Ramadan and golf: Tamir Khan’s story

Tamir Khan – one of England Golf’s Young Ambassadors – has explained how adapting his routine has allowed him to continue enjoying golf during Ramadan at his local golf club.

This year’s observance of Ramadan for the Muslim community began on 2 April and draws to a close on 1 May.

During the month, Muslims fast between dawn and sunset. Fasting allows Muslims to devote themselves to their faith, teaches self-discipline and reminds them of the suffering of the poor.

The practicalities of observing Ramadan while carrying on with regular activities is a balancing act for all Muslim golfers.

Tamir – a 17-year-old student from Wembley – loves his golf and has found a way to be able to fit in the sport around respecting his religious traditions.

“I’d say that even during this time I do still play sometimes nine holes – that’s the maximum I go to,” admitted Tamir.

“In order to not make it too hard for me, I’d start the round two hours before I’d be able to eat and drink”

“That way I can manage it a bit more than if I was playing 18 holes or nine holes earlier in the day.”

Tamir, an 18-handicap golfer at Sudbury Golf Club, was able to use a new 5pm roll-up event at his club to fit in around the requirements of Ramadan.

He added: “At my golf club they have recently introduced a nine-hole mini-competition which takes place in the late afternoon which not only provides Muslims the ability to play golf, but also provides the chance for people who work during the week to relax on a Friday.

“It’s a very good initiative which I think could help other clubs be more inclusive with the Muslim community.

“I’d say that there should be more competitions or some sort of afternoon activity that can incentivise more Muslims to play golf during Ramadan and not just outside this time.”

Many Muslim golfers, just like Tamir, alter their habits during Ramadan in order to continue to enjoy their sport.

“Some of my friends who play golf only really play on the range and practise during this time,” added Tamir.

“They don’t want to play nine holes or 18 holes as they find it too difficult.

“For me, I’d say it’s definitely a challenge – but nothing is impossible.”

Tamir is hoping to use his voice as a Young Ambassador to articulate the views of young Muslims who are making a start in the game.

Of his involvement with the Young Ambassadors’ programme, Tamir said: “I’m finding it quite enjoyable – it’s the first time I’ve been given such a brilliant opportunity to create a platform to help myself and improve myself as well as, in the future, help my community in London.”