In need of prayer?
“[T]o pray for Allah to change the team’s dim fortunes.” Yet at least one Muslim scholar has some reservations. At any rate, the real question is: What would Muhammad do? What is his sunna in regards to praying for “games”? Hopefully the all-accusing finger of takfir does not reach this group of 100 believers.
“Muslims to pray for Cubs at Wrigley,” by John Keilman for the Chicago Tribune, October 4:
As far as Ricardo Pena is concerned, rescuing the Cubs’ teetering season will take a lot more than rally caps.
So at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, he plans to assemble 100 Muslims outside Wrigley Field to pray for Allah to change the team’s dim fortunes.[…]
Islamic scholar Inamul Haq said seeking Allah’s intervention is usually reserved for serious concerns such as bringing rain to a drought or, on a personal level, granting success to a job-seeker so he can feed his family.
“Usually Muslims do not do that for things which are, I would say, morally neutral, and which do not have any element of human suffering,” he said.
No suffering? What about that century of futility?
“I am not much for games,” he allowed. “Maybe I do not realize the intensity of feeling which fans have for these things.”