Muslim gymnast criticized for wearing “revealing” leotard

A Muslim Malaysian gymnast has been fiercely defended by her fans and supporters after she was criticised for wearing a “revealing” leotard at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games last week – where she took home two gold medals.

Farah Ann Abdul Hadi, 21, who won six medals in total, was slammed by some users on Facebook for wearing a leotard that revealed the shape of her “aurat”, which refers to genitalia and other areas of the body, such as thighs, which can be required to be covered according to Islam…

But many have jumped to Hadi’s defence, by far outnumbering her critics … Malaysia’s minister for youth and sports, Khairy Jamaluddin, tweeted: “In gymnastics Farah wowed the judges and brought home gold. In her deeds only the almighty judges her. Not you. Leave our athletes alone.”

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