Memories Boxed Up On Muhammad Ali

Exhibits on Mohammad Ali

Exhibits on Mohammad Ali

Muhammad Ali is the champion in the boxing world. A showcase of his life and achievements are on display at the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha until 25th Feb 2017. He died in June 2016, at the age of 74. Other than his achievement as a world class athlete winning the light heavyweight Olympic Games in 1960 and world heavyweight champion in 1964, 1974 and 1978 he is also known as a social activist and his stance against war. He refused to serve the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War. I was too small to remember his fights. All I have is a memory for my great-grandmother looking forward to watch his games. In 1998, he was honored as the UN Man of Peace award. I didn’t capture the exhibits of his letter to the US government about his stand against the war.

Cassius Clay was his name before he converted to Islam at the age of 22. Here are some of his famous quotes and pictures of his boxing gloves in memory of his achievements! Check out the comic cover of Superman VS Muhammad Ali.

Be inspired to be like Muhammad Ali – Float like a Butterfly, Sting like a Bee

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth

It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out, it's the pebble in your shoe

It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out, it’s the pebble in your shoe

If my mind can conceive it and my my heart can believe it - then I can achieve it

If my mind can conceive it and my my heart can believe it – then I can achieve it


If my mind can conceive it and my my heart can believe it - then I can achieve it

Muhummad Ali in Doha

Wall of Achievements : Muhammad Ali

Wall of Achievements : Muhammad Ali

muhammad ali comic

Superman vs Muhammad Ali

Boxing gloves muhammad ali

Muhammad Ali (right)  & Sonny Liston (left)’s  Boxing Glooves at the “Phantom Punch” in Lewiston, ME

muhammad ali gloves

1960 Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) Signed Gloves

Modest Activewear for International Games

Even though modest clothing is not new, many do not understand what it is. Based on a recent article on freemalaysiatoday – “A cynical suggestions for SEA GAMES 2017 sports attire for Malaysian contingent”, perhaps there is lack of understanding, creativity or design knowledge that result to such unappealing designs.

Suggested Modest SEA GAMES 2017 Attire

Suggested Modest SEA GAMES 2017 Attire shared on FreeMalaysiaToday

So here’s a list about modest wear.

  • It is not related to any religion or believe.
  • It signifies moderation and humility
  • It is not equals to hijab or robe/jubah
  • It is for all types of body shape
  • It is a choice of comfort or identity
  • It does not necessary affect performance

It Started Modestly 

Modest wear for sports is not new. In fact, performance sports started modestly, and went less and less in fabric, but improved quality.

  • Olympians, be it male or female had loose outfits and more fabric on their skin back then. Over time, the fabric gets lesser and designs tighter, not due to cost constraints, but performance and practical reasons. Some changes in dress code raised eyebrows and community uproared every time they were introduced. You can read more about the evolution of sportswear at the Olympics here.

    Berlin Olympic Games, 1936

    Tennis, Berlin Olympic Games, 1936

  • Swimming suits for example was introduced less than 100 years ago in modest designs. You can read more here.
    It has evolved into many designs and choices, both for performance and leisure.

Then Tight & Shrink

Today, majority sportswear designs are tight and use less fabric. There is not much of a design choice offered for performance sports.

However, with the advancement of technology in textile industry, sports fabrics are getting more and more lightweight with improvements in moisture management.  With this, there are opportunities to design modest sportswear even for performance.

At Nashata, we use different types of fabric for performance and leisure. For example, our performance range uses highly breathable fabric on modest designs. Our Zip Up jacket for example is only 220 grams, despite having to use a lot of fabric.

Zip Up Azeeza

Zip Up Azeeza

Offer | Accept | Respect Choices

Our customers who run full marathons and ultra runs have nothing but compliments and all smiles for being able to run for performance comfortably and modestly. We even have marathon runners who choose to wear our leisure range for performance so that they can perform prayers during runs.

Young Marathoner

Young Marathoner

We have been making women across the globe who choose to dress modestly happy to perform all sorts of sports; horse-riding, golfing, yoga, zumba, badminton and many more.

They feel good, they look good !

There are always room for improvements for modest performance activewear at international level, SEA Games 2017 or not. Nothing is impossible, especially with the advancement of technology, innovation and creativity. We are humbled to take up the challenge and make it possible tastefully, given the opportunity.

Lieutenant Nur Suryani

Malaysia Olympian : Lieutenant Nur Suryani








Nur Suryani : a Lieutenant, an Olympian Shooter, a Mother, a Wife, a Hijabist Athlete

In August 1997, when Lieutenant Nur Suryani was schooling at Simpang Pulai, Perak,  she was given the opportunity to participate in the audition to join Police Cadet. She was only 15 years old and her father, Mohd Taibi, back then a Malay Army Soldier or better known as Tentera Askar Melayu, encouraged her to pick up shooting. He used to guard the weapons at the Malay Army. Prior to the audition, she was active in Taekwondo, hockey and volleyball at school. The first weapon she used was a pistol and later she picked up the rifle.


To be perfect anywhere and in any field” – That is her exact words as to what is her personal goal.

Within a short span of a year, in 1998, she competed in Sukan Malaysia (SUKMA) in Selangor. At 16 years old, she shot the rifle and won herself a Bronze medal. She had two trainers : Peter Gordon Fehe and Felix Ho, both of whom she spoke fondly of. Both of them helped building her shooting capabilities in her early days for 50 meter range.  In 1999, she was busy with the last national examination at school, locally known as Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM).

In year 2000, Suryani pursued her diploma in Health and Fitness at UiTM and joined the national shooting team. That was when she got her first international exposure; from Thailand Open to SEA Shooting Championship in Bangkok, Thailand. During subsequent years, she was juggling between her studies and shooting. With high determination to succeed, in 2001, she won the Gold medal at the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur. As her studies was important to her, she completed her diploma on schedule in 2002.

Suryani wanted to continue her degree in sports science, which inevitably a challenge to any high performing rising athletes. She managed her time well, juggling both her studies and training. She was already receiving good support from via Majlis Sukan Negara since year 2000, where she got training at the Subang Shooting Range every Saturday and Sunday while at UiTM. She also swam to keep her body fit and strong during university days. This is the regime she went through when she decided to pursue her degree in Sports Science in 2005. In 2008, she had to choose whether or not to focus on her degree at Universiti Putra Malaysia or improve her performance in shooting. It was a tough decision as both her studies and training require a lot of time and attention.

Her participation in the air rifle at International Competitions intensified in 2006 when she participated in:

  • 2006 18th Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia : Bronze Medal
  • 2010 19th Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India : Gold Medal
  • 2012 Summer Olympic – Competed for 10 meter air rifle

Suryani & Marhazli. Her husband has been the backbone and key motivator in her shooting pursuit

She has inspired a lot of women across the globe and has made many mothers proud. She was eight months pregnant when she made headlines at international level competing in the Summer Olympics 2012. She was very driven and motivated even though, physically, she was heavy carrying baby Dayana. Dayana has an impressive flexibility and is almost two years old now.

Olympian Suryani, qualifies for the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on the 23 July — 3 August 2014 and is gunning for the gold medal. She worked hard to qualify for the upcoming Commonwealth Games and is eyeing for another opportunity to participate in the Olympics at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016. Shooting requires a lot of self-discipline as it is an individual game and takes a lot of personal effort to qualify for international level competitions like the Olympic Games.  She claims mental and physical strength are equally important in this sports.

Lieutenant Suryani joined the Navy as a naval logistics officer in 2008. At Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia (TLDM), she is involved in the training unit at Jalan Semarak, Kuala Lumpur. In 2011, she ended her single life and got married to Marhazli, a police officer. They are blessed with an Olympian baby daughter, Dayana. Suryani speaks dearly of her husband who has been the pivotal strength in supporting her sporting career. Her family does recreational activities twice or three times a week together at parks.

Suryani, now 32, will continue to push herself to achieve her fullest potential. It took her seven (7) months to get back into the range after delivering her first child. It was certainly not easy for her or any other mother Olympians to compete with other rising athletes. A good shooter needs to be able to focus well and have a stable, strong build. She trains every morning and in the afternoon she goes to the gym or swim to build physical strength. Otherwise, her husband would take her and Dayana to the park for light training.

Suryani is very supportive about fitness for muslim women. She too supports Nashata’s efforts in promoting fitness for our sisters – through products, stories and our many other efforts to help women to have an active lifestyle.

Lieutenant Nur Suryani

Lieutenant Nur Suryani GRACED Nashata at the Launch 15 March 2014 at Shah Alam

She wants to proof to herself she could do it. So let’s support Olympian Suryani, a lieutenant, a hijabista, a mother, a wife – as she truly inspires the muslim and mother athletes. We all have choices to achieve our dreams, and with Allah’s will and support from family, friends and the government, InsyaAllah – no matter how many other titles you carry, be it a mother and a wife – you can do it!

May she bring back the GOLD medal from the Commonwealth Game this coming August!


pictures sources : blog fiqrah2u, bleacher report & sinar harian