Recently Islamic resistance Hamas-ruled Gaza made news in sports circles. A 15-year-old Hijab-wearing Inas Nofal is planning to compete in the international sports events to represent Palestinian nation. She will be the Zionist-sanctioned enclave’s first and only female competitive marathon runner.
“Running is my life. Before I go to sleep, I think about which routes I’ll run the next day,” says Nofal.
For more than nine months she has trained every day for four hours, together with her sports teacher Sami Natil, in an empty lot located inside a refugee camp.
Inas participated in a marathon for the first time in Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza in November 2015, where she won the first prize. After this success, she became more motivated and trained harder, particularly because she wanted to run the fourth annual Palestine Marathon held in Bethlehem in the West Bank, in early April 2016. Yet Inas, along with many other Palestinians from Gaza who dreamt of participating, did not receive a permit from the Israeli authorities to exit the Gaza Strip for the event.
“I was so excited when I got the invitation for the Palestine marathon, and when I didn’t get the permit, I felt disappointment,” Inas said.
Israel’s banning Palestinian athletes to compete at local and international events is a political blackmail. It’s one of Zionist regime’s many tricks hoping to turned Palestinian youth against elected Hamas government in power since 2006.
In the rest of Zionist-controlled world, it’s the Hijab-wearing sports girls and women that scared the hell out of them.
Contrary to the western anti-Islam propaganda, Islam doesn’t forbid Muslim females to join sports and even compete with male sportsmen as long as they’re dressed modestly covering body and wearing headscarf (Hijab). However, several Zionist-controlled international sports organizations and national sports event in the US, Canada and France don’t allow Muslim sportswomen to participate, who insist on wearing religious headdress (Hijab). Sports have always been part of Islamic social life since the advent of the faith in 610 CE.
In 2011, Pakistan-born weightlifter from Atlanta, Kulsoom Abdullah, was barred from entering US Senior National in Iowa because she insisted on wearing Hijab during the competition.
In February 25, 2007 – A referee ordered 11-year-old Asmahan Mansour off the pitch during a National tournament game in Quebec for wearing Hijab. Her team and four others walked out of tournament in protest.
In 2012 London Olympics, Iran’s women soccer team could not participate because all its members wore Hijab.
In February 2012, the United Nations condemned ban on wearing Hijab at the international sports events. “Each female player, from the top elite level down to the grassroots, has the freedom to decide whether or not to wear this particular piece of attire while on the field,” said Wilfried Lemke, special sports adviser to Ban Ki-moon.
This year, Afro-American fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, a hijab-wearing Muslim woman, could making history by representing United States at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 5-21, 2016.
In 2009, Elham Syed Javad, a Muslim industrial designer in Montreal (Quebec) designed a Hijab that would satisfy religious feelings of Muslim women taking part in competitive sports and anti-Muslim sports officials who refuse to allow Hijab-wearing Muslim girls to participate in sports events on lame accuse of ‘safety concern’.
“Your beliefs shouldn’t prevent you from playing sports,” says Elham, who doesn’t wear Hijab in her daily life.