USA’s First Female Muslim Fencer: Ibtihaj Muhammad

I was on Facebook  and I noticed a name that sounded awfully familiar commenting after me on a friend’s post.  My mind started to search through it’s memory bank and it recalled my days of fencing classes at NJIT.   I remembered reading about a remarkable Muslim fencing talent named Ibtihaj Muhammad.

Ibtihaj is the first female Muslim Fencer to have competed for the U.S.A. internationally.  She is a two time U.S. National champion and a Gold Medalist in the 2011 XVI Pan American Games.


She is a New Jersey native and received an academic scholarship to Duke University.  She graduated in 2007 with a double major and was a 3 Time All-American.

She seems to be a bright, athletic, muslim sister.   Oh and fellas,  she can probably whoop you with a sword.  Now that’s cool!

Her sword of preference is the sabre.

Ibtihaj is truly an inspiration for many people around the world.  She is in London this weekend for the Women’s British Sabre World Cup.  We wish you the best of luck!



  1. Truly inspirational story. Nice work, Faiz!

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