Sunday 4 December 2016

Muslim contestant on Bear Grylls’ The Island quits because female contestants wear bikinis

Published 12/04/2016 | 10:20

Rizwan Shabir
Rizwan Shabir

A Muslim contestant has quit Bear Grylls The Island for religious reasons.

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Rizwan Shabir (27) said he felt uncomfortable being around "half-naked women" on the hit Channel 4 show.

The married dad of three from Yorkshire left the show on Monday night and described his 11 days on the island as the "best thing and the worst thing" he has ever done.

This is the third series of the show but the first to have both men and women placed together on the island.

The first series saw just men battling to survive while the second featured men and women placed on separate islands.

Due to the climate on the Pacific island, the women are often decked out in just bikinis and this was difficult for Mr Shabir, a devout Muslim, to witness.

The Island with Bear Grylls - (GIRLS POURING OUT WATER)
The Island with Bear Grylls - (GIRLS POURING OUT WATER)

"At the end of the day I am a Muslim - I'm not used to living with women who are half-naked. This is harder than what I thought it would be," he said.

"Basically I'm around a group of women who are half-naked, which in my religion and culture I shouldn't really be."

The Island with Bear Grylls - (GIRLS LIGHTING A FIRE)
The Island with Bear Grylls - (GIRLS LIGHTING A FIRE)

Mr Shabir is married to wife Kalsoom and has three children - Amirah (3), and 9-month-old twins Adam and Isa - and had been seen getting emotional over missing his family earlier in the series.

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