The Rio Olympics has come to an end after weeks of entertaining sporting events that has had the eyes of the world watching on. For Great Britain, it was the most successful Olympics in over 100 years – finishing 2nd in the medal count, ahead of China for the first time and with a record medal count. America finished first, dominating the event as they have done over the last two decades; finishing first in 5 of the last 6 Olympic games.
Leading up to the Olympics, we saw a really dark period around the world with terror attacks across nations such as; Turkey, France, America, Pakistan, Iraq and Somalia. Islam, and Muslims were in the spotlight, a negative rhetoric was being branded out against Muslims and Islam which saw an increase in hate crime. Islamophobia hit a new high very recently when an Imam was tragically murdered outside a Mosque in New York.
People have been questioning “Can Muslims thrive in the west in the modern times”?
Muslims have been directly contributing to their countries for generations, this was again shown on the world stage during the Olympics in Rio, with Muslims proudly representing their countries in various sports, playing their part in making history. Below are some of the Muslim athletes who participated for their country in Rio 2016.