Hamza and Husain Abdullah have put a hold on their pro football careers to make a pilgrimage to Mecca during the 2012 NFL season, as part of their Islamic faith. Both Hamza and Husain are free agents. Husain had multiple offers for the upcoming season, including an offer to return to the Vikings. As part of their effort, they’ll have “Iftar,” which is the Ramadan fast-breaking meal, in a different U.S. mosque every night. They will talk about fasting and its impact on athletes. They also hope to breakdown the negative connotations of Islam.
The Abdullah brother hope to return to the NFL during the regular season, following the completion of their pilgrimage. They are aware of the competition and the training that they'll have to undergo to return.