Last night, Olympian runner and muslim girl Dalilah Muhammad took home gold for USA in the women’s 400m hurdle race. This is a landmark win for our country and for Muhammad personally; not only did Dalilah overcome many adversities on her way to her Rio like injured quads and coaching challenges, but her qualifying time for the Olympics (52.88 sec) was the fastest in the world since 2013.
But not much talk has been brewing about her Islamic faith nor has she garnered a lot of respect from her Muslim community. Come on fam, let’s get it together.
Remember what Allah tells us in the Qur’an:
And hold fast, all together, by the rope which God (stretches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves; […] He joined your hearts in love, so that by His Grace, ye became brethren (3:103)
Why is that when veiled women like Ibtihaj Muhammad or Sara Ahmed gets to stand on the podium we can’t control our excitement, but when a non-hijbai like Dalilah Muhammad wins, the crowd goes silent?
A Muslim woman won gold at the olympics. As aforementioned in the Holy Qur’an, it’s our job to cheer on all of our kind, no matter what they choose to wear.
And just to be clear, wearing a hijab is an optional choice between you and god. The other 1.6 billion muslims in the world are not a part of the equation.
Muslims, like all humans, come in all different cloths and shapes and beliefs and values. That diversity, both inherited and acquired, is what makes our country so great. It’s something to celebrate, not criticize.
So, I’m with Dalilah. Are you?