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Olympic medalist fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People, tells a story of the tremendous obstacles, racism, and pressures she has overcome as the first Muslim-American woman to compete in hijab in a sport dominated by privileged white athletes.

This is a tumultuous, unforgettable tale of perseverance and faith. Raised in a working-class community in New Jersey with five siblings, Ibtihaj sought out sports as a means to fund college and fencing was one of the only sports in which she could participate fully clothed. She was fast, hardworking, and devoted to her faith. But in a sport most popular with privileged whites, Ibtihaj remembers often being out of place. Rivals and teammates often pointed out her differences, one even telling her to "take that tablecloth off your head." Ibithaj knew that was a sign of what was to come.

Her path to Olympic greatness has been marked with painful moments and near-debilitating obstacles - from the financial hardship her family endured in support of her to the ongoing bigotry she rose above with passion and grace, bigotry which emerged not just from competitors but also from coaches and teammates who continuously told her she'd never get far in the sport, even after she qualified for the Olympics.

Ibtihaj Muhammad's life is one of overcoming adversity as a woman competing in a sport known for its lack of diversity for a country that views her religion with suspicion and harbors a history of oppressing her race. Her inspiring journey from a young outsider to a national hero is a beautiful, uniquely American tale of hard work, determination, and self-reliance.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 Ibtihaj Muhammad and Lori L. Tharps (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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Powerful story

I am very glad to be able to have an insight into Ibtihaj’s personal story in fencing. As a sabre fencer and fencing coach myself, I want to be able to support all of my students however they come into the salle and I feel this gave me a way to better understand her perspective.

I am also 100% in love with her hijab under her mask. Even though I am not Muslim, I have had waist length hair for my 20 years of fencing and am floored that it took me so long to realize that it was perfectly possible for me to wear something under my mask to not have to rip out my hair on that velcro! (20 years!!!) Going forward, I am going of find a similar head and hair covering for myself simply because of the utter practicality of the garment. At the same time I hope that it can help normalize the idea of head coverings, ANY head coverings, for my students in the future by wearing it.

Thank you for all you do for fashion and fencing, Ibtihaj! 🤺

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Amazing read

I couldn't stop listening and glad I didn't. Such an inspiration for young woman today.

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Amazing story, inspiring for all ages!

Great story of determination, perserverence, and the thought process through tough decisions. I suggest this book for all ages!

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Productivity- Inspiration- Courage- Grace

Ms. Muhammad’s book is not just an asset to those who share her faith, gender, or race in striving throughout life’s obstacles. It’s also for anyone who has been bullied as an adult or child to know that success is not just in your accomplishments but in how you rise above insurmountable odds to achieve your goals.

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Wonderful lessons and story.

I love the storied life of Ibtihaj Muhammad. She is a remarkable young woman. I also appreciate when an author reads their own work, but not all authors are dynamic aloud readers.

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This is a phenomenal book!

I just finished reading it and feel like I learned so much and also was inspired and challenged to grow as a person!

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Amazing Journey

I loved this book from the beginning word to closing word. Hearing it read by the author added a depth that kept me mesmerized through out the book.

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A story of conviction and strength.

Another example of our need for love, understanding, and acceptance in this time of globalization. Thank you for your strength and conviction Ibtihaj. Bârakah Allâh.

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Amazing

Really inspiring and a beautiful story for all of humanity. I learnt a lot and I would really recommend it