The Bombers and Blues will need to orchestrate a trade during November’s window. I support him and want him to play well, but you can’t just give up Collingwood. After the trays of rice, labneh, pitas, and bowls of dates, out comes a tray of hot salty chips. Gold Coast and Essendon both support me in the way I live my life and practise my religion.". Adam Saad breaks the Ramadan fast with his mum Nejme, father Zafir, and brothers Muhammad and Noah.
Get your 14-day free trial & start streaming instantly >, LISTEN TO THE LATEST EDITION OF THE FOX FOOTY PODCAST BELOW, OR TAP HERE TO SUBSCRIBE IN ITUNES OR SPOTIFY. Now it is just minutes until the fasting that began when the sun came up is broken. "It is more attention to detail in your preparation. "Chips are the hardest. "What are you crying for," Zafir asked his wife as he turned skewers of meat, charring them on the barbecue. After appearing to struggle between Senior and Development level football, he established himself as one of the VFL's leading small defenders, winning the Coburg best and fairest award in 2014 sharing in a tie with Daniel Venditti, and was named in the 2014 VFL Team of the Year. The club embraces the diversity. She never misses her son's games, and dissects them all.Credit:Simon Schluter. "People who have bad opinions about Muslims either haven’t met, or don’t know, any Muslims.
We welcome anyone to our house, if you knock on our door we will welcome you in, we will feed you, give you sweets, make you feel like it’s your own home. Adam’s uncles are in walking distance too. A NOTE ABOUT RELEVANT ADVERTISING: We collect information about the content (including ads) you use across this site and use it to make both advertising and content more relevant to you on our network and other sites. Add articles to your saved list and come back to them any time. Only Khadijah has moved out of the family home. (Bachar Houli was best on ground on last Saturday night for Richmond). To appreciate his religion you need to understand his family. In 1974, with the country heading towards civil war, he gathered up his family and left. You make sure you are drinking and eating to last 12 hours. The families live so close they see each other nightly. Zafir was born in the mountains north of Tripoli in a village called Denba. Saad's Muslim faith is central to his life, and happiness. At Essendon he showed his durability by only missing one game in three seasons, he slotted into the backline, he used his pace to full effort and was inventive on moving the ball forward.
His mum and dad had a house 100 metres away. "We break on dates and water. It’s a month we love playing in; I was talking to Bachar as well and he felt the same. Saad is one of two practising Muslims currently in the Australian Football League, alongside Bachar Houli. Adam Saad has told Essendon he wants to be traded to Carlton. "What are you crying for," Zafir asked his wife as he turned skewers of meat, charring them on the barbecue. His role is to be at home.
On the field it works for him – he has been outstanding. Saad is determined to be part of a successful environment with a strong culture. This is testing. Rival AFL clubs are reportedly watching Adam Saad’s status with interest as contract talks with Essendon fail to progress.
Zafir often makes the family wait that few extra minutes before they eat for reasons of amused torture known only to dads of every race and culture the world over and their warped sense of humour. I love my chips. Now is the easy part. Essendon sent their future second round to the Gold Coast. Coach John Worsfold has done it, too.
Often there are double that. "I love playing my role for the team. Saad's mother Nejme offers more food. We welcome anyone to our house ... "For us as Muslims, Islam is a religion of peace, and for me I try not to listen to outside noise, but I set the example by living my values through what my religion has taught me. "Every day I try to live with a smile on myself and improve myself as a person, as a Muslim, and help my family. Saad playing for Gold Coast in 2017: happy for the opportunity, but away from his family. In addition to being a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Adam Saad is an avid CrossFit athlete. "Gold Coast were very good to me – the opportunity they gave me was second to none. Maybe.
Adam visits his nieces and nephew every night after praying at the mosque. Out of contract and with a long-term deal on the table from Essendon, his move will be Carlton’s second major coup of the off-season, following Zac Williams’ defection from GWS. He was also seeking greater clarity around his role and more freedom to be an offensive runner rather than a lockdown defender. Her son Adam was on the Gold Coast playing for the Suns, not at home in Brunswick West with the rest of his five brothers and sisters breaking the fast for Ramadan. There is no movement from next door either. "You feel lighter, you feel stronger, you feel the same if not better. I try to get the ball and try to be exciting, I try to defend. He turns the skewers on the barbecue. It’s understood he had reservations about Essendon’s direction. He uses the prayer room at Essendon's training base daily.Credit:Simon Schluter. Joining Essendon has truly been a homecoming for Saad.Credit:AAP. If people want to ask questions I am more than happy to answer. There is a prayer room at the club which Adam uses daily. You can’t separate one from the other. It is how he is living his life in football and at home. "It feels like you lose two kilos when you fast and you gain five when you eat, there is that much food. "I remember the first day I went to the football it was Hawthorn and someone and Hawthorn won so I followed Hawthorn, then the following week Hawthorn played Collingwood and Collingwood beat Hawthorn so I followed Collingwood. Adam Saad (born 23 July 1994) is an Australian rules footballer currently playing for the Essendon Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). They’d stay in the house too if there was room.
Days later, Nejme was on a plane to the Gold Coast along with her second son Muhammad for a couple of weeks to be with, and look after, Adam through Ramadan. His dedication to CrossFit compelled him to recently open his own CrossFit gym. We try and drink the water and just rehydrate.". You also can’t separate the family. Early Career. Nejme thinks she might have gone to the Gold Coast a hundred more times in the three years Adam was there. He played soccer and hockey for many years, and has always found time to incorporate fitness and athletics into his busy lifestyle. Adam Saad breaks the Ramadan fast with his mum Nejme, … He adopted footy, not soccer, straight away. We just try to educate people who don’t know. At the conclusion of the 2017 AFL season, Saad requested and was granted a trade to Essendon. He is renowned for his precise kicking and ability to break the lines and cut angles to evade opponents. It doesn’t change my body weight over the month but the skin folds it does, the skin folds drop a massive amount. Footy clubs are a unique workplace but I love it. He laughs at Essendon’s half-back line: on one side is him, a first-generation Lebanese Muslim, on the other is Irishman Connor McKenna. "Religion is the no.1 thing in my life.
Carlton currently has picks 7 and 27 in the first two rounds and won’t have to give up anything aside from salary cap space for Williams, who will join as a restricted free agent. The 26-year-old is nearing the end of a three-year deal signed when he joined the Victorian club from the Gold Coast Suns.
Zafir laughs a lot. I have them every day.
"You see people who don’t know much about religion, but you try to tell them and educate them. It’s hard to stomach food at that time.
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Saad made his debut for the Gold Coast Football Club in round 1 of the 2015 season and kicked one goal. Play your role. Fatma, Adam’s older sister, laughs about Muslim boys being spoiled by their mums. The food at the club and on trips away is halal. It is what makes us who we are as Muslims. People who have bad opinions about Muslims either haven’t met, or don’t know, any Muslims. Adam will marry in October and move out. The Saads are Lebanese-Australian. It’s good. Watch the 2020 Toyota AFL Finals Series on Kayo with every game before the Grand Final Live & On-Demand. They get into it," Saad said. Saad has played in just one final across 108 games for Gold Coast and Essendon and sees Ikon Park as a club which is heading in the right direction to match his ambitions. I try to be consistent as well.".
But for me coming back home was the No.1 thing; I am very close to my family, my family and my religion is everything to me," he said. As a junior he previously played for West Coburg Football Club in the Essendon District Football League.  His strong form and State Combine testing led him to being drafted to the Gold Coast Suns with pick 25 in the 2015 rookie draft. "We call them Mike Sheahan, Paul Roos and James Hird, they sit there talking footy like experts," Zafir laughed throatily. "Adam is over there," Nejme said. And I am still Collingwood. She never misses her son's games, and dissects them all. Often when the barbecue is cooking, Ang Christou pops his head up over the fence and then comes in to join his neighbours for kofta, lamb and chicken skewers.
'My family and my religion is everything': fast break with Adam Saad. Nejme Saad placed the food on the table, sat down and cried. Most of the Essendon players have fasted for a day or two with Adam during Ramadan.
I always had something missing on the Gold Coast and that was my family being away from them. Saad's mother Nejme offers more food. He is renowned for his precise kicking and ability to break the lines and cut angles to evade opponents. Nejme Saad placed the food on the table, sat down and cried. Even with training and playing he does not buckle and take even a sip of water. The speedster deliberated for three weeks before notifying the Bombers of his decision in the last 24 hours.
Probably. Adam trains and plays during Ramadan and observes the religious custom proudly. His family and his religion are central to his life. He and Adam would kick the footy out the front of the house. Being a religious non-drinking person can make you an outsider in the blokey environment of a football club but Adam said his teammates embraced him from the start.
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