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‘I want to take this global’: the success of the Muslim Golf Association

With prayer breaks, halal food and no alcohol or gambling, MGA golf days allow UK Muslims to play in line with their principlesWhen Amir Malik fell in love with golf a few years ago, he soon realised that as a practising Muslim he didn’t quite fit in w…

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Les Hijabeuses: the female footballers tackling France’s on-pitch hijab ban

Young players excluded from matches because of their religious dress find a way to play on and encourage other hijab-wearing women into the sportFouné Diawara was 15 years old when she was first told she could not wear her hijab in a football match.It …

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MPs urge British Olympians to boycott 2022 Beijing Winter Games

Lib Dem leader Ed Davey and Labour MP Chris Bryant urge officials and athletes to protest against oppression of Uighur communitiesSenior political figures have called for British athletes to boycott next year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing in response to…

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How Mohamed Salah inspired me to become a Muslim

I have gone from hating Islam to becoming a Muslim – and the Liverpool forward is the principal reason for thatMohamed Salah really and honestly inspired me. I’m a Nottingham Forest season-ticket holder, I can be myself but because I made the declarati…

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‘You get used to the gunfire’ – filming the Libyan women’s football team

Denounced on TV, they train at secret locations watched by armed guards. We meet the woman from Hastings who made a fascinating film about Libya’s guttsiest football squad‘Just what our country needs!” rails the imam sarcastically on Libyan TV. “A wome…

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Fasts and late-night protein shakes: how Muslim athletes compete during Ramadan

The holy month began at the start of May this year. While some athletes find blending exercise and fasting tough, others say it helps them focusFor the better part of eight seasons, Hamza Abdullah played defensive back in the NFL. In each one of those …

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No expense spared as England prepares for World Cup

From private jets to M&S waistcoats, open mosques to closed supermarkets, football fever grips the nationMad dashEngland fans are taking trains, planes and automobiles – often at exorbitant cost – in a desperate bid to get to Russia in time to see …

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Football while fasting: life in the Ramadan Midnight League | Nick Miller

An idea to help people who might not otherwise feel able to play during Ramadan is gathering momentum in BirminghamJust after 10pm on a warm Friday evening Obayed Hussain stands outside the Aston Villa academy building, the North Stand of Villa Park lo…

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When women were forced to choose between faith and football | Shireen Ahmed

History tends to overlook the incredible contributions of women in football, which is why it is important to tell the story of Fifa’s hijab ban and those who helped overturn itFootball is full of incredible histories, many that remain undocumented and …

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Changing the game: Muslim women in Australian sport – in pictures

With increasing numbers of Muslim women participating in Australian sport – from amateur through to professional ranks – photographer Lisa Maree Williams caught up with some of those involved Continue reading…

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Fredi Kanouté: ‘Muslims have to prove they are not terrorists before talking’ | Paul Doyle

The former Sevilla and Mali striker is proud of his faith and would rather be known for working with orphans than his footballing achievements

Fredi Kanouté jokes that he has joined a rock band but none of the motley crew he is touring with claims to be a professional musician. Instead the former West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur and Sevilla striker shares stages around the world with extraordinary characters such as Emi Mahmoud, a former Darfur refugee and Poetry Slam world champion, and Dr Rouba Mhaissen, the economist and development activist ranked by Forbes magazine as one of the planet’s most influential people under 30.

Related: Skilled, determined and broke: Africa’s female football pioneers

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Nike’s Pro Hijab: a great leap into modest sportswear, but they’re not the first

Nike’s move to highlight the intensity and passion of veiled Muslim athletes speaks volumes in an age of renewed xenophobia, but it’s hardly groundbreaking

Two days before International Women’s Day, Nike unveiled its Pro Hijab and took a leap into modest sportswear. Nike, arguably the most influential sports company in the world, announced that the product, available in three colors, would be on sale in spring 2018.

The Pro Hijab is a collaboration between Muslim athletes in the Middle East – and the timing of Nike highlighting diversity in sport is impeccable. In an era where xenophobia seems to ring out as a norm, highlighting the intensity and passion of veiled Muslim athletes speaks volumes. But the modest sportswear industry is not a new one, and although the move is exciting, it’s hardly groundbreaking.

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Nike launches hijab for female Muslim athletes

US-based company becomes the first large sportswear brand to manufacture a performance hijabNike has taken another step into the lucrative Islamic clothing market by unveiling a hijab designed for female Muslim athletes.The product, which has been in d…

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Muhammad Ali knew he had a job to do on this planet – inspire people

Ali came to symbolise unapologetic resistance and provided a radical template for what constitutes black achievement

“In life, there’s the beginning and the end,” John Carlos, the black American Olympic medalist who raised his fist in a black power salute from the podium of the 1968 Olympic games, told me. “The beginning don’t matter. The end don’t matter. All that matters is what you do in between – whether you’re prepared to do what it takes to make change. There has to be physical and material sacrifice. When all the dust settles and we’re getting ready to play down for the ninth inning, the greatest reward is to know that you did your job when you were here on the planet.”

As tributes have poured in this weekend from world leaders and sporting figures, boxing fans and political activists following Muhammad Ali’s death, it’s clear that, from beginning to end, he understood he had a job to do while he was on the planet – inspire people.

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Shunned by white America, how Muhammad Ali found his voice on campus tour

The years after Ali refused to be drafted into the war were among his most formative, helping him discover allies he never knew he had

Time had sanitized the past. Portraits of Muhammad Ali’s activism in the wake of his death at 74 on Friday paint a picture of a fighter who helped change American culture with his refusal to be drafted into the US military but cannot explain how dire his situation actually was in 1967.

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From the Vietnam war to Islam – the key chapters in Ali’s life

Wherever the great dramas, triumphs and tragedies of a generation were, there was Muhammad Ali

Cassius Clay, as he was then, was not so much a fighter for peace as a peaceable fighter who needed a reason to fight – and Vietnam was not that reason. He might have feared he could serve in Vietnam when registered 1-A for the draft in 1962, but thought little of it. He was, as Muhammad Ali, reclassified in 1964 as mentally unfit for duty when he failed an IQ test.

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Muhammad Ali taught me to be proud of my skin and Muslim faith | Omar Musa

Just by being himself, the black boxer changed the life of a confused, spectacled half-Asian, half-white kid on the other side of the world

Once, when I was a child growing up in Australia, I got teased by another kid because I had brown skin. The kid told me my skin was the same colour as shit. I went home in tears and, for the only time in my life, I said to my parents that I wished I wasn’t brown.

My parents sat me down and told me to be proud of my skin and of being Muslim, even if other people put you down for it. I don’t know if it was connected but soon afterwards my dad began to show me tapes of a charismatic, handsome black boxer from America, a proto rapper who spat rhymes and cracked jokes, who drove a pink Cadillac, who stood up for his people and his convictions, all the while dancing on the canvas like no one before and no one to come.

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AFL and Collingwood condemn display of anti-Muslim banner during game

Magpies boss Eddie McGuire calls for lifetime bans on those responsible for putting up the sign during the match against Richmond Tigers

The AFL and Collingwood have condemned the display of an anti-Islam banner at Friday night’s match between the Magpies and Richmond.

Collingwood wants to ban those responsible for the offensive banner that was raised at the MCG during the game.
The sign, adorned with “UPF” logos and which read “Stop the mosques”, was displayed near the scoreboard at the city end of the ground at half-time.
The banner, which also said “Go Pies”, drew swift condemnation from the Collingwood president, Eddie McGuire, who promised bans if the culprits were found to have any official connection with the club.

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Hakeem Olajuwon: NBA’s most famous Muslim has faith US won’t elect Trump

The former Rockets superstar reflects on his glory days in Houston and explains why he’s not worried about a potential Donald Trump presidency

Hakeem Olajuwon has heard a lot about Donald Trump lately. How could he not? The NBA’s most famous Muslim player has been besieged with Trump’s message and the constant suggestion from the Republican presidential frontrunner that the US should ban Muslims from entering the country.

Naturally, Trump’s words frustrate him, and yet he will not worry about a possible Trump presidency. Not because of anything Trump might do, but because of the faith he has in the country of which he became a citizen 23 years ago on Saturday.

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Hakeem Olajuwon: how Ramadan helped me play better basketball – video

Hakeem Olajuwon finished his basketball career in 2002 as a two-time NBA champion, 12-time All Star, Olympic gold medal winner and the league’s all-time leader in blocks with 3,830. He explains how he mastered the ‘dream shake’; his journey from starting basketball at 17 in Nigeria to the University of Houston in six months; and why his game improved during Ramadan

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