This is a guest post by Sarah, who blogs at same difference.
These are questions which have bothered every Muslim in England ever since September 11th, 2001. Why is there so much racism towards Muslims in Britain? Why does Islam have such a bad name in Britain?
The answer to these questions is that Islam has a bad name in Britain because of people like Alexandra DeGale, or Alex from BB9, as she will be better remembered.
She came on national television. She drank, she smoked, she wore short skirts. In her Big Brother profile, she described herself as a non-practising Muslim.
The difference between her and Mohammed, another non-practising Muslim BB9 contestant, who openly admitted to eating pork on launch night, is that she has terrible double standards.
On Tuesday night, Alex had a very long and very personal argument with Mohammed. Why? Because he decided to cross-dress on his birthday, then tell Big Brother that Alex made him feel uncomfortable when she didnâ€™t participate. Alex heard the question, due to a technical fault in the Diary Room.
She then took Mohammed to â€˜B-Block,â€™ better known as the non-luxury bedroom, and informed him that he was a Muslim man, and she was supposed to be able to look up to him. It was bad enough, she said, that they both came on national TV and drank and smoked, but by cross-dressing, he was a disgrace to Islam, and Islam has a bad enough name in Britain already. All this while I tried very hard not to punch the screen!
I have been, and will be, a Muslim all my life. I would not dream of eating pork, or cross-dressing, on national TV or anywhere else! But nor would I dream of accusing any Muslim who wished to do either of those things, on national TV or anywhere else, of being a disgrace to the religion!
My problems with Alexandra? Surely, being a convert from Christianity, and a non-practising one at that, she is the last person who has any right to accuse a person who has been a Muslim for 24 years of being a disgrace to his religion! On national TV of all places! If she wants to preach Islam, she should be a hijab-wearing, five-time- praying Mulyani- not a drinking, smoking, swearing, shouting, intimidating Big Brother contestant! If anyone is a disgrace to Islam, in my mind, that person is Alexandra. If you ask me, she has given our religion a far worse reputation in front of the British public than Mohammed ever will.
Last I checked, people went on Big Brother for a summer of fun. Sure, throw in some harmless bickering. Thatâ€™s not avoidable. But this is Big Brother- not a mosque, temple, church or synagogue. As Mohammed put it to Alexandra- donâ€™t bring religion into the equation!
On Wednesday, Alexandra was removed from the Big Brother house for unacceptable behaviour. All I can say to this- with pun intended- is thank God!
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