I was very stunned and amazed at seeing the amount of hijab wearers at the Olympics. Previously, you wouldn’t see hijabi participants, but the awareness has grown so vastly and in the western world especially, wearing hijab has become recognised as a religious custom which would be fulfilled by Muslim women regardless of their activity. For a covered feature on our previous article regarding a fencing champion wearing hijab at the Olympics, click here.
The Hijab Wearing Fencer At The Olympics
Ibtihaj Muhammad, who is 30 years of age became the first U.S. athlete to compete at the Olympic Games wearing a hijab. She won her first Olympic medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Saturday, August 13. Here’s what she had to say about her hijab wearing experience at the Olympics:
“A lot of people don’t believe that Muslim women have voices or that we participate in sport,” she said on Monday, August 8. “And it’s not just to challenge misconceptions outside the Muslim community, but within the Muslim community. I want to break cultural norms.”
Muhammad added, “It’s a blessing to represent so many people who don’t have voices, who don’t speak up, and it’s been a really remarkable experience for me.”
Hijab Sprinter at Rio Olympics
This is a Saudi Arabian sprinter, Kariman Abuljadayel, who participated in the women’s 100metre race covered from head-to-toe. She is 22 years old and drew admiration and surprise from several circles for her dress code in the Rio heat. She is not the first Saudi woman to compete on an international level, as track athlete Sarah Athar also participated wearing hijab in 2012 Olympics.
Images of Hijabi Sprinters Hard at Work
Hijab volleyball Player At The Olympics
Doaa Elghobashy, an Egyptian beach volleyball player broke all norms when competing with her German competitors in the Olympics. Dressed in leggings and long-sleeves, complete with hijab was a complete contrast to her competition who wore bikinis which are often associated with the sport. Here’s what she had to say regarding wearing the hijab while playing this sport:
“I have worn the hijab for 10 years,” she told AP after the game. “It doesn’t keep me away from the things I love to do, and beach volleyball is one of them.”
Hijab Wearing Figure Skaters
As a child I would always admire figure skaters. I loved their sparkling outfits and the way it shines with the movement. I never thought of the sport as a sport for Muslim women as the outfits are very short and revealing. I was completely taken aback when seeing these images of Muslim figure skaters. Not only are they participating in a sport but also wearing the beautiful outfits in an Islamically modest manner. You will notice the sections of the outfit which would normally reveal skin, is covered using skin-coloured fabric. So, you are still wearing the same outfit but just made it Islamic by covering up.