Death threats and apologies after teen twerked in a hijab
Video footage of a Muslim teen twerking on the street while wearing a Hijab has drawn heated debated online, with some commenters making death threats.
The girl, who is believed to be 17 years old, was filmed by a member of the crowd which gathered as she danced with a friend and street performer to Rhianna in Birmingham city centre.
The video has since gone viral and has been posted on various social media sites. It has attracted vitriolic comments from some members of the Muslim community, while others have come to the girl’s defence.
One commenter has labelled the girl a "f**ken s**t", while another wrote "stupid b**** needs to be killed".
The girl made a tearful apology on the YouTube channel of conservative Islamic YouTuber Ali Dawah. He called her dance "very inappropriate" and said he was "very upset" watching it.
In the video, she apologised to others who wear the hijab, and said it was “up to Allah to judge her”.
While some were placated by the apology, it has fired up others who questioned why she should be forced to apologise.
Iranian-born secularist and human rights activist Maryam Namazie tweeted "Why the hell does she need to say sorry?" with a link to the video.
Another commenter wrote on Facebook that “if she wants to dance, she should be allowed to”.