Shanna Bukhari steps into the spotlight tonight, to investigate why more and more young British women are converting to Islam. The 26 year old former model and beauty queen calls herself a ‘Modern British Muslim’ and wants to find out why so many females are choosing the religion and lifestyle.
She is trying to find out why they are putting parties behind them, choosing not to drink and turning away from dressing as they please, to convert to a religion which some people feel treats women like second class citizens.
The first lady to meet Shanna is a media student and former holiday club rep named Alana, who lives in Glasgow and converted to become a Muslim when she met her fiancé Abdul during a trip to Lanzarote. She also comes across Reading girl Lisa, who with her heavily tattooed body looks far from a traditional muslim but the former self-confessed former wild child is now a settled second wife and mother of three. However her in laws do not approve of her former lifestyle.
Inaya from Lancashire is a devout Muslim looking for love. However, she is in the minority in her rural Northern town and admits that her chances of finding a suitable and religious husband are very slight.
Ayesha from Edinburgh is the convert Shanna feels she can identify most with, having managed to reconcile her faith with a career as a top model.
Unlike the converts, Shanna does not follow her faith and religion to the letter of the law and she makes the most of her western freedoms, within certain limits.
Through this documentary she find out why these women have chosen a strict Islam lifestyle and through learning what it means to them, she’ll have to face what her faith really means to her.
BBC Three on 30 January at 9.00pm to 10.00pm