The NRL champion Rooster forward, Sonny Bill Williams, a Muslim Australian will train and play while fasting during the month of Ramadan. He will play a 3pm game against the Panthers on 19 July while observing the fast. 

The Roosters train in daylight hours at least three days a week but may even adjust the schedule so Sonny can train after sunset, a sign of standing and respect that his colleagues and his club has for him and his faith.

Sonny Bill has spoken to dietitians and the Roosters’ sports science staff to carefully plan his diet and training for the next four weeks during Ramadan. His diet will include breads, cereals and other grain products, fruit and vegetables, meat, fish and poultry, milk, cheese and yoghurt and lots of water.

Another NRL star, the former goalkicking champion Hazem El Masri, playing for the Bulldogs used to do the same, training and playing while fasting during the month of Ramadan.

[blockquote style=”3″]“If you’ve got the will and belief you can achieve whatever you desire,” – Hazem El Masri [/blockquote]

Ramadan started on Sunday 29 June and will end after 30 days on Sunday 27 July with thanksgiving and Eid-ul-Fitr celebration on Monday 28 July. Fasting during the month means abstaining from meals and drinks from dawn to dusk, 5.30 in the morning till 5 in the evening.

Sonny Bill Williams tweeted at 5am on Sunday 29 June, first day of Ramadan:

[blockquote style=”3″]“Good luck to the brothers and sisters out there doing Ramadan, inshallah, Allah makes it easy for you.”[/blockquote]