Malaysian Gymnast Wins Two Gold Medals At Southeast Asia Games . . . Promptly Denounced For Wearing Leotard

Screen Shot 2015-06-18 at 10.11.21 AMWe have often discussed the plight of women in Muslim nations as they fight virtual chattel status in some areas and religiously based discrimination. However, even with this long history of abuse of woman, Farah Ann Abdul Hadi, 21, could be forgiven for being a tad confused. Hadi wowed the audience at the Southeast Asia games with an amazing performance that garnered her nation six medals, including two gold medals. She was then denounced by a chorus of clerics and others for wearing a “revealing” leotard.

Cleric Harussani Zakaria is quoted as saying “Gymnastics is not for Muslim women. It is clear that exposing one’s aurat and the shape of one’s body is haram (forbidden in Islam). . . If Muslim women want to participate in gymnastics, they have to find outfits which cover the aurat and this, in turn, might not be suitable for the sport.” “Aurat” is generally used to refer to female genitalia and other parts of the body that are supposed to be covered. However, doing gymnastic in a burqa could be slightly difficult.

However, Roszida Kamaruddin, head of the female wing of the National Muslim Youth Association, supported the cleric and insisted that women can play sport but “must prioritize the Islamic codes in sports” and that “many Muslim female athletes who succeed even by covering their aurat.”

Even the government has chimed in to condemn their champion’s wearing of a standard leotard.

So congratulations Hadi but cover your aurat.

Here is one of her incredible performances:

Source: Telegraph

15 thoughts on “Malaysian Gymnast Wins Two Gold Medals At Southeast Asia Games . . . Promptly Denounced For Wearing Leotard”

  1. Sounds like the “holy” cleric spent some time, uh, shall we say, observing the young lady’s aurat. I wonder what his make believe god thinks of that behavior. Let me guess: he thinks that women are the property of men, so it’s okay to control them. Sadly, it is not entirely different from the teachings of the Christian book.

    Religion poisons everything!

  2. Why not post about the Miley controversy then? It was about entertainment and the level of revealing we as a society are or should be accepting of. You seem to expect some apology from Muslims for choosing a way of life and their own conventions. Classic orientalism/imperialism thought process. Probably wouldn’t acknowledge the Islamic Golden Age…

  3. And not only is she an incredibly great gymnast, her team wears really neat striped outfits (somehow, I’m quite fond of orange and black stripes)!

  4. She should take her aurat and defect to the West. Many western countries would be trilled to have her on their Olympic team.

  5. Hmmm. According to wiki, “aurat” is really “woman” and “awrah” (from which the word “aurat” is based) is the better word to express the genital area. But, I am not not Muslim, and don’t speak the lingo, sooo maybe later on someone who does will explain the difference, if any. But still, this post has earned an Irish Poem! Sooo first, here is how to pronounce “awrah”.

    Now, the Irish Poem!

    I Smell Au-rat???
    An Irish Poem By Squeeky Fromm

    There once was a gymnast named Hadi,
    Who won Gold with her gymnastic body!
    But hold the “Hurrah!”
    She showed her awrah!
    Which the Muslims consider quite naughty!

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

    Note: Also see this for more on the possible differences between “aurat” and “awrah.”:

    Arabic word for ‘nakedness,’ ‘shame’ also means ‘woman’
    January 29, 2012
    Acharya S/D.M. Murdock

    Do we wonder why there is so much sexism and misogyny in the Arab world and elsewhere? It’s embedded in the language: In Arabic, for example, an important word for “shame” and “nakedness” – which represents a grievous sin in Islam – also commonly connotes “woman,” according to Wikipedia and other sources cited there and below:

    Awrah or Awrat (Arabic: عورة‎) is a term used within Islam which denotes the intimate parts of the body, for both men and women, which must be covered with clothing. Exposing the awrah is unlawful in Islam and is regarded as sin. The exact definition of awrah varies between different schools of Islamic thought.

    Etymologically, the term awrah derives from the root ‘a-w-r which means “defectiveness,” “imperfection,” “blemish” or “weakness.” However, the most common English translation is “nakedness.”

    In Persian and Kurdish (Persian: عورت) as well as Urdu, the word awrat derived from the Arabic awrah, had been used widely to mean “woman.” Consulting Mohammad Moin’s dictionary of Persian, awrah leads to two significations:

    1. Nakedness, shame
    2. Young woman.

    Other derivatives range in meaning from blind in one eye, false or artificial, among others. Traditionally the word awrat, alongside the word za’ifeh (which derives from Arabic za’if, meaning weak) has been associated with femininity and women who lived under the protection of a man. In modern day Iran, using the two words (awrah and za’ifah) to refer to women is uncommon and is considered sexist language. Instead, the words zan and khanum are used. In Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, the word za’if is still used in the Tajik dialect of Persian and its subdialects.

    In Urdu, awrat (aurat) is practically the only way to say ‘woman’….

    The word awrah is used in the Koran in its meaning of “vulnerable.” A hadith (a purported saying or deed of Mohammed) explains the correlation between the Koranic term and the woman:

    Awrah refers to anything which can be easily harmed just like a bare or exposed place. Therefore it becomes clear that the body of a woman is referred to as vulnerable because it is like a house which contains no walls and can be easily harmed and must be covered with the appropriate clothing.

    The definition of what is awrah in Islam changes from place to place and sect to sect, with the most extreme positions taken by those who force women to cover up entirely, such as the Taliban and Salafis. In these cases especially, women are perceived as little more than walking genitals/vaginas. In one misogynistic and sexophobic Islamic viewpoint, a woman’s voice is considered awrah, meaning that she must never even speak to an unapproved male. Women under the dominion of these sexist cults have no other value in life than to conceive and raise children, along with serving as household slaves.

  6. Humans with turbans on their heads telling other humans what kind of pants to wear. Call the retards for dissing leotards. Friggin turban heads.

  7. These clowns should be kicked out of international competition. Perhaps they will create their own group of backward countries and have their own olympics. It could be quite entertaining to see women athletes perform wearing sheets: basketball, soccer, swimming, etc. We need a good laugh.

  8. Well that’s just sad. Way to rain on her parade. If these were just religious extremists in the country, it would be easier for her to ignore. But extremism is part of the government, too, which also took part in denouncing her, after receiving their medals.

    Make up your mind, Malaysia. Either women can compete in the Games, and you have a female team, or you don’t permit them to play. But you can’t have it both ways – submit a female team for competition, accept the awards and accolades, and then harshly criticize her for participating.

    I just hope they leave it at throwing words and not literal sticks and stones.

    1. Karen – since she was wearing a leoptard (whatever that is) maybe they will give her an exception for the 2 golds. Gold medals mean a lot to countries so they can apply pressure where needed and the clerics will fold.

  9. When you go back through the history of the Olympics and read the reasons given for women not being allowed events, this guy is nothing.

  10. This is a good thing in a way. The more these stupid people protest against beauty and talent and everything that represents accomplishment then perhaps, hopefully, the more their power will erode. Unfortunately their last gasp typically involves slaughtering those that don’t go along. Where are the drones when you need them?

  11. So she was feted by most and denounced by some and …that’s the problem??
    Are we forgetting that the role of these clerics is to do just that?
    Are we shocked that there are men in robes whose job is to tell people what and what not to wear telling people what and what not to wear?

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