Check out this interesting story about NFL stars and brothers Hamza and Husain Abdullah, who decided to put their professional football careers on hold to travel to Mecca in order to complete the required Muslim pilgrimage of “Hajj.
Their motivation arrived over a lifetime, and all at once. This past spring, Husain and Hamza felt an urgent need to more fully address the pillars of their Islamic faith, including the most difficult test of all, the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca, an annual concentration of humanity unequaled on the planet.
In so doing, 27-year-old Husain (who had become a starter with the Minnesota Vikings), and 29-year-old Hamza (an established seven-year veteran last with the Arizona Cardinals) would sacrifice annual paychecks in the range of a million dollars. Instead, cognizant of their platforms as NFL players, they decided not only to seek greater spiritual fulfillment, but also to nurture a greater tolerance of their Islamic faith by spreading a greater understanding of its truths.
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Wow, this is a serious commitment to one’s faith. Got to give these brothers credit for following their religion with such conviction.