As brothers Husain and Hamza Abdullah continue to make headlines for fasting while preparing for their NFL season, a high school football team is gaining attention as well. “Fordson” is a feature-length documentary film that follows four star Muslim football players from a high school in Dearborn, Mich., as they prepare for their season during the month of Ramadan.
By now many of us have seen the recent Leonardo DiCaprio film “Inception” and left the theater chattering about the dream world created in the movie. What did the ending mean? Do we naturally dream ideas into our subconscious that affect our lives? And how powerful are these dreamed perceptions? Well, Inception for Muslims and many others isn’t just make believe. It likely happened at a mosque near you, although probably in a less dramatic fashion.
IN THE NEWS: If you saw Yahoo.com today, safety Husain Abdullah might have crept onto your screen like he does in pass coverage. This time, he is bringing Islam positive coverage as he made it known that he will be fasting during the NFL Pre-Season and the beginning of the regular season on Sept. 9th when the Abdullah’s Vikings play the New Orleans Saints.
Rarely have Pakistan and India been described as dynamic together. Yet, both countries have provided us with a dynamic duo in men’s tennis doubles that is challenging the top-seeds deep into tournaments. The pair is an example of the positive results that can be achieved through interfaith partnerships.
Recently, Muslim clerics banned the wearing of Manchester United’s jerseys in Malaysia because they consider the team’s red devil mascot to be un-Islamic. But why take a stand on a logo, when some teams’ jerseys have beer ads plastered across their fronts?
IN THE NEWS: Lights, camera, Allahu Akbar! A new reality show is dominating the airwaves in Malaysia. No, it’s not about finding the next big pop star, or a soul-mate, or a best friend for the country’s biggest z-list celebrity. The show, called “Imam Muda”, pits young Malaysian men against each other in a battle royale to showcase their prowess and knowledge of Islam. Cash, a new car, a scholarship to study Islam in Saudi Arabia, and an all expenses paid Hajj await the winner, in addition to a job as an imam.
When Zinedine Zidane infamously bowed out of the international game in 2002, world football not only lost one of its best players in history, but also one of the Muslim world’s biggest stars. Since then, no player has stepped up to earn the same veneration as the French icon. However, a lot can change in four years, and in that time a country that has a history of xenophia has produced our new poster boy: Mesut Ozil.
Maybe you saw him play Raza in “Iron Man.” Perhaps you caught him as Captain Robau in “Star Trek.” And all you girls out there that are thinking “Eww, I don’t watch action movies?” Well… he’s conquered your world too, as a guest star this past season on “Grey’s Anatomy.” His name is Faran Tahir, a 47-year-old Pakistani-American who’s been in the acting game for decades and is proof that you don’t always have to go to the doctor-lawyer-engineer-banker route to be successful.
Ahmednasir Sheikh, Abdifatah Musse and Hamse Abdule are three of many African Muslims on the St. Cloud Apollo High School soccer team located in Minnesota. About a half a year ago, at their road games during the season, they heard racial taunts, which not only surprised them, but their non-Muslim teammates as well. [...]
Put a ball on the grass in front of two men, one from South Africa, the other from Mexico, and it won’t matter what language they speak, because they’ll understand each other just fine. That’s because soccer is spoken fluently in nearly every country on the planet. On Friday, the 2010 World Cup begins, and the 32 competing teams will be the talk of the town/ville/ciudad/stadt. And that’s a good thing, because focusing on soccer for next four weeks is what we need right now.
Did you know who Rima Fakih was on May 15th? That’s okay, neither did I. Fast forward 48 hours and suddenly it seemed like everyone had something to say about the newly crowned Miss USA 2010 from Dearborn, Michigan. Just like the media, my Facebook news feed had a spectrum of opinions from Muslims, with one saying “RIP modesty,” and some suggesting she is not Muslim at all. Ultimately, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but Rima Fakih’s sash said “Michigan” and not “Islam.”
After being disqualified from competing in an inaugural six-nation youth Olympics for girls this year, Iran has reportedly had its ban lifted by FIFA and will compete in Singapore from August 12 to 25. The reason for disqualification was a result of a simple FIFA rule prohibiting compulsory team equipment of religious significance, like hijabs. Other Muslim athletes have competed in hijabs before, like Bahrain’s Olympic sprinter Ruqaya Al Ghasara.
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