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. Matt Norris

    The amount of wasted brain power in this discussion is disturbing. If I skip my usual attempts to just address brain dead statements applicable to a subject like this, apply standard male assessment of reality, where I land is to simply say "This chick is hot!"

    For my one sarcastic moment:

    Clearly, this is a plot by Islam to destroy the U.S. via beautiful terrorists in bikinis...

    April 24, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
  2. Atheistically Yours

    How very tragic! Just another example of how beauty and brains are NOT necessarily correlated together!

    April 23, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
  3. Sasha

    @drep – Amen brother!!!!

    April 23, 2013 at 3:29 am |
  4. Bill Fitzgerald

    Exactly why we have the Book of Mormon 1st Prime. No not the theater production. 🙂

    April 21, 2013 at 9:19 pm |
  5. Science

    Backfill................facts work best for teaching children !

    Evolution wins hands down ..........time for god(s) to get the HELL out of the way................so humanity can evolve !

    Dinosaur Egg Study Supports Evolutionary Link Between Birds and Dinosaurs: How Troodon Likely Hatched Its Young


    Source above better than the bible's

    April 21, 2013 at 8:14 am |
  6. rs1201

    let's see how hot you think she is after she places enough explosives in your city to blow you all the way to China!

    April 21, 2013 at 8:01 am |
  7. Ex-muslim

    This worthless muslim woman would be stoned to death or flogged in several muslim countries. Islam – what a joke.

    April 20, 2013 at 5:34 pm |
    • Marcus

      True Dat... she would be flogged, stoned or beheaded by the vast majority of mid-east countries – religion of tolerance my A*Z

      April 22, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
  8. Marinko Radovic

    The American way of life and acting is what reduces not only the quality of life but definitely the life itself. The Middle East issue is a tragic result of the Yankee greed for power sources and that`s why no one of Uncle Sam`s disciples (Old Nick`s disciples, to put it rightly) seems to be interested in helping to solve the Syrian conflict. Syria is neither Iraque nor Libya, which means that it is deprived of the wealth of oilfields. That ridiculous American president called G.B. Jun. once said he read the Bible every day, though one may doubt that he can read at all, and that is the way the religion has been practiced in the USA (with hundreds of children shot in schools over the last three decades, shot by non-Muslims). You should first clean the floor you`ve been walking on (and it is blood-staind wherever you step on) in order to be allowed to criticize other nations and religions worldwide. This referring to your lapdogs like the British and so many others as well.

    April 19, 2013 at 10:57 am |
  9. Ayan

    This female's story is like one saying they're Christian and they do not believe in Jesus Christ. If you are faithful Muslim like you're claim to be than cover up girl. Bikini model is not and will never be a job for Muslim women and that includes you my sister in Islam. This kind of industries makes money out of women's beauity and Allah wants women to have power and control over their beauity. So Allah, The creator of all human kind and the whole universe knows what's best for all of us.
    Obey Allah and cover up your body sister.

    April 19, 2013 at 10:49 am |
  10. what

    muslim my azz,and i am indian chief..

    April 17, 2013 at 5:48 pm |
  11. Ian

    OH. Please all people don't know about whole world and who believe anything of so evil guy or hell... I don't trust muslim...

    April 17, 2013 at 12:33 pm |
  12. Md.Ekbal


    April 17, 2013 at 12:02 am |
    • Drinky Crow

      There is no god.

      There, I fixed it for you.

      April 17, 2013 at 11:04 am |
    • rs1201

      Whatever you say...as long as laws are passed to throw you out of our country and not to let any more of you in...that's the immigration reform I'd like to see in Washington.

      April 21, 2013 at 8:00 am |
    • zee

      Thow us out of "your" country. As far as I know this is not "your" country. We are all immigrants here. Your family may have been here longer, your family tree grew in the U.S., and you may have been born here but it is not your country. People who lived here before "Americans" came, this is their country. Other than that consider yourself a foreigner too 😉

      April 23, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
    • Ralph1432

      So muhammad is a god?

      April 26, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
    • Ralph1432

      Zee, please.. giving one of those everyone was an immigrant at one time excuse. If the whites hadn't come here, braved the rough terrain, fought the wars, and established this country to be what it is, I seriously doubt you would be clamoring to come here. You came here to enjoy what others a long time ago sacrificed their lives to build. You are here to enjoy the spoils of sacrifice borne on the backs of white ancestors. (and I am not even white)

      April 26, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
  13. YaValioCacaWates

    Who said Muslim women are not hot. This mama is hot. Allah akbar.

    April 16, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
  14. us10denny

    There's a big difference in "religions", these are founded by men. Budha...in a grave, Martin Luther.....in a grave, Allah......don't know .......Christianity, oldest of all is a relationship with our Lord. The Bible is undisputed truth....history book. Over 40 different authors, over periods of time, with eyewitnesses. You can take this book to the bank.
    George Washington....how do you know he lived....books, eyewitnesses........yet, you mention "Jesus" and everybody freaks. Why are you so afraid of this? GOD BLESS THE USA!!

    April 16, 2013 at 11:26 am |
    • justtobeclear

      there are plenty of errors, misconceptions and contradictions in the Bible. Have you read it?

      And about the whole god thing .... umm.. Prove it.

      April 17, 2013 at 5:05 pm |
    • Bill Fitzgerald

      And how many religions are based on the Bible? And why are they all teaching differently if the bible has the answers? Are they all receiving different directions from the same God as to how to organize a church?

      April 21, 2013 at 9:16 pm |
    • Nodding

      @us10denny – Buddhism predates Christianity, as does Judaism, Hinduism, and Taoism (among others). In fact, Christianity is merely the 2nd oldest of the 3 main Abrahamic Religions (those being Judaism, Christianity, and Islam). Also Allah is God (Muhammad is his profit), all three worship the same deity.

      Please learn some history.

      April 30, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
  15. lionessg

    @Derp how much time have you personally spent in a ”Muslim” country? I have spent a great deal of time in Turkey (where my fiancé is from), my bff in Egypt, her fiancé in Saudi Arabia, my sister in the UAE, and another friend in Lebanon. I take great offense to you calling these people barbarians! The Ottoman empire was the standard by which most European civilizations built their modern societies (that would be Istanbul today, pick up a history book)! These were the first culture to make daily bathing acceptable, Europeans bathed once per season add they believed it would cause consumption (pneumonia)! Also as in every society there are those who refuse to work for their living but the majority have well paying jobs in as many fields as we in the west. What a sorry and narrow minded view you have of the world.

    April 14, 2013 at 11:48 am |
    • us10denny

      Allah and Mohammed were ordinary men with gifts of prorhecy! And where did they get it from? Can you say JESUS?

      Islam is a lie of life....Kill the infidels, you will have 70 virgins when you die......Sounds like a Hugh Hefner comment....and once used, are they still virgins....This is what I want to die for!!!

      April 16, 2013 at 11:29 am |
    • zee

      @us10denny–You're kidding right? Lmao how are you gonna talk about Islam, and engage in a such a serious conversation with grammar like that. Get some education in English first and history second, then you can come back and try to argue to prove a point!

      April 23, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
    • Ralph1432

      There was a highly flourishing Greek and Italian empire long before Turkey even rose as a country. Ataturk copied the European way and molded Turkey after Europe (I have been to Istanbul, and they are proud to say how European they are and how they molded their country after Europe. Dont give me this talk about how Turkey is in Europe, because most of it is in Asia. A very small portion is in Europe.. I went through the whole European section by bus in a day.. The Asian section? Would take longer. As far as Ishmael, he was Abraham's illegitimate son with his slave. When Sarah had Isaac, they banished the slave woman and Ishmael. This is the lineage of present day muslims.

      April 26, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
  16. Chedar

    There is nothing dirtier than the mind. Dirt only exist in consciousness and nowhere else.

    April 13, 2013 at 10:44 am |
  17. Dr. Neville D'Cunha (Theologian)

    it is unfortunate that religion is being brought into the picture. the job that she is performing is totally secular. religion has nothing to do with secular professions. if she is truly Muslim that that is her personal relationship with Allah. i don't think Allah is interested in her profession, He is only interested in having personal contact with her. i think her success is only because of the blessings she has received from Allah and due to her hard work and dedication. i wish her all the best in her chosen profession. i request her not to invoke her religion in the secular domain.

    April 12, 2013 at 10:23 am |
    • 1stPrime

      Her announcing her religion is the issue. I say she's confused. Can't do both; ones a farce and the other is the actual person. If one prescribes to a believe, and then one's actions says otherwise, then one is not a true believer in one's religion by doing the behaviors that shows otherwise.

      April 12, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
    • Arian


      Thank you for being so succinct.

      April 13, 2013 at 1:51 pm |
    • us10denny

      God Bless, I agree. This is between her and her creator!

      April 16, 2013 at 11:30 am |
  18. Pepe

    Implying that followers of Islam are perfect angels without sin? Yet Christians are allowed to commit adultery, lie and steal without attracting any attention. I certainly don't follow each recommendation meaningless online strangers have for me in regards to my religion.

    April 10, 2013 at 9:57 am |
    • truth truth truth 2013

      Their is a difference between a Christian and a DISCIPLE OF CHRIST. I am a follower of CHRIST and all things that you mention that they do I have repented from that lifestyle and HOLY SPIRIT leads me away from that. Just some spiritual advice you should not group every one together who claims they are something that they are not. You should be accustomed to this because of how people have sterotype your people. My brother thru ABRAHAM

      April 10, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
    • 1stPrime

      Christians are not permitted to commit adultery. Where did you get this nonsense from? By the way, there's a difference between religion and what one actually believes and lives by.

      Many religions today have no real foundations to stand on, other than humans who made them up, thus the issue is what's at the real core of one's religion?

      April 12, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
  19. pbuotte

    She is a muslim, yet she is more faithful to the religion of money, which enables us ALL to survive. Her IMAM father is clearly livid too

    April 9, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      The religion of money pays the bills. Allah to my knowledge never paid a bill in his life. Being a Muslim hasn't improved life in the middle east. Their are public restrooms that have better surroundings that some of the countries in the middle east. She saw life back home and said I'm outta here.

      April 9, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
    • Arian

      @Ken Margo

      Accurate observations. Even Allah & Mohammed would be impressed by your insight yo'll.

      April 13, 2013 at 1:55 pm |
  20. pbuotte

    Money is the religion that all follow

    April 9, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
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