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Brothers Put NFL On Hold for Da'wa, Hajj PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dan Hanzus,   
Friday, 22 June 2012 23:07



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.  [Source:, June 21, 2012]

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Comments (3)
  • Abdul-Qaadir J. Nyahuma  - Muslim NFL Players
    As Salaam Alaikum, It is truly a blessing and the mercy of Allah, that these young Brother are standing and speaking for what they truly believe in and I pray that Allah will continue to bless them with His mercy. Ma Salaam
    As-Salaam Alaikum, It has put much joy in my heart and has endeared you both in my heart, InshaAllah forever. I too am, InshaAllah to perform Hajj again this year (2012) I inshaAllah, we will meet. This Hajj is for my parents, who are unable to make Hajj. The sacrifices we make purely for the Pleasure of Allah do not go unreward and Hajj comes with even greater reward because of the important of Hajj itself. So to know that you are doing this type of sacrifice, May Allah reward you with all that Hajj brings ten fold and great you Jana and protect you from Janhannam....Ameen Please email me. It would be my honor to keep in touch with you both.
  • El-Amin Muhammad  - They want to make there lord happy
    I'm am here n Saudi Arabia as I'm writing this I just want to let everybody n the whole world know that this is the highest degree u can ever receive n life it's the crown from your lord. Not no doctors or bachelors degree it's the best cuz ALLAH said if u complete the hajj he will forgive u all your sins n life an start u off with a new one just like a mother giving brith to a new baby tell me that's not the best u can ask for!!!!! Food for thought u have to come once n a life time inshallah
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