England cricketer Adil Rashid has heaped praise on his teammates for understanding and respecting his religious obligations, BBC has reported.
“It was a bit different in 2015 when me and Moeen Ali came together into the England team — the players did not know much about Islam,” he said in a Zoom chat with BBC. “The dressing room is so good now — they understand when we read our prayers, we need to go into a quiet corner and they will not disturb us. They also ask a lot of questions about Islam which is positive for us as Muslims because our job is to give dawah and they understand it more now.”
The all-rounder believes everyone should remain down to earth regardless of how famous they are. “It is so easy to go off the rails with a bit of fame in terms of losing your identity as a Muslim. I am sure we have all been through that.”
He went on to say that the game can come in the way of a player’s duties. “The cricket season takes place from April to September. That is when the Hajj pilgrimage has generally taken place over the last few years so I have not had the opportunity to make the trip.”
He added that the month of Ramazan has been unique this year since he has been able to spend it at home. “I have been away every Ramazan playing sport and doing cricket training. We were always on the go but this Ramazan there are no excuses. We can keep all 30 fasts, we can read and learn more — maybe another language — so it has been a blessing in disguise.”