USA Boxing submits, will allow Muslim teen to box in sharia attire (updated)

Updates at end. Source: Minnesota Muslim teen wins fight to box wearing a hijab | Star Tribune

Amaiya Zafar no longer will have to choose between her religion or the boxing ring.

The 16-year-old from Oakdale, who is Muslim, recently won a battle that will allow her to wear a hijab and fully cover her arms and legs while boxing. That means she can put on her boxing gloves later this month to fight her first sanctioned match.

A new USA Boxing exemption means Zafar can adhere to her religious beliefs rather than to a mandate that she wear a sleeveless jersey and shorts that can’t go below the knees.

“This is a big step,” her coach, Nathaniel Haile, said Thursday. “She’s put a lot of labor into this. She earned the right to showcase her skills, and I’m happy for her. But it’s just the first step in letting her achieve her dreams.”

Zafar has her sights set on the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. To get there, she’d have to persuade the international boxing organization — the AIBA — to allow her to box in her modest attire.

For now, her right to wear the scarf is only with USA Boxing.

Now Zafar will have the opportunity to fight in local matches and many tournaments throughout the country, Haile said.

Zafar is relieved she can finally compete. “I’m ready,” she said Thursday with the confidence of an athlete who has trained for three years.

Over the past couple of years, she thought she was close to jumping into competition. Last fall, she flew to Florida and weighed in for her fight. But before she got her gloves on, officials informed her that she couldn’t wear her hijab, leggings or long sleeves, and she left.

“You get so invested. My weight is in the right place. My head is in the game,” she said. To be turned away — “it’s exhausting,” she said.

But on April 29, the 5-foot-1, 116-pound teen expects to face off with a girl from Iowa in a Circle of Discipline at the Spring Fling Amateur Boxing match at the Richard R. Green Central Park School in Minneapolis.

Her mother, Sarah O’Keefe, is more excited than nervous, pointing to her daughter’s training and skills. “[Amaiya] has wanted this for so long,” O’Keefe said.

No matter the outcome of the fight, Zafar already has won fans, inspiring other girls to box, including two Muslim teens, her coach said.

Zafar’s fight to change the rules wasn’t just about her, Haile said. “She fought for other Muslim youths.”

In reality she’s only fighting to further empower Muslim men who subjugate their wives and daughters and where the real choice is between receiving a beating or not at home. Or sometimes in public (see University of Missouri Arabic asst violently drags teen girl out of school, slaps her for not wearing hijab).

After all, “The Qur’an Does Not Mandate Hijab” writes Ibrahim B. Syed, Ph. D. President Islamic Research Foundation International, Inc.

“… as long as the dresses are not revealing or too tight, cultural variations can add tremendous diversity in the fulfillment of this guideline.  Hijab, a terminology that is NOT to be found in the Qur’an or Hadith in the context of dress code.”  Ibrahim Syed refers to Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl’s studies of the Qur’an and Islamic law.  Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl is an accomplished Islamic jurist and scholar, and a Professor of Law at the UCLA’s School of Law.  He previously taught Islamic law at the University of Texas, Yale Law School and Princeton University.   A high-ranking Shaykh, Dr. Abou El Fadl also received formal training in Islamic jurisprudence in Egypt and Kuwait.  Ibrahim Syed writes “Abou El Fadl argues that in contemporary Muslim societies people tend to become authoritative by imposing a single viewpoint to the total exclusion of others. Shariah (Islamic law) is then invoked to quash debate by people who are themselves not adequately qualified to do so.”

Maybe O’Keefe and her daughter, and USA Boxing, should do more research:

The majority of American Muslim women do NOT wear hijabs.    Rasmieyh Abdelnabi, 27, grew up attending an Islamic school in Bridgeview, Ill., a tiny Arab enclave on Chicago’s southwest side. It’s a place where most Muslim women wear the hijab.  Abdelnabi explains why she stopped wearing the hijab.  She says that Islam teaches modesty — but wearing the hijab is taking it a step too far.  “I’ve done my research, and I don’t feel its foundation is from Islam,” she says. “I think it comes from Arab culture.”  Read more at

UpdateThe Sharia Supremacist Lost Boxing Match

Zafar, who eventually lost to opponent Isabella Hendrickson.

“I got my chance and that’s what matters,” Zafar said. “I’m doing this for other kids.”

“Don’t let arbitrary rules stop you from something that you love,” Zafar said.

The exemption granted earlier this month for Zafar is only for local matches.

Zafar hopes to challenge the international rules as well.

Ironic she refers to the USA Boxing rules as arbitrary.

13 thoughts on “USA Boxing submits, will allow Muslim teen to box in sharia attire (updated)

  1. Notice how Muslims are trying to integrate into American Society, NOT ! Sharia Law directly contradicts our Freedoms provided in The Constitution Of The United States. They keep demanding Special treatment and accommodations that eventually take away rights of others. In this case, First it is the clothing. Will the fight be stopped if her hijab comes off ? Will she box if a match just happens to be during a prayer time of will everybody have to wait for her to finish ? Will she fight a Jewish person ? Will she be demanding that no pork of Alcohol be served at any match because of her special requirements ? Just wait and see. Civilization Jihad continues. It is never one thing. They keep demanding more and more as shown throughout history.

    • Great logical response to this pretense of a religious dictate. but no matter religious or cultural don’t partake if you can’t dress as a sport requires. Dress your way and stay on the sidelines.

  2. Plain and simple, BULL S#*T! The attempted conquest by Islam is only aided by acquiescing to its every demand. Hailed and officials who bow to Islam should be hanged for their treason.

  3. Islam and Sharia do not belong in ANY non-Muslim culture.

    How many times do they have to prove it?

    The best way to protect America is to deport all that were not born here and monitor Muslims that remain.

    Additionally, bar any and ALL visas for peeps that abide by Sharia Law…that includes ‘refugees’, immigrants and ‘students’.

    Regulate and keep close tabs on businessmen and diplomats to insure they do NOT get lost and depart as required.

    No anchor babies and no marrying an American in order to stay in the country.

    In that way, no one can scream religious persecution…we did the same to Japanese, known Communists and Germans…We ARE at war, even though most don’t know it yet!

    Islam’s secret: Hijra … jihad by immigration….immigrate and take over by population expansion.

    Muslims conquer when they can. If they cannot conquer, they try to appear that they have integrated . . . until it is time to conquer.’

  4. WRONG WRONG WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Shared to my public FB with my added comments:

    SO FUCKING WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    EACH INCH IS GETTING THEM TO A MILE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Noah Webster, author of the first American Speller and the first Dictionary said, “[T]he Christian religion, in its purity, is the basis, or rather the source of all genuine freedom in government. . . . and I am persuaded that no civil government of a republican form can exist and be durable in which the principles of that religion have not a controlling influence.”

  6. This maddening drip, drip, drip of Islamization abetted by the West’s extension of niceties. We are being overtaken, for God’s sake! Invasion can be by an armed army or by infiltration. Bureaucracy has destroyed our republic; Islamization is entangling us through its use of courts and codes.

  7. They competed in Tai Kwan Do in the last Olympics. They run in footraces. They fence and play soccer. Doesn’t make them great athletes and in most cases they are allowed to compete by their home countries as propaganda. They may not be able to drive, go to sports venues or to be seen in public without a male escort in these bastions of male domination. I they are trying to push an Islamic agenda it won’t work. Most women will not wear this obstructive garb and men wouldn’t either if given the choice Let her fight but I predict this is just another move by CAIR to integrate Islam into every bastion of American life.

  8. I’d laugh with all the sweat she’d be pouring out, then I’d go turn the heat up! Go head and pass out from all those clothes, IDIOT!
    I believe this has finally taken the cake for me…the stupidest thing I have seen!

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