Even as a kid, Ibtihaj Muhammad stood out. She was faster and stronger than her friends, and she was serious about her religion. Most of the sports she tried required physically revealing gear, in sharp contrast to the modesty her Muslim faith required. Then she discovered fencing. The sport let her express her athletic talent, and the uniform allowed her to stay true to her faith.
Today Ibtihaj is one of the best fencers in the world—and an observant Muslim woman. This summer, she will represent the U.S. at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. And when she competes for her country, representing all of us, she will be the first American Olympian to do so while wearing the hijab. Ibtihaj embraced what made her stand out, and she’s an Olympian because of it.
That’s not just the story of Ibtihaj Muhammad. That’s the story of America.
06 August 2012
The alleged Russian Chechen Islamists arrested last Thursday in Almuradiel (Ciudad Real) intended to attack Gibraltar coinciding with the celebration of the Olympic Games in London, as it is clear from the research conducted by the National Court Judge Pablo Ruz, reported legal sources.
This is the conclusion of researchers following a statement from the flight instructor who was contacted by Eldar Magomedov, aka “Muslim Dost,” Muhamed Ankari Adamov and Cengiz Turk Yalzin to teach them how to paraglide during their stay in La Linea de la Concepción (Cádiz).
3 August 2012
Female Muslim athletes made a historic appearance in London Olympics, not for their victories which were scored against their opponents but against widespread prejudice both from biased non-Muslims and Muslims. Unlike their opponents Muslim females who have chosen to observe modest dress code due to religious reasons had to overcome political and cultural obstacles.
Judoka Shaherkani was the first female Saudi to join to the Olympic Games, yet she had to fight with countries clergymen who give a cultural spin to their interpretation of the religion. This was not only problem she had to deal with the International Judo Federation that had initially said Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani could not compete in a headscarf.
There have been a few other Muslim female athletes from who had to overcome similar obstacles and struggle to overcome the prejudice embedded in the minds of people at home as well as in the West.
5 July 2012
Six British Muslims including one British convert have been arrested by the police. The suspects were held under anti-terrorism charges. They are thought to be planning to attack the Olympic Games, however, the police has not released the details about the arrests.
The British security forces have been on high alert ahead of the Olympic Games in order to prevent a possible terrorist attack. Thus, Muslims community came under great scrutiny due to common perception that they are the breeding ground for terrorism.
16 June 2012
Moe Sbihi, a member of British Olympic squad found it difficult to participate in the games when he realized that he would have to fast while he is competing in the games. He then sought the opinion of the Muslim scholars and was given alternative options to discharge his religious duty during the games.
The 2012 Olympic Games in London will coincide with the month of Ramadan, and therein disadvantage fasting Muslim athletes, says this article in Islam Pluriel. Approximately one quarter of the 11 099 athletes in the 2004 Games in Athens came from Muslim-majority countries. Massoud Shadjareh, president of the Islam Association of Human Rights based in London stated that the games would not have been organized during Christmas celebrations, so to have them during Ramadan demonstrates a lack of sensitivity.