Friday, July 27, 2012

Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi

Asalamu Alaykom,








I've been blogging about Muslim athletes in this year's London Olympics. 

Somehow I missed this competitor but you have to meet her right away!  She's competing on Saturday in the 10-meter air rifle. 




Her name is Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi.  She's a hijabi from Malaysia and she is 8-months pregnant.

Wait...

back it up...

read that again.




She's 8-months pregnant and competing in the Olympics.

She is the MOST pregnant competitor ever and the only known woman to be pregnant during these games.

Even among those of us who have gone through pregnancy, I don't think any one of us can fathom doing what this sister of ours is attempting.  I remember being 8-months pregnant. It was a walk around the block in the morning and then the couch for the rest of the day.  This lady has not only left her house, she's traveled out of  her country (as she faces large amounts of stress and public scrutiny) to be shooting her rifle in the world's largest sports competition.

And she's a covered Muslimah! Yaaay!

Let's send some prayers her way!

By the way, she's having a baby girl inshahallah.  To me, it makes it all the more precious that Nur is being a role model to many little girls---including to her daughter yet to be born.  Yes, we should live out our dreams and we shouldn't let our anatomy get in the way of our destiny.  This is what a real Muslim feminist looks like!

You can see the BBC report on Nur which includes a nice video.

Here's another article

It's interesting to me that the focus is completely on her pregnancy.  It is not on her being Muslim during Ramadan.  It is not about her wearing hijab.  She is seldom even referred to as Muslim.  She is most often listed as "Malaysian."  Though a interesting change, I do find it a media embalance since the societal scourge always get that nomenclature of "Muslim"  but not always the smiling medal-winners. 

Go to the blog  Muslim Women in Sports to read more about Nur and the other Muslim women athletes competing in the London Olympics.

You can find my pin of Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi on my board "Strong Women". 



Subanallah!  She certainly is one strong woman!  Who could disagree?!


UPDATE:

July 28, 2012

While we all agree that Nur is a winner in our books, she failed to qualify into the next round at the Olympics.  To her credit, she didn't blame it on the baby (which would have been my inclination).  She missed eight shots out of 400.  The top qualifier, Sylwia Bogacka of Poland, missed only one.  The Olympics truly are proof that every single moment matters.

To read more click here.

And keep our sister Nur in your prayers for a safe return to Malaysia and a safe delivery of her baby---the youngest Olympic competitor of 2012.

2 comments:

MarieHarmony said...

She is for sure a wonderful woman and a great example Yosra! I am delighted you shared this story with us today. My prayers are with her.

Have a blessed day dear.

Anonymous said...

Asalamalaykum
Thanks for sharing this. I will definitely look out for this amazing lady. I am currently watching the ceremony & was surprised our commentators didn't mention Nur& her pregnancy. Yosra you're evidently a step ahead!

Semolina