Headlines: Saudi Arabia’s Sarah Attar gets standing ovation at Olympic Stadium

by Staff Writers


The London Games have just had their ‘Eric the Eel’ moment, and it came in the form of a diminutive middle-distance runner who lives in California.

The Olympic spirit was on full display in London on Wednesday as Sarah Attar, the first female track athlete to compete for Saudi Arabia in the Olympics, was cheered every step of the way in her 800m heat.

In the end, she completed the two laps of the track nearly 45 seconds behind the winner, but her participation alone represented an historic moment.

Dressed in a long-sleeved green training top, long jogging bottoms and a white hijab, she certainly stood out on the start line in sweltering heat in the Olympic Stadium.

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Headlines: Muslim Women Slowly Breaking Sports Barrier

Originally published at New America Media

by Rochelle Bargo

The women entered the brightly colored room with sets of kickboxing equipment lined up on the side. Some slowly took off their scarves, also known as a hijab, and jilbab, revealing their workout gear underneath.

Their fitness instructor, Phalestinah Abdo, welcomes them with the words, “Assalamu ‘alaykum” (Peace be with you). Responding with the words, “Wa ‘alaykum salaam,” they began stretching their arms, starting their cardio kickboxing routine with two sharp jabs and a hook.

Although there is nothing in the Quran that forbids Muslim women from exercising, they are not allowed to exercise uncovered or have physical contact with men. However, there are many stories well known to Muslims about women going to battles.

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Fabulous Finds: Laura Ashley for Uniqlo

Laura Ashley is a quintessentially English lifestyle brand founded on a rich design heritage and on the traditional values of originality. Uniqlo has collaborated with Laura Ashley for Spring/Summer 2012 to launch an exclusive limited collection of contemporary designed pieces using Laura Ashley Archive prints. Laura Ashley and Uniqlo will make a donation form the net sales of the collection to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the agency providing protection and support to refugees wordwide

Fashion with a difference. That’s what we call this collection. Vintage prints can never go wrong. The Spring/Summer collection comes in a wide array of designs and choices from t-shirts to tunics.

Pair them with your favorite cardigan or blazer. Feeling adventurous? Choose a bright colored cardigan!


The Muslim Woman’s Guide to Fashion: Cardigans

Somewhat similar to the layering concept, you can add cardigans to create dimensions and textures to your outfit. There are literally tons of cardigan styles from the basic knit cardigan to the long ones to add height.

How do I decide?

You should at least invest in a basic cardigan that can go with just about anything and everything. It also helps that if you are in a bit of jam with time, you can simply throw the pieces together without having to think which ones match. Make that a brown or even a mustard cardigan.

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The Muslim Woman’s Guide to Fashion: Maxi Dresses

Here in Singapore, we’re blessed with tropical weather all year round, except for when flash floods comes to town. Every other day is a hot summer’s day, making it a great excuse to wear your maxi dresses.

Maxi dresses are pretty much long dresses that come in various prints, colours and fabrics to suit the common gal. Since dressing modestly is all about concealing the necessary, maxi dresses are definitely up our alley (that rhymes!).

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