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Newcastle United Adjusts to Muslim Prayers

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Source : OnIslam & Newspapers / 5 Apr 2013

Accommodating the religious needs of its football stars, A Premier League club has dedicated a room for Muslim players to perform their prayers before matches.

“Prayer has become an important part of the build up to big games,” an insider told Mirror newspaper on Thursday, April 4.

There are seven Muslim players in the leading British football club.

They often encounter problems in performing their prayers as there is no specific room dedicated for the ritual.

Seeking to help them perform their religious tasks, the club has decided to dedicate a room for prayers by Muslim players.

“We believe we now have more Muslims in our first team squad than any other team in the Premier League, so it is important to look after them,”the insider said.

“They have been using various rooms at the ground to worship before games.”

“Now they will get a proper prayer room,” he said.

The British club said the prayer room can be used by players of all faiths.

Muslims pray five times a day, with each prayer made of a series of postures and movements, each set of which is called a rak‘ah.

The five prayer times are divided all through the day which starts with Fajr prayer at dawn.

Muslim players in Newcastle United were often led in prayers by their former colleague Demba Ba, who now moved to rival Chelsea.

“Demba was the most devout of all the players,” the insider said.

“He would regularly pray before big games, and be joined by team-mates. It helped build a bond between them.”

Founded in 1892, Newcastle United have won League Championship title and six FA Cups, as well as the 1969 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and the 2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup.

Newcastle United has the ninth highest total of major honors won by an English club.

The club's most successful period was between 1904 and 1910, when they won an FA Cup and three of their First Division titles.

The club is 20th club in terms of annual revenue, generating €115.3million in 2012.

Britain is home to a Muslim community of nearly 2.5 million.


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