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Saturday, December 16, 2006

Sprint-queen Ruqaya excels on the field in Hijab


Bahrain's sprinter Ruqaya Al-Ghasara was in the news recently after she won gold medal in 200 m race at the ongoing Doha Asiad in Qatar.

She also won the bronze in 100 m race. She wore a full dress with only face and hands visible. As a result, she got lot of attention in the media. 

Al-Ghasara said that hijab doesn't hold her back, rather it helps her in movement. She feels that the traditional attire [full length suit and head scarf] makes her confident.

Surely, her performance will encourage many Muslims girls towards sports. Interestingly, a section has begun questioning why Sania Mirza can't wear hijab and be a world-beater.

And that I don't agree with. It's a matter of personal choice. Isn't it! If the sportswomen feel that Hijab is no obstruction, then it's fine. But its nobody's business to impose it on sportswomen.

7 comments:

saif said...

Ofcourse it is a matter of personal choice. And ofcourse, there definitely is no compulsion in religion. But let's not undermine the fact that the hijab is an obligation in Islam.

So while we cannot and should not force anything on Sania or anyone else, we must realize that as a Muslim, what she's (or anyone else for that matter) doing is wrong/unIslamic. Again, the focus should be on the action itself, and not on the individual inshaAllah.

It's the same thing as saying that fasting in Ramadan is obligatory, unless there is a valid excuse. If Sportsperson X is Muslim and does not fast, and has no valid reason not to, then he/she is wrong. I can politely remind him/her that it's wrong to do that, but beyond that, it's not my bussiness.

The problem with some of us is that we take immense interest in discussing individuals, instead of issues. May Allah forgive us, and help us improve. Ameen.

Anonymous said...

People would complain about the Nike logo on the hijab.

How do we know said...

Saif, to not follow the doctrines of your religion, by itself, is not "Wrong". It is, if anything, "Wrong" or "Right" , in YOUR perception. Therefore, though I completely agree with what you say here, IMHO, it is wrong to even load another person with your perception. You may hold an opinion that it is wrong, but to communicate it where your opinion is not solicited.. am not sure how "Right" that is!

Neena said...

But let's not undermine the fact that the hijab is an obligation in Islam.

It's only a suggestation. If Muslim Men keep insisting it on us then in no time professional and educated women will leave Islam for other life style.

Diganta said...

I think Sania shuld take lessons from her performance and not the outfits, as rightly pointed out by Adnan.

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