German-born former British MTV celebrity, Karistiane Backer (born 1965), is a TV presenter, TV journalist and author of autobiography ‘From MTV to Mecca: How Islam Inspired my Life’, published in 2012. In the book, Baker claims that she was attracted to Islam based on religion’s dress modesty requirements for both men and women. She also acknowledges that Islamic modesty and moral values were introduced to her by Pakistan’s cricket team captain Imran Khan. Watch her interview below.
Irish singer-songwriter Bob Geldof (born to a Jewish mother and his daughter Peaches Geldof married Jewish musician Thomas Cohen), whom Backer had interviewed on her MTV show, called her memoir “From Babe to Burka“. Although, Backer never wore “Burka” after her conversion – it does remind me a 2002 article by Canadian Jewish academic, Henry Makow PhD, who said that he would rather prefer a Burka over Bikini.
Backer, who received two prestigious German journalist awards, Golden Camera and Golden Otto, lost all her TV contracts when she converted to Islam in 1995. Announcing her conversion, she said: “I found the truth that Islam treats men and women equally. Under Islam women got their rights to vote in early 7th century. Men and women dress in decent way. They are prohibited to degrade each other. Indeed a woman should adopt dress to avoid sexual appeal to the opposite gender.” Read her Facebook page here.
In October 2012, Backer was interviewed by anti-Islamist Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman, during which she said: “I wrote the book because there is a lot of Islamophobia in Europe, which I also experienced myself when in 1995 I became a Muslim. I was an award-winning presenter at the time, presenting shows on MTV; I had my own youth show in Germany, and when it came out that I was a Muslim I was sacked from my show, and with that pretty much my career on TV in Germany ended. For years agents have told me, “If you ever want to work on TV again, don’t speak about Islam.” So I listened to their advice and I spent those years deepening my faith and learning about Islam, traveling, etc. But of course as a journalist, as a communicator, I was itching to speak out, because a lot of times the media portrayed Islam so differently to this beautiful religion and how it really, truly is. I wanted to speak out, and eventually I went on the Hajj when I was 40 years old, and that was reported very positively in the German press. A book agent came to me and asked me, “Would you like to write your story in a book?” and I thought, “Great!” My time had come to try and redress some prejudices, and try to take the reader by the hand and show how I dissolved the prejudices I initially had against Islam, and how I discovered the beautiful values of the religion and tried to practice some of them before I became a Muslim.”
I like to end this post with a page from Backer’s personal blog.