Farah Ann Abdul Hadi, Leotards and feminity: Muslim gymnast criticised for ‘revealing’ leotard as she wins double-gold

Farah Ann Abdul Hadi : Muslim gymnast slammed for wearing 'revealing' leotard

Farah Ann Abdul Hadi, muslim gymnast criticised by religious leaders for wearing ‘revealing’ leotard.

While conservative groups in the Muslim majority country criticized her for breaking Islamic dress code by wearing a leotard – a customary costume for gymnasts all over the world – people on Facebook vilified her for exposing her “aurat” (genitalia) by wearing an “obscene” and “revealing” outfit during the international sports event.

“If Muslim women want to participate in gymnastics, they have to find outfits which cover the ‘aurat’ and this, in turn, might not be suitable for the sport,” said senior Islamic cleric Perak Mufti Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria, suggesting that gymnastics is not an appropriate sport for Muslim women.

The head of the female wing of the National Muslim Youth Association in Malaysia, Roszida Kamaruddin, reportedly said: “Women should not be stopped from sports, but they must prioritize the Islamic codes in sports attire.”

However, despite the overwhelming criticism, thousands of sports fans and fellow Muslims have spoken out in support of the 21-year-old – including Malaysia’s Minister for Youth and Sports Khairy Jamaluddin, who commended Hadi for making the nation proud.