The holy month of Ramadan is one of beautiful struggle for Muslims around the world. Through the rigors of fasting during the daylight hours, one can gain strength of character. Through whatever challenges arise in praying and reading the Quran more often than usual, one can gain knowledge and perspective.
It is also a time when the Muslim community comes together more regularly, whether it is to gather for iftar meals at the mosque to break the fast, or nightly taraweeh prayer meetings in addition to the customary five daily prayers.
To mark the beginning of Ramadan this week, Muslim athletes from a variety of sports around the world spoke out on social media:
Ibtihaj Muhammad — Fencing — United States
Usman Khawaja — Cricket — Pakistan
Hamza Abdullah — NFL (retired) — United States
Mamadou Ndiaye — Basketball (NBA D-League) — Senegal
Khabib Nurmagomedov — Mixed Martial Arts (UFC) — Russia
Kurt Zouma — Soccer (Premier League) — France
Sami Zayn — Pro Wrestling (WWE) — Canada
Mustafa Ali — Pro Wrestling (WWE) — United States
Shahid Afridi — Cricket — Pakistan
Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir — Basketball — United States
Ryan Harris — NFL (retired) — United States
Sonny Bill Williams — Rugby/Boxing — New Zealand
Shkodran Mustafi — Soccer (Premier League) — Germany