While there is no doubt that Big Ramy is a big star in Egypt for his bodybuilding ways, this does not sit well with some people. Recently a cleric by the name of Abdullah Rushdy spoke out, issuing a fatwa against the sport of bodybuilding.
A fatwa is a ruling made by Islamic legal scholars, which interpret rules that would go against Islam. While this is not something that is considered legally binding, it can oftentimes be a big deal when someone in the position that Abdullah Rushdy finds himself in, sets one out.
In this case, his fatwa is concerning the sport of bodybuilding, ruling that it goes against the rules of the Sharia. He explained on Twitter that bodybuilders like Ramy show sensitive parts of their bodies, known as Awrah, which is interpreted as anything between the naval and knees for men, so bodybuilding should not be practiced by Islamic personnel.
“Men are prohibited from participating in bodybuilding championships and showing intimate parts, which should be covered according to the Sharia,” Rushdy wrote.
لا يجوز للرجل المشاركة في بطولات #كمال_الأجسام التي يُشْتَرَطُ للمشاركةِ فيها إبداءُ شيءٍ من العورة التي أمره الشرعُ بسترها.
مارسْ من الرياضةِ ما شِئتَ دونَ أن تَخرِقَ ضوابطَ الشرعِ الشريف.
— عبدالله رشدي (@abdullahrushdy) October 11, 2021
This ruling comes just a few short weeks after Big Ramy was able to defend his Olympia title, winning his second Sandow earlier this month. While the Egyptian star was certainly given a hero’s welcome, it appears that this does not apply to everyone in his home country.
Abdullah Rushdy followed up his tweet with a post to his Facebook, where he explained in more detail why he feels like bodybuilding goes against their religion. He went as far as to explain that men should not do anything that exposes their aforementioned sensitive areas, and women should do nothing that shows anything other than the hands and face.
“I am not saying no to sports, but the rules of the Sharia ought to be respected when doing so… Awrah for men includes the body parts between their navel and knees, and it’s the entire body for women, except for their face and hands,” Rushdy said.
“I advise young men not to practice bodybuilding because of this and women should not participate in any competition that requires them to show parts of their bodies.”
استجابةً لطلباتكم في التعليقات..توضيح مهم حول المنشورِ الذي تمَّ نشرُه أمس عن قضية #كمال_الأجسام
Posted by عبدالله رشدي – Abdullah Rushdy on Tuesday, October 12, 2021
That being said, there are a lot of other people who do not agree with Abdullah Rushdy. In fact, this is not the only time that he has said some things that other Egyptians have found to be outrageous, most notoriously pinning sexual assaults on the clothing that women wear.
“Rushdy is so narrow-minded that he chose to speak about awrah and ignored the fact that [Big Ramy] won a world championship, as well as he left out the importance of sports and a healthy body,” Egyptian writer Bahey Eldin Morsi told Al-Monitor.
“The Egyptian people were so happy for Big Ramy for winning Mr. Olympia 2021; his achievement has brought them pride.”
It is good to see that despite the pushback from some like Rushdy, there is still a considerable amount of support for Big Ramy. Of course, that is not surprising when you look at his social media and see the warm welcome he got from fans after arriving back in the country.
Big Ramy Bodybuilding History
- 2021 Olympia – 1st place
- 2020 Olympia – 1st place
- 2020 Arnold Classic – 3rd place
- 2018 Olympia – 6th place
- 2017 Arnold Classic Europe – 1st place
- 2017 Olympia – 2nd place
- 2016 Prague Pro – 2nd place
- 2016 Kuwait Pro – 1st place
- 2016 Arnold Classic Europe – 2nd place
- 2016 Olympia – 4th place
- 2015 Prague Pro – 2nd place
- 2015 Arnold Classic Europe – 4th place
- 2015 Olympia – 5th place
- 2015 Arnold Classic South America – 1st place
- 2014 Olympia – 7th place
- 2014 New York Pro – 1st place
- 2013 Olympia – 8th place
- 2013 New York Pro – 1st place
- 2012 Amateur Olympia Kuwait – 1st place