Zakaria Aboukhlal, A Religious & Inspirational Muslim Footballer

Who doesn’t know Zakaria Aboukhlal? A multitalented and highly viral world footballer when he became the Imam of Salat in Qatar, during the 2022 World Cup. There are so many videos spread on Twitter, TikTok, Instagram when Zakaria is praying or reciting the Quran. Being a Muslim footballer from the Moroccan national team, makes the public amazed by Zakaria’s presence, especially when he was able to break into the Belgian goal. Did you know? The presence of Zakaria is a top of mind inspirational Muslim figure. Actually, what can we take from Zakaria Aboukhlal? Come on, let’s look at the following article! 

Zakaria Aboukhlal, A Religious Muslim Footballer 

Zakaria Loves to Recite the Quran

Zakaria Aboukhlal
Source pict: Instagram @Zakariaaboukhlal 

Based on the sneak peak photo of Zakaria’s personal Instagram, he was reciting the Quran in the atmosphere of pursuing the night of lailatul qadar. Zakaria Aboukhlal often motivates his followers on Instagram to remember Allah and never waste the momentum of worshiping solemnly. His message in the caption, never miss the opportunity to worship in the last 10 days of Ramadan and do not miss the golden opportunity in pursuing the night of lailatul qadar. This Moroccan footballer is really able to motivate his followers to increase piety by worshiping, reciting the Quran, and pursuing the pleasure of Allah SWT.

Zakaria Aboukhlal Performs Umrah 

Zakaria Aboukhlal
Source: Twitter @MaroccoWNews

Based on information from @MoroccoWNews twitter account, Zakaria Aboukhlal was reciting the holy verses of Allah solemnly during Umrah. It emphasized more, that Zakaria is a devout religious person and many users on the internet praise his obedience in worship. Hopefully there will be more Muslim footballers like Zakaria Aboukhlal. So that many people will be familiar with the teachings of Islam. Aamiin. 


Zakaria Aboukhlal, A Muslim Footballer Who Exemplifies the Principle of Balance 

Zakaria Aboukhlal, 23 years old, has a wealth of experience in football. Now Zakaria joins the French football club, Toulouse Football Club. Interestingly, Zakaria has represented the Dutch national team in U17, U18, U19, and U20. Since being born and raised in the Netherlands, it is not surprising that Zakaria has represented the Dutch national team. Since adolescence, Zakaria has trained his skills in playing football and has consistently pursued his dreams. In addition to focusing on pursuing a career as a soccer player, Zakaria exemplifies a balanced life in the world and the hereafter. Not only focused on pursuing a career, but Zakaria also taught his followers to pursue happiness in the afterlife by diligently reciting the Quran, not leaving prayers, and having to worship solemnly. We are allowed to be busy pursuing a career in the world, but we also have to be busy saving rewards for provisions in the hereafter, right? May we be able to balance between being on earth and pursuing happiness in the hereafter.

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Interpreting Surah Al-Qaṣaṣ :77, in order to Apply the Principle of Balance 

Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala said: وَابْتَغِ فِيْمَآ اٰتٰىكَ اللّٰهُ الدَّارَ الْاٰخِرَةَ وَلَا تَنْسَ نَصِيْبَكَ مِنَ الدُّنْيَا وَاَحْسِنْ كَمَآ اَحَح ْسَنَ اللّٰهُ اِلَيْكَ وَلَا تَبْغِ الْفَسَادَ فِى الْاَرْضِ ۗاِنَّ اللّٰهَ لَا يُحِبُّ الْمُفْسِدِيْنَ And, seek the ˹reward˺ of the Hereafter by means of what Allah has granted you, without forgetting your share of this world. Do good (to others) as Allah has been good to you, and do no mischief on earth. For Allah certainly does not like those who do mischief.” Al-Qaṣaṣ [28]:77 Allah often reminds His people to worship, save good deeds for the Hereafter, and teaches people to consistently do good, not to cause mischief. Learning from the figure of Zakaria Aboukhlal, he works as a football player, but he always constantly reminds people to continue to worship Allah SWT and pursue alms provisions for the afterlife. Muslim friends, in pursuit of happiness in the world and in the Hereafter, we can start from small things such as saving waqf in Dompet Dhuafa. The kindness you give through waqf, will benefit the community, especially the poor who need a helping hand. InsyaAllah, your rewards will flow eternally. Let’s start donasi wakaf (donating waqf) in Dompet Dhuafa now.