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Farah Ann Abdul Hadi's Leotard Doesn't Fit the Muslim Mindset

By    |   Friday, 19 Jun 2015 12:10 PM

Farah Ann Abdul Hadi, a Muslim gymnast, won two gold medals at the Southeast Asia Games, and also drew criticism from Muslim leaders of both genders who said her leotard was immodest.

According to The Telegraph (UK), Hadi was representing Malaysia at the sporting event, and Cleric Harussani Zakaria told one local paper that she shamed the nation.



"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]," he said. "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."

The aurat is an Islamic word referring to the crotch and thighs. In regard to the same bodily region on men, he noted that Muslim men rightly — in his opinion — wear shorts that fall all the way below the knee. He said women need to make similar considerations in their sports.

Roszida Kamaruddin, who heads the female wing of the National Muslim Youth Association, had similar advice for Hadi, but struck a gentler note than Zakaria.

"Women should not be stopped from sports, but they must prioritize the Islamic codes in sports. Furthermore, there are many Muslim female athletes who succeed even by covering their aurat," she stated.

Khairy Jamaluddin, Malaysia's Minister of Youth and Sports, defended Hadi on Twitter after she received the criticism.



"I think this whole incident also smacks of sexism," he added at a press conference. "Nobody has complained about … kinky Speedos, or Sazali [Samad] wearing tight shorts when he flexes his muscles but when it comes to gymnasts, suddenly it's a big problem."

Hadi also spoke out on Twitter, defending herself and firing back at her detractors.



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