Branches:

    "1. Belief in Allah"

    aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your self-cleansing neurons.

    "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

    Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

    "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

    A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

    "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

    Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

    Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

    Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

    "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings
    be upon him) alone."

    Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

    Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

    Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

    Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..

    April 5, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Your arrogance is just disgusting.

      April 5, 2013 at 6:42 pm |
    • Reality

      It is very disturbing that religious narrow- mindedness, intolerance, violence and hatred continues unabated due to randomness of birth. Maybe, just maybe if this fact would be published on the first page of every newspaper every day, that we would finally realize the significant stupidity of all religions.

      April 5, 2013 at 11:39 pm |
  13. Answerman

    "Works of the flesh" might ring a bell for some of you christian bikini models/gawkers.

    April 5, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
  14. Answerman

    The answer is 'Yes'. A woman who uses her body to arouse men other than her husband is what christians do. Muslim women do not do this.
    Interestingly, the word 'muslim' literally means 'submitting one's self to the will of God'. It is not God's will that women show flesh to strangers by anyones standard. (God's enemies withstanding)

    April 5, 2013 at 4:05 pm |
    • sam

      God should mind his own business and stop trying to make us ashamed of our bodies.

      April 5, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      opinion of a hindu dog, filthy secular by his hindu dog ism, secular ism.

      April 5, 2013 at 5:53 pm |
    • STFU

      lol Mohammad A. Dar....a picture is worth a thousand words, but 19thh century artwork is worth a million words, I think it is time you should change your handler to "ISLAM FOUNDATION OF ANIMAL SE XISM", Mohammed did it damn it.

      April 5, 2013 at 7:01 pm |
  15. TBone

    Just another wannabe trying to work the phony religious bit to garner some additional media exposure.Mission accomplised!

    April 5, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
  16. NGB

    A message to the model. You have decieved yourself into believing you can have/do whatever you want and still be muslim. Being a muslim is about surrendering your will to God, which means that in all the things that God has given you a choice in, you choose what God commands over the choice that you desire.

    April 5, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
    • sam

      Why can't she surrender her will to god in a bathing suit?

      April 5, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
    • capnmike

      There ISN'T any "god"...wake up. Religion is something humans invented.

      April 5, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
    • Red

      Atheism was definitely invented by humans WITHOUT A DOUBT. That's why you're supposed to just mind your own business. Everything atheists say is nothing but hearsay and theories too. Everybody has different beliefs but everybody thinks they're right, which is the problem in this world.

      April 5, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
    • sam

      Red, your argument would hold more water if we had a problem with atheists coming to the door all the time trying to convert people.

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

      @NGB

      Strange that you don't at least consider the possibility that a deity told her 'hey, you are smoking hot because I made you that way, go forth and show people what I can do on my very best day.'

      I'm kind of guessing that it's not some deity that disagrees with what she's doing, it's just you.

      April 6, 2013 at 1:26 pm |
  17. Bootyfunk

    when she's not praying to Allah, she can come over my house and i'll help her see the light.

    April 5, 2013 at 1:55 pm |
    • NGB

      Does Bootyfunk's comment not convince you what is right, Maryam?

      April 5, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
  18. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things,

    April 5, 2013 at 1:53 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      actions cause change; prayer wastes valuable time.

      April 5, 2013 at 1:55 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!.

      April 5, 2013 at 1:55 pm |
    • Really?

      "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things"

      That's why the data: has shown that atheists have happier and healthier lives than conservative Christians. Your post is built on a lie!

      April 5, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
    • capnmike

      Prayer does NOTHING. There is nothing and nobody there to pray to. Begging some non-existent "being" is a waste of time. Brainwashing isn't healthy for children, and thankfully other "living things" don't have anything as stupid as religion.

      April 5, 2013 at 3:07 pm |
  19. JohnRJohnson

    Organized religion is the father of all hypocrisy. So many Christians, Jews and Muslims know absolutely nothing about the religion they follow. They just get in line. Ask 100 Catholics who is being referred to in the Immaculate Conception and 98 of them will tell you it was when Christ was conceived in Mary's womb. Only one will know it refers to the birth of Mary, Jesus' mother. This girl who professes to be a faithful Muslim, would be stoned to death for her behavior in a half dozen Islamic countries. Organized religions were designed and constructed to do one thing - grow and amass followers. Mormonism grew faster than most because men who were being recruited were told that they could have a whole bunch of wives if they joined the Church. Then, after they joined, the immediately went about making a lot of little Mormons.

    April 5, 2013 at 12:24 pm |
    • Jonah

      Afraid of Mormonism? Why not learn the truth? Tune in to General Conference and learn from the source? Lds.org

      April 5, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
    • Tim

      I don't fear Mormons or Muslims, I just recognize them for being the same old invented religions to control the masses as any other religion. That and from the look of it they both love to spend their followers money on grandiose buildings and mosques covered in gold. The odds of Joseph Smith being a real prophet are about the same as L. Ron Hubbard or Muhammad, that is to say, none at all.

      April 5, 2013 at 1:48 pm |
  20. Saraswati

    Inul (the Indonesian Madonna big across Asia) said the same thing and then had to prove herself with a stay in a madrassa type education center. I wonder if we'll see the same here.

    April 5, 2013 at 12:22 pm |
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