Women’s soccer doesn’t always get the credit it deserves, but in a recent viral video, plenty of folks are cheering for players who committed a true act of kindness.
At the WAFF Women’s Club Championship during a match between Arab Orthodox Club and Shabab al Ordon Club, according to The Indian Express, a player from Arab Orthodox Club found that her hijab was slipping off her head. Rather than use their opponent’s moment of weakness as an advantage, members of Shabab al Ordon paused playing and gathered around her so as to protect her head from being seen.
A video of the powerful moment was shared on Twitter by @ItsSlyG and has received nearly 4 million views.
She was wearing a Hijab and the opponents huddled around to make sure that her hair's not seen. This is the most wholesome thing you will see today 😌 pic.twitter.com/e3CTkN38ix— Turgut ⚉ (@ItsSlyGuy) October 15, 2019
Understandably, users are expressing their feelings about the video, which range from “stanning” to respect.
The men would never!! Stan these women immediately pic.twitter.com/4APQ3YkHQf— Slytherin 🐍🐍! 🏳️🌈🇯🇲 🇪🇹 (@Tea_witdre) October 17, 2019
the instant “we gotchu girl” kicked in. we love to see it.— pissy smelliot (@pissy_smelliot) October 17, 2019
The respect. The sportsmanship. I’m tearing up.— Rachel Sue (@RachelWhite444) October 16, 2019
Some shared their desire to personally thank the wonderful soccer players:
I want names & addresses of each one of these girls. 🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺❤❤❤❤❤❤❤— 𝕎𝔼𝕃𝔻𝔼ℝ 𝔽ℝ𝕆𝕄 𝔹ℝ𝕆ℕ𝕏 🍟 (@LiveLikeShah) October 15, 2019
does anyone have names please, they were so kind— tica 🖤 (@msticaa) October 16, 2019
While others just memed their appreciation:
Others even went on to talk about similar moments when women came to the aid of their hijab-wearing friends:
My non Muslim friends were FaceTiming a guy and when I came in without my Hijab on, they all freaked out.. one of them threw the phone and the other jumped to cover me and I didn’t even realize it pic.twitter.com/uqobdN9gtZ— Fatema Abdulla (@_Fatema_Abdulla) October 16, 2019
Girls like this<<<— 7awra🤧 (@donttickle7) October 16, 2019
I remember this girl fixed my scarf for me while we were sparring because there were guys around😭❤
Some individuals on Twitter and elsewhere didn’t entirely understand why the Shabab al Ordon players did this (or why some women choose to wear a hijab at all). But for many women who practice Islam, covering their heads with a hijab is of utmost importance.
What happens if her hair is seen? I know the general gist of Islam, but not all the ins and outs.— A spooky skeleton is inside you!💀👻😈 (@JonesCT) October 17, 2019
What's the relation of hijab, muslim gurls, and their hair? Pls enlighten me, i'm a non-muslim guy.— Raf (@YanDare_) October 16, 2019
Many members of the faith say that they wear the hijab as a symbol of their devotion to their faith. Some have also worn it as an act of resistance against European colonizers in the past, or as a symbol of pride in their identity.
This is the definition of respect... You don't have to like or understand, just do it...— #xpensivity (@xpensivity) October 17, 2019
Regardless of why it’s worn, the fact that her opponents came to her aid shows a level of sportsmanship rarely seen. And really, don’t we need more of this in the world?
we need more people like this in the world 💜— Ember Byrd (@emberbyrdxo) October 16, 2019
Oh, and for those interested: The Shabab al Ordon players of Jordan who came to the rescue won this tournament. But let’s be real, was there ever a question that they were winners after the way they acted?
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