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After taking on FIBA to successfully overturn the hijab ban in 2017, Bilqis continues to inspire young girls to continue their passions and keep strong despite challenges that they face. 2018 saw the release of her film, Life without Basketball, and she hold camps regularly and speaks about her journey in the most moving of ways. Her career as a pro may be over but she’s using her journey to continue to inspire others. “I need to stand up for the girls who are going to come after me”, Abdul-Qaadir said.