Already love these brothers for the sake of Allah, remember this post? Well now these brothers have made such a big decision mash’Allah, seriously increases my love for them. They decided to put a hold on their NFL career and set out to do hajj mash’Allah! This stuff takes a lot of guts and fear of Allah. Seriously after having so much fame and glory, these brothers sacrifice something that they know is temporary for the sake of Allah, mash’Allah.
Even Shayk Omar Suleiman is hyped up:
And that’s not all, their decision even made it to the front page of NFL.com, they seriously deserve it!
Read what NFL had to say:
Abdullah brothers put NFL on hold to pursue faith
NFL free agents Hamza and Husain Abdullah are putting their football careers on hold — perhaps
permanently — to pursue a higher calling.
The brothers — both practicing Muslims — will sit out the 2012 season to speak at mosques across the country this summer before making a pilgrimage to Mecca.
“It has been a blessing to play in the NFL for both Husain and I,” Hamza said in a statement, “but we would be remiss if we didn’t give thanks to the One who made it all possible.”
Added Husain: “I visited Makkah, Saudi Arabia in March and a strong sense of urgency overcame me to attend ‘Hajj’ in October. I love the game of football but it would directly coincide with my pilgrimage. So, I’m taking some time off.”
Husain has turned down contract offers from the Minnesota Vikings and other teams to pursue religious obligations, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Hamza spent the last three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals.
Husain’s playing career was in jeopardy before this decision. The Star Tribune reported Abdullah made 24 starts the past two seasons for the Vikings, suffering concussions in his first, fifth, 22nd and 24th starts. He visited a concussion specialist in Pittsburgh to see if he was endangering his long-term health by playing football.
This isn’t the first time the brothers’ faith has made headlines. Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting and prayer, typically falls during training camp each year. Despite participating in physically draining summer practices, the brothers did not eat or drink at all during daylight hours for the 30-day period.
Husain has not ruled out a return to football, but he understands his playing future now becomes uncertain.
May Allah (swt) reward them for their good deeds, Ameen.
- NFL Players @ ICNA, Al-Maghrib and with the Muslim Community! (themuslimvoice.wordpress.com)
Husain Abdullah, formerly of the Minnesota Vikings, will trek to the holy city of Mecca with his brother. (Mark J. Rebilas/US Presswire)