FIBA Finally Lifts Religious Headware Ban

A small piece of good news that you may not have heard about:

FIBA, the international body that regulates professional basketball, has finally lifted its ban on religious headwear—that’s the rule that had previously kept some Muslim, Sikh, and other players from being able to play professionally.

This means that countless players, such as Muslim basketball star Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, will be able to aspire to play professionally, both at home and internationally.

“I am overwhelmed with emotion,” said Abdul-Qaadir at the news. “I’m happy to be a part of history and positive change.”

Read more in this article on Vice Sports by Shireen Ahmed:

FIBA Allows Hijab

Background photo from trailer for “Life Without Basketball”


Linda Sarsour is an award winning racial justice and civil rights activist, community organizer, every Islamophobe’s worst nightmare and mother of three. She is a Palestinian-Muslim-American born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She is the former Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York and the co-founder of the first Muslim online organizing platform, MPower Change. She is a member of the Justice League NYC, a leading force of activists, artists, youth and formerly incarcerated individuals committed to criminal justice reform through direct action and policy advocacy. Most recently, she was one of the national co-chairs of the largest single day protest in US history, the Women’s March on Washington. She has been named amongst 500 of the most influential Muslims in the world. She has won numerous awards including Champion of Change from the Obama Administration. She was recognized as one of Fortune’s 50 Greatest Leaders and featured as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2017. She is a frequent media commentator on issues impacting Muslim communities, Middle East affairs and criminal justice reform and most recognized for her transformative intersectional organizing work and movement building.