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Muslim Player can skip fast on matchday, Prof Sabitu Ariyo

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An Islamic cleric, Professor Sabitu Ariyo Olagoke has said that Islamic Tenets absolve footballers of fast during a matchday likewise other sports men and women on important days of action instead of putting their lives at risk by playing a football match or competing in any other sporting activities with Ramadan fast.

The Islamic leader who is the Founder/ Spiritual Head of Shafaudeen in Islam Worldwide, made this assertion while delivering paper at the 4th Annual Ramadan Lecture of the Sports Writers’ Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Oyo State, at NUJ Press Centre, Ibadan on Wednesday.

Prof. Olagoke, while speaking on the topic, “Fasting during a Pandemic: The Takeaways”, said that Islam tenets do not make it compulsory for those those saddled with the responsibility of defending a town or nation in a war.

He therefore liken sporting activities to such claiming “footballers are hired to defend their team in an energy sapping and rigorous exercise, and such player can pay back the missed fast after Ramadan as stated in Quran 4 chapter 212”.

Prof Olagoke however cautioned that such individuals must understand that the privilege of skipping the fast did not mean an opportunity for them to engage in any unIslamic activity, and added that they must maintain decorum and be prepared to take steps to further strengthen their faith.

The cleric, who has been sponsoring a grassroots football tournament for teams in Oyo State for the past 16 years, added that sport is a legitimate way of engaging our youths as supported by Islam. He then advised that sports should be utilize by Government to curb the prevalent restiveness among the Nigerian youths.

At the event were a former Chief Press Secretary to former Governor Lamidi Adesina, Alhaji Kehinde Olaosebikan, National President, Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN) Abdul-Rahman Balogun, Oyo NUJ Chairman, Ademola Babalola and a veteran journalist Chief Adeola Badru.

The Chairman of Oyo SWAN, Niyi Alebiosu, in his remark, thanked people who supported the Association to successfully organize the Ramadan Lecture among whom were Alh. Abdulwahab Adekunle Hamex and Alh. Abdul Ganiyu Hamed, the CEO of Solat Telecoms.

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