Muslim Basketball: Taking over the court

The most popular jerseys on the basketball court in Parsippany, New Jersey on Saturday mornings do not read “New York,” “Brooklyn,” or “Bulls.” Instead, the black or white jerseys with big bold red letters display the logo of “Muslim Basketball.”

Worn by Muslims and non-Muslims alike, the reversible jerseys are the uniforms for players in a league called Muslim Basketball. What began as ordinary outdoor pick-up games in 2005 has grown into a nonprofit organization with three divisions, 28 teams and roughly 220 players.

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