- Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola of Nigeria crowned in Jakarta, Indonesia
- Miss Muslimah World organised by World Muslimah Foundation
- The Muslim women’s group said it was an ‘Islamic response’ to Miss World
- Contest featured 20 modestly dressed women from Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Brunei, Nigeria and Bangladesh
- Final of traditional Miss World contest takes place in Bali on 28 September
- British Embassy has advised caution amid possibility of terror attack
- Warned that extremist groups may be planning to attack the event
A Nigerian woman has been crowned Muslim Miss World in the final of a beauty pageant organised by a women’s group in direct response to the mainstream Miss World competition taking place in Indonesia.
Miss Nigeria, Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola, 21, won the Miss Muslimah World contest which was organised by the World Muslimah Foundation, a Muslim women’s group, and held in Indonesia’s capital city of Jakarta as a protest to the traditional contest being held in Bali this month.
The annual Muslim event – now in its third year – is held exclusively for Muslim women, who are assessed not only their appearance (in Islamic dress) but also their piety, religious knowledge and understanding of the Koran.
The newly crowned the Muslimah World 2013 Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola of Nigeria is congratulated by contestants during the Muslimah World competition in Jakarta yesterday
The newly crowned the Muslimah World 2013 Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola of Nigeria collects her crown, trophy and flowers and thanks the crowds in Indonesia
Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola of Nigeria reacts emotionally as she hears the announcement of her victory in the Muslim Miss World
More than 500 Muslim women entered the contest online, with 20 finalists chosen by judges. Entrants were asked to talk people through their path to the religion and what wearing a headscarf meant to them.
When Miss Nigeria was announced the winner – and won a trip to Mecca – she recited a verse from the Koran.
Meanwhile in Bali, the mainstream pageant was subject to protests by hard-line Muslims within the world’s most populous Muslim country, even though organisers relented and agreed to cancel the bikini round.
Moreover, its final – held on 28 September – was due to take place in Jakarta, but it has now been agreed that the whole pageant will take place in Bali, a Hindu-majority island, where armed police are on high alert following warnings that the contest could be a target for terror attacks.
The finale of a beauty pageant exclusively for Muslim women took place in Jakarta
Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola of Nigeria reacts for her title of the Muslimah World as First Runner Up Noor Aspasia of Indonesia looks on
Contestants of the Muslimah World pageant take part in a rehearsal for the grand final of the contest in Jakarta on 18 September
Nigerian Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola salutes in front of the contestants during the final of the 3rd Miss World Muslimah 2013 contest in Jakarta, Indonesia
The contestants line up during the final of the 3rd Miss World Muslimah 2013 contest
The audience claps during the final of the 3rd Miss World Muslimah 2013 contest
Miss Nigeria wins a trip to Mecca as part of her prize
The ten final contestants of the Muslimah World 2013 answer questions from a judge panel during the Muslimah World
Five of the Muslim women taking part in the competition in Jakarta that judged women on her Islam dress and her knowledge of the Koran
Indonesian Muslims in the audience share photos of the competition
Muslim women in the audience of the pageant
Meanwhile in Bali: Miss World contestants warned about possible terror attacks
Following protests around Indonesia opposing the Miss World competition taking place in Bali, female contestants have warned to be vigilant against possible terror attacks on the island.
The British, US and Australian Embassies in Jakarta have warned the women taking part – three of whom are from the UK – that extremist groups may be planning to disrupt the pagean.
The competition final takes place in Bali on 28 September.
Miss Australia, Erin Holland, left; Miss Angola, Maria Castelo, right
Kirsty Heslewood from England, Gabrielle Shaw from Wales and Meagan Green from Northern Ireland are representing Britain in the competition.
The British Embassy said that ‘local Islamist vigilante groups have threatened to hold large-scale demonstrations to disrupt the Miss World pageant’, adding ‘extremist groups may also be planning to attack the event’.
Terrorist bombs killed 202 people in Bali in 2002, 30 of whom were British.
Miss Albania, Ersela Kurti, left, and Miss Angola, Maria Castelo, right