Muslim pop star DEEYAH is facing death threats because her raunchy new music video sees her strip off a burka (burqa) to reveal her bikini-clad body.

Deeyah claims the video for WHAT WILL IT BE? deals with Muslim women's rights and female empowerment as it also features Muslim women who have fought for freedom of expression.

But the singer, who was born in Norway but moved to the UK after her act alienated her from the Muslim community, has been forced to cancel performances and hire a team of bodyguards after inciting anger from British Muslims as well.

The 28-year-old, dubbed the 'Muslim Madonna' says, "I can't walk around without bodyguards. I would be lying if I said abuse from religious fanatics did not upset or scare me."

Asian music TV network B4U TV dropped the video after receiving complaints. An employee reveals, "We played the video a couple of times and then did not play it again. We had threats which we were forced to take very seriously. These things are sensitive issues."