What is Islam? One should learn from Dagestani fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov
Khabib, "The Eagle", has always remarked, "When Allah is with you, nothing can stop you."
Who knew that Khabib Nurmagomedov, born in a small village in the Russian republic of Dagestan, would make such an impact in the world of MMA that even his enemies would be compelled to praise him?
Fighting bears as a child, Khabib started his MMA career in 2008. Since then he has been in a total of 29 fights.
However, you will be shocked to learn that not only did he not lose a single match, but he also never received any scars on his face.
He fought several renowned fighters, including Conor McGregor and Justin Gaethje, and forced each of them to tap out of the fight.
He also became the first Muslim in UFC history to win a title fight.
Khabib only saw an upsurge in his career, saw money, saw the world’s colors, and toured various countries.
Yet, despite all of this, he did not delude himself by getting lost in the temporary colors of the world.
Khabib always kept his head down instead of extending it to the skies. He never used arrogant words. He also always respected his opponent fighters.
If you have seen Khabib’s fights, then you may have noticed him use the same phrase after almost every fight: “Alhamdulillah, Allah gave me everything.”
If you know Khabib even slightly, you might have seen him entering the ring while making a dua.
Likewise, after he wins the fight, he points his index finger towards the sky, gives all the ‘credit’ to God, and falls in prostration in gratitude.
Khabib not only represented Islam through actions but also via his character that acknowledged the fact that he is a good Muslim.
Accordingly, let’s refresh our memory regarding Khabib’s 27th fight against Ireland’s Conor McGregor.
Conor had crossed all the boundaries in pre-fight promotions and press conferences. He attacked Islam, hurled insults at Khabib’s parents, and God knows what words he used for Khabib. He also attacked Khabib on a bus with his team.
Yet, despite all of this, Khabib’s response was the same, “I will answer you in the ring. My parents did not raise me to use abusive words like you.”
During his fight with Conor, Khabib’s hands moved like a machine, and he successfully knocked Conor down.
At that moment, Khabib interrogated Conor and asked him, “Now, speak!”. Yet, Conor’s eyes only reflected hopelessness and defeat.
In the aftermath of this fight, the teams of the two fighters also got into a brawl, and both of them faced suspension but do you know? Khabib still forgave Conor after all of this.
The proof for this is that in an interview on a Russian TV Channel, Khabib’s father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov invited Conor McGregor for a dinner.
The anchor was taken aback, and she questioned him, “Really?”.
Abdulmanap replied in the affirmative and informed her that this is what Islam teaches us.
The anchor further asked Abdulmanap whether Khabib would consent to have dinner with Conor.
On this, Abdulmanap proudly replied, “Whatever Khabib’s father commands, Khabib cannot stand against it.”
Despite the interview making rounds worldwide, Khabib chose to remain silent, and his silence became the answer to the actual greatness of a father.
Moreover, while in the UFC, Khabib never allowed alcohol companies’ logos to be on his shirt and nor was he part of any promotion that was against the tenets of Islam.
Khabib used to take time for prayer during his training and lead the congregational prayer himself. He also used to carry a Qur’an always with him.
You must also be in awe to learn that Khabib sacrificed millions of dollars obeying his mother.
Khabib is currently only 32 years old, and he could have won many more fights. However, after his father’s recent death, Khabib’s mother told him to leave fighting.
Khabib obeyed his mother and promised her that his fight with Justin Gaethje would be his career’s last fight. And that is what happened.
After his victory over Justin in the fight, Khabib, with tears in his eyes, announced retirement to utilize his time for his mother’s service.
Khabib is such a fighter who never lost, nor did he make the one on the losing side feel like they have lost.
Khabib, “The Eagle”, has always remarked, “When Allah is with you, nothing can stop you.”
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