England Muslim Cricketers Shun World Cup Champagne Celebrations

Muslim cricketers Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, part of England’s World Cup winning squad which defeated New Zealand Sunday, were seen running for cover to avoid the champagne spray during England’s World Cup celebrations, The Sun reported.

The video of the pair went viral on social media and both were hailed by fans for upholding their religious beliefs during the celebrations.

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One wrote: “Omg I’m laughing so much Pree Moeen Ali & Rashids facial reaction to the champagne celebration! Real Muslim brothers!”

Another said: “Amazing! Rashid and Moeen Ali ran away from champagne spray during celebrations.”

A third added: “Huge Respect for our Two Muslim Brothers. Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali ♥️ Celebrating within limits.”

England’s men emerged as Cricket World Cup winners for the first time on Sunday, July 14.

Ali is an English international cricketer who joined England’s national team in 2017.

Rachid is also an English cricketer who previously played with England Under-19s, in December 2008. He made his Test debut on 13 October 2015 against Pakistan in the UAE.

Both Ali and Rashid are devout Muslims, a religion which forbids the consumption of alcohol, and they both escaped to avoid being doused by champagne.

A similar scene occurred in September 2018 after the England’s dramatic win at the Oval with a 4-1 victory over India.

Islam takes an uncompromising stand in prohibiting intoxicants. It forbids Muslims from drinking or even selling alcohol.

The general rule in Islam is that any beverage that gets people intoxicated when taken is unlawful, both in small and large quantities, whether it is alcohol, drugs, fermented raisin drink or something else.

Muslim football stars in the Premier League are known to have made clear their stance against Alcoholic awards, as reported on several occasions.

In 2012, Yaya Toure turned down the traditional post-match bottle of bubbly, saying: “I don’t drink because I am a Muslim, so you keep it.”

Last year, during the football world cup games, Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy refused his Man of the Match award, following his incredible display against Uruguay, as the award was sponsored by beer maker Budweiser.