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Moeen Ali: I would give up cricket before Islam

At 29 years old, Moeen Ali is by most accounts still in his athletic prime. And just one year removed from being voted one of England’s top five “Cricketers of the Year” for 2015 by Wisden Cricketers’ Almanac, he is by most accounts at the peak of his athletic career. Which is why Ali, a practicing Muslim of Pakistani descent, ... Read More »

Muslim athletes to watch at the 2016 Rio Olympics

Think about the typical advertising campaign for the Olympic Games. More often than not, the focus is on finishing: Sticking the landing, crossing the finish line, scoring the gold-medal-winning goal, having one’s hand raised in victory. For this summer’s Games of the XXXI Olympiad, more focus seems to be on simply getting things started. In the seven years since the ... Read More »

Best and worst stories involving Muslim athletes at the Rio Olympics

The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will go down in history as the Games of Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps and Simone Biles — in that or some other order. Bolt, the 30-year-old Jamaican sprinter, was flawless in winning three gold medals in what he called his Olympic finale. Phelps, the 31-year-old American swimmer, won five golds and ... Read More »

‘Hijabi Runner’ featured on magazine cover

Sometimes, the best solution to a problem is the most simple and direct one. Rahaf Khatib, a recreational runner from Farmington Hills, Mich., felt that Muslim women who wear hijab were being underrepresented in women’s magazines. So she reached out to Women’s Running magazine and eventually found herself on its cover. “She emailed us citing a lack of Muslim hijabi ... Read More »

Former soccer star Nathan Ellington’s journey to Islam

Former soccer star Nathan Ellington’s journey to Islam Toward the end of his 16-year professional playing career, Nathan Ellington established the Association of Muslim Footballers. The association’s mission is to support Muslim pro soccer players and “provide a platform for professional footballers to share their experiences of overcoming barriers with aspiring footballers, and young people in general.” Ellington played most ... Read More »

Muslim players to watch this NBA season

If you threw up your hands in frustration, swore off the NBA this past summer and haven’t paid attention since then, you may be surprised to learn that the league is still up and running after Tuesday’s regular-season openers. Back in July, when former league MVP Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder to sign with the defending Western Conference ... Read More »

Muslim sports figures react to Trump’s election victory

The battle lines were drawn pretty clearly between United States presidential candidate Donald Trump and Muslim American citizens ahead of the country’s Nov. 8, 2016, election day. Throughout his “Make America Great Again” campaign, Trump’s words and the actions of his supporters at rallies across the nation left no uncertainty that Islamophobia and discrimination against Muslims was a significant part ... Read More »

17 Muslim athletes to watch in 2017

For all the victories that were achieved across a wide swath of athletic endeavors, the Muslim sports community suffered one tremendous loss in 2016. On June 3, three-time world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali passed away at the age of 74 after a long battle with Parkinson’s syndrome. Ali’s legacy and impact on the world — not just the sports ... Read More »

FIBA moves toward lifting ban on religious headgear

Back in August 2016, the same month in which the Olympic Games began in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, basketball’s international governing body (FIBA) was supposed to meet and vote on the future of a discriminatory rule of theirs that should never have existed in the first place. That vote did not happen, and now six months later, incremental progress has ... Read More »

Muslim athletes celebrate beginning of Ramadan

Muslim athletes celebrate beginning of Ramadan The holy month of Ramadan is one of beautiful struggle for Muslims around the world. Through the rigors of fasting during the daylight hours, one can gain strength of character. Through whatever challenges arise in praying and reading the Quran more often than usual, one can gain knowledge and perspective. It is also a ... Read More »