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US Local Muslim Footballers Prefer Fasting

Published: 03/07/2014 03:47:38 AM GMT
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DEARBORN – Amid increasing debates on Ramadan fasting and Muslim players in different international teams competing for their countries in the ongoing World Cup Brazil 2014, local Muslim players from Dearborn have asserted that fasting helps them to focus more on their games. “It makes you more durable — you can play in any kind of con...(more)

DEARBORN – Amid increasing debates on Ramadan fasting and Muslim players in different international teams competing for their countries in the ongoing World Cup Brazil 2014, local Muslim players from Dearborn have asserted that fasting helps them to focus more on their games.

“It makes you more durable — you can play in any kind of condition,” Kamal Saeed, a Dearborn-based footballer told CBS Detroit on Monday, June 30.

“You don’t need water, you can get through stuff. It allows you to be clutch — you can do more stuff.”

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Muslims around the world started fasting this week the holy month of Ramadan.

In Ramadan, adult Muslims, save the sick and those traveling, abstain from food, drink, smoking and sex between dawn and sunset.

Muslims dedicate their time during the holy month to be closer to Allah through prayers, self-restraint and good deeds.

Abstaining from food and water from dawn to dusk, Muslim players in different World Cup teams have been facing a shower of questions about the holy month and whether they will observe it or no.

Yet, the case was different in Dearborn.

Earlier this week, the Michigan Yemen Sports Association’s adult team beat a non-Muslim team though they were fasting.

At a Lapeer Park pick-up game, players said lack of food and water actually helps them score.

“You don’t think about water breaks, you don’t think about anything,” Bassam Alsay said, adding that the fast creates an intense focus and kicking the ball becomes easier.

“You have one straight path and that’s what you want to think — go straight, don’t think of the breaks, don’t think of anything.”

The Muslim footballer added that to quench their thirst they used to dump a bucket of ice water over his head.

“When you don’t think about it, you get over it. It’s not hard at all,” Alsay said.

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