Sports world celebrates Eid al-Fitr to close Ramadan

This year’s Ramadan fell during a busy time on the sports calendar.

The 30-day ninth month of the Islamic calendar began in late March and concluded this week — a stretch that included the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball championship tournaments, the start of the NBA and NHL playoffs, the opening of the Major League Baseball season, the Premier League and many other international soccer seasons, preparations for the NFL draft, the Masters golf tournament, and some big fights in the world of combat sports. WWE’s annual WrestleMania extravaganza also happened during Ramadan.

It means that a lot of Muslim athletes who decided to observe Ramadan took on the task of training and/or competing while fasting during daylight hours at an important time for them professionally.

To celebrate Eid al-Fitr — the Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan — some of those athletes and sports figures shared Eid messages and family photos on social media. Eid al-Fitr begins with a morning prayer, followed by a khutbah (similar to a sermon). While many attend these events at a mosque, others gather in public parks, community centers and even stadiums for a massive group prayer.

Mo Farah (track and field)

Paul Pogba (soccer)

Qais Ashfaq (boxing)

Dzanan Musa (basketball)

Mesut Ozil (soccer)

Amir Khan (boxing)

Sami Zayn (pro wrestling)

Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir (basketball)

Yaya Toure (soccer)

Mustafa Ali (pro wrestling)

Asghar Afghan (cricket)

Musa Abdul-Aleem (basketball)

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