Are you ready for some footbaaaal!
Every time I watch “coach” I feel like standing on my feet with big “YEAH” and fist pump. This guy is so motivating. The dedication and persistence of this team is nothing more than astounding. This past Ramadan was one of the most difficult I have ever had in the last 28 years since I’ve been fasting. I was not only concerned for myself and my own health but that of my kids and the Muslim community in general. Going without food and drink for 16 straight hours was to me an amazing feet. I am fitness trainer and before Ramadan I did cardio and weight training 6 days a week alternately. But in Ramadan I found it hard just to get a 30 minutes of cardio in without being completely exhausted. A feeling that lingered for 48 hours when I tried to work out.
In general fasting is mind of matter. It’s a lesson in self-control and self discipline but at its most basic function it is a physical denial of nutrients and we cannot forget that. Especially since the next 5 years or so Ramadan will be in the long hot summer days. It’s important that we not make excuses for the fast but rather recognize both it’s spiritual impact and it’s physical impact and prepare accordingly.
I am curious to see how the team faired during the rest of the month. There is a documentary film that focused on them that recently came out and I am waiting for the dvd. Fordson: Faith – Fasting – Football.
The Auode family is just too cute. They really communicated the joy, stress, nervousness and simply elation of being a first time parent. Of all the couples I think I can relate most to this couple. They seem to have found a balance between practicing Islam and not falling into the cultural traps. Distinguishing between Islam and cultural tradition can be hard when your come from a cultural that is predominately Muslim like many Arab cultures
Nina and nightclub dreams
Nina is really has her heart set in opening a nightclub. When she approaches her mother the only reason they show is “it’s not good for a girl” and “it bad for their reputation. Maybe they should have pointed out that it’s haram. It is haram to consume alcohol, sell alcohol, or even purchase alcohol on the behalf of someone else. This is my grip with this show. Much of it is not showing what Islam is as a religion. I have to be honest. Nina gets me a little ticked off. She doesn’t seem to practice any Islam at all. I am trying to figure out why they even have her on the show. Her dress was cut so low at dinner with the girls I thought I was going to see a nipple. Like, really?
So this Sunday was another bitter sweet All American Muslim Show.