All girls deserve a chance to play.
But for the active Muslim (or modest) girl participating in sports and other athletic activities, life can be challenging. Sometimes it’s not so much a matter of choice but having the right gear like modest sportswear, that lets her be active and modest at the same time.
I’ve always wondered why activewear has become synonymous with revealing, tight and uncomfortable.
When my girls were in school, they wanted to participate in the swim team but couldn’t, unless they wore skimpy bathing suits that put their bodies out on full display. They were good swimmers but sadly, were forced to make a choice to forgo the swim team.
Is participating in sports and being fit about being healthy and competitive, or is it about having a certain body shape and showing off your hard-earned body to the world?
During the twenty first century, a consensus has emerged within the scientific and medical community that a sedentary lifestyle coupled with a rich and excessive diet leads to all kinds of health problems, both physical and emotional. This realization has spurred an explosion of new diets, food fads, exercise regimens, magic pills and potions etc. When all those things fail, people sometimes even resort to surgery in the quest of a healthier (or more “ideal”) body.
What does Islam have to say about health and fitness, you ask?
Interestingly, what the modern scientific and medical community figured out in the 21st century, Islam has been advocating since the 7th.
Muslims believe that our bodies, complex and wondrous, and are a trust given to us by God. Just as you would take good care of something precious you were keeping safe for someone, our bodies need to be cared for and maintained, not neglected or abused.
Islam advocates moderation in all things; indeed the the Quran says in verse 2:143:
“Thus We have appointed you a middle nation”.
This moderation applies to all aspects of our lives, even to diet and exercise. The Prophet Muhammed emphasized a simple diet combined with physical exercise. Three of the five foundational pillars of Islam directly involve and/ or impact health and fitness:
- The mandatory daily five prayers are a form of exercise, their movements involve all the muscles and joints of the body. Plus the mindfulness and connection with Allah during prayer is great for relieving stress.
- Fasting during the month of Ramadan helps us not only to appreciate the plight of those who go hungry, but also trains our bodies to recognize that it is possible (and desirable) to eat less.
- Hajj (or pilgrimage to Mecca) is a communal spiritual and physical activity, that needs many days of hard physical effort.
Aisha, Prophet Muhammad’s beloved wife, mentions their love of games and sports in a tradition. She said:
‘I raced with the Prophet and I beat him. Later when I had put on some weight, we raced again and he won. Then he said, ‘this cancels that (referring to the previous race).’
Muslim women are active in all spheres of life these days, and sports are no exception. Team Artizara realized that there was a great need for modest activewear. To help women be modest and active at the same time, Artizara introduced a range of stylishly modest workout clothes.
Long Sport Jackets: Impossible to find long lengths, crafted in wind-repellant, soft and lightweight sporty fabrics featuring full mesh lining to keep you ventilated and cool.
Sport Maxi Dresses: For modest ladies looking more for “athleisure” than athletics, Artizara has the sport maxi. A longer version of the sport jacket for less vigorous activities like power walking (or power thinking about working out 🙂
Sport Hijabs: Perhaps the most important item for active muslim women, Artizara sport hijabs are a life-saver. Made of super soft rayon jersey, stretchy yet breathable, they are not bulky, and tailored in one piece so you can easily pull on and go.
So don’t despair, Artizara modest sportswear is here! It’s time for new workout clothes. Say good-bye to the tight and revealing and say hello to comfortably stylish, modest sportswear and activewear from Artizara.