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Muslim medal winners at the IAAF World Championships

With the obvious exception of one Usain Bolt — the living legend from Jamaica who landed in Beijing, China, for this year’s biggest track and field meet under a cloud of doubt and left undefeated with three gold medals — the story of the 2015 IAAF World Championships was the Kenyan national team. A country with a population of approximately ... Read More »

Muslim players to watch this NFL season

Although the NFL surpassing Major League Baseball as America’s favorite sport was a relatively recent occurrence, the NFL has been better than MLB at representing the social melting pot known as the United States for quite a while. Exhibit A: While about 40 percent of MLB players are Black or Latino, only one MLB team has a Black manager, and ... Read More »

Boxing promoter aims for a more Muslim-friendly show

It would not be a stretch to say that every Muslim living in a country on this planet that does not have a majority-Muslim population — especially in liberal Western nations in Europe and North America — is confronted daily with a slew of images that test their ideals of modesty as well as their desire to keep a pure ... Read More »

NBA commercial features Muslim wheelchair basketball players

For the upcoming 2015-16 NBA regular season, the league has a new ad campaign titled “This Is Why We Play.” The first in the series of television commercials features a clip of female wheelchair basketball players in Afghanistan, who play in a program organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). According to the NBA’s official YouTube channel, ... Read More »

Modesty and the Muslim athlete

First, we must acknowledge the hypocrisy: That is, how college and pro football players can make a play that sends thousands of fans in the stadium — along with millions watching on TV — into wild celebrations and cues elaborate dance routines from a squad of cheerleaders … but those same players are sometimes penalized and (at the pro level) ... Read More »

Video: Islam Slimani highlights

While we’re on the topic of modesty and celebrations, here are some highlights of Islam Slimani, the 27-year-old Muslim striker from Algeria whose loud and intense goal celebrations are almost as entertaining as the goals themselves. Last year, Slimani helped the Algerian national team to the round of 16 in the FIFA World Cup for the first time in the ... Read More »

Pro, amateur athletes among 2015’s most generous British Muslims

This is the time on the calendar for media outlets to make lists. Lots of best-of, worst-of, who’s-hot, who’s-not lists to commemorate the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016. The Asian Image, a publication based in the United Kingdom, put together a list of “35 great things British Muslims did in 2015.” Included are many food drives, community ... Read More »

Olympic hopeful Haddad stars in new Nike video

If things go according to plan, Amna Al Haddad will be representing the United Arab Emirates as a weightlifter in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. And even if that plan doesn’t come to fruition, Haddad would still be considered a champion and an inspiration for people all over the world. Haddad, 26, is one of a handful ... Read More »

Eight sports figures among ‘The Muslim 500’

The 2016 edition of “The Muslim 500,” an annual list of the world’s most influential Muslim men and women compiled by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Jordan, includes eight figures from the world of sports — a diverse set that includes an Olympic gold medalist, two FIFA World Cup winners and a three-time world heavyweight boxing champion among ... Read More »

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 »