Take Your Hijab Off Or Quit Boxing: This Teen Boxer Chose To Fight | AJ+

Take Your Hijab Off Or Quit Boxing: This Teen Boxer Chose To Fight | AJ+


I love boxing and I love my religion. They, they built me. To have somebody try and
take away one of them, like, “You can have one or the other, take your hijab off or quit boxing,” I’m like, this is part of me, like, what if they told you, “Shave your head before you get in the ring”? You’d be like, “No!” My dad is an immigrant
and he was a marine. A couple things I learned from my dad: discipline, loyalty, and not giving up. I started boxing when I was 13. My dad took me to a
boxing gym, and when you walked in, you could hear the bell ring, like, “Ding, ding, ding!” People were yelling and
sweating and working out, and I was like, “This is
amazing, I love this!” I started watching videos,
‘Throw punches like Mike Tyson,’ like, “This is your jab!” My gym is my home, I just, I love working. And my coaches, if they
teach me something, I’m gonna do it, like, a thousand times until I get it perfect. I’m, like, “Let’s do this, let’s go!” I just love it. 2016, I was like, “I’m ready to fight.” So I went to Florida, to
the Sugar Bert tournament, to fight for the championship belt. And everybody there was
super nice, they were like, “I hope you do good,
let me know how you do!” “I’m gonna come watch
your fight tomorrow!” I was so, like, “Ahhh,
it’s finally happening!” I was ready. The day I was scheduled to fight, my coaches wrapped my hands, I had my uniform on, I was wearing this. I went to go get my
gloves, and they were like, “No, you gotta take that off.” Like, the leggings, and
then the long sleeves. And I was like, “No, I
can’t, because my religion”, they were like, “No, you can’t wear that.” And I was like, “I’m not taking it off.” She was like, “Take it off or
I’m gonna cross your name.” I was like, “Then, cross out my name.” She crossed off my name. And they gave the belt to my opponent. All this build-up, and then,
pshh, that’s it, it was done. So, I’m sitting there next to my mom, I was, like, on my phone or something, and this girl comes up and
puts the belt in my lap. She was like, “This is yours,
like, I want you to have it.” “We didn’t get to do
our thing in the ring, and that wasn’t fair,
and I stand with you. I got you, like, let’s
change this rule together.” (cheering and applause) We blew up. Washington Post,
ESPN, National Geographic. [Clip]: “My name is Amaiya Zafar.” The girl who gave me the belt, she got the Musial Award for Sportsmanship. [Clip]: (audience applause) And I started doing interviews and just trying to get the story out there so I can get this rule changed. [Clip]: “Amaiya Zafar is
not pulling any punches” “in her fight for her
first official bout.” April 2017, my coach called
me, “Are you sitting down?” They told me about the rule changing, and I was like, “Can I fight tomorrow?” [Clip]: “16-year-old
Amaiya Zafar will make” “her ring debut tonight.” When I had my first fight, I was like, “This is real”, like, “I’m about to get in the ring!” And there was cameras. [Clip]: (audience cheering) After the second round, my coach said, “Look outside the ring.” And I’m like, “Huh?” Beause they always told me,
“Don’t look outside the ring!” He was like, “Look to your right!” [Clip]: (crowd cheering) I see my sister, I see my dad, I see all my cousins all crying. Then I fought every month after that. [Clip]: “A teenage boxer is
trying to fight her way to” “the highest level of the sport.” I just went back to the
Sugar Bert tournament. [Clip]: (cheering) [Clip]: “We are here with Amaiya Zafar.” “First of all, congratulations” “on your victory, you just won.” I would love to be in the Olympics. Now, there’s nothing holding me back from representing Team USA. I’m boxing. This is it. This is what I’m about to do forever.

100 thoughts on “Take Your Hijab Off Or Quit Boxing: This Teen Boxer Chose To Fight | AJ+

  1. If you liked this video, we highly recommend you check out Mustafa Ali's story on how became a WWE wrestling star after ditching his stereotypical Arab costume —> https://youtu.be/yBiRcr0xQ1E

  2. she craves attention from men, imagine been married to this swine ? If this was my wife I'd stone her.

  3. Why does Muslim women wear hijab? are they forced to do so ? is it a culture ? know more about Islam http://explore-islam.com/

  4. Wow! What a beautiful gesture of sportsmanship! And how beautiful it is to stand for what you believe in and fight for your dreams! Loved this video! I hope i can make my dream of making it on youtube a reality!

  5. This happend in Karate and Judo in Indonesia Asia, they not allowed anyone wearing Hijab on stage, because of safety, what a Pitty

  6. ''But They Plan But Allah Plans and Allah is the Best of Planners'' Al-Quran

  7. May Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala grant you sister Amaiya more of His fortunes and blessings and may He grant us more !!!
    Wallahi you are a Champion forever as you uphold your dignity and honor for the sake and pleasure of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala, and, there is one of the best acts of obedience in your heart for your Lord !!!
    And the sister than have you the belt… May Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala grant her a great heart to know her Creator as she has a great heart full of love !!!

  8. Born hindu I love covering myself as my mother coverd me when i was born…
    My choice Islam since 2015
    Ash-hadu An-La-Ilaha Wa-AshHadu Anna Muhammed-ur-Rasool-Allah is my shahada until death inshaAllah

  9. you can put head gear you can have differents type of hairstyle but you can't have hijab on weird human being and weird world

  10. So happy Im muslim now! ☺
    Please Click on the link below;
    =What made me Accept Islam?=
    SUBSCRIBE & LIKE
    https://youtu.be/hAeym7lmBIM

  11. WOW !!! JUST WOW GIRL !!!
    YOUR STRENGTH IN YOUR FATIH WILL EMPOWER YOUR LIFE , YOUR PASSION AND YOUR TALENT !!!
    YOUR STRENGTH IS SO CONTAGIOUS !!! PUSH ON AND PLOUGH DOWN EVER OBSTACLE IN YOUR WAY YOUR SUCCESS !!! SAULTE TO THE BEAUTIFUL SOUL WHO SHARED HER BELT WITH YOU !!!

  12. WHEN YOU MOVING AHEAD IN LIFE AND COME ACROSS A VIDEO LIKE THIS … IT MAKES YOU SMILE THE WHOLE DAY – BOTH THE STRONG YOUNG LADY WHO DID NOT GIVE UP HER HIJAB , AND THE STRONG YOUNG LADY WHO GAVE UP HER BELT TO SEE YOU NOT GIVE UP YOUR HIJAB !!!! RESPECT TO BOTH !!!!

  13. Professional boxing is banned in Islam! This is especially true for women who do not belong in the ring! You can support and praise it, but you must first learn what the precept in Islam is about it! Obey the precepts of the faith, for it is necessary to stand before Allah and be responsible for what we have done!

  14. Tip of the wedge… claiming islamophobia when what's behind this is an atempt to have sharia blasphemy laws enforced in non muslim settings. Manipulation of a devious nature.

  15. Dont get raped or you will be called upon to produce 4 male or 8 females to the act of raping, as it says in the Shitty Koran?

  16. well done girl never take off your hijab for anything and keep to ignore the disbelievers who are going to burn in the fire of hell.

  17. I have the same dream as her expect mine is volleyball. But because am muslim I dont think they will let me wear my hijab or pants, because in volleyball u have to wear shorts. But I still won't give up on my hijab or volleyball. I have trust in Allah I will find a way and fight for my rights. Thank you for the inspiration. You inspire me so much

  18. US is realy a rapist country. Trump, Tyson, harJEW weinstein and most convicted rapists in THE world. So women realy should cover Up in THE sick country of yours

  19. The teacher in my new school in Germany told me that I couldn't go to school with my hijab on to get my education and I was like "Excuuuuuuuse me?" I wanted to continue school so I will be able to go to university and teach my kids that education is important( and how can I teach it to them if I didn't do it myself so I can be their role model) so in the end I was allowed to stay. But the craziest thing about this school is that they have a school campaign which is called 'School without rascim. School with courage'

  20. she's the real feminist not the fat ugly cows who dye thier hair and keep yelling all the time and claim themselves as sjw's

  21. Great accomplishment, but boxing is one of the worst sports on the human brain. Research CTE, because the rest of society doesn't really care about you, they just want to be entertained. Who cares if you develop CTE later in your life. The scientific data is there. If you are a parent you have been warned.

  22. Man, if only Muhammad Ali still alive and kicking and he heard she isn't allowed to do boxing because of her faith……

  23. The rules are the same for everyone and are very simple.
    If u don't want to take that of your head. U can still boxing there IN YOUR COUNTRY.
    In any other case, this thing above your head, should be removed, if u have respect for the other participants.
    If you don't wont to submit the rules, we dont care, you just arent going to participate.

    If u dont want to take the jihab infront of the doctor, u can go to the doctor there in Pakistan.
    But dont try to force the rest, to let you do whatever you want.

    Can i enter the Mecca with my shoes? There you have your answer.
    Ask France.

  24. I wish cheerleaders wore more clothes! Why do we sexualize sports for girls? We don't do that to boys. If girls want to cover up more and make it about the SPORT then let them! YOU GO GIRL!

  25. Sometimes Allah test your faith (iman) and most important thing on you She pass the (imtihan) test of Allah. Masallah

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