President Obama Invites Vikings Husain Abdullah To Anual Iftar Dinner
It’s not every day that a starting safety gets an excused absence from a training camp practice.
Then again, it’s not every day the excuse is an invitation to dine with the President of the United States.
Minnesota Vikings safety Husain Abdullah will fly to Washington, DC, on Wednesday morning, where he’ll meet his brother, Hamza, a safety for the Arizona Cardinals. The two of them were invited to the annual iftar dinner Wednesday night at the White House to celebrate Ramadan, a holy month in the Muslim calendar.
Abdullah, a fourth-year pro from Washington State, was caught off guard by the invitation. He said he didn’t even know who nominated him and his brother for the honor.
“I actually met a guy a couple of months ago who directed a movie called ‘Fordson: Faith, Fasting and Football’,” Abdullah said Tuesday. “He was telling me about it, so I don’t know if he put in a word or what have you. I have no clue. I’m just excited to go.”
Iftar is the meal that Muslims eat at sundown, when they break their daylong fast during Ramadan. President Obama has hosted an annual ceremonial iftar celebration each year since he took office, inviting members of Congress and his administration to dine with members of the Muslim community and ambassadors from predominantly Muslim nations.
It shouldn’t be news to Vikings fans as we have now gone several seasons watching Abdullah participate in a fast while enduring two a day training camps. It’s amazing to see such dedication to his faith and his ability to keep himself as healthy as possible. It’s not every day Vikings players are mingling with the President but lets hope in about 6 months they will be back as an entire team!