This past week saw female Muslim journalist Nour Tagouri expressing ‘honor’ that Playboy magazine featured her (wearing a scarf of course). Her comments ignited a firestorm on social media. While others elaborated on why Muslims should not support her, I simply wish to pose some minor thoughts. Can one imagine the Prophet ﷺ, saying it was an honor for Quraish to offer him wealth, esteem and leadership? If the answer to that is unthinkable, then what of the suggestion some have made that since Ms. Tagouri felt ‘honored’ that Playboy magazine included her, then one should place copies of the magazine in local Masajid as ‘recommended reading’?
Nay, in the same way as honor was eternally granted to him ﷺ, for standing firm upon Tawheed and purity- dishonor and humiliation is promised to those who fail to do so. As Allah says:
ﻓَﺈِﻥْ ﺃَﻋْﺮَﺿُﻮا۟ ﻓَﻘُﻞْ ﺃَﻧﺬَﺭْﺗُﻜُﻢْ ﺻَٰﻌِﻘَﺔً ﻣِّﺜْﻞَ ﺻَٰﻌِﻘَﺔِ ﻋَﺎﺩٍ ﻭَﺛَﻤُﻮﺩ
“But if they turn away, then say: “I have warned you of a Sa’iqah (a destructive awful cry, torment, hit, a thunderbolt) like the Sa’iqah which overtook ‘Ad and Thamud.” (Fussilat 41:13)
When ‘Utbah Ibn Rabi’ah heard the Prophet ﷺ recite this verse, he panicked, placed his hand over the Prophet’s ﷺ mouth, saying “I beg you in the Name of Allah and the ties of kinship to stop lest the calamity should befall the people of Quraish.”
Now we find a Muslim woman is ‘honored’ to be featured by a magazine whose history is established on a foundation of fornication, licentiousness and objectification of women, and disseminating those ideas and principles globally. Indeed, it is ironic that Hillary Clinton once returned thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to the Muslims after the Jews excoriated her for accepting, ‘blood money’. The Muslim community on the other hand, said little about the matter.
In the end, the wise thing for Ms Tagouri, would be to settle the debate by retracting her words, returning the accolades and stand firm on the faith. And if that is asking too much…then Allah’s promise holds true.