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Ramadan Dilemma for World Cup Muslims

July 6, 2014
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Soccer and ramadanThe 2014 World Cup is the championship of soccer. Teams from around the world play for this trophy. It is the dream of many players to participate. The World Cup is a global stage for these players. It is a lifetime achievement. This is why the players play with so much passion.

Islam is  a major religion. There are over a billion Muslims in the world today. Many of the world’s soccer players are Muslim. Countries such as France, Algeria and Nigeria all have Muslim soccer players. Normally, this would not be a problem. However, Ramadan takes place between June 28 and July 28 this year. The World Cup is at the same time as Ramadan.

Ramadan is one of the pillars of Islam. Muslims cannot drink or eat during the day. This is an issue for soccer players. They must drink water during games. Otherwise, they will not play as well as the other team. Should the players drink water or follow their religion?

Many players don’t fast on the day of the game. Instead, they fast after their competitions. The players in the World Cup are used to this problem because they play for club teams as well. Some players choose to fast, and some choose not to. There are some exceptions to Ramadan. One of these exceptions is for those who are traveling. It is this exception that many players use.

Islam does not have a single leader in its religion. Therefore, many different leaders can issue different opinions. The leaders argue whether World Cup players must accept Ramadan or if they can delay it. At the end of the day, it is up to the players.

Source: The Boston Globe  June 28, 2014

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