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MLB player Dexter Fowler faces outrage after saying his Iranian wife has been hurt by Muslim ban

  • St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler, a star player during the Chicago Cubs World Series-winning season last year, is standing by his recent comments calling Trump’s Muslim ban “unfortunate,” despite vicious — and sometimes racist — online backlash.
  • Fowler, whose wife was born in Iran, told ESPN that his sister-in-law had recently delayed returning from a trip to Qatar for fear of being detained.
  • And that his family has put off taking Fowler’s young daughter to visit family in Iran because of Trump’s executive order.
  • “It’s huge,” Fowler said. “Especially any time you’re not able to see family, it’s unfortunate.”
  • Fowler faced outrage from some fans, including calls to “be quiet play ball” and to “go back where you came from.”
  • But Fowler, who is from Atlanta, is not backing down and many fans are thanking him for it. Read more (2/21/17 4:05 PM)

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Muslim countries Saudi Arabia, Brunei and Qatar sent women to the Olympics for the first time ever in 2012. Despite the challenges they face, Muslim women continue pushing to ensure they are an integral part of these athletic institutions and events. These are 5 such women and their remarkable stories.

Say No To This musing

So we have the line where James says “You can keep seeing my whore wife,”

My. whore. wife.

So many layers.

First- she is a “whore wife”, having made him a cuckold. Modern cuckold fetishists refer to their wives as “hot wives,” and the concept applies here.  Now, this being set long long ago and possibly not planned by Maria originally, the parallel may not be strong but its there.

Second- Whore Wife.. In the English language, when two describers are put together, the first generally bears more importance (i.e. “Student athlete”, “Muslim American,”) So we see here that James views Maria as a whore first, and a wife second.  We know he is encouraging her to cheat on him time and time again- he is encouraging her prostitution.

Third- not only is she a “whore wife,” she is “MY” whore wife.  Even though in modern life we view women yielding their sexuality as generally empowering, he STILL owns her in her infidelity.  He controls her in every way.

Maria Reynolds just deserved so much better you guys.

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Malcolm X : “My advice always to brother Cassius is that he never do anything that will in any way tarnish or take away from his image as the Heavyweight Champion of the world, because I frankly believe that Cassius is in a better position than anyone else to restore a sense of racial pride to not only our people in this country but all over the world. He is trying his best to live a clean life and project a clean image, but despite this you’ll find the press is constantly trying to paint him as something other than what he actually is. He doesn’t smoke, he doesn’t drink; in fact if he was white they’d be referring to him as the All-American Boy, like they used to refer to Jack Armstrong.”

Interview with Akram Abdolmaleki: Iranian Female MMA Fighter

Seeing hijabi-clad athletes from Iran competing in sports like running, soccer and rugby are fairly common. What’s not as common is seeing a hijabi-clad mixed martial arts fighter. In fact, I think sister Akram from Iran is the first I know of!

I sat down with Akram to explore her reasoning for choosing mixed martial arts.

What was your upbringing like?
I am so blessed that I grew up in a family that everyone loved sports. My father was one of the first Judokas in my province and my brothers pursued the same passion and they were always the top two in Iranian tournaments. I was also 8 years old when I put on my first judo gi and took my first Judo session from my father and it was his love and care that gave me the motivation to stick with the art of Judo for 9 years and then ultimately kickboxing.

What was your main motivation for competing?
I was always competitive. My competitiveness was not only to win every match but I always wanted to make sure that my dad was proud of me as a girl growing up in a Muslim country. In another way, I was sort of competing with my brothers as well. I wanted to prove that as a woman we can earn the same respect as men and any time my father praised me in front of my brothers, I felt so good and more victorious that any match I have ever been to. 


What was your migration to kickboxing like?
As my brothers were competing in judo I decided to become a champion in kickboxing and that is how I found myself in kickboxing rings, fighting for belts. I loved getting punched in the face and every time I fought a hard fight I was more excited to know what was next for me.

What sort of success stories did you have while competing?
I won many different events in local, national and international levels in Muay Thai and kickboxing. In 2004 I was honored to be selected as one of the female representatives of Iranian National team and the following year I won the Iranian Judo National championship. In the same year I married one of the most caring and amazing kick boxing coaches for Iranian Sanshou National team, coach Mehdi Oodbashi

In later years, I won the Turkish Thai kick Boxing championship in 2011 and in 2012 I competed in World Martial Arts Festival and defeated fighters from Finland, Turkey, Norway and Vietnam and won the championship.

How did you eventually learn your grappling?
In 2006 to have a better quality of life my husband and I traveled to Brasil through a job agency for work and we lived there for two years and worked as welders which was a tough job for a woman and meanwhile we started learning Brazilian Jiu jujitsu in Luis Mazes Academy in Belém in the province of Pará. I got my purple belt in Brazil and I was very interested in testing my BJJ skills when we came back so I stayed very active in that matter

How did you eventually become an MMA fighter and what are your goals with the sport?
Training and competing in Judo, Jiujitsu and kickboxing gave me all the tools to blend and become an MMA fighter. I love competition and my goal is to one day be in ONEFC and win their belt. I want to make my family and my country proud and I want to be an inspiration and good example for all those women that live in countries that women have a small role in sports and send them a message that sports are not just for men.

 
What are some challenges you have in the sport?
As you know, MMA is a new sport and it is hard to find fights here especially for females. This has been the biggest struggle to me. I have one loss in my professional career and I am currently 0-1. My loss was because I was forced to accept a fight in Armenia with someone who 8 kilograms heavier than me and I took the fight just because that was the only option I had or I would have to wait for another year.

What advice do you hope to give other aspiring female Muslim fighters?
Competing in hijab doesn’t have to limit you. It can be beautiful. I hope to prove to the women in this country that this isn’t a man’s sport anymore.

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The Calendar Woman for 26th May is Ruqaya Al-Ghasra (born 1982)

Ruqaya Al-Ghasra is a sprinter from Bahrain who because the first female (able-bodied) athlete to represent Bahrain at the Olympics. Overcoming the objections of fundamentalists in her home village Ruqaya competed in athletic events with her body fully covered, including a head scarf. Her Olympic debut occurred in the Athens Olympics in 2004 where she competed in the 100m sprint though unfortunately did not advance beyond the heats.

By 2006, she had progressed and won the gold medal in the 200m race in Doha at the Asian Games, becoming the first Bahraini athlete to win gold at a major international athletics competition beyond the Arab world. She dedicated her triumph to all Muslim women across the world and hoped that her clothing would inspire other Muslim women to join competitive sports.

In 2008 Ruqaya attended her second Olympic games as Bahrain’s flag bearer and she competed in the 200m, finishing in the semi-finals.  The following year she announced her surprisingly early retirement at the age of 27 due to doctors recommendations, however it was later revealed that she had failed a doping test and was banned for two years from competing.

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Rest In Power Muhammad Ali!
Known as one of the most influential human beings, strong and empowered Black Muslim Athletes. He has always shown his pride in his race and religion and opened doors for many.

Allah Yerhamak ya Muhammad Ali. Inshallah you are granted paradise.