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Why Is No One Talking About Dalilah Muhammad’s Historic Olympic Win?

Why Is No One Talking About Dalilah Muhammad’s Historic Olympic Win?

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?

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  • Yes I am with Dalilah Mohammed because as a woman and being Muslim in America she has overcome all obstacles and brought great honor to not just America but to all the women and Muslims around the world. Today I am a proud Muslim.

  • Please make a post on all the Muslim medalists who won medals in Rio Olympics. Make separate columns for men and women as it would be easy to recognize and count.

  • So how is wearing a hijab a personal choice when Allah swt has clearly commanded it to be done in surah nur? Ayah 31
    Aside from that discrepency on your part I agree that she should be congratulated for her achievement.

  • I don’t care what she is, just where she is from…. Jamaica, Queens and she ran for the Novas when she was in school.

  • Bro. Adam is correct. Please do not lie on Allah to make your point of supporting a muslimah. May our sister Dalilah enjoy continued success in her sport and may Allah Ta’Ala give her success in gaining correct understanding of her obligation to her Lord. Aameen

  • I’m just going to be honest a lot of the Muslim who come from Arab and Asian countries are racist ….. Ibtihaj got attention because she was covered completely if we were to judge a Muslim based on appearance then one may get the impression that all Muslims are pious but covering or long beard mean nothing if your heart is filthy . Dalilahs former coach is my current one and he tells me that she is very humble and down to earth and hard working . Unfortunately Arab and Asian Muslims assume she’s not practicing and is running with the herd as one said ……. If Muslims studied then they would know greater arwah and lesser arwah….., coming from a west African born Muslim

  • I’m just going to be honest a lot of the Muslim who come from Arab and Asian countries are racist ….. Ibtihaj got attention because she was covered completely if we were to judge a Muslim based on appearance then one may get the impression that all Muslims are pious but covering or long beard mean nothing if your heart is filthy . Dalilahs former coach is my current one and he tells me that she is very humble and down to earth and hard working . Unfortunately Arab and Asian Muslims assume she’s not practicing and is running with the herd as one said ……. If Muslims studied then they would know greater arwah and lesser arwah….., coming from a west African born Muslim

    • No one is talking about her because her notoriety has been hidden. CONGRATULATIONS Delilah Momhammed… You are a Phenomenal Woman.

  • I notice many news media has not given the credit to this young lady,
    but I would to say thank you for representing America with a Gold metal!
    One thing for sure God sees all and knows all! As a former track
    runner, I realize how much hard work and time it has taken for you to
    achieve this great goal. God bless! #straightothepoint

  • I notice many news media has not given the credit to this young lady,
    but I want to say thank you for representing America with a Gold metal!
    One thing for sure God sees all and knows all! As a former track runner,
    I realize how much hard work and time it has taken for you to achieve
    this great goal. God bless! #straightothepoint

  • Her religion, like that of the other Olympic athletes, matters not. She ran for the US and won for the US, and I applaud that. There were a number of sports that were not featured during the evening television programs, but which I saw during the day. The US won over 100 medals, but not all of those were featured in the evening programs that most people viewed. Watching during the day, I saw metes that many did not see. Congrats to her again, not because she’s a Muslim, but because she won for team USA. (Does anyone know the religious beliefs of most of our medal winners? No! Let’s not make that an issue.)

    • No…her religion doesn’t matter to anyone who is not a Muslim. But to a Muslim, and especially an African American Muslim, it means everything. In this Islamophobic society, if you could possibly imagine the scorn that Muslims receive from the public for being one (which you cannot, because you are not a Muslim), you would understand why those of us who are Muslim applaud her for being a Muslim who achieved a great victory for her country. That’s just the way it is, and unqualified opinions matter not. You know they say that an opinion is like a you know what…everybody’s got one, and yours is welcome even if it doesn’t count.

      • Perhaps because I am not Islamophobic, I did not focus on her religion. I applaud her athletic abilities as a Black woman representing the USA. No one’s opinion really matters because none are qualified. Truly, only the determination of God is important. Thank you for your response.

        • that sounds like what white folks who arent racist say. Pretty much the same line of reasoning. Not a slight. I just think you should be mindful. Sometimes it is best to step out of your own shoes and see the struggle of others and go from there. Props to this sister on her accomplishments. I am not a Muslim but I grew up around the faith. I have many in my family and city and have come to know and respect it as a religion that should be respected as much as any other.

      • Your post is nice but still has given no reason as to why it’s a big deal that she won and didn’t get coverage. As Tonette pointed out, many weren’t recognized. Or do you think that just because she is a black Muslim she should get credit? Kinda of double standard isn’t that?

  • Even in the Christian bible Christ Jesus asks the condemners of Mary Magdalene, who was labeled a prostitute, “…He who is without sin, cast the first stone…!” It is so easy to become judgmental against others in forgetting who we are. Some of us gets so pre-occupied with the shortcomings of others in our self righteousness, that we inveriably forget our own. When you live in a glass house, you look foolish throwing stones at others. But you know how the old saying goes; Misery loves company. Wrongdoers loathe to share the weight of their own sins alone.

  • An-Nisa (The Woman) 4:94 O ye who believe! When ye go abroad in the cause of Allah, investigate carefully, and say not to any one who offers you a salutation: “Thou art none of a believer!” Coveting the perishable goods of this life: with Allah are profits and spoils abundant. Even thus were ye yourselves before, till Allah conferred on you His favours: Therefore carefully investigate. For Allah is well aware of all that ye do.

  • Well theres two parts here… she did well and should be recognised as all other athletes… but for the shortness she may display in not wearing hijaab shouldnt be judged or discussed but rather an effort to personally tell her should be made…
    Ghibah/backbiting is haraam too and yes judging people with comments via media is backbiting… when we “hold fast to the rope of Allah” we do this by covering each other’s flaws without ofcourse condoning a persons wrong actions but by thinking the best of them and making a difference within ourselves… in that way we’ll always be united since we never think of ourselves as better than the other…
    And an effort should be made to correctly use the ayaat of the quraan in its context… with its correct meanings and injunctions… may Allah guide us all

  • Yeah let’s support our sisters, and cheer them on.
    just a question, who said wearing hijab is optional? just asking

  • She’s an African American, those eastern Muslims don’t give a RATS AZZZ about African American muslims…. Period. A many consider themselves white,and are conditioned to except being castrated by white folk- for the sake of being considered white.

  • Her fantasy beliefs are irrelevant to me. It’s her results. And she is amazing for accomplishing what she has in reality. And that is gold.

  • Am I the only person who saw her get her medal? You see, I watched the Olympics during the day, evening, and even after 11:30 p.m. when they showed all of the medal winners and did recaps of the days’ winners. Dalilah was also featured on YouTube, and in USAToday, NBC (of course) and People Magazine. To say that she was not recognized is completely false. She got coverage, just like many others who ran got coverage. I am saddened to see that some have chosen to believe otherwise. Google her name and see her running her victory run with the American flag draped over shoulders. I saw this during the Olympics. I am sorry that many of you did not. But you can still see it on the internet if you wish. Every US medal recipient was featured on TV at some point during the Olympics. No one was left out.

  • Does Dalia Mohammad considers herself a Muslim first . Is this her main identity . We can celebrate her as an African American , a woman athlete, . but does she want to be celebrated as a Muslim athlete? I don’t think Muslim Community has made a mistake

  • Though I hadn’t heard of her before Rio, I was super pumped when I saw her run her heats and of course in the final grabbing the gold! I loved that Ibtihaj met up with her and celebrated her (at least on Snapchat) – showed that unity on all fronts, both as African Americans and Muslims. Yes, it’s too bad that the Muslim community in a general sense was not as excited – she was already a national champion too!

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