A Muslim teenager has received death threats after she was filmed twerking in a busy city centre while wearing the hijab.
The girl, believed to be 17, was caught on camera as she danced provocatively with a friend and a street performer in front of a crowd in Birmingham.
The short clip was posted on social media and has since gone viral, sparking widespread criticism from other members of the Muslim community who branded her a ‘f****** s***’. One wrote: ‘Stupid b**** needs to be killed.’
The girl later publicly apologised for her actions in a YouTube interview, saying she had ‘disrespected’ the religious veil.
Speaking later in an interview, the girl explained she was shopping with friends when they came across a man playing music on the street.
The girl, wearing long, loose clothing, was filmed as she danced to the R&B track, squatting down as she thrust her bottom back towards her friend.
At one point the friend made way for the male street performer, who lifted an arm into the air as he gyrated with the young woman. She appeared to be in good spirits, smiling, clapping and singing along.
The video sparked a heated debate when it was posted on Facebook.
One viewer wrote: ‘Truly disgusting. Some people don’t understand the meaning of the veil. You can dress in a nun outfit and dance like a w***e in public. Defeats the whole purpose, doesn’t it?’
Another posted: ‘She didn’t mind twerking in public so why should we hide for her f*** that h**’.
A third added: ‘That’s so disrespectful is you are wearing hijab you are representing Islam respect dignity so how to act like a fool that is a big disrespect.’
However others spoke out in defence of the girl, saying she ‘just wanted to have fun’.
One wrote: ‘I feel sorry for her – people shouldn’t be judgmental’. Another added: ‘Everyone makes mistakes and she shouldn’t be held for it.’
The teenager later spoke to Muslim YouTube star Ali Dawah, who makes videos around spreading the message of Islam and clarifying misconceptions.
She said she ‘hesitated’ before joining in the dance and explained she has mental health problems that means she ‘doesn’t think straight’.
Holding back tears, the teenager revealed she has previously battled with depression and had only started practising her religion two months ago.
She added: ‘To all the girls that wear hijab and wear abayah, I’m sorry for disrespecting it. I’ve learnt from my mistake.
‘It’s gone viral and I’m just hurt, I just want everybody to leave it alone and keep everything away, I don’t want it to be how it was and I am not going to do anything like that again.
‘I am sorry for disrespecting it and thank you to all of you that helped, it’s up to Allah to judge, at the end of the day I will be judged for it, not you guys.’
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