NFL’s Abdullah brothers get White House invitation

Cardinals safety Hamza Abdullah and Vikings safety Husain Abdullah have been excused from their teams today as they travel to Washington to be guests at a White House dinner.

The Abdullah brothers were invited to tonight’s Iftar dinner to celebrate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

I’m still in shock over it,” Hamza Abdullah told the Arizona Republic. “I’m still waiting to get to the airport and they say, ‘OK, it’s fake.'”

The invitation comes a year after the Abdullah brothers gained national attention for fasting during daylight hours throughout Ramadan, which meant going through grueling training camp practices in the August heat without drinking any water.

Hamza will fly from Phoenix to Washington today, visit the White House and then fly to Oakland to play in the Cardinals’ preseason game against the Raiders on Thursday. Husain will return to Minnesota after the dinner to prepare for the Vikings’ preseason game at Tennessee on Saturday.

46 responses to “NFL’s Abdullah brothers get White House invitation

  1. can’t wait until the rather large intolerant segment of the PFT commenting community turns this into “Obama’s a muslim too”

    or even better, “SHOULDN’T OBAMA BE CREATING JOBS INSTEAD OF EATING DINNER WITH NFL PLAYERS LOL”

    never ceases to amaze me. and i don’t even like obama.

  2. So, I dont suppose that this is going to fuel the speculation that Obama is a muslim, right???

    (yes, sarcasm)

  3. I haven’t heard anything this year, I wonder if they are fasting. That is a tough thing for anyone to do, let alone someone going through training camp.

    They could do it another month, as the Koran allows that if it can potentially cause harm, which fasting during camp can. They stay true and do it on the actual month.

    Good for them, and I hope they have a wonderful Idul Fitri… FYI my wife is Muslim ;). Not me though.

  4. Good thing they are safeties and not QBs. Wouldn’t want any confusion about them tossing a “bomb.”

    Congrats guys — should be an interesting evening!

    Our country’s diversity is its greatest strength.

  5. SEE James Harrison… I told you that the President invites football players to the White House, even if they haven’t won a Super Bowl. You just have to change your religion to get an invitation…

  6. Are you SURE water is prohibited? Or did some “journalist” get his/her facts wrong? Going without water during the day while in pads and working out in August is playing Russian roulette. It’s only a matter of time before someone gets heat stroke. I find it hard to believe ANY religion forbids water when it’s necessary for a believer to actually stay alive. Food – I get that. Lots of religions have a tradition of fasting. Water – that’s necessary to keep you out of a hospital ER and/or the morgue? I’m skeptical that the faith demands that.

  7. flyerscup2010 says: Aug 10, 2011 8:58 AM

    can’t wait until the rather large intolerant segment of the PFT commenting community turns this into “Obama’s a muslim too”

    or even better, “SHOULDN’T OBAMA BE CREATING JOBS INSTEAD OF EATING DINNER WITH NFL PLAYERS LOL”

    never ceases to amaze me. and i don’t even like obama.
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    After the “success” of the last 2 years of this administration, I think I would prefer that he not do anything, at all, to “fix” any of this countries problems. He is excellent at campaigning, he is a very good public reader, err, speaker, but he has left much to be desired. He didnt lie, he did bring change, I just think we are better off if we change back….

  8. They do not drink water, and I heard one of them say they can rinse their mouth with water, but they can’t drink it.

    Very impressive dedication.

  9. Very Cool….. Surprised with all the potential backlash from uneducated haters.

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    How in hell can you be surprised by potential backlash?

  10. Yes, during Ramadan fasting, there is to be no water or food during daylight hours. Posters are also correct in that it can be postponed due to traveling or medical reasons. This is very commendable on their part. May they have the strength to persevere.

    @cup1981 its Eid ul Fitir 🙂

  11. Water – that’s necessary to keep you out of a hospital ER and/or the morgue? I’m skeptical that the faith demands that.

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    I’m not skeptical that the faith demands it, I’m skeptical that the faithful go without it.

  12. Good for them, and I hope they have a wonderful Idul Fitri… FYI my wife is Muslim 😉 . Not me though.

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    Then she has betrayed her religion.

  13. I have absolutely 0 problem with guys practicing their religions as long as it affects only themselves, but why is the govt in the business of celebrating ANYONE’S religion???
    SMH

  14. CKL says: Aug 10, 2011 10:22 AM

    I have absolutely 0 problem with guys practicing their religions as long as it affects only themselves, but why is the govt in the business of celebrating ANYONE’S religion???

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    I am sure you are referring to the annual White House EASTER egg hunt right? Or making Christmas a paid Federal holiday? I could go on but I think you see the point…

  15. just remember how YOU spoke and acted when the picture of George W. Bush holding hands with the Saudi King was published on the front of every paper in America………….

  16. Who cares? I want football news, not crap like this and what players have been arrested. I thought once the lockout was over, we’d stop hearing stories like this. SMH…

  17. I’m a tolerant, moderately liberal guy. And this disturbs me on more levels than I care to think about.

  18. cup1981 says:
    Aug 10, 2011 9:00 AM

    Good for them, and I hope they have a wonderful Idul Fitri… FYI my wife is Muslim . Not me though.

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    @ cup1981

    So who cooks the pork bacon in your house?

    Arabic doesn’t translate perfectly to English so it can be written Eid ul-Fitr, Eid al-Fitr, Id-ul-Fitr, or Id al-Fitr. Just as Mohammed is spelled many different ways…

    Greetings and Ramdan Kareem from Saudi Arabia…

  19. cmstrick says:
    Aug 10, 2011 10:38 AM
    I’m a tolerant, moderately liberal guy. And this disturbs me on more levels than I care to think about.

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    why?

  20. chopblocked says:
    Aug 10, 2011 10:29 AM
    CKL says: Aug 10, 2011 10:22 AM

    I have absolutely 0 problem with guys practicing their religions as long as it affects only themselves, but why is the govt in the business of celebrating ANYONE’S religion???

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    I am sure you are referring to the annual White House EASTER egg hunt right? Or making Christmas a paid Federal holiday? I could go on but I think you see the point…
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    I said ANY so yes I have a problem with.. ANY.
    It’s not the highest priority to me over some of the other ridiculous crap the govt. does that wastes working people’s money, it’s just another brick in the wall .

  21. miamarino says: Aug 10, 2011 10:12 AM

    Yes, during Ramadan fasting, there is to be no water or food during daylight hours. Posters are also correct in that it can be postponed due to traveling or medical reasons. This is very commendable on their part. May they have the strength to persevere.

    @cup1981 its Eid ul Fitir 🙂

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    It’s spelled differently in different parts of the world, just like Ramadan and Koran are.

    I live in Indonesia, and here it’s Idul Fitri, Ramadhan and Koran (same as U.S.).

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    pftequalsgreatjournalism says:

    @ cup1981

    So who cooks the pork bacon in your house?

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    Haha, I do, but I have to sneak it. Or I order it at a restaurant and say “oh damn, I wanted turkey bacon. Well, can’t waste it.”

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    east96st says: Aug 10, 2011 9:42 AM

    Are you SURE water is prohibited?

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    Yes, it is “prohibited.” Now, if the guy were to feel dehydrated and feel that he is in danger, he can drink or eat. He then has to make that fasting day up another day.

  22. east96st says:
    Aug 10, 2011 9:42 AM
    Are you SURE water is prohibited? Or did some “journalist” get his/her facts wrong? Going without water during the day while in pads and working out in August is playing Russian roulette. It’s only a matter of time before someone gets heat stroke. I find it hard to believe ANY religion forbids water when it’s necessary for a believer to actually stay alive. Food – I get that. Lots of religions have a tradition of fasting. Water – that’s necessary to keep you out of a hospital ER and/or the morgue? I’m skeptical that the faith demands that.

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    Husain just did an interview at training camp with PA the other day and said he will put the water in his mouth/swish it around but spits it out. The teams trainers have been monitoring these guys, they wake up at 2am to have protein shakes as meal replacements for the lunch the miss. They still eat and drink at breakfast/dinner, before/after sunrise/sunset.

  23. The important thing in today’s media is to be preemptive.
    “Cue the right wing haters…”
    “Here comes the anti-Islamic hate again…”

    …the most critical element is the timing; be sure it’s brought up before the alleged haters have inferred anything.

    Welcome to the media of the new millenium;
    “If I want your opinion, I’ll give it to you.”
    Boy are we fortunate.

  24. Yep I’m a redneck, Obama is a Muslim! LOL! May be they can get Tebow to come to and have religious Jihad! Muslims vs Christians lets get it on! I’m buying tickets to that one! Sorry being politically correct is not in my vocabulary.

  25. I’m asking that you look at both sides of this. The President cancels the National Day of Prayer because he dose not want to offend any one but it’s ok to to have the Islamic prayer day,or to celebrate Ramadan at the White House? I just want to know the difference as to why one is offensive and the other is not. Please enlighten me on the subject.
    Thanks

  26. tbrakerm, you are right on. Why are they having this at the White House anyway? Why hasn’t the Lame Street Media been all over this. This is the first I’ve heard of it. This is BS.

  27. Has he invited any Jewish players of any sport to celebrate Passover, Rosh Hannah or Hannukah? Just asking. Should be equal time right?

  28. These are two super overachieving AMERICAAN young men. Who happen to represent an outstanding AMERICAN family. They practice their faith with deducation and devotion. They follow the Koran faithfully….just as a few founding fathers of AMERICA(Jefferson) used the Koran as a guide for their personal lives.

    @ESPNFeedback

  29. Those who are concerned about religious intolerance on this forum need only look at just about any post referencing Tim Tebow. He has been reviled for his religious beliefs since the draft. The comments sections have been brutal over the past year…..

  30. seanb20124 says:
    Aug 10, 2011 4:59 PM
    OMG such a cute story. Does he invite Christian NFLers at Christmas time?? Doubt it
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    Obama had Tim Tebow at the Whitehouse on National Pray Day. Does that count. He’s had every religion represent Americas diversity.

  31. yes the journalist is right water is prohibited.. ur not allowed to eat or drink anything from sunrise till sunset..

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