A Muslim pop singer has been forced to hire bodyguards to protect her during a visit to Britain next month after she received a string of death threats from religious extremists.
US-based Deeyah is due in London next month to promote a new single and video, released tomorrow. But the track "What Will It Be?" has already outraged hardline Islamists in the UK as it promotes women's rights.
Her performances with a male dancers and revealing outfits have offended many Muslims. In one scene in her latest video, the singer drops her burqa covering to reveal a bikini.
The 28-year-old singer claims that in the past she has been spat upon in the street and told that her family would be in danger if she did not tone down her work. The situation is now so bad that Deeyah feels she cannot visit Britain without protection. "I can no longer walk around without specially assigned bodyguards," she said. "I would be lying if I said abuse from religious fanatics didn't upset or scare me."
It seems this persecution started about ten years ago when an award-winning music video from an album made Deeyah the target of conservative Muslims who were outraged that her uncovered back could be seen. This caused threats, against her and her family, physical assaults, and an attempted abduction at her school.
At a concert in Norway, she was attacked on stage by angry Muslim men.
When Deeyah’s last album came out, her video led to new threats from Muslims who are angry that Deeyah appears in sexy clothes and dances with a black man.
I guess it's so much better for the world when you produce classy, educated females such as these.