Meet the First Hijabi Muslim to Ride Around the World on Her Bike

There is common propaganda against Muslim women that they are oppressed and subjugated. They don’t have their free will and are inferior to men. 

Breaking all the stereotypes, a Muslim woman named Anita Yusof has become the first Muslim woman to ride around the world. 

The 49-year-old Malaysian university lecturer and mother of two rode a Yamaha FZ150 through 40 countries in America, Europe, and Asia for over 370 days.   

She says she wanted to prove to Islamophobes that Muslim women are not oppressed or discriminated against. 

“I was given free lodging and food by kind people in most countries, and I managed to change their perception on Islam,” she says.  

“Being a Muslim woman doesn’t mean that I can’t ride wherever I like.” 

“In my country, women and men were treated alike,” she says. 

“What people have heard about discrimination among women are not our religious practices, it’s more specific to different ethnicities. 

“I am one very good example that Muslims do not discriminate against women.” 

Anita says she wears it for religious reasons, but also to protect the inner layer of her helmet from sweat. 

“It is very easy because we can wash it every day.” 

Anita returned home last month, saying she now plans to write a book about her travels and ride to the Himalayas. 

“Riding a motorcycle is addictive, and I also want to give motivational talks to school children,” she says. 

Anita says being alone on the road makes her feel closer to her Creator and roads are the “best university” on earth. 

Her first ride was at the age of 15 when she took her father’s bike without his knowledge and crashed it in a drain. 

She next rode in 2012 at the age of 45 and has been hooked ever since. 

“You are never too old to start an adventure of your lifetime,” she says. 


(Originally published on motorbikewriter) 

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