Sports and Fasting

Can professional football players stop fasting for a couple of days in order to prepare for the game?

A Muslim can break the fast because of travelling because that is permitted in the Shari’ah. However, my view is that breaking fast for merely playing football is not justified. So if a player has a home game, he should not break his fast. Moreover, Hakeem Olajuwon used to play basketball matches while fasting.

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