Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah missed the 2012 NFL season so he could make a pilgrimage to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia that fall.
Abdullah is returning to the Middle East in just a few days. This time he’s not there for an extended stay. He’ll be back to join the Chiefs in training camp in late July at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph.
He will head to Doha, Qatar where Abdullah will take part in various activities promoting American football and how he balances his career as a player with his Islamic faith.
“Being chosen from an elite pool of professional athletes is humbling,” Abdullah said in a publicity release from the sponsoring group for the trip, the Aspire Zone Foundation. “I look forward to teaching, coaching and sharing my passion for American Football with participants in Doha.
“Nothing in this world is more important to me than worshipping Allah the way He has instructed us to do. With American football being a sport I love, I must find balance to make sure that my enjoyment of sport does not interfere with my worship of Allah. I continue to work towards a balanced lifestyle so I can continue enjoying the game I love, while keeping Allah first.”
Abdullah’s schedule will include training sessions for local flag football teams and a special coaching clinic for the youth of Qatar.