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Ibtihaj Muhammad

Hijabi Olympian puts extremists of all types in their place

By: Ian Reifowitz Source: Being Muslim in America—especially if you wear your Muslimness openly—is no doubt a complicated thing. Beyond the travails of practicing a minority faith, looking Muslim makes one especially vulnerable in a time when Donald Trump got where he is to a significant degree by exploiting Islamophobia. It is no coincidence that hate crimes against Muslims in America are on the rise since Trump began running for president a year ago. Just last week, a New York City Muslim imam named Alauddin Akonjee, along with his assistant, Thara Miahand—both of whom were dressed in religious garb—were assassinated in the street. The assailant was charged with first-degree...

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Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin of Iran (L) and Hedaya Wahba of Egypt. (Photo: Getty Images/Laurence Griffiths)

Olympics: Muslim women becoming a “growing force” in taekwondo

By: OLYMPIC NEWS SERVICE Source: OLYMPIC NEWS SERVICE Young women from Muslim countries are a growing force in taekwondo and, at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, that is being manifested in rising success. The bronze medals for Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Hedaya Wahba of Egypt in the women’s -57kg on Thursday (18 August) showcases the talent that comes from North Africa and the Middle East. The medals are the first for a female taekwondoka from either country and, in Alizadeh Zenoorin’s case, the first Olympic medal for a woman from Iran. It may not be the last. “I hope that this medal can open the way for other girls (from Iran) to get to the...

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An Islamic perspective on sports and exercise

By: Ahmad Souza Source: OnIslam What does Islam say about sports and exercise? Are there any sports that aren’t allowed? Are there any special rules for men or women? Can you play sports with your husband? Allah expects Muslims to take care of their bodies to the best of their abilities. Obesity, weakness, and physical laziness are blameworthy afflictions. Though death very well may overtake us today or tomorrow, we should physically prepare ourselves to worship Allah in our old age, should He give us long lives. While bad health and disease is often beyond our control, we must take the precautions available to us to maintain our physical health. Our bodies are gifts from Allah, and...

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