It was the kind of September afternoon that begs for a breeze or a raindrop — anything to take the sun down a notch.
The 90-degree heat was getting to the players on the Hilliard Weaver Middle School soccer team. Sweaty and tired, they rushed to a group drinking fountain.
Rania Khamees, 13, stayed in the goal, firing balls into the net.
She’s a practicing Muslim, and it’s Ramadan, so she’s fasting during daylight hours. That means no food, no water and no gum. She still goes to school all day and practices with her team nearly every afternoon.
Her teammates can’t believe she plays on an empty stomach and in such hot weather. She dismisses their concerns with a smile and a shrug…
Non-Muslims might find it unimaginable to go the whole month without food or water during the day, but Muslims say they get used to it and God helps them through it.
They believe abstaining from food and drink shows gratitude to God for revealing the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad 1,400 years ago. It also fosters self-restraint, said Asma Mobin-Uddin, president of the Ohio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. (MORE)