World awaits with eagerness the return of Muslim global superstar Khabib Nurmagomedov
Khabib Nurmagomedov, a Russian Muslim and Mixed martial arts(MMA) fighter, retires in tears at the peak of his career, leaving millions of lovers of combat sports and his fans in shock. The feelings of loss of his father overpower the unbeaten legend Khabib Nurmagomedov at the end of a breathtaking win against American combatant Justin Gaethje on 24th October 2020 at Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 254, in Abu Dhabi.
Khabib Nurmagomedov 32, was born in the Republic of Dagestan Russia to an army officer Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov in 1988. His father who died of COVID-19 in July 2020 at the age of 57. He was his permanent trainer raising him as a warrior since his childhood and accompanying him in every contest except the last one as he was no more in this world.
Khabib Nurmagomedov as the longest-ruling and undefeated UFC Lightweight champion since April 2018. He has unconquered record of 29 wins with not a single loss to his name. It ranks him as a number one lightweight fighter of all times, in the fight matrix. He uses all his wrestling, Judo, Sambo techniques to put enormous pressure on his opponents but his style of grappling has made him the most frightening contestant in the history of martial arts. As trained by his father, Khabib is well equipped with technical brilliance, spiritual confidence, persistent hard work and discipline to subdue his rivals.
Khabib Nurmagomedov as firm representative of the Islamic faith
What makes Khabib Nurmagomedov distinguished for his huge Muslim admirers is his unwavering adherence to Islamic values. He is known to have turned himself away from all physical temptations of the modern world. Khabib Nurmagomedov depicts effectively the truth that practicing Muslims can reach the heights of global glory with the sheer power of commitment, hard work and spiritual conviction. His Muslim fans like when he diverts his gaze during his talks with women and his loyalty to Sunnah. Examples can be given when he respectfully refuses handshakes with non-mahram women in Islam. He also walked away from some well-paid offers from Gulf countries to face Floyd Mayweather. Also turned down a offer of $100 million from Saudi Arabia to fight against Conor McGregor. Khabib requested them to give that money to the needy as a charity.
These qualities make Khabib rising above his sports accomplishments, and he is revered as an inspiration for Muslims who feel marginalized due to their identity in this Islamophobic world. They take pride in him as a blatantly Muslim even though reaching the top in his profession.
Khabib Nurmagomedov has also condemned French President Emmanuel Macron through his social media message for “offending the feelings of more than 1.5 billion Muslim believers” for advocating the showing of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) under the guise of freedom of expression.
“We are Muslims, we love our Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) more than our mothers, fathers, children, wives and all other people close to our hearts.” Khabib emphasized.
Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov wanted Khabib to reach 30-0 before quitting the sport so he is just one step from converting his father’s dream into reality but he doesn’t want to fight in his father’s absence anymore.
According to Khabib it took three days to convince his mother to agree to fight one last time. “This is my last fight,” Nurmagomedov said. “There’s no way I’m going to be back without my father. I spoke to my mother. She doesn’t know how I fight without father, but I promised it’s going to be my last fight, and if I give my word, I have to follow it.”
But UFC president Dana White shares that Khabib Nurmagomedov, extremely emotional that night after the fight. “I have a feeling that he might go for 30-0” Dana informed.
Whatever the future of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s career is but his fans miss him a lot and await his return.
(Written by Ijaz Ali, a development professional from Pakistan. He has a Master Degree in European Studies from Germany and can be reached at [email protected])