Muslims in the Olympics
One may baulk at a Muslim woman wearing a hijab (albeit sporty and streamlined) for reasons of modesty, whilst squeezing her muscular frame into skimpy, tight and revealing lycra. But Ms Al Ghasara is of the opinion that the Hijood (as it is known) has improved her performance.
'It’s great to finally have a high performance outfit that allows me to combine my need for modesty with a design made from breathable, moisture-controlled fabric,” she said. “It’s definitely helped me to improve my times being able to wear something so comfortable and I’m sure it will help me to give my best performance at Beijing. I hope that my wearing the hijood sports top will inspire other women to see that modesty or religious beliefs don’t have to be a barrier to participating in competitive sports.”
In 2004, Ms Al Ghasara defied objections from fundamentalists in her village to take part in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
This must be a case of ‘she who honours Allah, he will honour’.
Cranmer shall be doing analysis of the relative performances of the world’s main religions when the Games are over. Notwithstanding the superlative performance of Buddhist-dominated China, the culturally-Christian countries (Protestant, Roman Catholic and Orthodox) are presently way ahead, and the Muslim lands are presently way behind.
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize (1Cor 9:24-27).