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October 28, 2004

Two Stories

Yeah yeah, I’m being pretty cheap when I’m pasting two stories of the internet. But I think they’re well worth the read.

The first one is about Andrea Armstrong, the basketball player who got kicked off the team because she wanted to wear hijab. Unfortunately, she left Islam and reverted back to her original Christian faith. I guess it goes without saying that she’s off my list of women I give mad props to… though I hope she sees the truth again and becomes a Muslim for the long run one day.

The second story is about Saleem Rasheed, a linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers, who was featured in Sports Illustrated in an article wherein he talked about fasting during Ramadan and playing. It was such a moving article that I had to paste it here. What a stud. Mashallah, has the beard too. PROPS to Hisham for finding this… I took this off his Xanga and now he’s whining about it. I forgot to mention that he found it when I originally posted this entry. Sorry Hisham. May Allah smoothen and soften your earlobes.

My Body

Fasting and Playing

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By Amanda Cherrin
  Saleem Rasheed
Saleem Rasheed has been fasting during Ramadan since he was 12 years old.
Michael Zagaris/Getty Images

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Saleem Rasheed is a devout Muslim — he prays five times each day — and with the holy month of Ramadan starting on Oct. 15, he is about to go four weeks without food or water during daylight hours. “It’s a cleansing process,” says Rasheed, 23, who has fasted during Ramadan since he was 12 and living in Birmingham. “I never feel better than I do during Ramadan because I’m focused. It teaches me self-restraint and discipline.”

The 6’2″, 229-pound Rasheed, in his third year out of Alabama, deals with the fasting by waking at 4:45 a.m. to eat protein-rich meals (eggs, sausage, pancakes) before dawn and having meat-and potatoes dinners after sundown. (“I have to be smart about my health, but at the same time I live within the etiquette,” he says. “During Ramadan you are supposed to eat as if you weren’t fasting.”) To guard against dehydration — there are no Gatorade breaks for him when the defense comes off — he “starts drinking water as soon as the sun goes down, and I’ll keep drinking throughout the night even if I’m not thirsty.”

Rasheed says fasting has never hindered his performance — but he does appreciate night games during Ramadan, such as the 49ers’ 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 game against the Bears, during which he’ll drink all he needs. “The coaches just ask me to be smart and do everything I can to keep myself healthy,” says Rasheed of his fasting. “They’ve all really respected my religious beliefs.”

Issue date: October 18, 2004

Fakhruddin Butt is my hero as well.


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  1. Anonymous permalink

    Where did you get that awesome story about that LB KR?Way to take my story and put it in a xanga that gets more hits a day than mine. At least site my xanga…Its too late youve disrespected my xanga beyond the lineMy ears are off limits to you

  2. Anonymous permalink

    Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barkatuahu
    Props to this guy.  But you gotta know Mohammed Hachad, star basketball player for Northwestern.  Coach won’t let him have something to eat during iftaar time to discourage him from fasting altogether.
    Practice everyday, what a hero.
    Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu

  3. This is true, I took the article from Hisham’s site.
    I forgot to mention that Hisham introduced me to the article.
    I love you Hisham. Please don’t take away your earlobes from me.

  4. Saleem Rasheed is a good guy.

  5. I can’t believe she went back to Christianity… damnit, I was bragging about her infront of a classmate in orgo…

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