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Muslim, Pregnant and Naked

Cultural and Religious heavy Clothes
youssef  Jounaidi

Some of you are outraged, while others are wondering about the purpose of the magazine or the woman. Is money behind this astonishing sacrificial portrait or is it courage? We might not know, but as for now only one thing matters. Something has been exposed in plain sight to the disbelieving eyes of a society that view women as pure sacred flesh. 
In.an. already bifurcated country, The November issue of Femmes du Maroc – Women of Morocco, a Moroccan magazine that caters to the interests of Moroccan women with a panoply of feminine subjects is bound to turn into lascivious fodder for a misguided and testosterone charged fringe of society, an opportunity for vitriolic religious condemnations and exhortations to aspiring jihadists to perverted religious zealots, and a cause for celebration to post-feminists and advocates of women’s rights. The magazine dedicated its cover to a very pregnant former 2M anchorwoman Nadia Larguet, in the buff, with one hand covering her breast and the other one holding her belly a la Demi Moore on the cover of the August 1991 Vanity Fair. A first in an Arab and a Moslem country. It will certainly spur a vocal public backlash against Mrs. Larguet and Femmes du Maroc. National and international news outlets will cover the story ad nauseam.The issue transcends the aesthetic aspects of pregnancy and nudity. The exclusionary and sometimes castigating treatment pregnant women are subjected to is a leading cause of abortion in Morocco where the number of out of wedlock pregnancies have dramatically risen. The pool of medical doctors performing abortions today has grown exponentially. They charge 3000 Dirhams ($391.00). Additionally, an increased number of women, especially in rural areas where medical oversight is minimal and sometimes non-existent, die from standard pregnancy complications.

The message of the magazine’s cover is a loud and clear confirmation of the self: I am pregnant; I am beautiful, and I exist. I agree. In our society, pregnant women need to feel less excluded and be viewed in a more gratifying fashion. For a country like Morocco, where television channels are flipped at the mere sight of a man an a woman kissing, where, in neighborhood foodstuff stores, menstrual pads are stuffed in a black plastic bag to conceal them from the embarassed looks of customers, the idea is outrageous. I find it revolutionary and prescient. I am hoping the cover will set off a debate on what some might see as mere sexual objectification of women and others as feminine empowerment. I see in it an expression of the beauty of fertility and a much needed glamorization of woman as a genitor of life in a male dominated society that regards pregnant women – especially those in their third quarter – as nothing more than diaphanously dressed humanoid incubators, breast feeders, care providers. Generally speaking, men in the Arab culture are outside the emotional support system of their pregnant wives. The task is often delegated to female family members. Husbands who accompany their pregnant wives to OBGY consultations are a rarity. Seldom do men assist their delivering wives or witness the birth of their babies; they financially support the endeavor, but remain content in their impervious insularity.

I will ask you to not judge the magazine by its cover. You can choose to see it as nothing more than a nude picture. Such is your prerogative. You can also choose to see the glossy cover as an attention grabber to all the problems women endure on a daily basis. Everyday, in a remote decrepit mud hut in one of our villages, a pregnant woman is dying from complications while her husband, because of that traditional mindset we are so attached to, is detached from that reality. The problem is in the multitudes of abortion clinics in our cities. The problem is the increased teenage pregnancies caused by, not promiscuity, but lack of sexual education. Tradition has not solved these problems. In fact, in some cases, it has exacerbated them. It takes moral fortitude to recognize that aspects of our traditions are part of the problem. It’s outrageous to me that there are some who refuse to see beyond the nudity. Was it necessary to sensationalize the issue with a nude picture? Absolutely! Because the Arab psyche is so traumatized that only shock therapy would work. Countless articles were written about Moroccan women’s problems, but they all failed to dislodge the entrenched retral thinking. If a polemic is what will do, so be it.

We need to purge ourselves of that mentality.



A. T. B. Copyright © 2009


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Clutchpirate
+2 #1 So be it - Not that simpleClutchpirate 2009-10-30 15:45
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I am baffled by the moroccan newspapers/maga zines/editors/j ournalists. They never cease to amaze me!


Si Ahmed,

I appreciate you linking the urge of a wealthy elite to shock and awe with the serious social issue of women in Morocco. It is very generous of you.

But before we extend such generous "laissez passer" to an unknown entity, a cover like this requires a minimum of investigative "blogging" to figure out:

- who is behind "femme du maroc"?

- what they stand for?

- what audience are they addressing?

- do they understand that audience? and more importantly do they appreciate that their audience is a minority in the country? (according to circulation numbers)

- do they appreciate what pleasing their audience would do to all the other audiences?

- etc


I doubt you will get answers to these questions, I doubt they will answer your emails or take your calls. Because they know full well what the answers are yet they still went ahead with it.

They went ahead knowing that the ensuing outrage and debate will once again confirm to the populace that journalism is a circus and the journalists are the clowns undeserving of the freedom they have. They went ahead knowing the outrage will drown out any intelligent debate about women's social status and treatment in our society. They went ahead fully cognizant of the fact that if it were not for clever political maneuvering the parliament would be led by the islamists. They went ahead knowing those very same islamists will demand the government to pull the magazine. They went ahead knowing all of the middle east will pressure morocco to react. They went ahead.................

This elite went ahead knowing no good will come out of this except to their own ego!

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Amina Znaidi
0 #2 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Muslim, Pregnant and NakedAmina Znaidi 2009-10-30 19:26
Brilliant article! I admire the lady's courage!
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Proud Moroccan
0 #3 Great article!Proud Moroccan 2009-10-30 23:02
I applaud Femmes du Maroc for their bold cover and for forcing our society out of its comfort and self-gratifying zone. There is no question that problems such as pregnancy out of wedlock, children without fathers, uncontrolled and dangerous practices of abortion etc., are mostly the result of our blinding attachment to some of our most obsolete traditional/"re ligious" values. We can not longer keep dealing with these problems as if we were still in the 19th century.
Every day, women AND CHILDREN suffer's lives are tragically affected because we choose to chut up and stay in the "Hchouma/coma mode" instead of openning our eyes, our minds and our hearts. This attitude has not solved ANYTHING. It's time to speak up and to put our brains together to tackle these alarmingly increasing problems in our society.
Thank you for your great article. Congratulations also to Femmes du Maroc for daring to speak up and doing what they can to remove these creepling taboos and grab our attention. I hope it'll help and start an intelligent and invigorating debate that will lead us to some most needed solutions.
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Moroccan Patriot
+3 #4 Publicity stuntMoroccan Patriot 2009-10-31 11:55
I see this as a simple publicity stunt designed to get free advertising for an unknown magazine and increase ad revenue sales.

The fact is that most women in Morocco are illiterate, and the ones who can read, cannot afford to pay for the magazine.

This magazine caters to a very small market in Moroccan society, the rich, ultra liberal feminists. They will buy your magazine, if the geniuses at some ministry do not decide to pull it before it hits the stands.

All I can say is that the guys who work for the ministry tend to be a somewhat cowardly lot. They tend not to want to confront anything that will make them look like they are going against womens rights...
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moroccan
+1 #5 hi theremoroccan 2009-10-31 21:29
Well, in a country where 70% of the population is illiterate, what can we expect from an idiot population?
We are going to see much of the same and many more.
I hate TV programmes, I hate magazines and newspapers issued by a degenarate bundles of "false-illitera te people".
I think that the cover of the magazine has different interpretations depending on who the reader is. Some will feel shocked, I'm one of'em. The others stand in awe to such a daring naked woman who may represent a vent for their frustrated souls.
I am not judging anyone, but daring to undress in public is another attempt to destabilise the well being of a "muslim country"
Finally, there are more serious issues that should attractt our attentions than a female who may manifest a "phallus lack", this term has always fascinated me while I was taking psychoanalytic courses, I am not anti-feminism though. You may guess I am a male.
see you
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Karim by the Bay
+1 #6 Cheap imitationKarim by the Bay 2009-11-01 00:33
I agree with some of you that this is simply a publicity stunt. However, I wish they were a bit more creative and not just copy the Demi Moore cover.
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Pat
0 #7 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Muslim, Pregnant and NakedPat 2009-11-01 01:28
Anything these days to be controversial and sell magazines or whatever. Cheap publicity stunt. How about having great content inside the magazine so that they will be in high demand? That would be different.
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fdm
-1 #8 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Muslim, Pregnant and Nakedfdm 2009-11-01 02:20
clutchpirate,
send us your questions femmes du maroc and we will answer without problems. But, please, please, read the dossier about hospitals and the suffring of our women and babies because of luck of means and ignorance then judge. otherwise, all what you are saying is speculations.
thanks
fdm team
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Massa
+1 #9 Wait a cotton picking minuteMassa 2009-11-01 04:47
I believe you tried your best to establish a causal relationship between a blatant erotic cover and the need to regard women more than a baby incubator.. you, sir, have failed miserably. I am a Moroccan American Lesbien women who saw the cover and thought, man I got get me some of that!! As for the Psycho babble that you have been rambling about, I thank you for being generous but the Magazine is obviously just attempoting to list its sagging sales, you on the other hand wanted to turn it into a Robin hood story.
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Dak sat
0 #10 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Muslim, Pregnant and NakedDak sat 2009-11-01 09:37
I don't believe that one controversial cover can make a huge difference in the proceeds from sale. They might generate few extra proceeds for their November issue but i do not think that fdm can sustain to sort of "shock" their readers.
Ahmed TB is one of those individual who always look to present something that can challenge the Moroccan brain. I really appreciate his ijitihad/effort to present the reader with intellectually attractive subject. Keep up the good work.
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Moroccan Patriot
+2 #11 Best way to know if what you are doing is workingMoroccan Patriot 2009-11-01 09:41
If the magazine gets shut down for actually making a difference in the lives of the women it claims to want to help, then we will know it is on the right track towards affecting positive change.

Otherwise, it will be clear that this is just a lame attempt to increase circulation and ad revenues.
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tiqs-bee-laa
0 #12 Khayba..Khaybatiqs-bee-laa 2009-11-01 13:54
This is disgusting and encourages moroccan women to be lascivious and this promotes debauchery. Fornication and adultery is haram and the child which results from fornication or adultery is a child of fornication . If there is no implementation of sharia(islamic law) then at least the moroccan people should ostracize the participants of this filthy lifestyle(which some do)
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0 #13 from facebookm 2009-11-02 06:17
Mustapha Zidal

Progress!!!!


Goethe Thanatosi don`t know why we accept to see a christian woman naked , sometimes we look for their pictures,, we watch their movies and we say wow she own a hot body. Christianity forbid nudity . forbid a woman to show her body to other people.i am not saying its ok , but everything is changing and we must get ready to accept worse . don`t forget we have child prostitution and homosexuality ( lesbians and gays) in morocco. i think that`s a little worse . at the end all i can say is lah y3fou 3lina
F

Mustapha Zidallah

y3fou 3lina 7ta yedina.
ولدت ولما لم أ جد لعرائسي رجالا أ كفائآ وئدت بناتي


Mustapha Zidal

@Imane Totally agree with you


Houda AlbeeI

love the cover! if it was in the US we would've said: a good example of a women accepting her pregnancy body changes! since she's Moroccan ( I wouldn't say Muslim because I don't know about that, I didn't ask her) we go ahead and start lunching judgmental rockets toward her! once again:
LOVE THE COVER and her COURAGE


Abdel Benariba

The same issue came up when Demi moore appeared nude while pregnant on the cover of Vanity Fair in 1991 (not too long ago) . Some retailers pulled the issue from newsstands, while others only sold it in a brown paper bag. It created a big controversy here in the US as well (last time I checked USA is not a Muslim country).
Personally I don’t have any opinions on this matter. I just hope that the cover and the nude shot serve some type of purpose. If anyone knows of any please share with us.


Fatiha Razani

Houda Agree with you love the cover, beautiful and tasteful. Abdel the purpose is in the article, Self acceptance and freedom of choice. Her body, her pregnancy, her choice to hid it or show it



Mohamed Berrada

Shameful!


Anouar Larhzal

Do we have to get naked to express ourselves, isn't the words good enough anymore. what a shame.


Houda Albee
If they had a man in the cover and the shot was the same would we even be discussing it right now? of course not! but since it's a women everybody thinks that they have the right to criticize her choice! you don't like? get over it and don't look at it! those of us who likes it we do because we can see both the artistic and the freedom part hidden ... Read More




Abdel Benariba

You see Houda, when people start debating an issue that affects the whole society in one way or another; they set aside their personal likes and dislikes. To be frank with you, I personally care less if they show a naked monkey making out with pregnant zebra. Bottom line, we just hope that Moroccans Don't bite off more than they can chew. They are... Read More




Houda AlbeeS

he's not imposing anything, who buys Femme du Maroc? is it 50.1% of the society? No it's just those who can read and understand French by the way, that would narrow our spectrum to maybe 10% of women in the Moroccan society. they didn't publish pictures of women in the Hamam without their consent or of couples without previous authorization, if
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kalid m
+2 #14 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Muslim, Pregnant and Nakedkalid m 2009-11-02 06:44
I agree that there are more pressing issues facing the Moroccan woman ( access to education, health care, employment,eman cipation,etc). I love this kind of apparently frivolous knick knacks, it stirs the debate within our society, force us to take position and see ourselves in the mirror. Good luck to these courageous ladies, regardless of their motivations.
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bsila
+3 #15 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Muslim, Pregnant and Nakedbsila 2009-11-02 06:47
I must say that she is a lot sexier than Demi moore or Britney Spears. Kudos to our Nadia!
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mustapha laroui
-2 #16 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Muslim, Pregnant and Nakedmustapha laroui 2009-11-02 10:28
More important than this pregnant woman, Hillary Clinton finally declared that the US position in regard to the autonomy has not changed. Now I dare you to find a news media in Algeria reporting this news to the Algerian people.
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Khalid30
+3 #17 Who caresKhalid30 2009-11-02 12:02
First, nadia larget whatever her name is, is NOT typically moroccan she is not even fluent in moroccan dialect not to mention classic arabic Nadia is french in her mind eventhough she has a moroccan citizenship and there is a lot of those in morocco and they represent nearly 99% of the "femmes du maroc" fans...thats the first point, second point seriously guys who cares? lets focus on important things rather than "pipi parts" she was naked yes but the purpouse was morally innocent not pronographic. Mr Ahmed T.B I dont know how old you are I guess most likely over 45 or 50, I respect your point of view but your generation and stuck up ideas NO longer represent the moroccan youth, and as far as I am concerned your article does NOT make any sense whatsoever thank you for wasting your time selecting the most sophisticated words in order to express absurdity.
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badboy
0 #18 she is not muslim !badboy 2009-11-02 18:03
this girl is not muslim please modify the title !
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Zaîri
0 #19 It is great to have finally Moroccan women be able to express themselves freely.Zaîri 2009-11-02 18:57
Adam and Eve were also painted naked and I remember as child this painting was sold freely in the markets with any problems... Nobody was shocked.. unfortunately these pictures disappaired due to the wahhabit ideology of moslem extremists.
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Jillian C. York
0 #20 I still haven't read the article (will someone please scan it?!) but...Jillian C. York 2009-11-02 22:34
With an understanding of what the article is about from friends who've read it, it seems that this cover was simply unnecessary. Like it or not, teen and unwed pregnancy and other women's issues are a big deal in Morocco, and I'm happy to see an article dealing with them. But was this cover necessary or even relevant?
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Guest
+1 #21 This is dangerous!Guest 2009-11-02 23:40
May Allah destroy the people who did this. These people have gone way too far. it's an outrage and it's dangerous for our country.
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Mourad KISOMNOU
-1 #22 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Muslim, Pregnant and NakedMourad KISOMNOU 2009-11-03 04:59
Bravo pour cet article !!!
grâce à des gens comme vous, la liberté d'expression, de pensée, sexuelle, ... et tout simplement de vie est en marche
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Khalid O
-1 #23 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Muslim, Pregnant and NakedKhalid O 2009-11-03 05:49
There is nothing wrong with the picture nor the cover..., at least it can be explained/ challenges people to debate the issue at hand. The time to hide behind a religion is long gone Morocco now has educated women. Guys wake up smell the coffee and understand that for us to prosper we need every Moroccan Man and women..., No need to cover women and lock them in the house. We would understand them much better if we listen when they express themselves. If this article was beried inside the magazine without the provocative and inspiring picture none of us would be bloging about it now. It was bold, it was genious and for those trying to ignore what the issues are and spin it to a closet religious debate where the least educated and the extremist gets to stir trouble..., those days are over
WAY TO GO NADIA.
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guest
+1 #24 Thank youguest 2009-11-03 07:37
I can't believe you did it. Congratulations !!! My respect to you and to your husband.
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Proud Moroccan
+1 #25 Bravo Khalid OProud Moroccan 2009-11-03 08:53
You got it and it's a real pleasure! That's how we should be: men and women hand in hand, supporting each other and working together in a modern, open minded, tolerant, inclusive and constructive way. Allah ye9awwi mtalek! (translation: may god make people like you more numerous). Vive le Maroc et les Marocains de tout bord. Nous sommes diverses, nous avons de tout et chacun a sa place, al hamdoullah. C'est ca qui fait notre richesse et notre force!
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from Morocco
+4 #26 Is this right ?from Morocco 2009-11-03 21:40
Shame on you Nadia ...you are trying to copy someone's else idea, And like all others porn pictures you are not leaving anything to the imagination ... My friend said , You have small breast, low butt, and your physic could use some exercise ...
Unfortunately this image and article is not bringing the essence of the idea, you may sell a lot of issues this month in light of the naked French women but volume will drop down (In chaa Allah).
Mr. Editor,
your idea is not appropriate and your followers may not realize right at the moment that you emphasize on dirty and negative approach but one day they 'll realize how goofy and ridiculous you are.
My sincere respect to the women of Morocco, No need to continue to read this none sense, you have a holly book to guide you.
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Mohamed L
+3 #27 WHO ARE YOU (WE)?Mohamed L 2009-11-03 21:43
I have not read the article, nor will I. The reason is simple, I know what our reality is, I lived there and still visit. Everyone knows, EVERYONE.
Someone however is trying to shock ppl into change by posing a naked pregnant woman on the front page... or do they? I don't understand the premise. So I see a pregnant woman on the front page of a magazine, and that will stop me and everyone else from having promiscuous "sex"? Personally, I don't get it.
Maybe spurring a debate is the idea. But what debate? should a naked woman be on front page of a moroccan magazine?
This is a STUNT. Someone who THINKS they think "outside the BOX" came up (copied rather) with a western (machi dialna) way of selling "crap" to the young and the "so called elite" (I call them skayriya w wlad l......). More power to you ppl!!!!!!!! One of these days, you sons, daughters or wife will shock you with their openness... I just hope you'll be as understanding.. LOL
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Zimo
-1 #28 Get over itZimo 2009-11-03 21:48
Give some slack to the media and let them do their job.
You do not need to buy nor read this magazine.
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Logicbloke
+2 #29 Muslim you said ?Logicbloke 2009-11-03 22:33
How did you know she is a Muslim ? if you take a look at this video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvdQ5a5a35A
she is with some French stars, speaks no Arabic at all in the whole video, and get kissed, even get teased, she also makes a joke about sleeping "last night" with a star, I strongly doubt that this thing is a Muslim woman.

There is no doubt, a lot of talks and debates will take place on our televisions and newspapers ...
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Ahmed T. B.
0 #30 commentsAhmed T. B. 2009-11-03 22:34
Read my comment here:
http://cabalamuse.wordpress.com
Ahmed T. B.
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Omar Benmoussa
+4 #31 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Muslim, Pregnant and NakedOmar Benmoussa 2009-11-03 23:02
I did not read the article so I can't speak of it, but I saw the cover and read most of people's reactions. Masha Allah!!! The cover is very interesting, and it seems as lots of people thing that such a behavior is a way to women liberation...gr eat thinking...

If you people think that wearing tight clothes, exposing your bosoms, your legs and thighs, and now being completely naked is the way to women liberation -- advocating woman's right you might say -- then I'm sorry to say you misunderstood the whole thing. Allah privileged women over men, giving her many concessions that we men don't have, elevated our mothers to an almost divine status, made women bodies sacred and you choose to make it a public property, you choose to give up the divine laws Allah gave you and choose to go after earthy/bodily desires, tempting yourselves and others in the process.
How we Muslims became is unfortunate!! Somebody referred to the woman in the cover as courageous!!! I wonder with what courage she'll face Allah the day of judgment!!

Remember that "our ignorance is their power"!! Let's make an effort to learn, understand, and practice our religion if we say we are Muslims. We have a beautiful deen, the deen of rights, justice, and peace. May Allah forgive our short comings, help us understand our deen, and beautify faith in our hearts. Ameen.
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NOT DUMMY
+2 #32 don't paye attention pleaseNOT DUMMY 2009-11-04 02:12
Hi moroccans,

It's just another provocation from bad thinkers and decideurs from morocco again... This women get paid iam sure with big monnaie to make this picture and she is personaly not representative of womens in morocco. Then please stop being mad for nothing.. They want you to fight and stay divided that's all!!!!!!!!!!!
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Mazouz has
-1 #33 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Muslim, Pregnant and NakedMazouz has 2009-11-04 02:49
Cette femme n'a pas besoin d'exposer son corps pour nous dire qu'elle attend un enfant.Tout le monde et a des enfants et sans publicité.La liberté n'est pas exposer ses charmes.Un peu de respect pour son corp et pour les sentiments des autres.Espérons
qu'elle fera la meme chose quand elle aura 40 ans et plus
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kawtar from the west coast
0 #34 la hawlakawtar from the west coast 2009-11-04 03:29
kendra, also known as the girl of the playboy mansion is pregnant and she is on the cover of people's magazine this month, and guess what,she did not pose naked and she is a porn star for god's sake, a woman does not need to expose her naked body to show how beautiful she is, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, this is an attempt derail the youth of morocco from following he right path...and yea, if the purpose was to expose people to the atrocities pregnant mrocca women go through, there is not need for nudity.

llah yahdina tta yaddina
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Khalid O
0 #35 Women not Man's propertyKhalid O 2009-11-04 08:52
Some of you guys have some serious issues, you think that a women was created to be the Man's property..., and I like how some bring up the image of a mother.... But still want to have their wife sister or significant other!!! Sorry according to some you should not have that either...., In our days, porn and naked pictures of good looking women are available at every ones finger tips WWW...., the gentleman who said that Nadia was not good looking and raved about the looks of her breasts could fill in the blanks for you since he must have checked good looking ones some where, but is offended by a picture of a pregnant women on a cover of a magazine..
Guys try to make a point without bringing religion into it.
Debate, Debate, Debate...., and Do Not be Judgemental because no one made you in charge of No women, and religion is between you and your creator do not try to impose... For the simple reason " You Can't "

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Miabay
0 #36 EsqMiabay 2009-11-04 22:07
I personally do not have any problems with that picture. However, I don't think it was the right move in a muslim country for whatever purpose it pretended to serve. There are so many other ways to get the point across without going for the shock value, especially in a society like ours which seems to be seating on 2 chairs at once. It will only alienate the extremists on both sides. There has to be common grounds somewhere..... Moreover, in order to continue on the road to developement there is no need to take EVERYTHING from the western world, because not everything is good, we can try to copy the best, not the worst those countries have to offer. It all comes down to a mentality of self hate and a complex that religion is a barrier to development.... We can stil hold on to our values while achieving a better Morocco.
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ras l7anout
0 #37 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Muslim, Pregnant and Nakedras l7anout 2009-11-04 23:05
Forget this pregnant woman, Aicha Ech Channa just won the opus price. The first muslim woman on earth to win such a prize. Let me repeat again the FIRST MUSLIM WOMAN TO WIN THIS PRICE.
i want to see you people debating this woman instead. why are you people worried about someone who decided to take off, how about those who decided to keep it up?
Why are moroccan are so obsessed with flesh and corpses? Pleasssssssssssse!

http://www.opusprize.org/winners/09_Ech-Channa.cfm

Be proud be happy!

The mind is a beautiful thing.
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Mariame B.
0 #38 Autism AdvocateMariame B. 2009-11-05 23:03
I just think as a Moroccan Woman and even being here in the Western World foe a quite time, I am really offended.We are moderate Muslims back home but come on ,it is a little too daring for a Moroccan woman to show her Pregnant body " a tout le monde". We don't really care to see a naked body ,we all have been pregnant or konw how a pregnant woman looks so I am very outraged!!!
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Mohamed L
0 #39 RE: Get Over ItMohamed L 2009-11-06 01:04
How would you feel if with your mom or dad and try buying a newspaper from the kiosk with that frontpage "in your face"!!! Get over yourself! The press is sacred when they do their job right and we all should stand with them. BUT once they stray, you get the likes of the national inquirer etc.. I don't think Moroccans need more gossip...

PS: MABROK MADAM ECHCHENNA FOR THE WELL DESERVED PRESTIGIOUS NOMINATION FOR A GREAT WORK.

PPS: LESS SKIN, MORE Like Mrs ECHCHENNA!!
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rajae
0 #40 freedom or 'getting out of your skin'!!! hey people wake up!rajae 2009-11-07 09:33
I am not surprised to see that picture on that magazine cover! I expect more than that picture..but yes the question is who is behind encouraging and paying much to make these women who have no dignity to accept such deals ...
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Sparky
+3 #41 Femme du Maroc commented on by men...Sparky 2009-11-08 00:04
Femme du Maroc is a magazine for women. and most probably of the comments on this board belong to men.
It would be nice, if at the beginning of each comments add"M" for male and "F" for female.
That would help get an idea about how does the Moroccan female and male think about the issue.
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Rabita
+1 #42 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Muslim, Pregnant and NakedRabita 2009-11-08 11:38
You know what ? this woman at least she is telling you what she is doing on a magazine cover!
but you have other weman in morocco that are worst..like the prostitution that is going on, as a nightmare per say..it is ugly in casablanca city
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Moroccan Patriot
+3 #43 God Knows her heartMoroccan Patriot 2009-11-09 07:22
Only God can decide if someone is a good Muslim. However, it is very clear to me that she is NOT a role model that I would want my daughter to emulate. I do not see any reason for a woman who calls herself a muslim to pose naked. I understand that she is making a statement about her confidence in her own beauty and the beauty that is inherent in the female form. This is not what I find Objectionable. What I find objectionable is that this publicity stunt, designed to gain attention and increase circulation and ad revenue for a magazine adversely affects the legitimate conflict that the Moroccan press is fighting against ignorance. This all does bring up a very interesting point though... you will not see any ministry going anywhere near attacking this. In the current political climate, anything that is anti Islamic is off limits... now if she really wanted to make a statement, she should have had her picture taken while engaging in the act of making the baby... That would really show her beauty.... This stuff is getting depressing. If a woman naked woman on the cover of a magazine can say with a straight face that she is a good muslim, then I guess George Bush is a great Christian and Sarkozy a great catholic and Hosni Mubarek is a great Muslim too. Then again, who knows what is in peoples hearts, that is only for God to judge.
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E.L
-1 #44 Mon avisE.L 2009-11-09 18:08
Je comprends qu'il faille choquer pour passer un message, mais je ne crois pas que vous aillez fait le bon choix avec NL. Elle ne représente en aucun cas la majorité des femmes marocaines. Je fais partie des "rares" marocains à avoir accompagner mon épouse lors des ses 2 accouchements, et j'ai beaucoup de respect pour l'être humain en général et la femme en particulier, mais je ne crois pas que vous allez atteindre votre objectif en mettant dans votre couverture la photo d'une femme enceinte dénudée.
Déjà, beaucoup de choses sont dites au sujet du Mariage de NL avec un homme de quelques dizaines d'années son aîné, mais en plus en faire l’icône d’une cause aussi importante, fut une erreur de votre part.
FDM a toujours été leader et s’est différencié dans une partie de la presse marocaine habituée à nous livrer des catalogues de promotion au lieu de réaliser un travail journalistique, mais cette fois-ci je pense que, et j’espère ne pas me tromper, vous avez fait fausse route, le choix de l’icône et la manière de la mettre en avant est aux antipodes de la réalité marocaine, j’aurai préféré la voir avec son bébé (éventuellement une fille) dans ses bras avec une phrase du style « elles sont vivants et ce n’est pas le cas de toutes les autres ».
Pour conclure, si cette initiative vous coûte quelques parts de marché, votre audace aura un arrière goût d’amertume, si vous en grignoter, personne ne reconnaîtra votre travail et il sera assimilé à une action purement commercial, comme on le reproche souvent à d’autres publications pour leur couvertures sensationnelles .
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m
0 #45 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Muslim, Pregnant and Nakedm 2009-11-10 01:30
لو كل كلب عوى ألقمته حجرا لأصبح الصخر.. مثقالٌ بدينار!
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ABdallalh  E.
0 #46 Whos,s body is it anyway?ABdallalh E. 2009-11-15 01:50
everytime a woman tries to express her idendity ,Islam is brought in to stop her.
Religion has nothing to do with this.she might have been born a Muslim ,yet she might not be practicing.it is her right
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abdelaziz housni
+1 #47 employeeabdelaziz housni 2009-11-15 15:53
It's a lack of affection amplified by money as a source of robotization of certains kind of humans.
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hicham berrada
+1 #48 it's really shamehicham berrada 2009-11-19 12:17
for the respect of humanity this lady needs to cover her body otherwise, there is no difference between this lady and any animal on earth who doesn't cover themselves, and what differs us from animals as humans is education, which is generated by the power of our brains to understand the good from the bad
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hicham berrada
+3 #49 free zone in moroccohicham berrada 2009-11-23 13:37
morocco have opened free zone to face new global economic challenges, but others took it with there own clouths, so welcome to new moroccan understanding of free zone and globalization.
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J.
+3 #50 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Muslim, Pregnant and NakedJ. 2009-11-28 06:55
Religion has no place on the cover of a womens magazine, or any magazine for that matter. Keep religion to yourself and mind who you call a muslim and whom an ''infidel''.

Keep up the good work to all secular media.
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fouad proudly moroccan muslim
+2 #51 mrfouad proudly moroccan muslim 2010-01-29 04:52
hi there,with no offence i will like to know from those people who find the cover of the magazine is magnificent what will be there opinion if the photo cover is there mother or daughter or sister or even a wife ,is that freedom ? there is plenty things we can debate about it in morocco i agree ,but still having naked( Moroccan Muslim women )on a cover magazine that's not us ,i think we mustn't use those big words freedom of expression & women 's right and so on...we are Muslim nation we can not choose to be religious when it suit us & became some thing else when it doesn't & to the sister amina znaidi who admire the courage of the naked pregnant lady i find your opinion scary ,am getting worried about the future mothers
who's taking such matter very normal & cool.
NB my comment is for Moroccan muslin only.
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Zainab
+1 #52 Subhan'allah.Zainab 2010-02-10 08:07
salaamu alaikum
first off, i'm not Moroccan, so idk maybe i dnt know how it works, but i'm pretty sure that a muslim women should not stand naked anywhere, less it be her own home. i mean seriously this is quite ridiculous, i'm quite disgusted---ugh . practicing muslim or not, she stills believe la ilaha illallah, so she should still follow the commands of allah to cover. i mean i'm not even asking her to wear hijab as allah commanded, hell i'm not even wanting her to wear long sleeves if she doesn't want to, but dang put on some form of clothes.
and to the ignorant ppl out there, do say "oh every time a muslim women wants to express herself,islam is there to stop her" cuz thats sum straight up BS....u dnt even see kaffir women on magazines naked (except the obvious). i mean this is one hell of a way to speak out.
i'm very upset and disappointed with my sister in islam for this decision.
ugh.
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Malaysian woman who works in Morocco
-2 #53 DisgraceMalaysian woman who works in Morocco 2010-06-27 17:36
It is a disgrace in Islam. if you dont practice Islam, dont put a shame to the world to show how ignorant you are.At least have dignity. Why by informing to the world you are pregnant and naked will give a good impression to all people? Do you think your brothers and sisters will be proud? Humiliation is a word. Congratulation! Your are Cheraqhezid(coc kroach)for all people to step on your head and say bad things about Muslim women.
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shanaz
+2 #54 WHAT??shanaz 2010-08-12 01:02
I cannot believe what I am seeing!! What is happening to some of muslim women?? I am a convert, former christian, and never ever in my previous or now, life would think of that??? Why do you want to be like western women?? Dont you see how much sin is happening here?? rape, molestation, porn, WHY DONT WE RESPECT OURSELVES MORE?? WHO NEEDS TO SEE YOU NAKED??? NAKED AND PREGNANT??? THE WHOLE WORLD?? THE MORE NAKED YOU GET THE MORE FAMOUS YOU WILL BE??!!! COME ON!!!! SAVE YOURSELF FOR ALLAH AND YOUR HUSBAND!!!
HOW WE SUPPOSED TO PROTECT ISLAM IF WE FOLLOW EVIL??
Sometimes, it is really hard for me to understand some muslims, why is it that we, converts try our best to follow the Word of Allah, and it breaks my heart when I see things like that and you take things for granted........ ......
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Mrs. M
0 #55 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Muslim, Pregnant and NakedMrs. M 2011-01-28 11:10
Only a shameless person would like to share her own body to be 'eaten' lively by thousands of eyes. Of course her husband won't mind if the child doesn't belong to him as she, herself like to pose nude...attracti ng the male to touch her.
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JohnC
0 #56 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Muslim, Pregnant and NakedJohnC 2011-10-22 05:27
Nudity and Islam are not mutually exclusive. Just look at National Geographic magazines of a generation or more ago. Female nudity was commonplace in the Moslem world. Don't fool yourselves.
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Observer
+2 #57 Female point of viewObserver 2011-11-12 19:21
I'd like to share a female point of view.

She looks beautiful.

There is nothing sexual or shameful about this photograph.

It is an artistic portrayal of the beauty of pregnancy.
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Mr. R
-3 #58 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Muslim, Pregnant and NakedMr. R 2012-01-06 14:04
I don't see any wrong in this, because this is her life, it's her choice. So it's up to her to live in her own way. Hear lady, you looks beautiful, not to worry about others, because this is our life and we live it in our own way, nobody can against on that. We born lonely and one day we gonna die lonely too.
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mohammed akram farhan
-2 #59 value of womens in islammohammed akram farhan 2012-03-27 23:03
assalam
let mw know that how many christian friends wanna see her own mother nude ?.wat i think is nobody wanna see her mother or grand mother or aunty nude.because they feel shame to see her relatives nude.this is the nature of human to be shameful.in islam we belives that womens r price less diamond which could be easily stolen so we hav the rule to cover ouw mothers ,sisters ,wifes, daughters in veil.ok now let me tell u guys wat america wants to make womens to be,america or europe have no value for womens as they(mens) wear full clothes but in the name of fashion they force womens to wear nothing.guys accept islam as it teaches kindness and shamefullnes
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japhbenoch
0 #60 RE: Muslim, Pregnant and Nakedjaphbenoch 2012-08-02 00:31
What else can you expect from a society that is mostly illitrate and a religon that discriminates against women and condones so called "honor" killing.
What a vain culture !
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Rachid amazigh
+2 #61 RE: Muslim, Pregnant and NakedRachid amazigh 2012-08-21 17:20
A real Muslim woman would never do such thing.and who said she is a muslim.
إن المرأة إذا بلغت المحيض لم يصلح أن يرى منها إلا وجهها وكفيها
الحكمة من الحجاب –بنص القرآن– هو لتمييز المرأة الحرة من الأمة.

عورة المرأة امام محارمها تكون متسترة محتشمة إلا في وجهها ويديها وقدميها، ولا مانع أن يرى محرمها رأسها، لا بأس، لكن كونها تحتشم وتبتعد عن أسباب الفتنة فلا يرى إلا الوجه والكفين أو القدمين عند الحاجة فهذا هو الذي ينبغي، وأن تكون بمنأىً عن التساهل،

ولا سيما في هذا العصر الذي ضعف فيه دين أكثر الخلق وغلب فيه التساهل من النساء، والتبرج. فينبغي للمؤمنة أن تحرص على ألا يرى محارمها إلا الشيء الظاهر الغالب كالوجه والكفين، وإن رأى المحرم كأخيها وعمها رأسها فلا حرج إن شاء الله، لكن التستر في رأسها وجميع بدنها يكون أولى وأحوط، ما عدا الوجه والكفين والقدمين حتى تكون بعيدة عن الفتنة، ولا سيما بعض المحارم لا يُؤمَنون عندهم من الفسق والتساهل وقلة الدين ما هو معلوم، والله المستعان.

الوجه والكفان عورة، وهذا هو الحق الذي عليه المحققون من أهل العلم،
وقد دل عليه قوله تعالى: ..وَإِذَا سَأَلْتُمُوهُنّ َ مَتَاعًا فَاسْأَلُوهُنَّ مِن وَرَاء حِجَابٍ.. (53) سورة الأحزاب،
ما قال الرب: إلا وجهها وكفيها، ثم قال: ..ذَلِكُمْ أَطْهَرُ لِقُلُوبِكُمْ وَقُلُوبِهِنَّ. . (53) سورة الأحزاب،

فذكر أنه أطهر لقلوب الرجال والنساء جميعا، فالطهارة مطلوبة للجميع،
وقد قال الله سبحانه في كتابه العظيم: وَقُل لِّلْمُؤْمِنَات ِ يَغْضُضْنَ مِنْ أَبْصَارِهِنَّ وَيَحْفَظْنَ فُرُوجَهُنَّ وَلَا يُبْدِينَ زِينَتَهُنَّ إِلَّا مَا ظَهَرَ مِنْهَا.. (31) سورة النــور،

قال ابن مسعود: الملابس، وقال ابن عباس: الوجه والكفين، وقال بعض أهل العلم: المراد به يعني قبل الحجاب، أما بعد الحجاب فلا وجه ولا كفين، ومراد ابن عباس أي قبل الحجاب، وعلى فرض أنه أراد بعد الحجاب فقوله مرجوح، وقول ابن مسعود هو الصواب، ويدل عليه ظاهر القرآن والسنة،

ويدل عليه حديث عائشة - رضي الله عنها- لما وقعت وقعة الإفك وتكلم فيها بعض المنافقين وبعض من اغتر بالمنافقين رموها بصفوان بن المعطل لما وجدها صفوان متخلفة عن الجيش وحملها حتى أوصلها الجيش، فرماها أهل الإفك بما رموها به، وهي البراء -رضي الله عنها- وهي المرأة الحرة المصونة التي صانها الله وحماها وكذب من رماها بالفاحشة، قالت: -رضي الله عنها- فلما سمعت صوت صفوان المعطل: استرجع لما رآها قالت: فخمرت وجهي وكان قد رآني قبل الحجاب)

هكذا رواه الشيخان في الصحيحين،
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benpil
+1 #62 mrbenpil 2012-09-21 19:48
I've seen a pattern in Eastern Europe and now North Africa, that is the proliferation of sexualusation in society, this is detrimental to communities families and societies, the West has had a head start, but it was the one strength that non liberal societies always had over Western Europe- the amount of porn on the internet has influenced young men to push women into a black hole. I grew up in the West and have seen the damage its done, its ironic that now the West is becoming more conservative while North Africa is waking up to a negative reality. I hope and pray you get over it.
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Omar b
+1 #63 Mind your own life...Omar b 2012-09-27 16:40
I don't see what the fuss is about... Don't buy the magazine thats it she is not my wife she is not my sister so I don't care none of my business .. It's between her and her family .and I'm sure all of you think you going to haven because you have your clothes on. So much gossip in morocco the government needs to creat jobs for everyone to keep busy...democrac y and freedom go hand and hand people....if I give 500.000 dollars to most of you on this site and ask you to send me your naked picture with no face showing I bet more than half would, yes it's harram but most of you ignore that when it benifts you.
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Aminaa
+1 #64 yesAminaa 2012-10-12 18:13
Quoting Rachid amazigh:
A real Muslim woman would never do such thing.and who said she is a muslim.
إن المرأة إذا بلغت المحيض لم يصلح أن يرى منها إلا وجهها وكفيها
الحكمة من الحجاب –بنص القرآن– هو لتمييز المرأة الحرة من الأمة.

عورة المرأة امام محارمها تكون متسترة محتشمة إلا في وجهها ويديها وقدميها، ولا مانع أن يرى محرمها رأسها، لا بأس، لكن كونها تحتشم وتبتعد عن أسباب الفتنة فلا يرى إلا الوجه والكفين أو القدمين عند الحاجة فهذا هو الذي ينبغي، وأن تكون بمنأىً عن التساهل،

ولا سيما في هذا العصر الذي ضعف فيه دين أكثر الخلق وغلب فيه التساهل من النساء، والتبرج. فينبغي للمؤمنة أن تحرص على ألا يرى محارمها إلا الشيء الظاهر الغالب كالوجه والكفين، وإن رأى المحرم كأخيها وعمها رأسها فلا حرج إن شاء الله، لكن التستر في رأسها وجميع بدنها يكون أولى وأحوط، ما عدا الوجه والكفين والقدمين حتى تكون بعيدة عن الفتنة، ولا سيما بعض المحارم لا يُؤمَنون عندهم من الفسق والتساهل وقلة الدين ما هو معلوم، والله المستعان.

الوجه والكفان عورة، وهذا هو الحق الذي عليه المحققون من أهل العلم،
وقد دل عليه قوله تعالى: ..وَإِذَا سَأَلْتُمُوهُنَّ مَتَاعًا فَاسْأَلُوهُنَّ مِن وَرَاء حِجَابٍ.. (53) سورة الأحزاب،
ما قال الرب: إلا وجهها وكفيها، ثم قال: ..ذَلِكُمْ أَطْهَرُ لِقُلُوبِكُمْ وَقُلُوبِهِنَّ.. (53) سورة الأحزاب،

فذكر أنه أطهر لقلوب الرجال والنساء جميعا، فالطهارة مطلوبة للجميع،
وقد قال الله سبحانه في كتابه العظيم: وَقُل لِّلْمُؤْمِنَاتِ يَغْضُضْنَ مِنْ أَبْصَارِهِنَّ وَيَحْفَظْنَ فُرُوجَهُنَّ وَلَا يُبْدِينَ زِينَتَهُنَّ إِلَّا مَا ظَهَرَ مِنْهَا.. (31) سورة النــور،

قال ابن مسعود: الملابس، وقال ابن عباس: الوجه والكفين، وقال بعض أهل العلم: المراد به يعني قبل الحجاب، أما بعد الحجاب فلا وجه ولا كفين، ومراد ابن عباس أي قبل الحجاب، وعلى فرض أنه أراد بعد الحجاب فقوله مرجوح، وقول ابن مسعود هو الصواب، ويدل عليه ظاهر القرآن والسنة،

ويدل عليه حديث عائشة - رضي الله عنها- لما وقعت وقعة الإفك وتكلم فيها بعض المنافقين وبعض من اغتر بالمنافقين رموها بصفوان بن المعطل لما وجدها صفوان متخلفة عن الجيش وحملها حتى أوصلها الجيش، فرماها أهل الإفك بما رموها به، وهي البراء -رضي الله عنها- وهي المرأة الحرة المصونة التي صانها الله وحماها وكذب من رماها بالفاحشة، قالت: -رضي الله عنها- فلما سمعت صوت صفوان المعطل: استرجع لما رآها قالت: فخمرت وجهي وكان قد رآني قبل الحجاب)

هكذا رواه الشيخان في الصحيحين،

This lady on the Magazine did nothing wrong, and I found her so attractive as most Moroccan women are actually, and that's why those stupid arabs are obsessed by us. See just how many arab men are married to Moroccan women: thousands and thousands if not millions. and see how many Moroccan men are married to non-moroccan woman: NADA. A Moroccan man will marry a Christian or a Jewish but never an Algerian or Egyptian or Saudian or whatever, and what for? Why should he leave all those attractive Moroccan women and marry an ugly, ignorant, complicated arab woman. I have a picture of myself naked pregnant, the only difference, I didn't post it somewhere because I'm not a celebrity and no one is interested on my naked body! All normal pregnant women want to have a picture of their body, especially the first baby. Now the problem of those Arab Islamist countries, is that they consider Moroccans as ARABS, which is not true. Moroccans are not ARABS, go and study history before confusing us with their race, and judge Moroccan women, so leave us us alone, "we don't think or reason the same way as you do arab people", and mind your own stupid business. Moroccans are a population mixture, majority Imazighen, then there are Andaloussi or Fassi, Arabs, Jews, Sahraoui. Those arabs as in the 7th century used Islam to conquer Morocco, now they are using the same alibi to make us feel below them. Really I'm Moroccan female, and I'm proud of being Moroccan. It's true we have prostitution in our country, so what? Do you think in Algeria or Tunisia or even Arabia Saudia, they don't have prostitutes ? Of course they do, and it's worse than what we know in Morocco, due to the male pressure in women's life. The only difference between Morocco and those countries which judge us, is that we talk about it, we don't hide it, whereas, them, they bury it until it pops out, then they say "yes this is an isolated case!". Hypocrisy, they live in another planet, and they are happy like that as long as their interests are protected and women are their slaves.
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liaqat
+2 #65 shamefulliaqat 2012-11-04 04:54
The way this picture highlights muslim society is a question mark for the entire ummah, in fact we the muslims distracted islamic values due to injustice in muslim world, because our leaders / government institutions lacks in delivering the basic needs of common man. As a result multidimentiona l bad things develop in the society, which ultimately set aside our moral values. I personally assure to all muslim brothers, sisters that if we stick to follow the teaching of islam and make our life accordinlgy,
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