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Muslim Brothers Hamza and Husain Abdullah To Sit Out NFL Season

Husain and Hamza Abdullah.

NFL free agents Hamza and Husain Abdullah, brothers who are practicing Muslims, plan to sit out the 2012 season to speak at mosques this summer, then make a pilgrimage to Mecca, NFL.com reported Thursday.

It’s unclear whether they are leaving the NFL permanently.

“It has been a blessing to play in the NFL for both Husain and I,” Hamza said in a press release, “but we would be remiss if we didn’t give thanks to the One who made it all possible.”

“I visited Makkah, Saudi Arabia in March and a strong sense of urgency overcame me to attend ‘Hajj’ in October,” Husain said. ” I love the game of football but, it would directly coincide with my pilgrimage. So, I’m taking some time off.”

Husain, 26, a defensive back who started 15 games for the Minnesota Vikings in 2010 and nine more for the Vikings in 2011, has turned down contract offers from the Vikings and other teams, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

Husain’s career may have been in jeopardy before this decision. He sustained four concussions over the past two seasons, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and had visited a concussion specialist to determine whether his long-term health was in danger

Hamza, 28, played sparingly for the Arizona Cardinals in 2011, but he appeared in 16 games.

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7 thoughts on “Muslim Brothers Hamza and Husain Abdullah To Sit Out NFL Season

  1. Ian Statham says:

    good luck to you both.

  2. Dave Bragg says:

    What a waste of time. Thank the guy who writes your paychecks, not to some invisible sky fairy that doesn't exist.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Allah hates non-Muslims. Please read the Koran to see what the Muslims are commanded to do to non-Muslims.

  4. Say this please to Tim Tebow as well.

    Reflecting and resting your wounded body seems like a good idea. Not all Muslims take everything literally, even if they are going on their hadj. It's not like they are following some false propaganda to quit their sport and go to war like Pat Tillman (RIP) either. It's a holiday and year off they never had once in their life.

  5. Who cares, if they said they were going to fight in the war against Islam/terrorism then that should be an article to write about. These guys will have bombs strapped to their chest in a few years or they'll get blown up by their "own".

  6. Rich Perkins says:

    Humans and their hang-ups–humans and their silly religions.

  7. Tom McLoughlin says:

    Muslims spend more time in titty bars than the rest of the world combined. They cut heads off non-believers, they stone women for having been raped, they're fucking animals and their so called religion is incompatible with the American way of life. Our Constitution promises the pursuit of liberty, their "religion doesn't allow that, and they therefore should be considered a cult with no legal rights to pursue a practice that promotes anti-American values. They will spread their filth till they've conned enough black men and women and can begin to seriously challenge and change our way of life. Deport every one of them, ban their cult, erase them from our books, or we will be doomed to being controlled by them someday soon.

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