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Premier League Muslim footballers and Ramadan - the fasting month

It is that time of the year when everyone is buzzing as the new season of the Premier League approaches.

The Premier League clubs have already touched down in different lands all over the world for their pre-season friendlies, which are obviously considered as a big part of the preparations.

And there is no doubt that every single player should be looking forward to those friendlies as they aim at upping their fitness levels following weeks of relaxation. However, I’m not sure if the Premier League Muslim footballers are.

In the next few days we enter the Islamic Holy month of Ramadan, during which Muslims refrain from food and drinks from dawn to dusk.

You may not know but there are a fair number of Muslim players in the Premier League with the likes of Yaya ToureSamir NasriHatem Ben ArfaDemba Ba and Papiss Demba Cissé amongst the most well known.

You may remember Demba Ba’s slow start last season was attributed to his Ramadan fasting according to Alan Pardew.

The Toon’s manager revealed in his Blackburn post-match interview, a game in which Ba managed to score a hat-trick back in September last season:

 “He’s [Demba Ba] had a slow start here because of mainly Ramadan in my view. He had a couple of substitute appearances where he just started to show a little bit of sharpness but I thought he was terrific at Aston Villa and made us control the midfield without actually threatening the goal.”

And the player himself reiterated his manager’s thoughts on the impact of fasting and said:

“Sometimes it [fasting] doesn’t affect you at all. Sometimes you start feeling a bit tired. But it is not something that is new to me — I have been doing this for a long time.”

Fortunately for Ba and his fellow Muslim players, the new season of the Premier League this year won’t kick off until August the 18th, which will coincide with the penultimate day of the fasting month.

So that is definitely some good news for those Muslim players, their clubs, managers and most importantly their Fantasy Premier League (FPL) future owners.

Still this does pose a big question as to whether these Muslim players’ pre-season preparations will be hindered by the overlap of the fasting month?

Only time will tell just how well these players juggle the demands of their professional career on one hand, and their religious duties on the other hand.

List of Premier League Muslim footballers

Abou Diaby
Adel Taarabt
Ahmed Elmohamady
Ali Al Habsi
Armand Traoré
Bacary Sagna
Cheick Tioté
Demba Ba
Edin Dzeko
Hatem Ben Arfa
Karim El Ahmadi
Kolo Touré
Leon Osman
Mamady Sidibe
Marouane Chamakh
Marouane Fellaini
Mohamed Diame
Moussa Dembele
Papiss Demba Cissé
Robin van Persie (Married to a Muslim wife and is also said to be Muslim, but just doesn’t wish to publicly admit it.)
Samir Nasri
Yaya Touré
Younes Kaboul
Youssuf Mulumbu

About the author

FPL-loving, MUFC-supporting, skill-possessing but luck-lacking.

77 comments

  1. Marco Del Wattsio

    Great work mesh!

  2. Sleno

    A very good article indeed, and for sure some food for thought

  3. Dudu

    Great article Mesh and definitely something to keep in mind!

  4. Dusty

    was that pun intentional sleno? lol

  5. Sleno

    I tell ya what Dusty it wasnt, good one though eh :)

  6. Mo6a3

    impressive.! Mashallah

    • Ashraf tambala

      Alhamdulillah

  7. Tanimu

    24 muslim english premier league players includin RVP and cheik tiotè.

    • buhari ayuba nigeria

      special tanx 2 u mesh

  8. Abubakar

    Maanshallah.That is brilliant!

  9. Salah

    Masha Allah many Muslim players play in the Epl but is Clichy muslim? RVP is Muslim everybody knows that

    • hameed

      no hes not

  10. Mesh

    Having looked into it, I can’t confirm whether Gael is a Muslim or not. However, there is apparently a picture of Gael praying, which I couldn’t find.

  11. Jumah bah

    Now i know some muslim in the EPL.mashaallah

  12. Ahmadwaodu

    I need muslma player!

  13. TSAFE AMINU

    Alhamdulillah and I need to see more muslim players played in EPL

  14. Abdi salan dubow

    Masha allah

  15. did~harbz

    samir en sagna a muslim waw mashaallah, hop former gunnerz players majority are muslim in epl

  16. Hashidu Umar

    Wow Alhamdulillah, having muslim players

  17. TEMESGEN DERESSE

    THINKS TO GIVE THIS ADIVISE

  18. Sadima

    Mashallah may God make all epl prayers muslims nd i’m happy 2 knw RVP as muslim prayer in epl

  19. zakariya bn shakur

    so there is number of muslim players in europ playing like this that very good is a welcoming research masha Allah , keep on more are coming.

  20. NUHU BAFFA DARKI

    mmh!,im really apprecited.MashaALLAH

  21. Barde

    Alhamdulillah:-I-will-nown-be-a-supporter-of-ManCity-coz-of-Yaya,Kolo,Samir$Dzeko

  22. nawanka junior

    I love seing the muslims brother parforming well,

  23. Aminu ibrahim

    Masha Allah

  24. Muhammed Kebbeh

    Wow diz gr8 never knew f RvP bein muslim may Allah hlpz hz cuz in firing uz 2 ar 20th title…

  25. ISAH Adamu FURA

    MashaAllah

  26. Sulaimon Alaro sayuti

    I will like 2see my best striker and best sign in ISLAM and chicharito and orders love u all.

  27. Mohammed

    MashaAllah there are alots of Muslims footballers playing in the Premier league

  28. Aminu yahaya kantamari

    Alhamdulilla ma sha (Allah)

  29. ozil

    salaam

    • Husen tsiga

      Gud tnx b 2 allah d protecter

    • bababa mohammed

      Assalma alaikum ozil how re u I’m ur fans in nigeria

  30. Nuraddeen Haroona

    Masha Allah may God bless dem all. I m vry glad for seen Dzeko, RVP & charmak as a muslims

  31. Mustapha Ahmad M Hagi

    I’m very happy to know that,may Allah bless all amen

  32. asti setiya

    subhanallah.

  33. Shahid shibili

    Allahu akbar

  34. Kaweesi Ali

    Mansha Allah Islam z spreading wide.

  35. kells

    what of Edin Hazard, I heard that he’s a muslim is this True?

  36. Naseer ahmad

    But tht ds’nt shows RVP ix a muslim,need 2 knw more abt him

  37. Mamadu jalloh

    Let these muslim players keep it up god will guide and protect them in all their activities.

  38. Ishiyaku usman mu’azu

    What of robin van persie

  39. usmanov

    great to hear this but its no use there are double as those which are christian converts.

  40. AI ALIYU KANKIA

    Oh! My God.. We realy thank almighty allah 4this success that in the EPL muzlims are now plenty

  41. Sexy Sam ;)

    Sleno you flirt. Classic Dusty

  42. Dhux

    What about assaidi of lfc

  43. Hmm RV P,he was just marry to a muslim woman but he’s not a muslim,if he say so why can’t him publicise his religion?

  44. Izzaja’anasrul lahi walfathu#wara aitan nasa yadkuluna fidinillahi afwajan.
    ALHAMDULILLAH

  45. Fokir Akter

    May Allah bless all of you!

  46. Qalbi ali gurxan

    Mansha allah a appreciate allah SWT. I am so happy to see so many muslim players in EPL. And also wish roben van persie to be really muslim

    • hrach

      RVP we hope to be muslim insha allah

    • Cabdibashir

      I dnt thnk if RVP is muslim bt his nd his first born r muslim. I wish him 2 covert nd may God bleasd all muslim players AMIIM YA ALLAH.

  47. abdulazeez

    is not to bear a name say am a muslim but u need to do is carry thier duties and ma brother i bet that make’s u look the real muslim…ALLAHU AKBAR MASHA.ALLAH

  48. Ali

    Wow thanks bro and to all the Muslim bro out there Ramadan Mubarak

  49. Ali

    I mean bro and sister may Allah bells u all

  50. manusr jaykay

    Alihamdulilah robeel Al aamin 2 see dis,JAZAKUNLA KAIRAN…..Thank Allah islam is growing

  51. Habib

    Am happy to see more muslim player to be playing football because i does want to see us moving back may God bless all muslim player amen

  52. maxamed rooble

    masha allah is very good to si muslim pleyrs and i love robin van persie but i lik to si him reay muslim

  53. Jeylani hasan

    I very happy to know all muslim plyrs in Epl i wish

  54. bujawah smart kidd

    what about edin hazard, is he not a muslim?

  55. Sulaiman Alhassan

    Mash’Allah, what off Analca is he?

  56. Bello Ya’u Sabuwar-kasa

    AhamdulilLLAH United had 3 Muslim players now in there first team.

  57. suleiman kakagida

    Mesh u hv done a gr8t job more of dat plz

  58. Bashir ado durumin iya

    I am very happy muslim premier laegue

  59. Aminu

    Alhamdulillah

  60. MUKHTAR LAWAL SANI

    Up up up ozill daga ingawa

  61. Januzaj

    Where m.ozil and adnan januzaj please add those players and remove van persie

  62. abdullah cole

    Ozil,Hazard,Januzaj and Anelka are muslim also

  63. Tallyboi

    Ivanovic is a muslim

  64. Muhammad shaudo

    Are sure HAZARD a muslin?

    • Ishmael Feston Mataka

      100 % edin Hazard is a muslim…

  65. Usman Auwal Kashere

    I’m Usman Auwal Kashere I’m so hapy
    their many Muslims in E N P thanks all

  66. ABDULAHI MAZARIO

    HI I AM ABDULAHI PALYS FOR BARCELONA YOUTH AND I AM ALSO MUSLIM

  67. Cabdibashir

    I dnt thnk if RVP is muslim bt his nd his first born r muslim. I wish him 2 covert nd may God bleasd all muslim players AMIIM YA ALLAH. (qalbi ali wan kusalami)

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