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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. jay

    If she is, she is supposed to be all clad in a black dress from head to toe, not show her face and be accompanied by a male whenever she goes out, according to her religion, isn't it?

    April 9, 2013 at 9:07 am |
  2. SteveinMass

    I think Islam is a counterfeit Religion. 500 years after the Son of God made it possible for those who Trust & Believe only in Him and His Gospel – IF they repent that they WILL be saved – then suddenly Satan awakes and thinks what THE? Where are all these Christian souls going? Maybe I should start a counterfeit Religion that counters what Jesus/Issa has already done. That is how Islam began! I have NO doubts whatsoever about it.

    April 8, 2013 at 10:52 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      LOL I call Poe.

      April 8, 2013 at 10:53 pm |
  3. Reasonably

    Dirka dirka!

    April 8, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
  4. think !

    God in Quran says, (Islamic scripture)

    “Does the human being not see that we created him from a tiny drop, then he turns into an ardent enemy?” [36:77]

    “He raises a question to us – while forgetting his initial creation – "Who can resurrect the bones after they had rotted?" [36:78

    ‘Say, "The One who initiated them in the first place will resurrect them. He is fully aware of every creation." [36:79]

    “They even attribute to Him sons and daughters, without any knowledge. Be He glorified. He is the Most High, far above their claims.” Quran [6:100]

    “The example of Jesus, as far as GOD is concerned, is the same as that of Adam; He created him from dust, then said to him, "Be," and he was.” Quran [3:59]

    ‘They said, "You have to be Jewish or Christian, to be guided." Say, "We follow the religion of Abraham – monotheism – he never was an idol worshiper." [2:135]

    “Proclaim, He is the One and only GOD. The Absolute GOD. Never did He beget. Nor was He begotten. None equals Him." [112:1]

    “The Messiah, son of Mary is no more than a messenger like the messengers before him, and his mother was a saint. Both of them used to eat the food. Note how we explain the revelations for them, and note how they still deviate!” [5:75]

    “It does not befit God that He begets a son, be He glorified. To have anything done, He simply says to it, "Be," and it is.” [19:35]

    “No soul can carry the sins of another soul. If a soul that is loaded with sins implores another to bear part of its load, no other soul can carry any part of it, even if they were related. ... [35:18]

    “They do not value God as He should be valued. God is the Most Powerful, the Almighty.”[22:74]

    “If you obey the majority of people on earth, they will divert you from the path of God. They follow only conjecture; they only guess.” [Quran 6:116]

    “There shall be no compulsion in religion: the right way is now distinct from the wrong way. Anyone who denounces the devil and believes in God has grasped the strongest bond; one that never breaks. God is Hearer, Omniscient.” [2:256]

    “O people, here is a parable that you must ponder carefully: the idols you set up beside God can never create a fly, even if they banded together to do so. Furthermore, if the fly steals anything from them, they cannot recover it; weak is the pursuer and the pursued.” [22:73]

    Thanks for taking time to read my post. Please take a moment to clear your misconception by going to whyIslam org website.

    April 8, 2013 at 12:04 pm |
    • Erik

      If man is created by God from a "tiny drop" and from "dust" and it is not beneath him, why then would it be beneath him to beget The Messiah? That which we beget is greater than that which we create just as your own child is greater than the house you build. Does not S. 6:74-82 show that Ibrahim worshiped the stars? Is that the monotheism of Ibrahim you follow?

      April 9, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
  5. Georgio

    That is funny but did you know that most adult Muslim women are completely shaved except the top of their heads?

    "nappy dugout"!!!! That's funny right there!

    April 7, 2013 at 4:12 pm |
  6. Answerman

    Yep. The only country on earth wioth a larger per-capita chrystal meth problem than the USA is Saudi Arabia...a nation ruled by what the Quran describes as "Renegade Muslims" who side with invading infidels of holy muslim lands.
    If not for drugs, Saudi citizens would be able to see that their own government are Rebels of Islam. Saudis have been dumbed-down right along with Christians who themselves cannot see that "Vengance is mine" sayeth the Lord, and so seek God's vengeance for 9/11 themselves. In effect, they steal from God himself.

    April 7, 2013 at 3:36 pm |
  7. Answerman

    @STFU...Which is worse? The secret lives of Muslims, or the secret lives of Christians?
    before you reply, keep in mind that millions of so-called "christians" are under the influence of mind-altering prescription drugs, and that the only nation on earth with a bigger drug problem than the USA is Saudi Arabia.

    April 7, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
    • Mrs. Pepperpot

      Another story with this baloney?
      I find your views to be in error factually, and extremely myopic. I hope no one who is mentally ill listens to you, and they seek help from a qualified professional. You aren't it.

      April 7, 2013 at 8:37 pm |
    • Saraswati

      One of the main problems with you claims is that they ignore the fact that even the foods we coose to eat impact the specific reactions of neurotransmitters in our brains. Everything we consume is a drug.

      April 8, 2013 at 9:03 am |
  8. Answerman

    For a fact, in order for a computer to mimic the human brain during REM sleep, even with today's technology, that computer would have to be about 1 foot tall and cover the surface of the earth. (so many are the calculations made by the human brain designing and producing enzymes for digestion during REM sleep.
    FACT: all SSRIs, including chrystal meth, inhibit REM sleep.

    April 7, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
  9. Answerman

    "Sufficient for each day is it's own badness" says The Word.
    However, millions and billions of world citizens consume pharmakeia drugs known to inhibit REM sleep. During this deep-sleep phase, the human body uses approx. 80% of it's energy to design and manufacture digestive enzymes. During this time, you are given dreams. The problem is that during this time, if you are under the influence of SSRIs, your dreams do not appear in your mind. And so you dream during the daytime. You dream of what you fed your mind. If you fed your mind violent video, for example, your usually nightime dream becomes cognitavely available during the daytime. A dreaded nightmare becomes a daytime reality...daytime walking nightmares occur where you go on a shooting rampage resembling the violent video you have been feeding your mind for hours on end each day.

    April 7, 2013 at 3:10 pm |
  10. Answerman

    Crystal Meth Amphetimines are in fact serotonin re-uptake inhibitors. (source: http://www.drugawareness.org, founded by the worlds leading authority on SSRIs, Dr. Ann Blake Tracy.

    April 7, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
    • .

      A paid defense shill? This is your authority? She isn't the world's leading authority, but she is the highest paid defense expert. Look up Jim Balinger. He disputes that, as many other qualified psychiatrists and psychologists do. You're talking out of your ass here, son. Crystal meth isn't, and never will be, a SSRI.
      You spread lies and misinformation, and if someone were to even think of taking you seriously, you would be causing them harm.

      April 7, 2013 at 5:20 pm |
  11. Answerman

    SSRI pharmakeia do in fact inhibit REM sleep just as chrystal meth does. Get a clue.

    April 7, 2013 at 2:55 pm |
    • .

      SSRI's are not meant to be taken for years at a time. If you are doing so, that's on you. They are effective for short term conditions. You haven't a clue as to the crap you're spewing.

      April 7, 2013 at 5:23 pm |
  12. Answerman

    Drug addiction was rampant during the first century, for by then over 800 drugs had been developed...everything from aspirin (willow bark) to a drug that caused death to a fetus being carried by a mother had been developed by then. In fact, over 800 drugs had been developed by pagan Chinese druggists and were available on the open market during the 1st century.
    And it is of no wonder then why Jesus Christ commanded "Speak consolingly to depressed souls" rather than recommending pagan mind-altering drugs for dealing with depression.
    Yes. Pharmakeia was BANNED among 1st. century Christians. Only pagans and Jews sought pagan greek physicians to get drugs for depression related issues. Christians were commanded to seek the help of the older men in their church if they became depressed... to have their minds altered by the wisdom of Jesus Christ rather than by pagan drugs.

    April 7, 2013 at 2:52 pm |
  13. Answerman

    ...The apostles Paul and John wrote "pharmakeia", a koine greek word that simply means 'druggery' in english, but has been directly and purposely mistranslated as "witchcraft", "sorcery", or "the practice of spiritism" in modern english bibles and has decieved many into taking dangerous drugs that lead to overeating (obesity epidemic), brain damage (attention deficit disorder), and the inability to understand written words without pictures to help in understanding. (as found in your bible, which has no pictures...only text) cite: National Adult Literacy Survey 2002-2006
    Just as foretold by Jesus Christ and his apostles, men who are "wolves wearing sheep clothing" have taken-over the Christian Church which has been dumbed-down by pharmakeia drugs so as to not have the mental capacity to see these men for who they are: Enemies.
    Fear not! ALL of God's enemies will be destroyed and only "The meek shall inherit the earth", so says Jesus Christ.

    April 7, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
    • Giggles

      EVERYONE'S FAT! EVERYONE'S FAT!

      get out of town!!!!

      April 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
  14. Answerman

    The answer is 'yes', she does violate the Quran by publicly displaying her flesh.
    Interestingly, so-called "christians" also violate their own holy book when doing so (showing skin to men other than their husbands. cite: works of the flesh)
    However, and most heinously, violate scripture when becoming involved in the practice of druggery (pharmakeia) which was banned among Christians during the first century.
    One can easily see why they apostle Paul banned the pagan practice of taking mind-altering pharmaceuticals by observing the Saddleback Church who's pator's son killed humself while under the infuence of pharmakeia drugs which were designed by pagan greek physicians and further developed by Nazi Bayer AG "doctors" who escaped warcrime tribunals (via recently declassified US GOV. "operation paperclip")and plyed their wares in N. America working for Bayer USA just as more than one thousand Nazi scientists went to work at NASA)
    Interestingly, EVERY english bible mistranslates the apostle Paul and John...

    April 7, 2013 at 1:39 pm |
    • Akira

      That you would conflate lifelong depression to drug use in Pastor Warren's son's suicide to make your point speaks to your level of empathy...which is nonexistant.
      Also, ADD isn't *caused* by drugs. And before you go there, because you will, Ritalin and meth are not SSRI's as you have asserted in earlier posts.

      April 7, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
  15. joey

    No muslim knows her with her burka on

    April 7, 2013 at 11:32 am |
  16. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things..

    April 7, 2013 at 6:52 am |
    • Jiminy Cricket

      Wishing on a star has the same effect.

      April 7, 2013 at 10:01 am |
    • wut?!?

      "Prayer" is nothing more than meditation . . . you're not "connecting" with anything but yourself and if you're hoping for results, in a physical sense,as a result of it you're wasting your time. Prayer does nothing else but make you THINK you see and hear things - and that's called mental illness. Might just as well go outside and pick up a rock, build it an altar for it and bow down to it. You'll achieve the same result.

      April 7, 2013 at 12:21 pm |
    • Lucifer's Hammer

      no it doesn't. we pray you will stop posting spam, and looky up thar...

      April 7, 2013 at 5:22 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 8, 2013 at 8:41 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 8, 2013 at 8:41 am |
  17. R.M. Goodswell

    She just cant even hint that she traveling abroad....Imams might have the plane diverted to a ME country and order all passengers to disembark...moment she does ...instant avalanche as the 'righteous' carry out the demanded punishment.

    April 7, 2013 at 1:33 am |
    • ramzi

      What are you babbling about?

      April 7, 2013 at 9:44 am |
    • R.M. Goodswell

      Most Middle Eastern countries would have her stoned, crushed under a weight, publicly flogged or at the very least, imprisoned for a very long time.

      April 7, 2013 at 11:43 am |
  18. jed clampett

    It just goes to show that all religions would like to cover up the beautiful human body.

    April 7, 2013 at 1:25 am |
  19. Freddie

    Hm. So what's an unfaithful Muslim?

    April 6, 2013 at 9:51 pm |
  20. Jonah
    April 6, 2013 at 5:46 pm |
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