Reformist Muslim

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Sunday, June 26, 2005

Props to Sania Mirza

Slightly late, but props to Sania Mirza for putting up a great fight against Svetlana Kuznetsova at Wimbledon. Unsurprisingly, there has been a lot of fuss from some quarters about her clothes being unbecoming for a Muslim woman.

That this is hypocritical is obvious enough. The same people who criticise her have no problems with admiring Maria Sharapova's tennis or watching Bollywood films with scantily clad actresses.

I think that why people get flustered is that Ms Mirza can not be dismissed as an unreligious heathen engaging in immoral activities. Neither unlike some prominent Islamic thinkers can she be labelled as a Western puppet. As she says here, she is a person of faith who prays regularly. Apart from this, she is engaged in a wholesome activity which even strict Muslims will take pleasure in watching. Not only this, but she seems to be a very well-balanced person with no discernible attitude problems.

Although she has not achieved a a great deal tennis wise yet, if she continues to develop as player, she is likely to have a profound effect on a generation of young Muslim girls who have grown up watching the likes of Steffi Graf, Martina Hingis and the Williams sisters without the belief that they could reconcile their talent (whether it be in sport, businness, music or film) with their faith and play an important role in women breaking free of pseudo-religious and cultural bonds to achieve true equality.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi how are you miss sania mirza you are my ideal and i like u playing style .God bless u and acheive u aim. best of luck( i m from pakistan sindh

9:42 am, August 14, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi how are you miss sania mirza you are my ideal and i like u playing style .God bless u and acheive u aim. best of luck( i m from pakistan sindh my name is Rahim Nawaz

9:43 am, August 14, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it is my wish that i meet with u .inshallah ALLAH accept my wish to meet with u (INSHALLAH U REACH AT U AIM)BEST OF LUCK MISS SANIA MIRZA.

9:46 am, August 14, 2005  
Anonymous sunita said...

check out.

Its a gud article... by the way does "reformist" going naked / or semi nude. There is no rule in tennis that forces you to dress scantily.

..... and nudity is nudity.... whether its sharapova / bollywood actresses.... Get your facts right.

Sania is just selling her looks to the media.... religion is not a part of it. Its her life.

1:43 am, August 19, 2005  
Blogger reformist_muslim said...

Thanks for your comments Sunita.

Obviously Sharapova uses her image in order to get lucrative endorsements from various sponsors. However, what underlies that is her talent and the enormous hours of hard work and dedication she has put in to reach the level that she has.

There is great nobility in that and there isn't any difference between Sania Mirza and say Irfan Pathan making money off endorsements.

Finally she definitely does not dress scantily compared to other tennis players. There is no rule in athletics that says that you have to wear short shorts but Hicham el Guerrouj does.

A strict interpretation of Islam would require that he cover his knees. Why the hypocrisy?

7:14 pm, August 21, 2005  

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