Muslim Women in the Olympics; More than Hijab and Medals

Muslim Women in the Olympics; More than Hijab and Medals

August 25, 2016Sara Ahmad Egypt

Muslim women are not new to the Olympic Games as they have always participated and competed fiercely in the games, however, their presence this year is probably more obvious as more Muslim women athletes chose to wear their Hijab during the competitions.

Ibtihaj Mohammed competing in fencing made the record of being the first American Muslim woman to compete with hijab, also Egyptian beach volley team also were the first to compete with hijab on in this game. Sara Samir Ahmed, is 18 years old Egyptian weight lifter who won bronze, she is probably the youngest of all Muslim women with hijab in the Games along with Hedaya Wahba, who earned her bronze in taekwondo are among those who competed in the Olympics with their Hijab. Dalilah Mohammed is another American Muslim women athlete won the Olympic medal in 400 m running in track and field, though not wearing a hijab but is the first

Muslim woman to win this medal While it looks very normal to see women athletes with full body cover practicing and competing in Muslim countries it is very new to the Olympics. Other Muslim women participants who earned medals in the games are Patimat Abakarova, Azerbaijan, taekwondo, Ines Boubakri, Tunisia, fencing, Marwa Amri, Tunisia, wrestling, Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin, Iran, taekwondo, Sri Wahyuni Agustiani, Indonesia, weightlifting and many others.

I believe it meets one of the objectives of the Olympic Games which is to celebrate all cultures and differences while competing in sports. Additionally it shows that it is about the athletic standards of each kind of sport more than who is competing. This is an open competition and winning is for the more professional and ready to earn the title. However participating in the games is not only about winning, it is rather about exerting your best to represent your country and join the international community, some may not win today but at least they show that they are qualified to compete and there may be more chances in the future. it also may help eradicate one of the main misconception and stereotyping against Muslim women that they are oppressed and denied equal opportunities in their countries because of their religion. While this may be true in some cases, international gatherings like the Olympics may help increasing the awareness of opening more doors for women and whether Muslims or not.

Far beyond the Hijab, the message of diversity and inclusion of the Olympic games. We are looking forward to more inclusion and diversity and probably more representation of different cultures in the coming Olympics.

Muslim Women in the Olympics; More than Hijab and Medals

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  1. POLYGAMY IN SAUDI ARABIA HAS CREATED A BIG PROBLEM TODAY.

    5 Divorces Every Hour In Saudi Arabia
    RIYADH: Divorce in the Kingdom happens at the rate of 127 cases per day, or about five cases every hour.
    This has been revealed in a report by the General Authority of Statistics.
    According to the report, more than 157,000 marriages were recorded in the courts over the past year, while over 46,000 divorce cases were recorded during the same period.
    The report stated, however, that last year the number of divorces recorded a decline from the year before, which saw more than 54,000 cases of divorce. The Eastern Province and Tabuk recorded the highest divorce rates last year — 36.7 percent and 36.1 percent respectively. In Riyadh, the divorce rate was recorded at 31 percent, while Jazan witnessed 17.9 percent.
    The chairperson of the Board of Directors of Mawadah Charitable Organization, Princess Sarah bint Musaed, recently revealed that a quarter of marriages in Saudi Arabia end in divorce, noting that 60 percent of divorce cases occur in the first year of marriage.

    So as long as Saudi Arabia, Iran and other Islamic states still follow the ancient Islamic Arab tradition through the book of Hadith. Islamic women can not compete with other women from non Islamic countries

    We educated Muslims around the world should reform the ancient Islam laws
    http://ilovemodrenislam.blogspot.com/2016/08/womens-issue-in-islam-today.html

    • Again Ali is blaming ‘ancient Islam laws’ without any justification. Divorce rates are high every where these days, in Europe too, where there is no ‘ancient Islamic law’ to be blamed.

      • RAFIQ;
        QURAN; If you fear that you will not do justice to the orphans, then, marry the women you like, in twos, in threes and in fours. But, if you fear that you will not maintain equity, then (keep to) one woman, or bondwomen you own. It will be closer to abstaining from injustice. QS 4;3.
        You shall never be able to maintain real equality between wives, even though you are eager to.QS 4;129

        Saudi Arabia’s clerics or extremist clerics still use the ancient Clerics interpretation. They urge a husband to have more than one wife these days like Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Gulf states etc.
        The result of the ancient interpretation of above verses, every hour 5 divorces. So sad and pity.

        Do not look at the non Muslim’s communities in the West, but look at Muslim’s community who do not implement Polygamy,

        I.e. Muslim Ahmadiyah; How many people of Muslim Ahmadiyah get divorced every hour?

        WHEREAS THE TRUE INTERPRETATION ABOVE VERSES IS;
        Islam does not urge a husband to have wife more than one. but the ancient Islamic clerics urge Muslim’s male to have more than one wife and more slaves. QS 33;50, 23;5-6

        All love

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