A New York Times feature on Minnesota Vikings defensive back Husain Abdullah. Abdullah is Muslim and observes Ramadan, which involves fasting from sun-up to sun down. Here’s a bit of the story:
“For Minnesota Vikings defensive back Husain Abdullah, the most important clock inside the Metrodome was not the one keeping time for his teamâ€™s recent preseason game with the Seattle Seahawks. Another, showing the time of day, held greater significance for him and for the Vikingsâ€™ training staff.
Abdullah, a third-year safety, is a Muslim who keeps the traditional fast during the holy month of Ramadan; he cannot eat or drink from sunup to sundown.”
Sameer Abufardeh recalls hearing an old proverb in his native Palestine.
â€œIf one man throws a stone into a well,â€ the saying goes, â€œit takes 1,000 men to get it out.â€
Suona Osman with her son Omar
That axiom reminds the Fargo resident of the furor created by the Florida minister who has threatened to burn the Muslim holy book, the Quran, today. The Rev. Terry Jonesâ€™ well-publicized plans for a â€œBurn the Koranâ€ day on the anniversary of 9/11 have created outrage and protests across the globe.
But Fargoâ€™s Muslim community has opted to keep much cooler heads. Worshipers gathered as usual at their south Fargo mosque Friday…