CAIRO – A growing number of British Muslim girls have been joining boxing, seeing the ‘violent’ sport as increasing their confidence and inspiring young girls.
"An Asian girl or woman boxing is a huge thing, especially when you are Pakistani and a Muslim. It's seen as not very ladylike,” Ambreen Sadiq, who became a national junior boxing champion at 16, told The Independent on Sunday, August 3.
“I want to get across the point that boxing is not just for boys," Sadiq, now 19, added.
Starting on Sunday, ‘No Guts, No Heart, No Glory’ play tells the stories of Muslim women who inspired others by mounting the boxing ring.
The play will be staged in Sandy's Boxing Gym in the Craigmillar area of Edinburgh.
One of those young champions is Sadiq who took up boxing in her teens because she was being bullied.
Though receiving criticism from her community, she is decisive on completing her mission.
"I want to inspire girls," she said.
Currently, she is training the actresses to box in the play later this month, alongside Saira Tabasum, 23, who became a British Universities champion a year after taking up boxing, and will star in the play.
"The girls said they were drawn to boxing because of the empowerment it brought; it boosted their confidence,” the play's writer, Aisha Zia, said.
“Some were inspired by people like Leila Ali and Nicola Adams. Others started because of bullying."
Britain is home to a Muslim community of nearly 2.7 million.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net - Read full article here
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