Muhammed Sbihi Britain’s first Muslim Olympic rower solves Ramadan dilemma

Muhammed Sbihi – Britain’s first Muslim Olympic Rower

Muhammed Sbihi, Britain’s first Muslim Olympic rower has solved the Ramadan fasting dilemma for athletes, instead of fasting during the Olympic games he’ll pay for the meals for 1,800 people in his native Morocco as recompense.

When Muhammed Sbihi was picked for the GB rowing Olympic squad he faced a dilemma, how to marry his faith and to practice the month of Ramadan, where one must abstain from food and drink during the daylight hours and the demands it would have on him as a athlete in a once in a lifetime opportunity?

Willing to find another solution, he then heard about Moroccan goalkeeper Badou Zaki, who though a Muslim never fasted during his time at Real Mallorca in Spain’s La Liga. Instead, he would go to Morocco each year to pay for thousands of meals for the poor.

A cousin in Tangiers, the home town of Muhammed’s father, consulted scholars to come up with the final answer. Muhammed would follow the example of Ezzaiki and provide 60 meals for the poor for each day he misses the fast.

So this summer, up to 1,800 people in Morocco will eat a meal thanks to a 6ft 8in rower chasing a gold medal in the UK.

Islam is a religion of ease, Allah SWT knows the limitations of his creation. Allah, in the Quran, declares that religious morality is easy and that He will make things easier for those who follow their religion:

“He has chosen you and has not laid upon you in religion any hardship”
(Surah Al Hajj: 78)

“We will ease you to the Easy Way”
(Surah A’la: 8)

So well done to brother Muhammed Sbihi, looking forward to seeing you bring home the gold medal, Insh’Allah.


Filed under Great Britain, Islam, Morals & Ethics

6 responses to “Muhammed Sbihi Britain’s first Muslim Olympic rower solves Ramadan dilemma

  1. sounds extremely dodgy (but i’m not in any position to make a judgement) – there are examples of footballers fasting whilst playing. and it also depends on whether you consider sport a priority ahead of fasting – but i would also factor in da3wah – there;s nothing worse than conveying a message that islam is so difficult that it inhibits someone from chasing a noble effort such as what brother muhammed is doing….#confused

  2. Fulaan ibn Fulaan

    I think the person is confusing fidiya and qada.

    If he decides not to fast during Ramadan due to hardship – that is not an unknown opinion (see the link below), but it does not exempt him from qada – or making up the fasts afterwards.

    The fidiya (which is typically 2 meals for the poor) per day of not fasting is for the person who can not fast AND can not make it up as they are old or permanently ill; or it is a fine for the person who does not make up (qada) their missed fasts of Ramada within a year of missing those fasts according to some madhabs. Regardless you only get 60 meals that way, not 1800 which is 30 * 60!

    People need to seek qualified religious advise and fatawa for their actions and not some hodge podge approach from random things other people have done.

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