Peace and blessings to all. This is Hamza Abdullah checking in. It’s been a long while since the last time you’ve heard from me. Husain and I have been training extremely hard, so that we are ready when that phone rings. God willing. Why are we training and not playing? Well that’s a long story, but it can be summed up in a few words. We went to our Holy Pilgrimage to Mecca, Hajj. It was during the last 2 weeks of October, so we had a decision to make. Play football this season, and miss another opportunity to go for Hajj, or take some time off, go for Hajj, then come back and try and come back for the end of the season. We were able to do this because it was the first We talked about the opportunity to play on the same team, but we also talked about the opportunity to fulfill an obligation in our religion. Hajj is prescribed on all Muslims who have the health and the wealth to go. It is a very taxing trip on your body. We are truly blessed to be able to make this sacred spiritual journey. God willing, we did it with pure intentions, and our Hajj is accepted.
Now that we have completed our Hajj requirement, we are ready to get back to football. I have played football since I was 12 years old, and this has been a tough year being away from it. I haven’t had the opportunity to watch very many games, but i have had the opportunity to watch some old film. The film has kept me near the game, even while I’m away. I have had the opportunity to talk to a number of my old teammates and even some coaches. They are pulling for us and they’re anticipating us getting back into our routine. Many people have asked what Hajj was like, how has the time away from football, and what did we learn? All praises are due to God. We actually had NBC follow us and God willing you can see it soon.
We have been truly blessed with an opportunity to play the game that we love. And because of this platform, we have been able to collaborate on some pretty amazing projects. This one, has to be the most exciting. NBC brought their cameras and shot for days. They interviewed my family and our former teachers, it was amazing. I never thought I would see the day, where NBC was at my high school. It was a surreal feeling. The piece is scheduled to play this Thursday November 29th at 10pm/9pm Central. Rock Center with Brian Williams. Please check your local listings, set your DVR’s and please tell your family and friends to tune in.
We are truly appreciative of this opportunity to try and promote good. What we want for our brother, is what we want for ourselves. And we would like everyone who has accompanied us on this journey, to get the credit they deserve. Thank you to everyone, and please keep us in your prayers. Peace and Be Blessed.