Call him or 'Mo' or 'Mohamed'...I guess it doesn't matter

Asian Image: Call him or 'Mo' or call him 'Mohamed'...I guess it doesn't matter Call him or 'Mo' or call him 'Mohamed'...I guess it doesn't matter

As Mohamed Farah crossed the line on Saturday night to secure his second gold medal many British Muslims had more reasons to celebrate.

It had been an inspirational week for not only for ‘Mo’ but for the Great British team. Although the Olympics were held during the month of Ramadhan, every single event was being analysed.

Yes, it would have more suitable if the Olympics had not taken place during the month of Ramadhan. Many more would have attended the games in greater numbers.

But on ‘Super Saturday’ just after Iftari (fast breaking time) Mo took part in the 10,000m. He ran himself to a gold medal.

A week later in the 5000m at 7.42pm he was crowned king of the 5000m. This should now be a defining moment for British Muslims and in particular all those who have trashed Muslims on their front pages for many years.

The following day I have to say I went out and bought several Sunday newspapers. It was wonderful to read ‘Mo-mentous’ and different headlines with the word ‘Mo’ in them.

I sense though that many newspaper editors were almost glad he had already been nicknamed ‘Mo’. To have Mohamed blazing across the front pages might have been a little too much for some to take. Although would it have really mattered?

Who cares what his name is and what his background is – he was running for Great Britain.

Maybe using ‘Mo’ lessened the blow and took away the fact that we are a truly multi-cultural country.

Like it or lump it…this is Britain in the 21st century and as a nation we can win all these gold medals never won before.

I do hope that the Olympics bring with them a sense of change in the attitudes towards Muslims. This is what the Olympic games do.

It is not up to Mo Farah to stand as role model. He should not have to.

When the games began I was hoping nothing untoward would happen to take the attention away from the spirit of the Olympics. I feared how the Olympics would be remembered.

I feel now I want the games to go on and more British Muslims to step forward and be held up high like national heroes.

I guess it doesn’t matter whether they call him ‘Mo’ and we call him Mohamed- either way he was magnificent.

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1:51am Tue 14 Aug 12

khan 786 says...

salaam to all and (yomay qiamay pakistan mubarak ho...ALLAH Ta'ala mere wattan ko salamat rakhe. Ameen)
salaam to all and (yomay qiamay pakistan mubarak ho...ALLAH Ta'ala mere wattan ko salamat rakhe. Ameen) khan 786
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8:34am Tue 14 Aug 12

mustafa-moan says...

"This should now be a defining moment for British Muslims and in particular all those who have trashed Muslims on their front pages for many years."
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Mo did a great job for Team GB, not team islam! He represented his adopted homeland with true heart & spirit and draped the red, white & blue over his shoulders when he did win! Being muslim has nothing to do with his win, nothing at all! And as for "muslims being trashed on the front pages for many years" this is deservedly "trashed" as the ones that normally appear on the front pages are usually on the front page for things like terrorism, child grooming, daughter killing, suicide bombing etc, to name a few things "usually" associated with only muslims!
"This should now be a defining moment for British Muslims and in particular all those who have trashed Muslims on their front pages for many years." . Mo did a great job for Team GB, not team islam! He represented his adopted homeland with true heart & spirit and draped the red, white & blue over his shoulders when he did win! Being muslim has nothing to do with his win, nothing at all! And as for "muslims being trashed on the front pages for many years" this is deservedly "trashed" as the ones that normally appear on the front pages are usually on the front page for things like terrorism, child grooming, daughter killing, suicide bombing etc, to name a few things "usually" associated with only muslims! mustafa-moan
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3:48pm Tue 14 Aug 12

Muslim says...

He has a Muslim name, he even prayed and thanked God when he won because God gave him his strength, being Muslim is no doubt a part of his identity which he showed in the olympics.
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2 - There are plenty of terrorists, child groomers, and killers from around the world. The only sad difference is, they're religions aren't mentioned.
He has a Muslim name, he even prayed and thanked God when he won because God gave him his strength, being Muslim is no doubt a part of his identity which he showed in the olympics. . 2 - There are plenty of terrorists, child groomers, and killers from around the world. The only sad difference is, they're religions aren't mentioned. Muslim
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