Watch here “Life Without Basketball” a movie trailer about a Somali basketball player Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir.

Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir broke records and barriers on her way to become the first Division I basketball player to play wearing hijab.


When a controversial ruling ends her chances at playing professionally, she re-examines her faith and identity as a Muslim American.
Watch here the Movie Trailer 

About Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir

Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir (born 11 November 1990) is a female Muslim American collegiate basketball player for the University of Memphis. She began playing varsity basketball in high school when she was an eighth grader and played for five years. She is notable for playing basketball while being completely covered showing no skin, except for her hands, and while wearing a hijab – a head-dress for Muslim women.

Not only is she successful on the court, but she is also successful in the classroom, in which she is an honor student. She had a very successful high school career, scoring over 3000 points, breaking both male and female scoring records in Massachusetts. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in health and human performance/exercise science from the University of Memphis.

She finished up her college basketball career at Indiana State University, where she is currently the Graduate Assistant with Indiana State’s Women’s Basketball team and is completing her master’s degree in coaching.

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