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Muslim footballers allowed to eat during Ramadan
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Muslim footballers allowed to eat during Ramadan

Published: 03 Aug 2011 14:47 GMT+02:00
Updated: 03 Aug 2011 14:47 GMT+02:00

The Central Council of Muslims said it was advising professional football players in Germany that they need not fast during Islam's holy month of Ramadan ahead of the regular season resuming Friday.

"The professional player can make up the fasting days during periods when there is no match and in that way show his respect for God and the holy month of Ramadan," council president Aiman Mazyek said in a statement.

During Ramadan, observant Muslims fast from dawn to dusk. Several Bundesliga players are Muslim, including many players of Turkish origin and Bayern Munich's French international Franck Ribery.

A dispute over the issue in Germany began when the second-division team FSV Frankfurt gave three Muslim players an official warning in October 2009 for fasting during Ramadan and failing to inform their managers.

The German Football Federation (DFB) reached an agreement with Muslim leaders on fasting in 2010, allowing players to respect one of the five pillars of Islam while fulfilling their professional obligations.

The council had initiated talks with the country's leading professional football associations last year and sought the advice of Islamic scholars to resolve the issue.

The Al-Azhar University in Cairo concluded that an exception to the strict Ramadan fasting rules could be made for professional players so their performance would not be compromised.

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15:15 August 3, 2011 by mshameemahmed
¦quot;And as for those who can fast with difficulty, (e.g. an old man), they have (a choice either to fast or) to feed a Miskeen (poor person) (for every day). But whoever does good of his own accord, it is better for him. And that you fast is better for you if only you know¦quot;

[al-Baqarah 2:184]

¦quot;for its expiation (a deliberate oath) feed ten Masaakeen (poor persons), on a scale of the average of that with which you feed your own families, or clothe them or manumit a slave. But whosoever cannot afford (that), then he should fast for three days. That is the expiation for the oaths when you have sworn. And protect your oaths (i.e. do not swear much). Thus Allaah makes clear to you His Ayaat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) that you may be grateful¦quot;

[al-Maa¦#39;idah 5:89]
06:34 August 6, 2011 by abdalwasey
"O ye who believe! fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you so that you may attain taqwa." (Al Baqarah: 183)

Allah has made fasting the month of Ramadan obligatory upon every adult, sane, settled (i.e., not travelling) Muslim who is able to fast and has nothing such as hayd [menstruation] or nifaas [postnatal bleeding] to prevent him or her from doing so.

Those who says it is allowed for the fotballers not to fast are ignorant of the deen of Allah.They are trying to create a new version of islam a european islam, which is compatible with the europeans and thier values.

We muslims reject this non sense. My request to fotballers stick to your Deen, it is far better choice...............
12:29 August 17, 2011 by gtappend
"They are trying to create a new version of islam a european islam, which is compatible with the europeans and thier values. "

I believe that's called "integration".
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