The primary Muslim girl to trip round world, Anita Yusof, says she needed to show to Islamophobes that Muslim girls aren’t oppressed or discriminated towards.
The 49-year-old Malaysian college lecturer and mom of two rode a Yamaha FZ150 by way of 40 nations in America, Europe and Asia over 370 days.
“I used to be given free lodging and meals by sort individuals in most nations, and I managed to vary their notion on Islam,” she says.
“Being a Muslim girl doesn’t imply that I can’t trip wherever I like.”
She says feminine riders are handled with “respect and admiration” in Malaysia.
“In my nation, men and women have been handled alike,” she says.
“What individuals have heard about discrimination amongst girls aren’t our faith practises, it’s extra particular to completely different ethnicities.
“I’m one excellent instance that Muslims don’t discriminate towards girls.”
Muslim head scarf
Anita wears her head scarf (referred to as a buff) on a regular basis, together with below her helmet.
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Anita says she wears it for spiritual causes, but in addition to guard the interior layer of her helmet from sweat.
“It is vitally straightforward as a result of we will wash it on a regular basis.”
Using is ‘addictive’
Anita returned dwelling final month, saying she now plans to put in writing a e book about her travels and trip to the Himalayas.
“Using a motorbike is addictive, and I additionally need to give motivational talks to highschool youngsters,” she says.
Anita says being alone on the highway makes her really feel nearer to her Creator and roads are the “greatest college” on earth.
Her first trip was on the age of 15 when she took her father’s bike with out his information and crashed it in a drain.
She subsequent rode in 2012 on the age of 45 and has been hooked ever since.
“You might be by no means too outdated to start out an journey of your life time,” she says.