This Muslim Gymnast Was Lambasted For Her ‘Revealing’ Leotard

By : Rebecca Knight |


muslimgym web This Muslim Gymnast Was Lambasted For Her Revealing Leotard Reuters/Edgar Su

Farah Ann Abdul Hadi has won a total of six medals at the Southeast Asia games, including a double gold, so probably expected to be in the news for all the right reasons.

However after the 21 year old was criticised for her revealing attire by religious leaders due to the fact she is Muslim, her name has been in the media for reasons she probably didn’t anticipate.

Social media trolls and religious leaders have heavily criticised her for showing her thighs and wearing a leotard during the games, with the Malaysian coming under increased scrutiny simply for wearing what is considered standard attire for gymnasts.

muslimgym 1 This Muslim Gymnast Was Lambasted For Her Revealing Leotard Reuters/Edgar Su

Cleric Harussani Zakaria spoke to one newspaper and claimed:

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.


Despite this, there has been masses of support for the gold winning gymnast on social media, with plenty jumping to her defence and stating it is her right to wear what she sees as fit.

There is also a Facebook page supporting the 21 year old, that has 18,000 likes and counting, with Malaysia’s Minister for Youth and Sports being one of her most vocal defenders.

He also spoke at a press conference in Singapore and claimed:

I think this whole incident also smacks of sexism. 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.