Muslim contestant quits British TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”

Quit: Muslim contestant Rizwan Shabir has left the British TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls” after growing uncomfortable at the bikini-clad female contestants

A Muslim man has walked out of Bear Grylls’s reality TV show after he became uncomfortable because the female contestants were wearing bikinis all the time.

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Image from Facebook page “The Island with Bear Grylls”

Rizwan Shabir, a married father of three, will be seen leaving The Island tonight, saying he is ‘not used to living with women who are half-naked’.

The 27-year-old from Bradford, West Yorkshire described his time on the show as ‘the best thing and the worst thing’ he has ever done, after viewers saw emotional scenes of him breaking down in tears because he missed his family.

Rizwan Shabir

Mr. Rizwan Shabir

Several young women on the Channel 4 show have been shown wearing bikini tops while foraging for supplies and attempting to build a camp.

The current third series of The Island is the first time that men and women have been mixed together, after the first series was male-only and the second put men and women on separate islands.

Mr Shabir, a mobile phone shop owner, said when he entered the show last year that he hoped to be a role model for other British Muslims.

He also predicted that his experience on the survival programm would help him get closer to his faith, and could be seen praying five times a day while on the island.

But in the end he could not handle the stress of being on the island, and left the show after just 11 days in an incident set to be broadcast on this evening’s episode.

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Contestant: Zoe is one of the women featured on the programm, pictured here wearing a bikini on the beach

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

In an earlier episode, he was seen weeping after a long swim which left him exhausted and desperate to see his wife Kalsoom and his children Amirah, three, and nine-month-old twins Adam and Isa.

Mr Shabir said that he was ‘really emotional’ after the dangerous swim in Pacific waters, and found himself thinking about his family.

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Family: Mr Shabir with his wife Kalsoom and their children Amirah, Adam and Isa

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Host: The Channel Four show is presented by Bear Grylls, a devout Christian who is the UK’s Chief Scout

Viewers have complained about the amount of swearing on the programm, which is hosted by devout Christian Bear Grylls, the UK’s Chief Scout – one episode featured 95 swear words, more than two a minute.

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