Recently the NSW Art Gallery in Australia awarded the "NSW Young Australian of the Year" award to Iktimal Hage-Ali, an attractive young Muslim leader. Hage-Ali is part of Prime Minister John Howard’s Muslim Reference Group and serves as a Muslim voice for the community. She fights for Muslim’s rights and even voiced anger at attempts to ban the hijab, a traditional garment that she chooses not to wear.
In what was to be a special night for this 22-year-old, disaster was just a sip away however. During the acceptance party, Hage-Ali thoughtlessly and blatantly insulted every Muslim in the world and quite possibly the prophet Muhammed himself. She performed an act so vile that it pains me to repeat the act here for fear of reprisal. Iktimal Hage-Ali, a supposed Muslim icon, had the nerve to raise a glass of champagne in celebration of her accomplishments! There I said it.
A shockwave of criticism emanated from the Muslim community as the faithful let loose with harsh words:
She knows we don’t appreciate her representing us – but it’s the power that drives her. Drinking champagne, that is sick.
Hage-Ali maintained her composure and fired back a beautiful salvo of words:
I’m proud of what I have done, my family is proud, my friends are proud, my colleagues are proud. It’s true, I was celebrating. Bloody hell, I had a glass of champagne in my hand – so what?
Rock on Iktimal! You can party with me anytime.
In other news, three Australian Muslim youths urinated on a Bible, tore some pages, and spat upon it. *crickets*
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