Something fishy here

You know, this was supposed to be a post making fun of the Burqini ( A Burqa-Bikini, don't ask) until I read this:

Mecca Laalaa is the lone exception. Instead of a barely there bikini,
she's in a burqini – a top-to-toe two-piece lycra suit complete with
hijab, or Islamic head covering.


Ms. Laalaa is one of 24 young people of Arab descent who signed up for a 10-week surf lifesaving-training course.

Mecca Laalaa? Mecca..Laalaa? What?

Ok, maybe I am just rusty, but dear arab readers, does that sound like an arab name to you? Cause it seems made up to me. I have never met a girl called Mecca or seen the last name Laalaa anywhere. It almost sounds like a parody of what an arab name should sound like. 

0 comment on Something fishy here

  1. Amgad
    January 10, 2007 at 11:14 am

    laalaa, is used in morocco like a title to mean a lady, like lady D. but you are right even among the Moroccans it is not a name.

  2. Adam B.
    January 10, 2007 at 11:23 am

    I’m more interrested in knowing how this burqini works…!?!?!?!

  3. BO18
    January 10, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    @ Amgad

    I kind of heard that name before.
    The fun thing about visting Moroccan embassies and consulates in other countries is hearing the weird familynames of people trying to renew their passports, marry etc etc.
    Its really hilarious!

    I heard Ouled Lqroud (Monkey-children), Bin Harira (Son of Harira-soup), Zmar (idiot), Djogh (hungry) and (Ouled) Lallaa/Ralla.

    So it could be a last name.

  4. Littletinsoldier
    January 10, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    Pictures… where are the pictures?

  5. Maged
    January 10, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    Burqini Fasso? Hahahah!

  6. Puniqe
    January 10, 2007 at 4:32 pm

    Name is totally fake.

  7. tedders
    January 10, 2007 at 4:45 pm

    Reminds me of “Pee Wee’s Playhouse” when Pee Wee wanted to call up Genie, he would chant, “Mecca lecca hi Mecca hiney ho”, three times!!! It always worked!

    Mecca Laalaa Hi? How ya doin? Works for me 😉

  8. an arab girl
    January 10, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    aside from the silly name of the ‘burqini’, I actually would find it very useful. I tend to get burned shoulders from the sun when I swim in the sea, and with this kind of swimsuit I wouldn’t bother about jellyfish either!

  9. humble simpleton
    January 10, 2007 at 9:55 pm

    The article in Leons comment says: “But some need swimwear that fits their faith.”
    lol. What the hell has swimwear to do with faith. Faith is by my definition inner spiritual feeling of every individual. Only thing the swimwear needs to fit is spiritually vague set of musts and must nots.

  10. Jason
    January 10, 2007 at 10:39 pm

    Can’t be any worse than what passed as swimwear in the 1920s here.

  11. Puniqe
    January 11, 2007 at 1:04 am

    How is that thing even swimwear? It covers even more than normal clothes. Must be a bitch and a half to swim in once it soaks up water.

  12. James M
    January 11, 2007 at 1:17 am

    Sounds like a Bond Girl.

  13. Jason
    January 11, 2007 at 5:03 am

    “the Burqini is available online for $NZ192 to $214”

    So $130-150 USD … sounds lucrative.

  14. Jason
    January 11, 2007 at 5:24 am

    “Another main aspect of Islam’s illness, according to Meddeb, is the inferior status of women. Meddeb states that this discrimination is unfortunately rooted in the Koran itself. He asks: “All those who want to… follow the founding scriptures are faced with a conundrum. What can they do in the face of a [Koranic] verse which explicitly establishes the superiority of men over women, [namely] verse 34 of Sura 4, which reads: ‘Men have authority over women because God has favored one over the other…’

    “The only solution for the women and men who [wish to follow] the Islamic faith while adapting to the modern [principle] of gender equality… is to acknowledge that all Koranic edicts regarding [women’s inferiority] are obsolete, and that they are rooted in [historical] circumstances rather than in [immutable] principles…

    “Nowadays, many women claim to be returning to their Islamic origins. This can only imply that they accept their subservient [status]. They cannot avoid this. We are told that women who don the veil are responsible for their choices and wish to take part in the ‘Islamization’ of the modern world… This phenomenon is another knot in the chain [that binds them]. The only way to get rid of this knot is to cut right through it. Only then will it be possible to save [the Islamic] faith in a healthy manner – without nurturing the kind of schizophrenia that is impossible to live with: seeking freedom while reinforcing the state of subservience.”

  15. Zvi
    January 11, 2007 at 8:08 am

    Looks kind of like a wetsuit. If I am drowning, I DON’T CARE WHAT MY RESCUER IS WEARING. And neither would you.

    The more important question is this: if these women are such deeply conservative Wahabbi Muslims that they feel the need to cover everything up, are they going to rescue unrelated male swimmers? What about the Muslim male lifeguards?

    Forget what they’re wearing. Are they putting people’s lives at risk?

  16. Adam B.
    January 11, 2007 at 8:30 am

    If you’re a bit voluptuos, you’re still gonna reveal some shapes through that attire – particularly when it gets wet…

    Zvi has the point, though – if these are faithfull muslim women, why do they even seek such an exposed proffession, where close physical contact with strangers is an essential part of the job?

  17. Craig
    January 11, 2007 at 9:07 am

    For a century, surf lifesavers have been the embodiment of Australian beach culture, as quintessential an icon as the Anzac soldier and the outback jackaroo, or cowboy. With 115,000 lifesavers patrolling the continent’s beaches and more than 300 clubs, Surf Life Saving Australia is the nation’s largest volunteer movement, its unpaid members responsible for saving more than half a million lives in the past 100 years.

    Hmmm…. these women want to join Australia’s largest volunteer lifesaver’s association? You guys have a point… why would a devout Muslim women who is so modest want to spend that much time on a public beach, with all those scandalously clad Aussie’s?

    There’s more “fishy” with this story than the girl’s name, Sandmonkey. I smell “in your face” political/religious statement. Gonna be trouble about this further down the road.

  18. Jen
    January 11, 2007 at 6:19 pm

    Sounds like a drag queen’s name.

  19. deprived
    January 12, 2007 at 6:35 pm

    This is interesting.
    ….”The lifesavers of the future will still be tanned and fit, and wear the distinctive red and yellow swimsuit and cap, but their accents are as likely to be Arabic or American as the familiar Aussie twang.”………

    How tanned can one get wearing a diving suit?

  20. deprived
    January 12, 2007 at 6:38 pm

    …”if these are faithfull muslim women, why do they even seek such an exposed proffession, where close physical contact with strangers is an essential part of the job?”…….

    Especially overweight dudes in thongs. To avoid getting stoned for touching one, will they let him drown?

  21. Mak
    January 13, 2007 at 10:48 pm

    AHAHAHAHA…. this is too funny…..

    It sounds like the name of a belly dancer…. la3la3???

  22. howard_coward
    January 17, 2007 at 8:11 pm

    Forgive me for what might be (mistakenly) considered to be a crude salacious comment, but I looked at a bunch of burkini pix and there’s no question: I see (outline of) titty.


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