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Rapper K’Naan Visits Somalia At The Height Of Its Devastating Famine

20110823-093206.jpgAt the height of a deadly famine, Somali-born rapper K’Naan took time off to visit his native country which has been ravaged by a famine brought on by drought and the inability for aid to reach those most devastated because of militant groups.

Forbes.com reports that the rapper, who now resides in Canada, visited Mogadishu and the city’s Banadir Hospital on Sunday (August 21).

“I came to Somalia to see the situation here and give any donation I have to the people and anything else available,” said the rapper, according to Forbes.com. “I will do all I can to help my people in Somalia.”

K’Naan’s visit over the weekend marks his first visit to Somalia in over two decades.

A report by MSNBC on August 5, 2011 states that 29,000 children under the age of five have died as a result of the famine.

Fasting and football.

How do top-flight Muslims cope?Ramadan offers a unique challenge as footballers train and play while their normal eating habits are suspended

By Tusdiq Din

Clubs increasingly like to control every aspect of their players’ fitness, testing them weekly, providing individual exercise plans and dictating diet. Sometimes, however, outside influences come into play.

For the increasing number of Muslims in the Premier and Football League, normal eating habits are currently suspended, for this is the month of Ramadan.

During Ramadan, which runs from 1 to 29 August this year, devotees are expected to refrain from taking in food or liquid, smoking and sex, from before sunrise until sundown. This is intended to teach patience, spirituality, humility and submissiveness to Allah. It is one of the five pillars of Islam, the others being a declaration of faith, giving to charity, praying the five daily prayers and the Haj pilgrimage to Mecca.

Managers and coaches may question the wisdom of a footballer having to train and play when fasting, but this is something that Muslims know is part of their life.

Some, like the former Tottenham and West Ham striker, Frédéric Kanouté, are strict observers. Kanouté, now at Seville, has been a practising Muslim since the age of 20. His faith, insists Kanouté, has never presented itself as a problem in his relationship with the coaching staff, team-mates or fans. But when it comes to Ramadan, they pepper him with questions.

“They’re quite curious, yes. They wonder why I don’t eat and ask all these questions, but you have to answer them. It’s good also because it’s witnessing the religion and we can talk about that. They see me praying in the dressing room, I don’t think of how people look at me, I’m just natural and it’s my way.

“Islam has helped me to be this way, so this is normal. It’s a path you take to keep you calm, to help you think about the place you live in, to love your neighbour. It’s strange when I hear about all these problems of terrorism because it’s the opposite of what I understood for Islam.”

In a diverse Premier League, an increasing number of players are followers of Islam. You’ll see them cup their hands in silent prayer before kick-off, then brush them over their face. Kolo and Yaya Touré, Nicolas Anelka and Samir Nasri are all talented players who would not want any fuss over their faith, but during the month of Ramadan, games can become even more of a challenge than usual.

In 2009, after only half an hour of Inter’s 1-1 draw with Bari, the fasting Sulley Muntari was substituted, with manager Jose Mourinho stating that Ramadan had “not arrived at the ideal moment for a player to play a football match”. His comments drew widespread criticism, which Mourinho later clarified by saying: “Muntari’s decision is not to be criticised because it is a question of faith and religion. That means that I accept it. I never said Muntari should forget his religion and practice.”

Some players compromise. Anelka….. Full article HERE