A Muslim girl captured on camera twerking in Britain has apologized for “disrespecting” Islam and hijab following the backlash from the Muslim community.
The girl, whose name remains unknown, was criticized after video filmed in the UK city of Birmingham, showed her twerking while wearing a hijab. The footage was viewed well over 1 million times on social media and has received thousands of negative comments, including death threats towards the girl.
One person commented saying, “F*****g s**t someone give me her address I will kill her”. Another man seconded: “Stupid b****h needs to be killed”.
Conservative Islamic YouTuber Ali Dawah, who called the girl’s dance “really bad” and “inappropriate”, has interviewed the girl in which she apologized for disrespecting the religion after his repeated reminders that the community is judging her actions.
In the interview, Dawah asked why she’d twerk in public, while saying that lots of people are condemning her.
“I was out with my friends, we were going shopping and there were these people playing music, there was one song that a girl wanted to dance with me,” the girl replied, adding that she has mental health problems and often can’t “think straight”.
Dawah again reminded the now crying girl that people were judging her behavior and forced her to apologize for her actions.
“To all the girls that wear hijab and wear abayah I’m sorry for disrespecting it,” the girl said. “I’ve learnt from my mistake, …. 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’m not gonna do anything like again and I’m sorry for disrespecting it and thank you to all of you that helped.”
Later in the video, Dawah continued, saying the interview “changed his perspective”, although short of exonerating the girl, and then proceeded to claim that the music was to blame for the girl’s actions. His co-host, who goes by the name Musa, said that “this is why music is haram [forbidden in Islam]”.
An Iranian critic of Sharia Law and a proponent of secularism, Maryam Namazie, slammed those who demanded the girl apologize, tweeting: “Why the hell does she need to say sorry”.
Dawah ended his video calling his viewers to urge media companies showing the clip of girl’s dance to take it down immediately.