Arab social media users celebrated singer Janet Jackson’s first appearance in public since announcing her pregnancy wearing full Islamic dress.
Among the raving reactions was one by an Arab woman who tweeted: “That’s what happens when a woman leaves everything for the man she loves.”
— زنديقة بس درة ☠️ (@artmis49) October 23, 2016
Salama Alyasin wrote: “May Allah protect you, a Muslim Jackson.”.
— Salma مصعب Al-Yaseen (@Salma_Bazie) October 23, 2016
Amal insinuated that it was her husband’s fortune that drove Jackson to convert to Islam and drape herself in a hijab.
“Janet Jackson with her husband, the Qatari billionaire Wesam Manna…” she tweeted. “Here she is pregnant already… Thank Allah for fixing things between them… Just give me a bit of luck and throw me into the sea.”
— امل (@amal201001) October 24, 2016
“We’re waiting for Janet Jackson to marry the Qatari and give him a little Manna,” Sara wrote.
ذات مومنت وقت جانيت جاكسون تتجوز قطري وتخلفلو مانع 😆 pic.twitter.com/QTCxMR6pWI
— sara (@Sara_8411) October 24, 2016
Another user named Sara mocked Jackson’s appearance: “Janet Jackson about to give birth to Qatari billionaire Wesam al Manna’s child walks around like a stall owner on the boardwalk.”
جانيت جاكسون وهي باخر حملها من الملياردير القطري وسام المانع طالعه كنها طقاقه ولا بياعه فصفص ع الكورنيش pic.twitter.com/ZNvXVE1jpx
— ساره بنت عبدالعزيز (@saro0o0onh1) October 23, 2016
Waleed Alfadli criticized the news sites that mentioned Manna’s nationality as a testament to his wealth.
“Janet Jackson, the sister of the idol Michael, spreads the news of her marriage and pregnancy,” he wrote. “It’s curious that all the sites refer to her husband as ‘the Qatari.’ I wonder why they focus on his nationality.”
— Waleed Alfadhli (@waleeddaan) October 14, 2016
In the same vein, many claimed that it’s the Qatari billionaire’s great wealth that supports the unusual relationship.
Amar referred to another thing Qatar is infamous for: “Inshallah she’ll blow herself up soon if she married a man from Qatar, which is the exclusive origin of all the terrorists in the world.”
@RTarabic يالله انشاء الله تفجر نفسها قريبا مادام صارت كنه لقطر المصدر الوحيد والحصري لكل ارهابي الكون
— amar (@saraammar123) October 24, 2016
Madam Laam wrote: “Oh, very powerful… She looks very ugly in a hijab.”
@hklist ياختاااااااااااااااااااااااااااااااااااااااااااااي بالقوي فعلا… شكلها وحش أي بالحجاب ده
— لام (@MadamLaam) October 24, 2016
Another wrote: “She was so beautiful, how this guy defrauded her.”
دي كانت قمر
أزاي ضحك عليها الواد ده
— Hk List (@hklist) October 24, 2016
Regarding Jackson’s public display, the UK Mirror reported:
The star is believed to have become a Muslim after marrying Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Manna, 41, in 2012.
The Daily Mirror‘s exclusive pictures show the couple looking relaxed and happy as they shopped in London earlier this week.
The pair strolled hand in hand as Janet – who will become a mother for the first time later this year at the age of 50 – stroked her growing bump.
They were spotted browsing for children’s clothes at an upmarket boutique before stopping for lunch at a health food restaurant.