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FIBA moves toward lifting ban on religious headgear

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, ... Read More »

Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad pens open letter to Trump

Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad pens open letter to Trump As many star athletes do for their people, Ibtihaj Muhammad has become a symbol and a spokesperson for Muslim Americans. It’s not just because she won a bronze medal in fencing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It’s not just because she competed while wearing a hijab headscarf, ... Read More »

Haroon’s New Mission: 4 Marathons in 3 Weeks

Haroon’s New Mission: 4 Marathons in 3 Weeks When Haroon Mota committed to running his first marathon in 2012, he admits he didn’t give it too much thought. London was hosting the Summer Olympics that year. British distance runner Mo Farah was reaching the peak of his fame as a local and international sports hero. A lot of people in ... 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 »

FIBA finally votes to allow hijab headscarves

FIBA finally votes to allow hijab headscarves It is a victory, albeit one that came late and resulted from a battle that shouldn’t have had to be fought in the first place. On Thursday, FIBA, basketball’s international governing body, voted unanimously to overturn Article 4.4.2 in its official rulebook — the rule that prohibited players from wearing headgear on the ... Read More »

Muslim players take part in NBA Africa exhibition

Muslim players take part in NBA Africa exhibition In the nicest way it can be said, the NBA appears to be trying to take over the world. Think back to the famous 1992 Olympic “Dream Team” experiment. Would it be short-sighted to believe that was simply about winning gold medals? With each blowout victory on the court in Barcelona, Spain, ... Read More »

Muslim medal winners at the IAAF track and field world championships

Muslim medal winners at the IAAF track and field world championships As much as the 2017 IAAF World Championships of track and field were about bidding farewell to a pair of legends, it was also about introducing some fresh faces that are vying to make their mark as superstars in the sport. This year’s biggest track meet was advertised as ... Read More »

Pakistan beat Poland 2-1 in tense Hockey World League

Pakistan beat Poland 2-1 in tense Hockey World League Dawn: Mohammad Irfan and Mohammad Waqas were the heroes as Pakistan defeated a plucky Poland side 2-1 in their opening Hockey World League 2015 match on Saturday. Pakistan, who need to finish in the top three of the Hockey World League semi-finals table to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics, started ... Read More »

The Islamic veil across Europe

Countries across Europe have wrestled with the issue of the Muslim veil – in various forms such as the body-covering burka and the niqab, which covers the face apart from the eyes. The debate takes in religious freedom, female equality, secular traditions and even fears of terrorism. The veil issue is part of a wider debate about multiculturalism in Europe, ... Read More »

Could a sports hijab boost number of Muslim women playing sport?

Sport England’s latest participation figures suggest less than one in five Muslim females exercise at least once a week – lower than any other faith group. Could a sports hijab make a difference? A martial arts champion from east London thinks so – and the BBC Asian Network has found out more. What is a hijab? It is a veil ... Read More »