MUSLIM SISTERS BRAVE TABOOS IN NETHERLAND

The three young Dutch sisters of Moroccan origin have become TV stars in the Netherlands with a show that braves taboos and projects the true face of Islam. Esmaa Alariachi, 28, and her sisters Jihad, 24, and Hajar, 23,

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The three young Dutch sisters of Moroccan origin have become TV stars in the Netherlands with a show that braves taboos and projects the true face of Islam. Esmaa Alariachi, 28, and her sisters Jihad, 24, and Hajar, 23, began their talk show on channel TV 5 two years ago. These hijab-clad girls with excellent communication skills have sharp minds and great sense of humour. During the past parliamentary elections, the sisters stole the limelight with their covering of the polls that was named one of the best TV shows in the Netherlands in 2007. During their journey to TV stardom, the girls had to wash away many taboos about Dutch Muslims. The sisters believe their biggest success would be to dispel myths and misperceptions about Muslims, numbering one million of the country’s 16 millions.

However, the sisters’ journey was not all rosy. Right-wingers were not so impressed with the idea of three Muslim girls making a hit show.