grammar check 'n correction...it's akin to any other competition, they are celebrating that quality and searching for its excellence.
Maybe it's time for a change of culture. If we collectively valued piety over beauty then perhaps it would be more 'economical' to host a recitation competition or w/e instead of a beauty pagent. Maybe less girls would dedicate time on outward appearance and instead, spend their time learning the diin Nevertheless, the money could be spent in more constructive manner, especially considering this is a Muslim event for other Muslims.Let's not over look the economical side of this competition, because they get revenue from viewers, and if there is no competition there is no viewers, which means there is no revenue and money to give to orphans. What I'm trying to say is that it is not a philanthropic or fundraiser-mainted show. It's like any other t.v. show.
I imply no such thing, I merely stated that the vast majority of girls do not dedicate time to Quran memorization, for many practical reasons. And a lot of them do not find these competitions interesting. Which do you think will get more ratings, beauty competition or girl Qur'an competition in the muslim world?
We all know Miss World/Universe is not the most beautiful women in the world yet year after year these competitions continue to be hosted and another woman is crowned. I don't support these competitions because they perpetuate discourses surrounding beauty and femininity but the former is less transparent now with additions to the criteria (education, talents, etc). Hence why piety, which is impossible to measure, is a criterion used to legitimate Miss Muslimah.As for your question, I think it is a waste of time asking that. It is something ingrained in us to love beauty, to admire it, and to aspire to it. More so for girls, because it is more defining trait for them. So when they host beauty competitions, it's akin to any other competition, they are celebrating that quality and searching for it's excellence. What Miss World tries to do, rightfully or not, is try to broaden that scope not only on physical aesthetics but on moral/religious aesthetics as well. That is why "piety", "prayer", and "quran", are all part of the qualities being judged.
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