Blog: URGENT: Support Rawshanara

A video has recently surfaced on the internet (amongst the billions of others!) that has moved me to write this post and I request you, the reader, to give this your full attention.

The video shows a girl by the name of Rawshanara dancing to Beyonce’s “Run The World (Girls)” at what appears to be a dance-off at the Suede Shisha Bar in Mile End, East London.  “So what?” you might think, and rightly so.  Unfortunately, the video has generated a steady wave of (sometimes vitriolic) criticism from some within the young Muslim community because the dancer in question is wearing a Hijab.

The original video, thankfully, has been removed owing to the good work of a friend of mine (DocBeg at YouTube).  But, as is the nature of these things, copies/recordings have gone viral, crossing international borders.  I am not posting the link up as it defeats the purpose of this mini-campaign of mine, but will draw your attention to some of the comments that this video has generated:

ALL THEM PEEPS FREE MIXING ESPECIALLY THEM FAKE HOEJABBIS GOING THERE JOKING AROUND WITH BOYS HAVE SHAME. IM GONNA FINISH THE OWNERS, HIS ALL READY WANTED THATS Y SO MUCH SECURITY THERE PROMISE HE WILL GET IT AND SISTERS IF IM GOING PASS N C U FAKE ASS BITCHS THERE USE WILL GET FINISHED TOO

k221224 4 hours ago

Ouch! Seems the Muslim woman, are human after all. Pity she is a chubby one, or i would have had a five knuckle shuffle over the immigrant….

EnglishCyberArmy 15 hours ago

Astagfirullah. She should be shot.

Im22Sikkk 18 hours ago 2 likes

“Astaghfirullah” means “I seek forgiveness from Allah” but is used frequently in a “Lord, have Mercy” kind of way.

Now I know that the internet and YouTube comments don’t always mean that someone will go out and shoot the girl but, there are some things that we must bear in mind:

  • her name has been disclosed
  • she has distinctive physical characteristics
  • it is likely that if she is in an area like Mile End, it may be easy to identify her.

A lot of people have already made a stand (like DocBeg) and are highlighting that spreading the video is an “un-Islamic” trait in itself:

Can you please take this video down. It is not up to us to ‘expose’ this girl. Each to his own. This video is doing no good, and is only portraying Muslims negatively. Not to mention the bad points the person who posted this will get every time it’s viewed by a male, or encourages hatred towards Muslims. For the sake of everyone please remove it.

ThatOne678 18 hours ago 11 

I am sure that upon seeing some of the backlash, the girl in question not only regrets her actions but fears for her safety.  As do I.  By raising awareness, I’m hoping we can ensure her safety.  I’ve set up a Twitter hashtag #standupforrawshanara and have commented on the YouTube videos still visible with the following message:

Please follow #standupforrawshanara on Twitter if you want this video removed and fear for her safety.

I will #standupforrawshanara.
Will you?