The Olympics run from July 27 to August 12 and this year Ramadhan took place from July 21 to August 20.
Waittt.......Olympics in Ramadhan?
As many as more than 3,500 muslim athletes are expected to attend,. Do you know that countries with predominantly muslim populations sent about a fourth of the competitors taking part in these modern Olympics games?
Is it the dudes in International Olympic Committee - IOC not being sensitive?
or we too not showing how we appreciate our holy month Ramadhan?
I guess IOC shows a complete lack of awareness and sensitivity. This is not only going to disadvantage the competing athletes and officials involved, but also alienating the Asian communities by saying they don’t matter. It’s not only going to affect the participants but it’s going to affect all the muslim people who wanted to travel and watch the Games there. They won’t want to travel much during Ramadhan since it’s a spiritual time.
Still can't read the message I wanted to tell in between the lines? Maybe the words used were a bit diplomatic and soft....then try this " IOC, why don't you organized this at Christmas, then it is equally stupid to organize it at Ramadhan".
Surely the athletes will seek advice from their scholars, looking for a 'fatwa' (religious edict) of how a devout muslim can postpone or even be excused from his/her observance of the fast. Trust me for those who had the experience fasting in Europe or US during summer, the day time is much longer in this case maybe from i.e 2.30am till 9.30pm. just imagine the respective athletes within that 18 hours, to compete in world class sporting events.
They are obviously going to be at a disadvantage because other competitors will be drinking and keeping up their energy levels during the scorching summer heat.
Yeah, some might say our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) did go to war even during fasting month.
Morocco Olympic Footbal Team....after the game then have to wait nearly 2 hours coz unable to produce immediately urine sample to doping control staff after the game...i guess got nothing left, the fluid had gone due to summer heat!
Timing of event, fasting, doping, dressing code....as if like a hindrance for a muslim to excel in world sport events.
Due to safety? Do you know that the 2012 London Olympics had allowed sikh athletes to carry the ceremonial 'kirpan' or 3 inch dagger attached to a cloth belt worn under their clothes.
So, hijab is dangerous..dagger is not?
Chasing the gold...chasing the faith. If can only pick one, better drop the gold and keep the faith.
Had some truth to it...after the 9/11, more and more people not only in US but globally as well beginning to understand more about Islam....more and more American converted (some prefer to use the word reverted) to Islam after the 9/11. To some, it's a kind of back fire effect to the original plan to tarnish Islam.
Same thing might goes to London 2012 Olympics....the highlights and predicaments of muslim athletes fasting and female dressing code during the Games might trigger the same effect....from not knowing about Ramadhan might be something very common in near future...very likely especially if some of the fasting athletes re able winning medals...do you know that President Obama nowdays hosted Iftar dinner to celebrate Ramadhan at White House wishing a blessed ramadhan to American muslims and muslims around the world!
So the lesson, sensitivity of us in facing this holy month should be able to guide our decision making in planning future sporting events...from small to bigger events.
The IOC and other world sport bodies might not be as sensitive as we are, coz they just don't understand....it is our duty to educate them (achewahh!! punyer lar semangat).....we re the one to show them the examples (ehemm..ehemm).....educate them on how we plan our yearly sports activities except 'it is a no no' in the holy month of Ramadhan.....