The holy month of Ramadan is one of beautiful struggle for Muslims around the world. Through the rigors of fasting during the daylight hours, one can gain strength of character. Through whatever challenges arise in praying and reading the Quran more often than usual, one can gain knowledge and perspective.
It is also a time when the Muslim community comes together more often than usual, whether it is to gather for Iftar meals at the mosque to break the fast, or nightly Taraweeh prayer meetings in addition to the customary five daily prayers.
To mark the beginning of Ramadan this week, Muslim athletes from a variety of sports around the world spoke out on social media:
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