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Muslim cleric says Mo Salah’s injury is divine punishment for breaking his fast

MO Salah’s Champions League final injury was a punishment from God because he broke his fast for the match, a Kuwaiti imam has claimed.

It was 31 minutes into the game Salah hurt his shoulder in a vigorous struggle with Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos. Mo is a practising Moslem who got permission, along with other international team-mates in Egyptian squad, to postpone their Ramadan fasting for the days building up to the World Cup by Shawki Allam, the Grand Mufti of Egypt.

Just a day after Reds were walloped 3-1 by Los Blancos in Kiev, an imam from Kuwait named Mubarak al Bathali said in a tweet that the injury was a punishment from God for nullifying his fast before the match during the month of Ramadan. He acknowledged that Moslems are allowed to abstain from Ramadan fasting if they are travelling, but Salah did so with a wrong intention, he ate because of a football match and that was ‘not a legitimate excuse.’ He claimed that it was a sin in the eyes of God. If he had intended to break his fast for travelling from Britain to Ukraine, he would not have sinned but due to the wrong intention, he suffered.

Liverpool physio Ruben Pons told prior to the final Salah would break his Ramadan fast for the game after consulting with a nutritionist. ‘Tomorrow and the day of the match he won’t [fast], so it’s not going to affect him,’ he told Cadena SER, a Spanish radio station, on last Thursday.

The cleric furthermore stated that MO Sala was ill-advised and he will ‘unfortunately, bear the burden’ for what he has done.

The Liverpool goal machine’s injury has put a level of uncertainty for his participation for the World Cup in Russia next month, which the imam said would remind him that every single thing that happens, happens in accordance with God’s will. He added ‘Do not think the Muslim believes that life is managed by reason and effort, but life is the hand of God comes to whom he will, whether hard or not diligent. Perhaps [the injury] is good for you.’

He did admit that Salah was ‘virtuous, good and respected man’ and admired him for improving Moslems’ image in the West.

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