Posted by: Sharique | July 3, 2006

Muslim World Cup Players Promote Image

Muslim World Cup Players Promote Image
By Ahmad Atta, IOL Correspondent

“They can help clear misconceptions about Islam and prove that the Muslim faith is a way of life,” Tikriti said.

CAIRO — Superstar Muslim footballers leading several high-profile European teams in Germany 2006 FIFA World Cup are contributing to a paradigm shift, showing a face of Islam some have not seen and many others have claimed never existed.

“Muslim players in European soccer teams are a proof that their faith and cultures are not stumbling blocks hindering contribution to the development of their societies in all domains,” Anas al-Tikriti, former chairman of the Muslim Association of Britain, told IslamOnline.net.

“They can help clear misconceptions about Islam and prove that the Muslim faith is a way of life,” he added.

\n Many Muslim players have captured the limelight\n during their participation in the world football gala.

\n Among them is French playmaker legend and\n three-time FIFA World Player of the Year Zinedine Zidane.

\n His expected successor, midfielder Franck Ribery,\n has also made headlines during his country\’s opener against\n Switzerland.

\n Ribery, a native French revert, raised his hands\n and supplicated to God like a typical Muslim before the kickoff.

\n Among the other prominent Muslim names in the\n mondial are Dutch Boulahrouz Khalid and Van Persie Robin as well as\n Swede Ibrahimovic Zlatan.

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\nBurgat said the successes refute misconceptions about Islam and ease hardships facing Muslim minorities in the West.\n

\n Renowned French intellectual Francois Burgat said\n successes in sports and other fields help refute allegations about\n Muslims and ease hardships facing the Muslim minorities in the West.

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Many Muslim players have captured the limelight during their participation in the world football gala.

Among them is French playmaker legend and three-time FIFA World Player of the Year Zinedine Zidane.

His expected successor, midfielder Franck Ribery, has also made headlines during his country’s opener against Switzerland.

Ribery, a native French revert, raised his hands and supplicated to God like a typical Muslim before the kickoff.

Among the other prominent Muslim names in the mondial are Dutch Boulahrouz Khalid and Van Persie Robin as well as Swede Ibrahimovic Zlatan.

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Burgat said the successes refute misconceptions about Islam and ease hardships facing Muslim minorities in the West.

Renowned French intellectual Francois Burgat said successes in sports and other fields help refute allegations about Muslims and ease hardships facing the Muslim minorities in the West.

\n "The consecutive selection of Zidane as\n France\’s most popular man is a step in this direction," Burgat\n believes.

\n Tirkriti agreed, saying such stars can help in\n better integrating Muslims in their European societies and being\n accepted by fellow citizens.

\n "A footballer can have a greater influence\n than a scholar or a preacher if he offers a good example to\n others," noted the activist.

\n He recalled one incident while delivering a sermon\n at a mosque in Aberdeen, Scotland, during the last holy month of\n Ramadan.

\n "The place of worship was unusually teeming\n with people and when I asked the imam about it he said that two\n Muslims who play in the Scottish league attend prayers during\n Ramadan."

\n Tirkriti said European Muslims who make it to the\n top in any field serve as models for fellow Muslims.

\n He believes that such superstars can also\n contribute to solving many of the problems young European Muslims\n suffer.

\n The British Muslim leader regretted the lack of\n self-confidence and engagement by many young Muslims because of the\n increasing anti-Muslim rhetoric.\n “,1] ); //–>”Those players are giving the best example of the true nature of Islam,” he told IOL.

“The consecutive selection of Zidane as France’s most popular man is a step in this direction,” Burgat believes.

Tirkriti agreed, saying such stars can help in better integrating Muslims in their European societies and being accepted by fellow citizens.

“A footballer can have a greater influence than a scholar or a preacher if he offers a good example to others,” noted the activist.

He recalled one incident while delivering a sermon at a mosque in Aberdeen, Scotland, during the last holy month of Ramadan.

“The place of worship was unusually teeming with people and when I asked the imam about it he said that two Muslims who play in the Scottish league attend prayers during Ramadan.”

Tirkriti said European Muslims who make it to the top in any field serve as models for fellow Muslims.

He believes that such superstars can also contribute to solving many of the problems young European Muslims suffer.

The British Muslim leader regretted the lack of self-confidence and engagement by many young Muslims because of the increasing anti-Muslim rhetoric.

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Sharique Ahmad
Final year, Mechanical Engg.
IIT Madras\n\n

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Is Zidane a muslim?

Here are the reports regarding his religion
1.) Yes, he is a Muslim, there is video of him praying from the 1998 World Cup, although to be honest, I don’t think he practices the religion regularly. His wife is Christian. As for his kids??? Three have Western names, one has an Arabic name. I’m guessing the kids are secularized.
2.) Zidane represents rare values. In a celebrity culture of excess — David Beckham’s tabloid flash, Diego Maradona’s apocalyptic appetites — he is a shy family man devoted to his wife and four sons. In a crabby society in which everyone has an opinion or a complaint, he minds his own business. He refuses to discuss politics, except for terse criticism of Le Pen in 2002. He calls himself a “non-practicing Muslim.”
3.) His wife, Veronique, is a former dancer and model of French Spanish ancestry. They married in 1993 and have four sons named Enzo, Luca, Théo and Elyaz (إلياس). Zidane calls himself a “non-practicing Muslim”
4.) Zidane’s parents were Muslims (who Follows Islam) but he himself has married a Christian dancer and has named his children after Christian football players. But due to his secrecy of religion and background we cannot confirm weather he is Muslim or not .So we are taking him of following his parents religion and he has also kept a Muslim name.

Faith is a personal thing and we are not allowed to label anyone as Kafir based  on his activites. His parents were muslims, his name is Arabic and Allah knows best!!

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