Farah Ann Abdul Hadi a 21 year old Malaysian gymnast has had to endure the wrath of social media after allegations the gold winning medalist revealed the shape of her vagina after wearing tight leotards.
Despite the gymnast’s dazzling gold medal accomplishments at the Southeast Asian games, the woman’s dress sense has come to be intensely scrutinized after claims that the woman’s private parts could be seen courtesy of a ‘too tight’ leotard Hadi wore during the contest.
Hadi reportedly pulled off a ‘flawless floor routine,’ scoring 13.733 against Indonesia and Vietnam, according to The New Paper.
Nevertheless, rather than paying homage to the female athlete’s astounding performance, many instead took to one media Facebook’s fan page to condemn Hadi’s outfit.
‘Until she’s dead too people can see the shape of her vagina and aurat,’ commented one Facebook user on a photo of her announcing that she had won gold.
Whilst another user wrote: ‘If you don’t want to wear a headscarf, at least wear tights to cover up your thighs. Because that’s the aurat (private parts) you have to cover and shouldn’t be displayed to men.’
‘Aurat’ is an Arabic word that refers to genitalia and other places on a person’s body that should be covered, according to The Malay Mail Online.
Tweeted the gymnast in response: ‘Empty cans make the most noise.’
My boy can shop.. Kerje teman syang Hari ni pic.twitter.com/AtU848oM42
— farah ann abdul hadi (@farahann94) January 10, 2015
Reacting to the fiasco, former Wanita Umno chief, Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz opined that the public have choices in their lives, and they can choose not to watch anything which they considered improper for them.
Reiterating: ‘They have a choice. They don’t have to see or watch anything which is considered as indecent in their personal opinion, or inappropriate.’
Responding to the woman’s outfit, Harussani Zakaria, a Malaysian top cleric mandated gymnastics was not for Muslim women.
Offering in a statement: ‘Gymnastics is not for Muslim women. It is clear that exposing one’s aurat and the shape of one’s body is haram (forbidden in Islam). 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.’
Since the incident, government minister, Jamil Khir Baharom has expressed concern over Hadi’s leotard and the need to review sports attire for athletes following complaints.
Told the minister in a statement: ‘Not only in sports, but in all areas, Islam does not deny the responsibility of closing the aurat be it for men or women. This is something that cannot be denied or challenged, because this is the view of Islam.’