Life Without Basketball

Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir became legend when she shattered the 20-year scoring record for high school basketball in Massachusetts. She then went on to become the first hijabi in NCAA basketball. But for the last two years, she’s been prevented from playing professionally by a silly but discriminatory rule banning hijabs in the name of “safety.”

It’s a shameful ban—but one that FIBA, the international body that regulates professional basketball, could actually overturn as early as Sunday. That’s why we want to spread the word right now about Bilqis’s fight to overturn this rule and play basketball again.

Watch and share the trailer for her upcoming documentary, Life Without Basketball, and then sign our petition calling on FIBA to lift the ban.

Bilqis is a star on the court who deserves her chance to hoop—along with countless other up-and-coming hijabi basketball players.

Let’s give FIBA the public input they need before they meet to make a final decision.

Sign the Petition



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.