A video of Turkish footballers breaking fast amid the match has gone viral on social media. A bunch of Turkish footballers sat together to break their fast with water and dates.
A break was taken during the match after an injury occurred which coincided with the evening call to prayer (Maghrib) hence, players took the opportunity to break their fasts.
The video was shared by the Twitter account of the Turkish sports page, Ben Turkiye. A Muslim Twitter user from the UK also shared the video on his account that garnered immense attention from internet users in Pakistan and across the world.
Players received a lot of appreciation for fasting during a football match. Several social media users prayed for them and wished them success. Others discussed the possible health effects this may cause to players. A group of commentators asserted that engaging in intense physical activity like playing football matches during and immediately after fasting may cause possible damage to the health of prayers.
However, a small number of users objected to the players missing obligatory prayers while observing fasts. Nevertheless, advice poured in from the social media users for the management to reschedule the football matches after the fast for Muslim players who are observing obligatory fasts in the month of Ramadan.
The entire Muslim world welcomes the blessed month of Ramadan this week. With greetings pouring in from globally renowned figures including US President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden on Monday marked the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in the US.
“Jill and I send our warmest greetings and best wishes to Muslim communities in the United States and around the world. Ramadan Kareem,” said Biden in a statement.
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“As many of our fellow Americans begin fasting tomorrow, we are reminded of how difficult this year has been. In this pandemic, friends and loved ones cannot yet gather together in celebration and congregation, and far too many families will sit down for iftar with loved ones missing,” said the statement, referring to the meal eaten by Muslims after sunset during Ramadan.