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+

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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.

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

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

  4. 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 !!!

  5. 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

  6. 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

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

  8. 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 !!!

  9. 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 !!!!

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

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