Vikings' Abdullah fasting for Ramadan

There have been some extra hot practices in Midwest this summer. I can attest to it. I stood through a brutal one next to teammate Matt Bowen a week ago in Bourbonnais, Ill.

It’s plenty hot to the north in Mankato, Minn., too, and that is what makes Husain Abdullah’s observance of Ramadan difficult for some to imagine. The Islamic month of fasting and prayer began Wednesday and Abdullah told Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune that will observe it as a practicing Muslim.

That means he will not eat or drink during daylight hours, meaning Abdullah won’t be getting any liquids when the temperature at practice rises into the 90’s as it did Wednesday.

“I grew up in Southern California,” Abdullah told Zulgad. “We played in 100-degree weather. I remember my sophomore year in college (for Washington State) we played USC, it was like 96 down there and I was fasting. I've played in the heat before in actual game situations.

"I'm not really worried about that. If something were to happen where I started getting faint or dehydrated it would be OK for me to go ahead and break my fast because my health is at risk.”

Much of proper hydration involves the right diet and Abdullah is being conscious of that, a good idea whether you’re drinking liquids during the daytime or not.

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