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Husain Abdullah To Take A Year Off From Football For Islamic Pilgrimage

There's reports that the Minnesota Vikings are interested in bringing back safety Husain Abdullah to help with a depleted and struggling secondary in 2012, but they may have to wait a season if they remain interested in acquiring his services. Pro Football Talk had a post talking about the potential for Abdullah to take a break this season to make a pilgrimage to Mecca as part of his Islamic faith (with a H/T to the Star Tribune).


More than that, Hamza Abdullah, Husain's brother, is going to take a break to complete the pilgrimage as well. Hamza spent last season on the Arizona Cardinals, appearing in all 16 games, and is a free agent along with his brother. The two are planning to travel to 30 mosques in 30 days during Ramadan, the Islamic month when Muslims fast from sunrise to sundown.


As noted by the Star Tribune, they're using the website to raise money for a documentary on their travels. Kickstarter has become something of an internet phenomenon of late, with projects across the internet skyrocketing past their goals in some cases. Their Kickstarter page can be found here. At any rate, it's looking like the Vikings will need to look elsewhere for a safety this season.


Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.