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Challenges and Choices During Ramadan

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Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan (right) is a Muslim, and obviously a tennis player. Being Muslim, and trying to be faithful during the Islamic holy month can be extremely taxing if one is an athlete.

Sports, even for the novice or the weekend warrior, can be very stressful, straining, and draining. Now, imagine having to fast from dawn until dusk, from sunup until sundown. Think you could handle that?

Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Repetition of a daily creed, daily prayers, tithing, and Hajj (the pilgrimage) are the other four pillars.

The subtitle links to the New York Times article that better describes Qureshi’s observance of Ramadan. Also included are a few quotes from other athletes, most notable perhaps is Hakeem Olajuwan discussion of his experiences while playing in the NBA.

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