Nation marks Eid with religious fervor

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Updated 01 September 2012

Nation marks Eid with religious fervor

MAKKAH: Millions of Muslims all over the Kingdom yesterday celebrated Eid Al-Fitr by attending prayers at mosques and open grounds and organizing various cultural programs. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, attended Eid prayers at the Grand Mosque in Makkah along with more than two million worshippers. Sheikh Saleh Bin Humaid, who led the prayer at the Grand Mosque, emphasized the role of Eid in strengthening relations between Muslims. “It promotes love between people, which is the spirit of life,” the imam said.
Bin Humaid said: “There is no religion like Islam that encourages its followers to love and support one another. The word love has been mentioned in the Holy Qur’an more than 80 times.”

He said the Islamic faith teaches Muslims to love their parents, wives and children, friends and the entire humanity as well as the nation. He stressed the need to love Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who has set a good example for Muslims in all walks of life. “The lack of love is something frightening as it would transform a man into an animal,” he pointed out. At the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, more than a million worshippers attended Eid prayers led by Sheikh Hussein Al-Asheikh. In his Eid sermon, Al-Asheikh said Eid Al-Fitr is a happy occasion for Muslims to celebrate after God gave them an opportunity to fast during the holy month of Ramadan. He emphasized the importance of visiting relatives and friends during Eid, saying it would help them win the pleasure of God and His forgiveness.

In the capital Riyadh, Eid prayers were held at the Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque where a number of princes and ministers joined prayers with thousands of citizens and expatriates. Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, who led the prayer, said Eid is a good opportunity for people to strengthen their bonds and cleanse their minds from hatred and vengeance. Eastern Province Gov. Prince Muhammad bin Fahd and his deputy Prince Jelawi bin Abdul Aziz attended Eid prayers at King Fahd Mosque in Dammam along with thousands of citizens and expatriates. Sheikh Yousuf Al-Afalek, a judge at the Appeals Court, urged the faithful to show mercy toward the poor, engage in goodness toward their parents and follow the Qur’anic teachings in all walks of their lives. Meanwhile, King Abdullah, accompanied by Crown Prince Salman, visited Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, who is recuperating at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Jeddah following an operation. The king wished the prince speedy recovery.

 


Saudi vegan bodybuilder slams diet myths

Nutrition is the most important part when it comes to bodybuilding, then comes type of exercise, and good rest. (AFP)
Updated 29 November 2020

Saudi vegan bodybuilder slams diet myths

  • Ali Al-Salam, who stopped consuming animal products in 2017, says certain steps must be completed to have an athletic body

JEDDAH: The vegan diet has risen in popularity in Saudi Arabia in recent years and has been a constant topic of debate among Saudis, attracting the interest of many, including athletes.

Ongoing debates about whether the vegan diet is sufficient for normal people, let alone bodybuilders, abound, but one Saudi is answering them physically.
Veganism is a lifestyle that excludes all animal products from diets, clothing or any other purposes.
Over the years, a number of studies have found that people who eat vegan or vegetarian diets have a lower risk of heart disease, but other studies have also placed them at a higher risk of stroke, possibly due to the lack of vitamin B12, an essential vitamin that reduces the risk of anemia and neurological diseases.
Speaking to Arab News, 33-year-old Saudi vegan bodybuilder, Ali Al-Salam, who first started his vegan diet three years ago when he was suffering from high blood pressure, highlighted that the consumption of animal products is a deep rooted idea among bodybuilders and athletes.
“We always hear that in order to build muscle, we must consume animal products. In some parts of the world, there are people who can only have a small amount of animal products yet they live their lives healthily and comfortably and are not suffering from malnutrition — on the contrary, they have a lower level of chronic illnesses.”

When I consumed meat and animal products, I suffered from high blood pressure; it was 190 over 110, and I wasn’t even 30 yet. Two weeks into the vegan diet, it went down to 150. The vegan diet did what couldn’t be done with medications for me.

Ali Al-Salam, Saudi vegan bodybuilder

He said it also opened his eyes to what goes on in the dairy and meat industry; he began researching in 2016 and decided to become vegan in 2017.
“I was just like every other athlete, I used to consume a high amounts of protein. I remember in the last days before turning vegan, I used to have 10 egg whites and a piece of steak for breakfast to fulfil my protein needs. This made me think, ‘is this the only way to consume protein?’ And from then on, I started researching and got introduced to the vegan diet at a larger scale,” he said.
“When I consumed meat and animal products, I suffered from high blood pressure; it was 190 over 110, and I wasn’t even 30 yet. Two weeks into the vegan diet, it went down to 150. The vegan diet did what couldn’t be done with medications for me.”
He explained that bodybuilding does not solely rely on protein, and that there are steps that must be completed in order to reach an athletic body. Nutrition is the most important part, then comes type of exercise, and good rest.
“When we talk about good nutrition, it does not just rely on protein. Yes, it is important, but the amount of calories in general is more important,” he said.
“Let’s say you needed 200 grams of protein, does that mean if you consumed 200 grams of it, you would gain muscle? No. You need all the basic nutrients to reach a certain amount of calories in general,” he added.
He highlighted that as soon as people register for gym memberships, they immediately look for supplements because they think they cannot reach the needed amount of protein.

HIGHLIGHTS

• Veganism is a lifestyle that excludes all animal products from diets, clothing or any other purposes.

• Over the years, a number of studies have found that people who eat vegan or vegetarian diets have a lower risk of heart disease.

• But other studies have also placed them at a higher risk of stroke, possibly due to the lack of vitamin B12, an essential vitamin that reduces the risk of anemia and neurological diseases.

• Vegan athletes have more endurance, strength and faster muscle recovery, because the vegan diet is rich in antioxidants.

• Animal products sometimes cause inflammation, that your body needs to recover from in the first place.

“I’m talking about non-vegans here too, where their protein intake is already high. Marketing plays a big role here. People link protein to animal products because our society grew up with this idea as well.
“Can a vegan build muscle? Yes, when they eat right, exercise correctly and rest well. The misconception about protein stems from amino acids. People think vegan food lacks amino acids, and only animal products are full of them and that is far from the truth,” he added.
When comparing vegan athletes to regular athletes, he said vegan athletes have more endurance, strength and faster muscle recovery, because the vegan diet is rich in antioxidants which helps greatly in recovery, and because “animal products sometimes cause inflammation, that your body needs to recover from in the first place.”