Muslim Somali Basketball Player Breaks the Internet With Incredible Dribbling Skills

A video of Muslim Somali basketball player Jamad Fiin showing off her dribbling skills went viral on Twitter, gaining over a million views in a day.

How y’all think I did?😭🤔 pic.twitter.com/wOQa4UfLHt

— jamad (@Jamaaad) February 18, 2020

Fiin shared her video on her TikTok, Twitter and Instagram accounts. It shows her demonstrating her impressive dribbling skills, including a crossover and dribbling with her feet, over an instrumental version of Megan Thee Stallion's "Sex Talk."

"How y'all think I did?" Jamad wrote in her tweet along with the video.

Fiin is a sophomore at Boston's Emmanuel College, a Division 3 school, where she's a guard for the school's basketball team. Before Emmanuel, she played at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. As a freshman, she finished the season with 135 points and 58 rebounds.

Many people on Twitter admired Fiin's ball-handling skills. The video was shared by a number of sports-oriented Twitter accounts, including Overtime and the Bleacher Report. The video has been viewed over 2.3 million times, retweeted nearly 10,000 times and liked by over 57,800 people as of 9:33 a.m. EST.

"I could watch this all day," one Twitter user wrote. Another doubted that her male classmates could do the same thing that Fiin does. "Shawty dope with the handles," another wrote. Another person likened the video to the video game NBA Street V3.

Wow i could watch this all day and I think I will. Just need some coffee. https://t.co/eYbYhnq5EL

— Jane Sellman (@WordGirlSam) February 19, 2020

bet my guy classmates cant do this https://t.co/8QLftmWm07

— bustedbread_. (@iisabaela2) February 19, 2020

Shawty dope with the handles ❤ https://t.co/fqDB658Keg

— Soy Una Reina ❤ (@SoyUnaReina6) February 19, 2020

Others called on other NBA players to respond to Fiin's video, including . "Why are you posting this on Twitter when the Lakers need a guard asap?" one person tweeted.

why are you posting this on Twitter when the Lakers need a guard asap??? https://t.co/AjXz1YDXuw

— Louis Pavlakos (@louispavlakos) February 19, 2020

Despite the video's popularity, it has stirred some controversy, with many people on Twitter dubbing Fiin "Allah Iverson" because of her headscarf. Some have given her other nicknames like "Mecca Jordan" and "Muslim Johnson." One Twitter user wrote that he hopes Fiin will be in the WNBA someday, but he found the nickname offensive.

"It's not even 8:00 in the morning yet & Allah iverson is trending worldwide on Twitter. I love the video but i don't know how I feel about dubbing her with that name," he wrote. "Highkey offensive. I said what I said. Don't @ me."

When I saw ‘Allah Iverson’ trending I thought AI had converted and changed his name.

Someone rlse called her ‘Mecca Jordan.’

What y’all think about ‘Muslim Johnson?’ pic.twitter.com/3wMeo3pakg

— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) February 19, 2020

It’s not even 8:00 in the morning yet & Allah iverson is trending worldwide on Twitter. I love the video but i don’t know how I feel about dubbing her with that name 😭 highkey offensive. I said what I said. Don’t @ me.

ps- @Jamaaad I hope to see you play in the WNBA 1 day 🙏🏼🙌 https://t.co/4VeN8GQn3d

— Tony Garcia (@thelifedream420) February 19, 2020

Muslim sportswriter Mohammad Islam also tweeted that the nickname was offensive.

"It is inappropriate," he wrote, responding to a tweet asking if the name was offensive. "Muslims take their religion seriously and Shirk is one of the highest crimes in the faith. To have a nickname like that would be offensive to her and fellow Muslims." In Islam, Shirk refers to idolatry, polytheism and the association of God with other deities.

Fiin did not immediately respond to Newsweek's requests for comment via email, Facebook message and Instagram direct message.

Allen Iverson
Allen Iverson of the Philadelphia 76ers during a game against the New York Knicks on November 26, 2005. Somali Jamad Fiin's playing skills have been compared to Iverson's. Nick Laham/Getty