Skip to comments.Michigan high school football team practicing at night; Accomodates Muslim players during Ramadan
Posted on 08/16/2010 7:07:16 AM PDT by Abin Sur
DEARBORN, Mich. -- A Michigan high school football team is holding preseason practices in the middle of the night to help its Muslim players practice both faith and football.
The predominantly Muslim squad from Dearborn says the nocturnal regimen is a way for players to eat and drink while observing the holy month of daytime fasting known as Ramadan that started last week. The August heat also played a factor in Fordson High coach Fouad Zaban's proposal to reverse the clock for a week of two-a-day practices.
Cutting practice wasn't an option at football-crazy Fordson, which is coming off a one-loss season and has won four state titles and three runner-up seasons since it was established in 1928.
But nobody wanted to lessen the significance of Ramadan in the Detroit suburb widely known as the capital of Arab-America.
The moonlight practice is tailored for Adnan Restum and fellow Muslim teammates.
Illuminated by the night lights on the football field, Restum recently joined a scrum of teammates at the end-zone water fountain, taking a break from a grueling preseason football workout to guzzle a drink.
In just a few hours, he wouldn't be able to take a sip. But the 17-year-old defensive tackle could rehydrate guilt-free during the 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. practice, and succumb to tempting boxes full of granola bars and chocolate milk, too.
"It feels really great," said Restum, who has been fasting since he was about 10. "If we're doing it during the day, we wouldn't have water and it would be really hot and everything."
Zaban proposed the late practices after realizing the rotating Ramadan would fall squarely during the start of a two-a-day practice schedule that launches football season.
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Whatever happened to separation of church and state and no religion in the schools?
That only applies to you and me.....
They can't play any of the "skill" positions, because they're not allowed to touch the "pig skin".
Screw 'em all. This is sickening.
It’s Dearbornistan. What could you expect?
Dearborn is a Muslim sewer that badly needs to be cleaned out.
The girls swimming team?
Will they have to practice and compete wearing Burkinis?
Would they do this for Christians or any other religion?
What about Sunday practices for Christians?
Saturday games for Jews?
Can’t recover a fumble? What good is he?
Where in the friggin hell is the ACLU in this?
Many people only eat one meal a day and a good number only eat one large balanced meal every 2-3 days.
This is another reason why Islam is a counterfeit substitute for a relationship with God. It seeks to portray itself as holy in its appearance, but in substance it fails to address justice in righteousness.
So what if they only eat at night for a 40 day period? Not the same as fasting for 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness, or even fasting for 2 days and nights. IMHO, the more they clamor about Ramadan, the more debt they heap upon their own heads, because it is a false modesty and claim of obedience.
At the time I went there U.S. Grant High in N.Hollywood Ca.if was a vast majority Jewish. Other High school football teams would look forward to olaying us cause let’s face it Jews push education. Football? Not so much.
Course other high schools didn’t care to show up for debates with us.
Got to wonder if other Highschool teams will look forward to trying to rip these guys heads off?
Another story for the Ramadadingdong folder.
Hey- They never had night basketball practice during Lent when I was fasting! Hey! wth going on here crap/?
National Anthem, Star Spangle Banner, Pledge of Allegiance, give it the works!
True story. I played DT in Div 3. (Big, fat, white guy in the middle). I , quite by accident, ran into the other teams RB-hard. He coughed up the ball on our 2 yard line. I jumped on it. My friend-to this day-still breaks my chops because he ran in from his safety spot where he was about to scoop up the ball and go 98 yards to the house. There was literally no one between him and the end zone except me. It was quite clear on videotape.
Oops. My bad, Dog.
Thank goodness there are NO muslims in county, city, town or neighborhood!
D backs, they're almost as bad as wide recievers with their showboating.
Football 101: what do you do when there's a fumble? FALL! ON! THE! FOOTBALL!!!
When working camps we would occasionally have very devout Mormons attend the 2 week intensive camp. If they asked they certainly got off on Sunday. And there was no morning session on Sunday so anyone who wanted to go to church could attend.
If the team is predominately muslim, this is probably the simplest way to do it. Really not a bad idea in general. Even with a “cold front” coming through now the heat index is still 89 here, and has been as high as 115 recently. You can’t drink enough to keep up with that while working out.
Ha-That’s what I said. I really loved how D backs flew into my exposed back after I had already wrapped up the back.
"Arab-America"? All Arabs are muslim? Arab-Americans don't look to Washington, DC as the capital?
Plenty of arabs in Houston. But they don't get to dictate the laws.
Heck, I would have loved to have late night practices when I ran cross country in high school. Summer practice started in mid-August (right around now), and the heat in upstate NY was sometimes pretty bad. Of course, there is the issue with lighting. It's easier to light a football field at night than a 5K running course that winds through the woods.
Agreed. Due to limitations we had to have some of the courses we ran on the pavement....at 3 p.m. in southern Oklahoma. It was pretty brutal.
We have a "capital of Arab-America" now? This is insanity...