Search

London 2012: Mohamed Sbihi finds way to keep conscience clear after forgoing fasting to win gold medal

12:42 27 July 2012

London

London's Mo Sbihi is in the GB rowing squad

Archant

Surbiton rower to donate money to charity

Surbiton’s Mohamed Sbihi has had to forgo fasting in order to win an Olympic gold medal but has found a way of redressing his misgivings.

Walou4Us is a charity that will help him provide food for 60 people a day, which is what is required by the Koran.

“It says in the Koran that those unable to fast can either feed 60 people, or fast 30 days, for every day they have missed intentionally,” he explained.

“That worked out at either 1,800 people, or five years’ fasting. I’m very fortunate to be in the position to make a donation, but have really bought into this charity’s mission.

“Hopefully, I will be going over to see their work after the Games, and have spoken to them about becoming an ambassador.”

The Koran does allow people to eat food if they are having difficulty fasting and dehydration is something that could have affected Sbihi at Eton Dorney on Saturday.

“In the Koran it does say that if you do feel unwell, if you’re struggling with the fasting, then it’s actually bad to continue,” he explained.

“You should eat, then, and you should drink. That’s in scripture. But I must make it clear that what I’ve chosen is only the right way for me.

“There will be other Muslims at these Games who will be fasting.”

1992 Olympic gold medallist Greg Searle is relishing the opening heat of the men’s eight in a multi-talented crew including cox Phelan Hill, Constantine Louloudis at stroke, Olympic silver medallists Matthew Langridge, Ric Egington and Alex Partridge as well as world silver medallists James Foad, Tom Ransley and Sbihi.

“It’s a privilege to row with such a talented crew”, said Searle. “It will feel different to 20 years ago but it will also be the same. I wanted to win then and we are ambitious to do the same here.”

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Islington Sports News

Yesterday, 17:14
Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla of Arsenal (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Although they spurned the chance to win the league title, Arsenal Under-21s still have a chance to reach the top tier of second-string football via the play-offs.

Yesterday, 13:15
James Harris in action for Middlesex

Middlesex seamer James Harris feels squad rotation is essential if the club are to successfully negotiate a punishing schedule during the coming weeks.

Yesterday, 12:16
Local league players and officials at Market Road with coaches Sarah Cleary (right, front row) and Natasha Ademakinwa (second from right, back row).

Female coaches are backing a campaign to give Islington girls what they never had – a genuine opportunity to play competitive football in the borough.

Wed, 16:59
Islington & Camden Under-15s

Islington & Camden Under-15s gained revenge for their English Schools Trophy defeat as they won 3-2 at Barnet and clinched the Middlesex championship with two games to spare.

Wed, 15:53
Islington CC cyclists in action

Islington Cycling Club plan to celebrate their third birthday and continue their expansion by establishing a junior section later this year.

Wed, 15:49
The Veras Academy squad at the EKF National Championships. Back row, left to right: Sensei Alton Brown, Sam Mrabet, Sensei Raphael Veras. Front row (l-r): Luan  Veras, Seyhan Cinar, Liam Veras, Luca Veras.

Islington-based Veras Academy secured a total haul of 10 medals – including one gold – at the English Karate Federation National Championships in Sheffield.

Wed, 12:34
Arsenal Ladies' Leah Williamson

Leah Williamson has dismissed suggestions that Chelsea’s league victory over the Gunners will give them a psychological advantage when the teams clash again at Wembley.

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino admits ‘the gap is big’ between his Tottenham side and Leicester but says they mustn’t give up on their fading Premier League title hopes.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe