Muslim athletes celebrate Eid al-Fitr on social media

Eid al-Fitr is the annual celebration marking the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting. As a convert to Islam who grew up in the U.S., I would compare the atmosphere of Eid al-Fitr to that of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, with a Thanksgiving feast thrown on top.

Although this year’s Eid was met with its usual excitement and optimism for the year ahead until the next Ramadan, there were also heavy hearts around the Muslim world.

As Ramadan came to a close this week, suicide bombers carried out attacks near Al-Masjid an-Nabawi in Medina, Saudi Arabia — also known as the Prophet’s Mosque because it was built by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Not including the perpetrators, four people were killed. And earlier this week in Baghdad, Iraq, another bomb struck a predominantly Muslim city as innocent civilians prepared for Eid. The death toll in the Baghdad attack stands at 250.

In the wake of these tragedies, Muslim athletes from a variety of sports and countries shared prayers and well-wishes for the ummah during the holiday:

Amna Al Haddad — Weightlifting — United Arab Emirates

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Aly Ghazal — Soccer (Portugal’s Primeira Liga) — Egypt

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Kurt Zouma — Soccer (England’s Premier League) — France

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Abdul-Malik Abu — Basketball (NCAA, North Carolina State) — USA

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Mo Farah — Track & Field — Great Britain

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Arda Turan — Soccer (Spain’s La Liga) — Turkey

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Ruqsana Begum — Kickboxing, Muay Thai — Great Britain

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Amir Khan — Boxing — Great Britain

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Andre Ayew — Soccer (England’s Premier League) — Ghana

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Edin Dzeko — Soccer (Italy’s Serie A) — Bosnia & Herzegovina

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Fatau Dauda — Soccer (Ghana’s Premier League) — Ghana

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Felix Sturm — Boxing — Germany

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Hajra Khan — Soccer (Maldives’ Dhivehi League) — Pakistan

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Ahmed Hassan Kouka — Soccer (Portugal’s Primeira Liga) — Egypt

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Hedo Turkoglu — Basketball (retired NBA) — Turkey

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Husain Abdullah — Football (retired NFL) — USA

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Karim Benzema — Soccer (Spain’s La Liga) — France

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Karl Dargan — Boxing — USA

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Marco Huck — Boxing — Germany

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Mehmet Okur — Basketball (retired NBA) — Turkey

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Mesut Ozil — Soccer (England’s Premier League) — Germany

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Khabib Nurmagomedov — Mixed Martial Arts — Russia

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Moeen Ali — Cricket — England

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Mohamed Elneny — Soccer (England’s Premier League) — Egypt

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Mohamed Salah — Soccer (Italy’s Serie A) — Egypt

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Muhammad Wilkerson — Football (NFL) — USA

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Mohamed Sanu — Football (NFL) — USA

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Nour El Sherbini — Squash — Egypt

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Razak Brimah — Soccer (Spain’s La Liga 2) — Ghana

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Ryan Harris — Football (NFL) — USA

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Sonny Bill Williams — Rugby, Boxing — New Zealand

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Wakaso Mubarak — Soccer (Russia’s Premier League) — Ghana

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Yaya Toure — Soccer (England’s Premier League) — Ivory Coast

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GLOSSARY OF TERMS

Eid al-Fitr — A Muslim holiday celebrating the end of Ramadan.

Ramadan — the holy month of prescribed fasting for Muslims. It was during this month that the Quranic revelations began. Fasting during Ramadan is the fourth of Islam’s five pillars.

Eid Mubarak — “Blessed Eid”

Ummah — Arabic for “community.” The global Muslim community is often referred to as the Muslim ummah, or the ummah of Islam.

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