Muslim Girl in UK Gets Death Threats, Forced to Apologize for Dancing in the Street

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YouTube star Ali Dawah (left) and his co-host Musa Man (right) publicly berate the 17-year-old hijabi girl for twerking on their YouTube channel. (Photo: Screenshot from video)

A video of a 17 year-old hijab-wearing girl performing the popular dance the “twerk” in a UK city street went viral, garnering over one million hits.

The girl received death threats and abuse as a result of the video. Many men took it upon themselves to accuse her of bringing shame on the Muslim community with her actions. “F*****g s**t someone give me her address I will kill her” one person commented, according to Heat Street. Another wrote “Stupid b****h needs to be killed.”

Conservative British Muslim YouTube star Ali Dawah did a segment about it and had the girl on his show. He opened by saying:

“We was really upset to be honest and I’m sure a lot of you guys were upset as well because… it’s just that we have that thing for our religion and we understand that a lot of us hate seeing certain things done by practicing looking individuals.”

Ali Dawah did say that people who sent death threats and abuse went too far saying “we should hate the sin rather than the sinner.”

He had the girl explain her actions to him. She told him:

“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.”

She apologized, saying “To all the girls that wear hijab and wear abayah I’m sorry for disrespecting it. 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.”

Watch the full interview here:


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Elliot Friedland

Elliot Friedland is a research fellow at Clarion Project.