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(RNS) Ramadan will be a critical testing time for Muslim World Cup players who need to be in peak condition to meet the demands of the game during the knockout matches.


  1. I wonder if there is any movement to plan events like the World Cup and the Olympics at other times in the future. With so many Muslim athletes and countries involved, this would seem to be considerate, if at all possible. To be honest, it surprises me that the organizers of these events have not already thought of this.

    • The world cup of soccer is played once every four years in the interim rest period between the finish and start of the European season – where the majority of the players in the world cup ply their trade. So there is not a lot of flexibility in its timing. Secondly, the month of Ramadan is based on the lunar calendar and so its timing shifts slightly each year anyway. And thirdly, unless Muslims were a clear majority, and because of this the tournament itself was impacted, I think it’s unfair to consider allowances for one group and not others.

  2. Assalamalaikum to you all. I played soccer while fasting and who ever can do this is even more greater in this world cup games.

  3. My fav players are Shaqiri, RVP, Ozil, Khedira. Also Lukaku and many more. Go Robben! Go and win the Player of the tournament!

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  5. fasting is compulsory to any adult muslim men and women with sane mind, except the sick, travellers. Women giving birth, women in period, pregnanty and breast feeding if they fear for their children, but they have to fast back for the missed days during the year before the other Ramadan started, i my self use to play soccer while i was fasting, it was also in the afternoon.

  6. Ramadan is amazing while fasting my friend captain tony wahab flies international routes and it is very tiring but wahab flies while being fasting and its truly amazing

  7. An interesting article very relevant