Thursday, August 11, 2011

A better way to practice a sport during Ramadan

Coach Fouad Zaban directed his Fordson High School team through drills in the middle of the night. See full article for photo info


At Fordson High School, in the predominantly Muslim community of Dearborn, Mich., football practice is held at night during Ramadan.

They were boys like other boys in countless towns, taught that football was important, but not as important as family and faith. Fordson High School’s enrollment is more than 90 percent Muslim, and this week of two-a-day practices coincides with Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, when adherents refrain from eating and drinking during daylight hours.

For a second consecutive season, Coach Fouad Zaban has moved these grueling double practices to late night, from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. This allows players to break their fast at sunset, drink liquids and eat a light meal, practice in the relative cool of what has been a baking summer, then eat again before sunrise.

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Posted on Thursday 11 August 2011 by Connie L. Nash, USA Blogger/ Peace & Justice News

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