Lal Masjid cleric's foundation moves court against beauty pageant

Published: August 7, 2017
Maulana Abdul Aziz. PHOTO: Express

Maulana Abdul Aziz. PHOTO: Express

ISLAMABAD: The Shuhada Foundation, which is affiliated with Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz, moved the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday seeking a ban on the Miss Veet Pakistan beauty pageant.

Tariq Asad, the president of the foundation, maintained in the petition that the pageant was against the values of Islam and Pakistan.

“This product [manufactured by the sponsor] aims at and advertises asking women to remove body hair to make themselves more sexually appealing to the opposite gender which is fundamentally shameful and against the injunction of Shariah,” the petition read.

The petitioner also submitted that the beauty pageant would ‘Indian-ise’ the culture of Pakistan and it should not be allowed to be run on TV.

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“It [the pageant] would serve as a launching pad for beauty contests [that are] common in many western countries,” he submitted.

“Family ties would break and the values of society would deteriorate.  If it [the pageant] is allowed to continue, it would degenerate the roots of our society’s culture.”

The petitioner said fashion and modelling events, dance and singing contests and TV dramas were against the norms and values of the Pakistani society.

“Almost all channels are bent on tarnishing the culture of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The electronic media has become a red light screen,” he maintained.

Though the petition has been filed, the court is yet to take it up to consider its maintainability.

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The Shuhada Foundation handles all of Maulana Abdul Aziz’s interactions with the media and his court cases.

Aziz was suspended as the Lal Masjid khateeb (prayer leader) by the authorities in 2004 and his nephew Aamir Siddique was appointed as the deputy khateeb of the mosque in 2007. Siddique has been the official prayer leader of the mosque since then.

There is also an internal rift over the control of the mosque as Siddique has distanced the mosque from the Shuhada Foundation, which insists it represents both Aziz and the mosque.

Aziz also remains under observation of the authorities as he remains on the Fourth Schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • Amir
    Aug 7, 2017 - 10:17PM

    allow this man to flourish and there will be a repeat of what we saw. why is NAP taking a NAPRecommend

  • vinsin
    Aug 7, 2017 - 10:42PM

    Concept of Family ties is Indian, Beauty Paegents is a western idea.
    Fashion and modelling events, dance and singing contests are against TNT. Recommend

  • Sara
    Aug 8, 2017 - 2:04AM

    This hypocrite man himself is against the values of islam. Recommend

  • confused
    Aug 8, 2017 - 2:31AM

    The guy who dresses like a women to flee combat should be the last one in the World to criticize what women do/wear to make themselves beautiful. Recommend

  • Ismail Majoo
    Aug 8, 2017 - 8:29AM

    What is wrong with this fellow Recommend

  • AlphaBravoCharlie
    Aug 8, 2017 - 10:26AM

    Agreed 100%Recommend

  • Kami Leone
    Aug 8, 2017 - 10:36AM

    what does he smokes now a days?Recommend

  • Question
    Aug 8, 2017 - 10:45AM

    If “hoors” are allowed in Jannat, why they are forbidden in this world?Recommend

  • Nycto
    Aug 8, 2017 - 10:47AM

    This degenerate ran off from the mosque in burqa so in his so called shariat does it not devalue the status of a MAN.
    He acted as if he was oke to be in woman’s dress but oh noooo removing hair Astaghfirullah.
    This self righteous scum should only keep it to his Wife(ves)!!Recommend

  • aysh
    Aug 8, 2017 - 10:48AM

    rightly said infact someone has concen and understand the on going scenarioRecommend

  • Ag babar
    Aug 8, 2017 - 10:50AM

    Go mullahs get some life , don’t ruin my country Recommend

  • Raju
    Aug 8, 2017 - 11:14AM

    He wants himself to allow preparing suicide bombers which according to him, are Islamic values. Shameless person.Recommend

  • ahmad
    Aug 8, 2017 - 11:19AM

    may be he likes hairy women….ewwwRecommend

  • abood
    Aug 8, 2017 - 11:24AM

    I guess girls in his madrash are demanding veet for themeselves.The guy cane keep up with it.Lets buy veet and throw it in madrashas.the maulanas need it badly.Recommend

  • ab
    Aug 8, 2017 - 11:33AM

    There is nothing wrong in what he is doing or what is he. Recommend

  • Mujtaba Gujjar
    Aug 8, 2017 - 1:58PM

    Extremist person. He should be banned.Recommend

  • syed humza
    Aug 8, 2017 - 3:33PM

    removing body hair is not a sin but to show skin is surely. he is not demanding ban on sales of veet but only to stop potraying it as a career in a so called Islamoc Republic Of Pakistan. be grown up, before comenting think of the topic under discussion.Recommend

  • abood
    Aug 8, 2017 - 4:04PM

    @syed.Well he should check himself for his character .he has been involved in killing of innocent people.He has no right to do moral policing.And if showing skin is such a problem than you need to cover up as well.Women have feelings too.Recommend

  • sensible
    Aug 8, 2017 - 5:13PM

    Is that the same guy who tried to sneak out with burka on during Lal Masjid operation?Recommend

  • Parvez
    Aug 9, 2017 - 7:01AM

    This man rightly belongs in jail.Recommend

  • Habibullah
    Aug 9, 2017 - 2:40PM

    Showing woman faces is unislamic !!!!Recommend

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