World Bulletin / News Desk
Two National Football League (NFL) American Muslim brothers, Husain and Hamza Abdullah, “voluntarily” sacrificed millions of dollars when they decided to take an absence leave to head to Mecca.
The two players felt the urgent need to head to Mecca for the annual Hajj pilgrimage “not only to seek greater spiritual fulfillment, but also to nurture a greater tolerance of their Islamic faith,” the U.S.-based television network NBC reported.
When NBC’s correspondent Mary Carillo asked Husain, 27, why did he take decide to go on a trip to Mecca in 2012, he said “it is a long story…Last year, there was a tug war inside in my heart in my soul…something was just drastically missing.”
“We’ve been playing football since we were 8 years old,” Husain told Carillo.
“There’s more to life than this” he said, adding that he and Hamza, 29, felt the same towards deeply needing to do something beyond playing football.
Muslim individuals and companies in the UK are having their HSBC accounts closed for no reason.
Buddhist Nationalist circles called for a boycott of Ooredoo amid a wave of anti-Muslim hate speech.
Cham Muslim minority believed to have come to Cambodia from ancient kingdom of Champa in what is now Vietnam centuries ago.
Muslims currently account for between 5 and 12 percent of the country's total population of roughly 14.2 million.
Celebratory gunfire heard across Mindanao island following sighting of crescent marking end of Ramadan month of fasting
Muslims performed prayers at open grounds and parks that were filled with worshippers donning white attire.
President of the Addis Ababa Islamic Affairs Supreme Council called on the faithful to pursue peace in the country, blaming "foreign elements" and "non-Muslims" for recent clashes between Muslim protesters and police in the Ethiopian capital.
An ongoing Israeli offensive on the blockaded Gaza Strip also dominated the Muslim prayer
Addressing worshippers at the Al Zarah playground in Juba, Sheikh Juma Said Ali, the chairperson of Central Equatoria Muslim Council, called for peace and stability in South Sudan.
In the main sermon at Cairo's Al-Azhar mosque, the preacher called for supporting the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip
Saleh and incumbent President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi performed the prayer at the Al-Saleh mosque in the capital Sanaa.
Commodity price hikes in Juba have been exacerbated by the looming Muslim Eid holiday, local traders and shoppers say
Five countries – Oman, Morocco, Gabon, Tanzania and Azerbaijan - have so far announced that Eid al-Fitr will start on Tuesday
The feast is due to start on Monday in Gaza as well as in some other Islamic countries
Monday has been declared a national holiday by the Interior Ministry
The confusion was set earlier Saturday when JNI spokesman Khalid Abubakar said in a statement that Sunday could mark the start of Eid al-Fitr if the new moon was sighted.