Blake Ferguson turns to Islam en route to redemption

Blake Ferguson turns to Islam en route to redemption.

Weight Routine “24’s” with Terry Crews

The Prophet (s) said,  “The strong believer is better and more beloved to Allah than the weak believer, while there is good in both.”

See: IslamicWorkplace.  Healthy body, healthy mind, healthy spirit. 

To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.
Buddha

Here are some more quotes for healthy living: http://summertomato.com/great-thinkers-10-inspiring-quotes-for-healthy-living/ .

BBC Sport – Premier League: How Muslims are changing English football culture

BBC Sport – Premier League: How Muslims are changing English football culture.

Arsalan Kazemi Brings Fresh Hope to The 76ers

Arsalan Kazemi, a 6′ 7″ power forward who is renown for his rebounding prowess, has been drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 54th overall pick of the 2013 NBA draft.  In being drafted, the former Oregon Ducks standout who was ranked as one of the top five NBA draft prospects by SLAM magazine becomes the first Iranian to drafted, although the title of first Iranian to play in the NBA belongs to Hamed Haddadi, who had played with the Memphis Grizzlies.  I believe the real mark Kazemi will make on the hearts of NBA fans will not be due to his being the first Iranian NBA draft but due rather to the legacy he will leave behind as a good person who cared about the community and as a great player.

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Although some have expressed concern about his offensive game, most will agree that Kazemi is a stand-up guy.  As his Oregon Ducks coach, Dana Altman, said of him, “There’s absolutely no doubt about his character.  He graduated right on time. He’s a bright, articulate young man. Very good work ethic. He’s not afraid to put the hours in.”

Kazemi is also a rebounding machine.  While a Duck, Kazemi led the country in defensive rebounding percentage.  That year his team made it to The Sweet 16.

The Sixer’s GM, Sam Hinkie, always knew he was going to draft Kazemi.  “Arsalan is a player we were interested in, even early in the second round,” said Hinkie, who nevertheless traded down in the second round three times as he stockpiled two second-round picks in the 2014 draft while ultimately getting Kazemi with the 54th overall selection. “We always moved with one goal: We were never not going to have a pick in the second round. We never were going to put ourselves in a position to not get Arsalan.”

Despair

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Here I was, seated in a comfy brown leather chair in a doctor’s office. I was pacing mentally, in anticipation; as I stared at the degrees and certificates that decorated his walls. All of a sudden, the door opened. Finally he showed up, I thought, as the doctor took his seat.

The doctor looked up and asked, “Have you heard of Mario Lemieux?”

What Canadian hasn’t, I thought. He was only the greatest hockey player to wear a Pittsburg Penguins uniform.  “Of course I have, but what about him?” I replied.

“Do you know he had Hodgkin’s disease in the prime of his career?” the doctor said.

Tell me something I don’t know, I thought.

The doctor continued, “And he resumed his playing career after it, as well.”

Great, he was able to recover, wait, is this doctor trying to tell me something I thought. Was the surgery and series of scans amounting to this?

In that moment, time stood still and I couldn’t make sense of anything. Or perhaps, everything became so vividly clear. I felt something strong overcome me. I didn’t know what to do, what to think or who to turn to – a moment of despair. Was I approaching death?

Despair, Webster’s describes it as, to lose all hope or confidence. What the dictionary cannot describe is the feelings that envelopes a person in the state of despair. Let’s recall a moment where we lost all hope and our confidence shattered.

This state is usually accompanied with spurts of anger and perpetual frustration. It’s a moment when one feels at their wits end. “I’ve tried every viable alternative but the sum is consistently unfavourable” (or presumably so). Patience and hope for better days is what we’re hanging on to by when that grip is loosening. The toxic energy starts to course through the veins. It’s infectious, and the negativity begins to overwhelm us. One is at their most vulnerable state and feels all alone, left to our own devices.  The dictionary description cannot express that.

What makes matters worse is sometimes we lack the verbiage to communicate our suffering or simply choose not to. Compound that with: when you do articulate yourself your audience cannot comprehend. Worse, they may even judge you. This is the temporal abode of many, which is garnished with the outward façade of a fierce warrior. In this state, one’s mind, body and soul is fragile. This fragility of the mind can also lead us to reevaluating deeply rooted core beliefs. This sort of quest is truly encouraged. However, one should be cognizant of the sciences required.

As the English proverb goes, “there is a tool for every task.” What are these tools for life? Quran and Sunnah (tradition of the prophet Muhammad PBUH), Allah SWT tells us in the Quran that challenges/tribulations are a part of life.

We created death and life that He may try you; which of you is better in deeds. And he is the All Mighty the Most Forgiving. [Surah Mulk]

Allah (SWT) is reminding us that he will test us and there will be challenges, trials and tribulations.

We will surely test you by means of fear, hunger and loss of wealth, life, and fruits (of labour). [Surah Baqara]

In this verse Allah depicts 5 area in which man (proverbial) will be tested or tried: 1. Fear 2. Hunger 3. Loss of wealth 4. Life 5. Fruits (of labour)

Give glad tidings those who patiently persevere. Who when afflicted with calamity say, Truly to Allah we belong to Him we shall return.They are those on whom are the Salawat (i.e., who are blessed and will be forgiven) from their Lord, and (they are those who) receive His mercy, and it is they who are the guided ones. [Surah Baqara]

I want us to really ponder this verse, which comes right after. Take a minute and re-read this verse. The beauty of the Quran is, the more you let it “marinate” in your soul, the sweeter it gets. Anticipate challenges, embrace them (easier said than done) and put your trust in Allah.

Allah burdens not a person beyond his scope.[Surah Baqara]

We have been provided the “swiss army knife” to life. We simply must explore the modern day usage and application. During this state of duress, enduring patiently and with dignity will provide spiritual growth and unimaginable benefits.  The proof is in the pudding.  To aide oneself in this journey, identify a sojourner. One who would listen to your grief, boost your confidence and lessen your hearts load. The prophetic tradition of Yaqoob (AS) – in this scenario – is mentioned as follows.

I only complain of my grief and sorrow to Allah. [Surah Yusuf]

Really think about that. Who better than our Lord?! The one who created us! Allah states in the Quran:

And your Lord says, call upon me, verily I shall respond. [Surah Ghafir]

These are opportunities for us to establish a relationship with our creator. Challenges are also an indication of Allah’s grace on his servant.

If Allah loves a people He tests them. [Tirmidhi]

Why would he test those who he loves? Allah says in the Quran:

Do people think that they will be left alone to simply allege,we believe and not be tested? We have tested those who preceded them in order that Allah will make evident which of them are truthful and which of them are liars. [Surah Ankaboot]

These Ayah (verses) are very explicit. We know challenges will convolute our path, but we must bear them accordingly. Allah is vetting us to see who amongst us the true believers are. Truly think about that. Are we not vetting for positions in our day to day life? This is a universal system. Those who are closer to Allah are challenged the most. As its mentioned in the Quran:

And when his Lord put Ibraheem to test. [Surah Baqara]

Ibraheem (AS) was put through many challenges. At a young age he confronted his father and his whole community about idolatry. His own people persecuted him and threw him into a blazing fire. He was ordered to leave his wife and young child in a barren land. He was ordered to sacrifice his own son Ismaeel. These are tall orders but examples of how Allah tries those he loves.

The verse carries on:

With his commandments and he completed them successfully. [Surah Baqara]

Ibraheem (AS) fulfilled all of the mandates in an exemplary fashion. Thus he was graced with the title Khaleel ullah (Friend of Allah).

Imagine a person who lost his father before birth. He then loses his mother at the age of six. Two years later his grandfather, who was rearing him passes away.  This child is now raised by his uncle. As a young man, once beloved to his own, now reviled by them.  They boycott him and humiliate him by any means.  His beloved wife and uncle pass away at a critical juncture in his life. He is forced to emigrate from his native land. All his male children die at a young age. These are just a few of the trials our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) faced. Aisha (RA) narrates:

I never saw anyone more tested with pain than the Messenger of Allah (SAW). [Bukhari]

This is our Syed (beloved), the Imam of the Prophets and he too, was tried in a fashion that would be unbearable to most. We must accept these challenges head on. We have the strength and come fully equipped to address these trials. We may not have those characteristics but they can be fostered. This will ensure we keep the feelings of despair at bay. Allah (SWT) says in the Quran:

Do not despair from Allah’s mercy. [Surah Zumar]

When all else has failed we should be mindful that Allah’s mercy is far greater than one can imagine. We must learn to take precautionary measures, our due diligence, and leave the rest in the hands of Allah.

Abu Hurairah (RA) narrates from the Prophet (SAW):

I am to my servant, as he perceives me to be. I am with him where remembers me. The Holy Prophet (SAW) continued saying; By Allah! He is more pleased with the repentance of a servant of his than one of you who finds something (camel) lost by him in the desert. Allah says: one who advances towards me by a hand’s length, I will advance towards him one arm’s length. He who advances towards me by an arms length, I advance towards him by two arms length. If a servant of mine comes towards me walking, I go towards him running. [Bukhari]

While this hadith has many beautiful points to ponder, I would like to reflect on two of them.

Allah is to us as we perceive him to be. If we expect that Allah will not assist us, then unfortunately, that may be the case. We should accept that Allah is our savior and our guardian. That whatever trials and tribulations befall us, Allah will give us the strength to navigate through it. An added blessing we’ll notice is spiritual growth and gifts from the treasures of Allah.

Secondly, Allah is inviting us to him. He is encouraging us as his servants to turn to him. That in the deepest darkest moments of ours, if we remember Allah he is with us. Any actions to please him are reciprocated exponentially. Let’s focus on establishing that connection with our creator.

All (SWT) encourages/invites us to seek his good fortune, as mentioned earlier:

And your Lord has said: Ask of me, I verily will respond. [Surah Ghafir}

Allah has given us such powerful tools to leverage his good fortune. Its upon us to illicit that connection. In doing so, one will notice that despair fades to hope

Fitness: Secrets to Success

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As a fitness enthusiast and gym junkie (rat), a lot of people come and ask me, “What workout routine/exercises should I follow?”, or “How much protein should I eat in a day”, “How do I get big?”, and the list goes on.  I reply with some simple questions, and quickly realize that the person is not on the right track.  I have been seriously working out through various methods for 15 years, and have been on all sides of the spectrum in terms of physique.

In this article, I will articulate a few things I have learned over the years in order to help you succeed in your fitness goals.  (Mainly geared from the male point of view, however females can learn from this as well)

  1. What are your fitness goals?

This is a simple question, but so many people fail to clearly articulate this.  Many people “want to get bigger and cut”, but “don’t want to get too big.”  First off, you will not “get too big”, it’s not that easy.  But in all seriousness, you need to first assess where you currently are at, and where you want to be.  Do you want to be able to run 5 miles?  Do you want to gain muscle mass?  Do you want to lose weight?  Beginners usually are in need a mix of these things, but identifying what your goals are is the first step.  Think of it as your end product.  How can you get somewhere when you don’t have a goal?

2.  Creating a plan

You MUST have a plan in order to meet your goals.  The plan must be maintainable and realistic.  I suggest speaking to a personal trainer to create a plan based on your goals.  Your plan should include both a strength/weight training portion, cardiovascular portion, as well as diet portion.  Each of these ingredients will be critical for success.

3.  Executing your plan

#1 and #2 are easy, so far you didn’t have to do anything.  Now is the hard part.  You must follow your plan, to the “T”.  Below are some areas where I have seen people fail because of lack of execution.

  • Motivation:  Plain and simple, you have to be motivated.  Just like anything in life, you have to be determined to succeed, at all costs.  Motivation is the engine that will keep you pushing and going in order to reach your goals, I cannot teach you motivation, you need to have it.  Everything else is useless otherwise.
  • Consistency:  Many people fail to see results because they are inconsistent in their execution.  For example, some may skip cardio days, or eat meals that are not part of the program, which can significantly hinder progress.  This is a snowball affect, which delays or slows progress.  The person then feels less motivated based on the lack of results.
  • Discipline:  You will run into obstacles in trying to reach your goals.  Pizza, chicken wings, and cheese steaks may come your way, you need to be disciplined enough to resist.  Your work out must take priority over television.
  • Intensity:  In order to get results in the gym, you need to have high energy and intensity.  You have to push yourself out of your comfort zone. 
  • Tracking:  How will you know if you are progressing if you are not tracking progress to your goal?  You must put check points in place to keep you motivated, and also see what is working and what isn’t.

         4. Long term sustainability

If you are able to succeed and meet your goals, you need to develop a plan to sustain the successes you have achieved.  Fitness is a lifestyle, not a quick fix.  Developing a long term plan after you have met your objectives is critical to a healthy life.

Above is some general advice on how you should be approaching your fitness goals.  Notice how I didn’t mention anything about what weights to use, how much cardio you should be doing, and what you should be eating.  One should understand the above before embarking on your journey.  Without it, you won’t have the base to succeed.

Kenneth Faried – A Rising Star In The NBA

Keneth Faried is a high flier in the NBA.

Keneth Faried is a high flier in the NBA.

 

Kenneth Faried is no stranger to adversity.  Growing up in Newark, New Jersey, Faried turned to basketball as a means of staying out of trouble.  His talent and dedication to the game opened doors for him.  His skills took him to Morehead State, where he was a standout.  At Morehead Faried’s on court tenacity helped him become the Division I career record holder, surpassing Tim Duncan’s previous record, with his rebounding mark of 1,570 rebounds.

Faried was drafted with the 22nd pick by the Denver Nuggets in 2011, but was limited in his impact.  This was largely due to the presence of Nene, the shot blocking forward-center from Brazil.  However, since Nene has been traded to the Washington Wizards, Faried has taken his game to the next level.  Since that time, he has been voted player of the week and most recently was voted the MVP of the 2013 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge where he recorded a double-double with 40 points on 18-for-22 shooting and 10 rebounds.

He also dazzled the crowd during the dunk contest.

The dunk was a 10, and Faried’s style and thankfulness bodes well for his future as a crowd pleaser in the NBA.  As he told the NY Times in 2011,

“I’m extremely thankful,” Faried said of the past year. “You think you have a plan, but God — well, I’m Muslim — Allah has a different plan.”

Football hooliganism, Islam and me – the story of an Asian lad in Leicester’s notorious Baby Squad | This is Leicestershire

 

Football hooliganism, Islam and me – the story of an Asian lad in Leicester’s notorious Baby Squad | This is Leicestershire.

From Leicerstershire Mercury:

This is a story of multi-culturalism Leicester, of white and black and Asian coming together as one; overlooking their differences and standing shoulder to shoulder to fight for a common cause.

Leicester is a city that is built on stories of multiculturalism. This one, says Riaz Khan, is one you’ve probably never heard.

“It sounds almost noble when you put it like that – black, white, Asian, coming together as one. But it was like that,” says Riaz, a 46-year-old English teacher from Evington, Leicester.

“We were one. The colour of your skin didn’t matter. That didn’t happen elsewhere in the country, but it happened here. And it only happened here for one reason.”

The reason? Football hooliganism.

Twenty five years on, Riaz – a softly-spoken, easy-going father of four – still winces at the term “football hooliganism.”

Riaz and his brother, Yusuf, were members of the Leicester Baby Squad, the notorious Leicester City firm.

The TV and the papers called them football hooligans. Riaz shakes his head. “We weren’t hooligans. We were casuals. That’s the word.

“We were fun-loving casuals. We weren’t yobs. It wasn’t mindless

violence, not in the way it was portrayed in the media. It was violent, occasionally, yes – but it was orchestrated; one like-minded firm against another.”

He’s not defending it, he says. He’s redefining it. And, besides, it wasn’t just about the fighting. It was about much more than that. “If it was just about the fighting, I wouldn’t have stuck it. It was about the camaraderie, the fashions, the clothes.”

For six years, from the autumn of 1983 until the end of 1989/90 season, Riaz lived this life.

He watched City home and away. Sometimes he fought. Sometimes he didn’t. Sometimes he won. Sometimes he took a beating.

He was arrested. He was convicted. He bought the finest clothes from the most expensive designer shops and was the coolest kid on the block. And then he did it all over again, season after season.

All of that – the football, the clothes, the camaraderie, the fighting – became the fabric of Riaz’s life.

But why? It’s a question you could ask any young member of the Baby Squad. Why? What did you get from it?

But for a young Muslim boy growing up in Rushey Mead with ambitious parents and a strict culture which forbade it – how on Earth did that happen? Sit yourself down, he says, brushing down his beard. It’s a lo-o-ong old story.

What you have to remember, says Riaz, is the context. The era. The story starts in Leicester in the mid-70s. It was a very different city to the one we live in today.

Riaz and his brothers and sister grew up in Rushey Mead. It was white then, he remembers, with only a smattering of Asian faces. The Khans stuck out. They were different.

He went to school at Wreake Valley. Casual racism seemed like it was almost part of the syllabus to Riaz. “I remember walking to and from school and seeing swastikas sprayed on walls and NF signs and slogans like ‘Pakis Out’. It was everywhere. It was just part of your life.”

The racism was never physical. It never spilled over into brawls or fights. But it was incessant.

“I took it day after day,” he says. “It made me feel inferior. I rejected who I was and where I was from. I didn’t want to be that person. I wanted to be white. I wanted to belong.”

He found a teenage identity in music and fashion: jazz funk initially, then the New Romantics and the fashions of the time.

“It only really made sense to me when I read a story in the paper about the Leeds Service Crew – a group of Leeds United fans, Leeds casuals, who dressed in a certain way.”

He cut the feature out and read it over and over again. This is what he wanted. The clothes. The hair. The bond, the camaraderie.

“I worked at Walkers crisps in the summer and all my money would go on Lyle & Scott jumpers and Patrick cagoules and Puma G.Vilas trainers. I was out and about, wearing this stuff, when one day, while walking through Leicester I saw a group of lads dressed in the same stuff.”

They started talking. We’re football trendies, they said. Come and join us. It was a chance to be part of something – although what that was, he wasn’t exactly sure – and Riaz took it. He was in. For the first time in his life, he was in.

“I was never into football, but they told me about the football and the fighting and how it was all part and parcel of it and well, that was it for me. I can’t say that was what I was looking for, but, also, it wasn’t enough to make me walk away.”

His first football game was in October 1983, away to Birmingham. City lost that day 2-1. Lineker scored for Leicester. Riaz doesn’t remember this. He didn’t see his first game. He was arrested before the match kicked off.

“I didn’t even make it to the ground. We ran into some Birmingham lads near the Bull Ring and that was that.”

It kicked off.

He came home late that night. “Why are you so late?” his father wanted to know. There was some trouble, Riaz said. His strict father banned him from going to a match again.

“And yet,” recalls Riaz, “although he didn’t approve, we were from a long line of Pathans. They were warriors, fighters. It was a proud heritage. If I’d have been in trouble for theft, my dad would have been appalled. Fighting? Well… it didn’t seem quite so bad.”

His parents wanted him to study; to be a lawyer or an accountant.

“Asian families in Leicester in the 1970s, they were all desperately keen for their children to do well,” he says.

His parents were no different. It made no difference. “I didn’t listen. I thought I knew best. It happens with boys and adolescence – it’s a form of temporary insanity isn’t it? I rejected everything they tried to give me – advice, religion, everything – and set out on my own way.”

The ban didn’t last. He wriggled out of the curfew and started going to the football every week. He started to learn about Leicester City, the football, the players – Lineker and Lynex; Bobby Smith and Andy Peake – but, and this always seemed more important, he admits, he learned about everything else that came with it: terrace culture, mates, fashion trainers and how to handle himself.

“For that first season, I was scared. I’d see other lads coming and I’d stand aside or run off. I was too scared to get involved.”

But the way you got accepted in this strange new world, the way you earned your stripes, was by standing your ground, covering your mate’s back, proving yourself.

“So that’s what I started to do,” says Riaz.

There was a moment, one incident during a lads’ day out in Skegness when Riaz knew, finally, that he’d been .

They bumped into a small group of skinheads who, immediately, started shoving Riaz around. “One of them hit me over the head with a steel-framed newspaper A-board. It was kicking off and it was kicking off for no other reason than because I was Asian.”

One by one, his new Baby Squad mates, who were drinking nearby, poured out into the street and set about the skinheads. It was a clear message: you fight him, then you fight all of us.

“There was a bit of a skirmish: Baby Squad lads versus these National Front lads. They didn’t want me to get beaten up because of the colour of my skin, because I was Asian. They saw me as one of them.”

Amid the flying fists and violence, Riaz was aware something significant had just occurred. It was, he says, a beautiful moment.

“A few years earlier and that just wouldn’t have happened.”

The Baby Squad was the collective name of the Leicester City hooligan firm. It was one big group on a Saturday afternoon, but made up of a combination of smaller gangs from all over Leicestershire – Braunstone, Thurnby Lodge, Netherhall, the West End, New Parks, St Mark’s and St Matthew’s, as well as county areas such as Coalville and Hinckley.

“Before the advent of the Baby Squad, these groups fought each other. The BS brought them together.”

For six years, that’s what he did. Home and away, although not always away. “I never really enjoyed travelling too far,” he says.

He bought his clothes from Scotney’s, on London Road, or MC Sports, in Humberstone Gate. Occasionally, Riaz and some of this friends would take the train to London for a shopping spree at Nik Naks and Lilywhites.

“There weren’t many places to go in Leicester, really,” he says. “I knew some lads – some of the more middle-class members from Oadby – who would fly over to Italy to get kitted out.”

How you looked was important, he says. It set you apart.

Riaz left that world a long time ago, but not all of it, it seems.

On the day we meet, Riaz is wearing black Adidas Gazelles, a Ralph Lauren shirt, Armani jumper and Stone Island hat and coat.

“Yeah,” he says. “Once you’re into that, I don’t think it ever leaves you. I’m not as daft as I was back then, though. This stuff will last me a couple of years now. Back then, I’d wear it for a month then sell it.”

Which is all very nice and glamorous – but it wasn’t always like that, was it?

“No, it wasn’t,” he says. “There were a few hairy moments. I remember lots of City fans getting a police escort from Villa Park one Saturday afternoon.

“Somehow, the small group I was with ended up outside the Holte End at Villa Park with no escort – just as the Villa fans were coming out.

“We were spotted and a gang of 300 or so Villa fans chased us for miles. We ran and ran until we couldn’t run any more. I remember someone saying, ‘Look, we’ve got to stop, let’s just get this over with’. We knew we were going to take a beating.”

And then, as if from nowhere, the West Midlands Police arrived. “I don’t think I have ever been so relieved to see a policeman in my life,” says Riaz.

Another Saturday afternoon: the Haymarket, 1984, Leicester versus Arsenal. “We confronted the Arsenal fans near the Haymarket. It was bedlam. I remember one of our boys, a nice lad from Birstall, was slashed with a Stanley knife.

“I saw the blood and I saw the wound. He never came back after that. I never saw him again.”

There were others, he says. Fights and slashings and brawls and beatings. They all kind of blend into one big bloody brawl of testosterone and designer gear.

“West Ham was always a bit hairy. Chelsea were always very racist. Millwall were just mad. I don’t know why.”

It stopped as quickly as it started for Riaz. In 1989, he was 23, nearly 24. “I was bored of it. I didn’t want to fight every weekend.

“I started going to raves instead. I enjoyed it. It was a completely different thing – driving out to a big field in the middle of nowhere and dancing all night with blokes who supported other teams and having a great time.”

He’d changed. “I grew up,” he says. “That adolescent/teenage period was over. Temporary insanity, you see.” Riaz started to think about who he was, what he’d done, and what he wanted to be.

“The religion I turned my back on as a teenager started to appeal to me. I read about Islam and started going to the mosque on Loughborough Road.”

Riaz is now married to Maryam and has four children.

He went back to college and studied. Today, he’s an English teacher and studying for a Masters Degree in English language teaching at university.

Education, he says. That’s what counts. Education changes everything. His pupils know nothing of his past. “I guess they’re in for a bit of a shock,” he says.

Four years ago, as the EDL started to garner support from the terraces of English football grounds, Riaz thought about writing a book.

“When the EDL came here, I saw people I used to know from the Baby Squad and it just stopped me in my tracks.

“Had it really come to this?

“I thought they were better than that. I wondered what they were thinking.”

The book – Khan: Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual – is out next weekend. It tells the story of a nice little Muslim boy from Leicester who ran with the Baby Squad.

It attempts to explain what that was like, to put what he did in those years into some sort of context. There was a justification for it, he says.

“There is no justification for the thinly-veiled racism you see in the EDL, though,” he says.

And what if one of your sons comes home and says, ‘Dad, I want to be a casual, a football hooligan?’

“I won’t allow that,” he says. “I know what happens. I’ve seen it. I don’t want that for them.”

• Khan – Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual, published by Countdown Books is out on December 15 and is available at HMV in Leicester, priced at £7.99.

 

NFL’s Abdullah Brothers Featured on NBC and CNN – MuslimMatters.org

NFL’s Abdullah Brothers Featured on NBC and CNN – MuslimMatters.org.

Cristiano Ronaldo donates ‘Golden Boot’ worth €1.5 million to Palestinian children | The News Tribe

From www.thenewstribe.com

London: Real Madrid iconic forward Cristiano Ronaldo has donated €1.5 million to Palestinian children in Gaza, the Arabic version of the club’s Classico network reports.

The star forward gave his Golden Boot which he earned in 2011 to the Real Madrid foundation, RT.com reports. The Spanish giants in their turn sold it at auction and will now donate the funds to schools in Gaza, Palestine.

According to various reports, the Real Madrid Foundation has helped to build 167 schools in 66 different countries.

Real Madrid Foundation (FRM) had recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Aman Foundation at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid under which they will establish two sports schools in Pakistan.

No confirmation has come yet from Ronaldo’s official Twitter handle or from Real Madrid’s official site but it’s not the first time Ronaldo has given to charity. Last year he sold most of his sports shoes at a Real Madrid Foundation auction which was also dedicated to raising funds for schools in Gaza.

Ronaldo became the most expensive footballer in history after moving from Manchester United to Real Madrid in a transfer worth €93.9 million. In addition, his contract with Real Madrid, in which he is paid €12 million per year, makes him one of the highest-paid footballers in the world.

 Ronaldo donates ‘Golden Boot’ worth €1.5 million to Palestinian children | The News Tribe.

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