HUDDERSFIELD, West Yorkshire – A young Muslim law student is set to become the first beauty queen to walk down the catwalk in Miss England finals in a hijab.
“Wowwwwwww!!!! I can’t even comprehend how amazing it felt for my name to be announced as a finalist in the Miss England Finals 2018! Alhamdullilah,” Sara Iftekhar wrote on Instagram, The Daily Mail reported on Sunday, September 2.
“It was an incredible experience and something which I will never be able to forget. The opportunities which I have received with being a finalist in Miss England are opportunities which I would never have thought of and will forever be grateful for.”
The University of Huddersfield law student, who won Miss Huddersfield and Yorkshire’s Miss Popularity round, has launched Beauty with a Purpose charity.
The charity raises money to help unprivileged children around the world.
“I participated in Miss 2018 in order to show that beauty doesn’t have a definition, everyone is beautiful in their own ways, regardless of their weight, race, color or shape,” she wrote on her GoFundMe page.
Iftekhar, from Huddersfield, hopes to take the Miss England crown at Kelham Hall, in Nottinghamshire next week.
Sara will face fierce competition from 49 other beauty queens on Tuesday final. If she wins, she’ll go to Sanya in China to represent England at Miss World.
“My Miss England journey has been so so amazing and an experience which I never thought I would be part of,” she wrote on Instagram.
“I still feel honored to be one of the amazing girls in the top 50 chosen out of 22,000 women.
“I just can’t wait to see where this journey takes me.”
The holy Qur’an encourages both men and women to dress modestly. Islam has strongly emphasized the concept of decency and modesty. In many authentic hadiths, it has been quoted that “modesty is a part of faith”.
Islam is the religion of morals. It keeps women’s honor and dignity raises her status and preserves her chastity.
It also intends to safeguard Muslim women from all attempts to render them into mere beauty objects.
According to Muslim scholars, the Islamic Shari`ah obligates covering the `awrah and protecting honors.
In these contests, the contestants are demanded to display their God-given architecture for the whole world to review and this is absolutely haram.
Therefore, neither Muslim individuals nor the Islamic states are allowed to organize or participate in these contests.