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'Guys should be protecting women, not using violence'- Neelofa

New Straits Times logoNew Straits Times 17/1/2018 SYAHIRAH MOKHTAZAR

KUALA LUMPUR: After a video of an irate man slapping a Muslim woman across the face for not wearing a hijab in Malaysia was picked up by international news outlets, actress and popular TV host Noor Neelofa Mohd Noor voiced out her concerns regarding the issue.

a person posing for the camera: “Is this how we want to portray Islam and Malaysia towards other people? We want people to know that Islam is a religion that is beautiful, that is tolerating and respectful and when things like this happen, perceptions are changed and Islam get a bad rep” posts Neelofa on her Instagram. © Provided by Media Prima “Is this how we want to portray Islam and Malaysia towards other people? We want people to know that Islam is a religion that is beautiful, that is tolerating and respectful and when things like this happen, perceptions are changed and Islam get a bad rep” posts Neelofa on her Instagram.

So, this is on a UK news portal. Is this how we want other non-Muslim countries to see us? Muslim Malaysians in this light? Is this how we want to potray Islam and Malaysia towards other people? We want people to know that Islam is a religion that is beautiful, that is tolerating and respectful and when things like this happen, perceptions are changed and Islam gets a bad rep. And ladies, when things like this happen to you, to your loved ones, you have to stand up, don’t let people like this belittle you and treat you inhumanely. And guys, please, don’t do this to other women. Guys should be protecting women, not using violence in any ways, especially not like this. I hope this is a lesson for all of us to learn from, we have to be better than this. No religion in the world teaches their followers to use violence, definitely not in Islam. There is a better, beautiful way to preach and going around hitting people is DEFINITELY NOT THE WAY.

A post shared by Noor Neelofa Mohd Noor (@neelofa) on Jan 16, 2018 at 4:26am PST

The Meletop host posted a screenshot of the news report by Daily Mail UK on her Instagram and wrote: “So this is on a UK news portal. Is this how we want other non-Muslim countries to see us?

“Is this how we want to portray Islam and Malaysia towards other people? We want people to know that Islam is a religion that is beautiful, that is tolerating and respectful and when things like this happen, perceptions are changed and Islam get a bad rep.”

The 28-year-old who is also a successful entrepreneur also urged women to stand up for one another should they get treated inhumanely.

“Guys should be protecting women, not using violence in any ways, especially not like this.

“No religion in the world teaches its followers to use violence, definitely not in Islam,” she wrote.

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