Mohamed Salah asks Muslim Community to Treat Women with Respect
Last updated on April 21st, 2019
Egyptian professional footballer, Mohamed Salah, in his interview with Time magazine published on Wednesday, asked the Muslim community to change the way women are treated and give them more respect.
Salah, who is often called Egyptian Messi, plays as a forward in Liverpool F.C. The 26-year-old footballer has been named as one of world’s 100 most influential people by the American news magazine Time.
He is one of the three international sports stars, along with Caster Semenya and Naomi Osaka who made it to the list. Other American sports stars that made to the list are NBA star LeBron James; new Masters champion Tiger Woods; and footballer Alex Morgan.
In his interview with the magazine, Mohamed Salah said, “I think we need to change the way we treat women in our culture. That has to be, it’s not optional.”
He said, his thoughts about gender relations have changed after looking at the treatment of women “in my culture and in the Middle East”.
“I support the woman more than I did before, because I feel like she deserves more than what they give her now, at the moment,” he added.
It was because of the efforts of Mohamed Salah that Egypt participated in the FIFA World Cup in 2018 for the first time since 1990. This made Salah an icon in Egypt and across the region. During the interview, he said football lover in the Middle East region “feel like I’m their son”.
Salah has been named as the African Footballer of the Year 2017 and 2018. He has also been named as English Football Player of the Year in 2017-2018 after a brilliant season with Liverpool.
During his interview with the Time, he admitted that being a role model comes with the “little bit of pressure”. However, he has learned to adjust with it. He also said that the pressure makes him “proud” and motivates him to be a better football player.
He said, “To be the first Egyptian in [this] situation and no one has done this before … it’s something different.”
Mohamed Salah also said that he likes to spend time with his 5-year-old daughter, as it helps him in relaxing after a game.
“I just live my life normal. Most of the time I stay at home, I don’t like to go out,” he added.
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