Category Archives: Ramadhan

This is something I choose to do

Vikings safety Husain Abdullah awaits Ramadan fast

Husain Abdullah Minnesota Vikings

By DAVE CAMPBELL,

AP Sports Writer Aug 8, 4:10 pm EDT

MANKATO, Minn. (AP)—Husain Abdullah is approaching his most challenging month of the football season.

That’s when the Minnesota Vikings backup safety observes Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting and prayer. As a practicing Muslim, Abdullah will not eat or drink at all during daylight hours for the 30-day period that begins Wednesday.

Even while sprinting in the heat and humidity during drills, sometimes in full pads, Abdullah is adamant about his faith. He will not allow himself so much as a cup of water until the sun sets and before it rises.

I’m putting nothing before God, nothing before my religion,” Abdullah said. “This is something I choose to do, not something I have to do. So I’m always going to fast.

This time, the Vikings will be better able to help him handle the lack of nourishment.

“Last year it occurred in early September, and we saw a dip in his performance,” coach Brad Childress said. “We said, ‘What’s wrong with Husain Abdullah? It doesn’t seem like he has enough spunk.”’

Abdullah worked recently with the team’s nutritionist on a meal and hydration plan to make sure he gets enough calories to maintain his energy, stamina and health in the coming weeks. He’ll eat a big breakfast and a big dinner, when it’s dark of course, and get up in the middle of the night to take a protein shake.

“I think we have our arms around it now and know when he is going to wake up and when he is going to eat and what we can pack on him before the sun comes up,” Childress said. “Last year he was shouldering it all by himself. He is playing well. He is a good special teams player. He’s interchangeable and can be in the emergency nickel situation because he is a smart guy. He’s got great football instincts. He is a guy you pull for.”

Abdullah insisted a back and hip injury last year was more a factor in his struggles than the fasting.

“I couldn’t bend. I couldn’t run, and I really wasn’t the same player,” said Abdullah, who played in all 16 games as an undrafted rookie out of Washington State in 2008 and led the Vikings with 24 special teams tackles.

This year, he’s had a strong training camp, giving the Vikings confidence in their depth at safety behind incumbent starters Madieu Williams and Tyrell Johnson. Jamarca Sanford is also getting a serious audition.

Fasting is a rare practice in pro sports, since proper nourishment is critical to optimum performance, but it’s not unprecedented.

Abdullah’s older brother, Hamza, plays in the NFL—an Arizona Cardinals safety—and plans to abstain from daytime food and drink during the holiday.

Former NBA star Hakeem Olajuwon also observed. When the Houston Rockets had an afternoon tip-off or a grueling practice during Ramadan, he was often panting in thirst.

I find myself full of energy, explosive,” Olajuwon would say, according to a biography posted on NBA.com. “And when I break the fast at sunset, the taste of water is so precious.

Last month, however, an Islamic organization and German soccer officials determined that a Muslim player may break his fast for matches during Ramadan. They decided a player may do so if he is obliged to perform under a contract that is his only source of income and if fasting harms his performance.

Abdullah has been encouraging teammates, trainers and coaches to join him in the discipline. Childress passed, but head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman agreed to fast for a day or two.

“Some people are going. Some people are kind of reluctant to sign up for it,” Abdullah said. “They’re like, ‘Ah, maybe I’ll just drink something.”

Abdullah grew up in Pomona, Calif., with seven brothers and four sisters and has observed Ramadan since he was 7. It’s a time he looks forward to, not dreads.

“I used to kind of keep it to myself,” he said. “But now I’m actually excited that Islam is getting some positive attention.”

Source: http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ap-vikings-abdullahsfast

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I’ve been wanting to share this article since a few weeks back but old age has crept up on me and I keep on forgetting. It’s always encouraging to read news like this from time to time. Putting yesterday’s torturous afternoon cycle in perspective, it is nothing compared to what these Muslim pros have to go through daily in their training.

So to all other like-minded fitness and health advocates, let’s continue to run, cycle or perform any other exercises during these last few weeks of Ramadhan. May Allah grant us that extra strength.

🙂

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15th Day Ramadhan – The Inconvenient Truth ~Updated~

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park


20.13 km

1hr 12m 02s

16.77 km/hr

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/sg/singapore/405128273645785706

Sportypal: http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/584744

Level 2 Day 2

5 rounds for time = 0m 00s
3 pull-ups
8 push-ups
13 squats

Supplementary Exercises:

Crunches: 20 X 3

Back Extensions: 20 X 3

Notes:

The Son asked, “Ayah, Faisal nampak kurus tak?”

The Father replied, “Tak lah. Maybe sikit jer lah.”

😦

The afternoon cycle was a killer. I was totally dehydrated and there was no power at all from my legs. I was just wishing for it to be over and done with as quickly as the wind blows. If not for the finger-licking bone steak a.k.a sup tulang merah, that my mum has cooked for breakingfast, and the thought of all the calories I will stuffing myself with, I would not have done the ride.

The feeling sucks. Pardon my French.

Strength training after terawih tonight.

Come on Faisal!!!

Update:

Strength workout done. Phew! Omitted the squats due to precautionary measures. Will test the left knee again and hopefully can resume doing squats next week.

Now MAKAN time! Pulut kuning and its assorted dishes and bone steak are waiting.

Adios!

😛


15th Day Ramadhan – I Heart Pasir Ris Park

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park

22.02 km

1hr 11m 54s

18.38 km/hr

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/sg/singapore/975128269877235045

Sportypal: http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/583984

Notes:

I love Pasir Ris Park and its beach too.

It’s so serene and the view is just magnificent with the lush coconut trees swaying in rythmic motion.

The cool sea breeze always bring respite from the scorching heat and I love seeing the elderlies doing their exercise there. Be it cycling, running or even walking. Even some taichi too.

I hope to be like them when I grow old.

Anyway I’ve slowly regained my cycling strength as I don’t feel as tired as when I just started out during early Ramadhan.

Alhamdulillah.

Oh Allah, if only I can have a partner to go cycling or running with. Make it a lady if possible.

😛

I Heart You


14th Day Ramadhan – Still Fat

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park Connector

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/sg/singapore/618128261105945591

Sportypal: http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/581066

Notes:

I am still fat.

Does that help?

Nah.

Basically I can still feel some niggling discomfort on my left knee at the exact same spot that gave me problems when doing my squats a.k.a ketuk ketampi. It’s not a major pain or shall I say it’s not painful at all. There isn’t even any trace of pain.

But I decide to play it safe and not push too hard and will temporarily halt any squats exercise in the Simplefit program. I will thus replace it by performing step-ups or box-jumps. We’ll see how it goes.

Alright I’m pretty deadbeat after yesterday’s trip to Johor Baru yesterday night to make myself a pair of spanking new spectacles for Raya though I’m not in the mood at all for it. Haha. And If time permits, a round of cycling in the afternoon.

Sleep now. Don’t be jealous you working adults you.

😛

p/s: How to make somebody talk again?


10 Hari Ramadhan – Semakin Ramai Yang Jatuh Sakit

Peringkat 2 Hari 3

Masa Diambil = 7m 14s
13 tarik-atas
26 tolak-atas
26 ketuk-ketampi

Latihan Tambahan:

Duduk atas: 20 X 3

Latihan belakang: 20 X 3

Nota:

Setelah terpengaruh dengan tindakan yang diambil oleh Kooky Kash yang telah menulis menggunakan Bahasa Melayu di halaman blognya, saya juga ingin mengambil kesempatan ini untuk sama-sama meniru beliau. Tidakkah meniru itu salah satu cara penghargaan yang terbaik?

😛

Mengenai tajuk kali ini, saya perhati yang semakin ramai jemaah terawih di kolong blok saya yang mula menunjukkan tanda-tanda ingin jatuh sakit. Ketika imam sedang membaca surah, telah kedengaran bunyi batuk, bersin dan menghembus hingus dan sewaktu dengannya. Ini mungkin disebabkan oleh cuaca yang tidak menentu. Kadang-kala panas terik dan kadang-kala hujan kucing dan anjing seperti hari ini.

Justeru diingatkan supaya jangan lupa untuk mengambil Vitamin C yang secukupnya atau juga limau dan oren dan perbanyakkan minum air.

Badan sihat, hidup bahagia.

Senaman malam ini sangatlah susah dan begitu payah untuk melengkapkan latihan tarik atas. Saya juga terasa sikit kegenjontan di lutut kiri saya. Hmm…

Dan untuk meniru slogan yang selalu dimainkan di RTM 1: Majulah sukan untuk negara!

Jalan-jalan ke Pasar Ramadhan,

ternampak murtabak sungguh menyelerakan,

bulan puasa ibadat ditingkatkan,

senaman pula jangan ditinggalkan.

Ewah!

🙂


9th Day Ramadhan – Unleashing The Dragon

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park

18.36 km

1hr 07m 07s

16.42 km/hr

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/sg/singapore/867128221743730255

Sportypal: http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/567075

Notes:

Went for a quick ride before breakingfast.

It was necessary to burn that extra calories as my dear mother has cooked nasi lemak for the family.

Well you can’t say no to your own mum’s cooking right?

😛

Anyway along the way to Pasir Ris Park, I met this prehistoric lizard having his afternoon sun tan.

D is for Dragon

No it's G for Godzilla

What are you guys arguing about? It's too hot. I'm taking a break under the bridge.


9th Day Ramadhan – Oh My!

Tampines – Pasir Ris Park Connector

5.03km

39m 13s

07:47 min/km

Mapmyrun: http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/sg/singapore/570128217908710698

Sportypal: http://www.sportypal.com/Workouts/Details/566254

Notes:

Alhamdulillah I finally managed to dip below the 40mins mark again.

Although I was pretty apprehensive about today’s morning run due to the workout I did last night, I surprisingly felt fresh and fit just now and I managed to push the pace a little bit faster.

But, sorry to say, I am very very thirsty now. Maybe not enough hydration yesterday night and during sahur this early morning. Lesson learned.

Oh my!

Well have to just suck it in for another 10 hours or so.

Pray for me.

🙂