When a Western Muslim excels at sports or academics, he is lauded as just another citizen: British, French, German, American, etc. For example, when Zinedine Zidane was leading France to victory, his Muslimness never came up, but when he head-butted an Italian player all of a sudden there was a turn to talk about “Algerian,” “Ghetto” and “Muslim” roots contributing to his supposed “irrational behavior.” This is in the backdrop of the continuing attempts to vilify Western Muslims as the evil “other,” who through stealth means are creating pockets of “no-go zones” meant to “Islamify.”
Now that “Mo” Farah has done the Union Jack proud by decisively winning the 10,000m final, Britain’s first gold in the race, voices are quite “mute” about his “Muslimsness,” now he is just the pride and joy of Britain.
Such a victory must make the collective brains of EDL thugs and their allies explode, just imagine them seeing Farah prostrate in a very Muslim-y way, thanking God for the victory. It symbolically proves that Muslims in the West are largely well beyond the point of “integration,” they are already an integral part of Western society, just as much as other citizens, and should be treated that way.
Mo Farah revealed that he was inspired to gold on Saturday night after seeing Jessica Ennis win gold.
It was a golden night in the Olympic stadium as both Jess Ennis and Greg Rutherford picked up gold medals in the heptathlon and long jump before Mo Farah took to the track.
And Farah admits that he had seen Jess with the Union Flag and that inspired him ahead of his 10,000m final.
Speaking to BBC Sport Farah said: “I saw Jess with a flag and knew she must have won gold and I just felt I had to win.”
“As I came through the tunnel, people were just shouting ‘Go Mo!’ and the atmosphere was something else.
“I was really buzzing, it was like someone had just given me 10 cups of coffee, I was just pumped up so much.”
Four years ago it was disappointment in Beijing as the dominance of the African runners continued – but in London he was the dominant force.
It was a slow run race with many of the major medal contenders still in contention with just a lap to go.
But Farah surged ahead at the bell and the rest of the field were unable to catch his as he crossed the line in a time of 27 minutes 30.42 seconds.
Farah’s training partner Galen Rupp took the silver while Tariku Bekele won the bronze.
And he could add to that medal tally as he is set to run in the 5,000m later this week.
FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw