The hijabi adventurer

Blast from the past


This post isn’t about the importance of hijab, for we are all more than capable of making our own choices and decisions. Rather, it is aimed at those sisters who ordinarily wear hijab, who may think they face a dilemma when it comes to entering an obstacle course race or mud run. Whether due to incorrect guidance on the part of event organisers, poor advice from team mates or simply fear of how they might be perceived by others, some sisters choose to jettison their headscarves when they set out on their adventure. Either that, or they give up on taking part altogether. It is my contention that such compromises are unwarranted.

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Happy mudders

Now this article might explain why mud runners are such a happy bunch: Antidepressant Microbes In Soil: How Dirt Makes You Happy (Gardening Knowhow)

Prozac may not be the only way to get rid of your serious blues. Soil microbes have been found to have similar effects on the brain and are without side effects and chemical dependency potential. Learn how to harness the natural antidepressant in soil and make yourself happier and healthier.

I guess that’s why we’re all for (halal) dirty weekends! 🙂 And why we have something amazing in the pipeline, inshallah.

Saudi Arabia holds first women’s middle distance run

The excitement of the big days reigned in Al Ahsa, as more than 1,500 participants, from all over the kingdom, lined up on the starting line with infectious joy. All were determined to surpass themselves on a course of 3km long.

A few weeks before the announcement of this breathless race, the Saudi authorities, under the reforming influence of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, had already many of his fellow countrymen speechless by proclaiming open the next international Riyadh marathon for women.

The winner of the first women’s endurance race held on Saudi soil was 28-year-old Mizna Al-Nassar, ecstatic to step onto the podium and filled with pride. This seasoned athlete, who doubles as a talented graphic designer, wanted to dedicate her beautiful victory to her parents whose unwavering support has allowed her.

 “I participated in the 2017 Islamic Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, and the Women’s Sports Games in Sharjah in 2018,” she said with a broad smile and stars in her eyes.

Go Tough Muslimah

#Throwback to last year’s tough Mudder, my last competiton of the year, challenging and fun and a great lot of teamwork! 😊 #nashatame #weekinthelife#modestactivewear @lara_fit_dxb

Spartan women

Looking forward to the first ever Spartan women-only sprint with @spartanarabia on December 16th!  The amazing @efaherman here is geared up in Nashata! Check out our Ultra Top – the perfect top suitable for dry and wet sport! #nashatame #sportingwithNashata#modestactivewear

A Tribute to Yasmin Davies

It is with great sadness that we bring you the news that Yasmin Davies, who contributed to this blog on several occasions, has passed away. May Allah grant her the heights of paradise and grant her family ease.

On 12 July 2017, just a few days before her 32nd birthday, Yasmin was told that she had breast cancer. As some of you will recall, Yasmin took part in Tough Mudder in 2016 to raise funds for Cancer Relief, after the death of her mother due to the same disease.

Mashallah, Yasmin was a super woman. Not only was she a wife and mother to 4 young children, she was also a teacher, Scout Leader, Midwife student, loving sister and devoted Muslimah.

Since her diagnosis, her family has supported Yasmin through a traumatising termination and complications which left Yasmin in extreme pain. The last six weeks of her life were spent confined to a hospital bed with the excruciating pain that had left her unable to walk. And yet despite these trials, Yasmin always managed to smile and think of others.

Yasmin was always a strong and brave young woman, with the sincerest of faith and a passion for helping others. In icy February at the start of 2015, Yasmin took part in the exhausting hiking challenge, Endurance80, covering 25 miles in 13 hours, in an effort to raise funds for her scout group.

Mashallah, Yasmin took it upon herself to be the best representation of what a Muslim woman could be, giving herself to her family, community and society at large. This is what Yasmin wrote after she met Bear Grylls, in 2015:

I must admit that his response of astonishment at muslim women being active in scouts and sports was shocking to me, coming from the UK Chief Scout and a celebrity — Bear Grylls, after all, has become known around the world as one of the most recognised faces of survival and outdoor adventure. However it gave me a huge push to continue to do dawah, especially for Muslim Women in the UK, inshallah.

We were blessed to have known Yasmin and have her as a contributor to our humble blog. May Allah give her an easy journey and shower blessings on her grave. Surely we belong to Allah and to Him shall we return. May Allah grant her family ease and give them strength and patience. Please remember her in your prayers.

Tough Mudder Survival Kit for the Muslim woman

In my last post I told you all about my experience taking on Tough Mudder. In this post I want to give you my opinion on the kind of kit I think other Muslim women should wear if they’re thinking of taking on Tough Mudder or a similar mud run event. So here goes…

  • A tight waterproof one piece headscarf
  • A second tight waterproof one piece headscarf that can be tied on to you to change into after water obstacles – the cold water blocks up in your ears under the scarf
  • Expensive quality leggings and t-shirt
  • The lightest weighing trainers you can find
  • A fleece hoody
  • Sports gloves
  • A sports bra
  • Cotton high leg or shortie knickers