- Associated Press - Sunday, August 8, 2010

MANKATO, MINN. (AP) - Husain Abdullah is approaching his most challenging month of the football season. That’s when the Vikings’ backup safety observes Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting and prayer.

Abdullah will not eat or drink during daylight hours for the 30-day period beginning Wednesday. He will need to maintain his energy, stamina and health in the coming weeks. The Vikings have a plan for him to get the nutrients he needs at night.

Abdullah has been a reliable special teams player the past two years. He says he’s excited that his commitment to Ramadan has raised awareness of the Muslim holiday.

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