And this is it, folks! India have managed to make 260 off 50 overs at a cost of nine wickets. It's the Cricket World Cup semi-final in Mohali, India. The mood is festive, the atmosphere playful at times, and at times, tense! :)

I know you're all too busy watching the phenomenal match to care about blogging right now but some of us here on Muslim Matters have been popping online to swap stories and share opinions. We know there's a big cricket following amongst MM's readership so thought it would be good to share some

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  1. Amad

    as much as i hate to say it, Pak have an uncanny ability to disintegrate… so my heart wants Pak 2 win, my gut says India

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  2. Amad

    U know it’s funny how much our emotions r invested in it (incl me…cant even watch) yet we have Muslims on both side of this and that the result will have absolutely zilch effect on our life or deen :)

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  3. Ameera Khan

    Come on! Pakistan’s played really well today, Masha’Allah (Wahab Riaz was awesome!) and they’ve got off to a good start in their innings…

    Kanika, you better hold on for a big ride ahead!! :D

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  4. Kanika Aggarwal

    cricinfo comments on Hafeez:

    What was Hafeez thinking? Again, yet again, a lovely 30 -40 and he has combusted. He went for a paddle sweep, yeah a paddle sweep, to a full delivery outside off stump and edged it to Dhoni. Oh dear. Pressure? or over confidence?

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  5. F

    Haytham for India? Since you are from neither country, you should be cheering for Pakistan :-)

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  6. feint

    IF Shahid was Salafi, this match would be won
    LOL! on a serious note: whatever brings ease to the ummah… Let it happen iA. Allah is the best of planners.

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  7. tahira

    away from my sweet home india widout a t.v in my flat(LONDON) watching online ! missed a whole trip wid frds to sum outside city tour! i just wish frm my bottom of heart that INSHALLAH INDIA WILL WIN!

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  8. Amad

    Seems Younis Khan is treating it like a 5-day… okay i get it.. but RR reaching 6… and its not like our lineup is loaded to get a lot

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    • F

      Well, at least all the non Indian Muslims should be supporting Pak :-)

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    • MalaiKulfi

      I used to support Pak until all the match fixing, spot fixing, ball tampering, pitch tampering, bad behavior on the field, bad behavior off the field issues cropped up!

      What upset me the most of how their supporters always deny the allegations instead of condeming such actions openly.

      I’m over them now. GO INDIA!

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      • F

        Only true supporters remain during the hard times. The rest are just bandwagon fans :-)

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  9. Syma Kashif

    I am a muslim and a pakistani so i am on the Paki side. Alhamdulillah ! our players are playing hard.But one question comes in my mind again and again that is “Why will Allah(swt) make Pakistan win this match?” Do we really make Allah (swt) happy. Being a muslim is another thing and embracing Islam is another! So lets embrace islam and pray to Allah the allmighty, that he reward the muslims with victory over the mushriqeen.

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    • Hena Zuberi

      You are right sister,like one of our fave imams, AbuEesa said if we prayed to Allah like this everyday we would never face sadness or fear- so…. its a game leave it to that- it makes people happy, its a healthy sport, its fun Alhamdulillah for the many blessings!

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    • Bushra

      Have been wondering the same myself as it felt like a huge relief when I went to pray Dhuhr and stand in front of Allah away from the dunya and its glitter and distractions, i.e. the cricket.

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  10. Hena Zuberi

    Ok… I went to sleep, didn’t want to but couldn’t pull the allnighter- I do have a life! now that the kids are at school and my homeschooler is still asleep I can rejoin the fans- apparently largest game ever watched 1.5 billion watching.

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  11. Fatima A. Khan

    Rooting for Pakistan inshaAllah, I think it’s a brilliant game from both ends. Both teams are at their best. Plain and simple – good match mashaAllah

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  12. Hena Zuberi

    Shoaib Akhter is prolly like “you should have let me bowl” can tell from his face – he’s retiring right?

    Lets Go!! Be Afridi be be Afridi
    uurrgh the KhanTV site went down again- one of the cons of giving up cable- I miss it at times like these but Alhamdulillah it was a good decision.

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  13. Hena Zuberi

    Hahaha AbuEsa just started a hashtag about excuses why Pakistan didnt win the game #nevermindpaks

    Can you imagine all the haram and fitnah on Wilmslow Rd, Green St etc if we’d have won?! What a sacrifice Subhanallah. #nevermindPaks

    How else was Kamran Akmal going to pay for his new house? #nevermindPaks

    Who cares about stupid little games like cricket at such difficult and oppressive times like this for the Ummah anyway!? #nevermindPaks FAVorite

    We didn’t want to take the attention off all our brothers and sisters who are going through trouble, by us winning the Cup. #nevermindPaks

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  14. Bushra

    Right, I’m off home. No point in sticking around to follow the match now! Let me know how it ends…

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  15. Kanika Aggarwal

    Harbhajan sends down a high full toss, Afridi attempts to smash it baseball-style down the ground but the ball takes the top edge and swirls up for cover to take an easy catch !

    *bringing out my India flag*

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      • Bushra

        still v cant say paki r unpredictable !

        FINALLY…An indian that speaks sense!!

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      • Tahira

        whtever nw its pretty clear !hihihihihi if i make sense or not! CHAK DE INDIA!

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      • Kanika Aggarwal

        LOL it was pretty clear before Afridi even came on the field. He was the only one who was capable of changing it around but once he left, there was absolutely no doubt!

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  16. Sara

    It’s refreshing to see the Pakistani team praying (Salat-ul-Maghrib I believe), MashaAllah. It’s unfortunate when watching any game keeps us glued to our seats neglecting the remembrance of Allah. JazakAllah khair for sharing the video Ameera.

    In any case, whatever happens will happen by the Qadr of Allah, though my hopes and prayers are with Pakistan for a victory, Insha’Allah!

    I hope we can make a comeback soon.

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  17. UmmOsman

    Salam

    200 runs and 8 out :( :( It will be a miracle to make 61 runs in 5 overs . But still praying Inshallah!!
    Pakistan could use some happiness!!

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  18. Siraaj

    Just so y’all know, I’m not really into cricket. In fact, I haven’t watched a single minute of it. However, while we have many horrible things happening in the world, and we have much work to do on the spiritual side, a balanced life is one in which we also take time to unload and enjoy the things we enjoy to de-stress, mentally chillax and revive, and then come back to the important issues after that.

    So it’s nice to see people reading and having fun with this :D

    Siraaj

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    • Bushra

      So true. Now I’m back to pondering about my broken washing machine issues and hitting work deadlines tomorrow (seeing as today was almost wasted.)

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  19. Zeemar

    Pakistan started out by batting really poorly in the beginning. This happened last world cup too. They suck at the beginning of batting and then studdenly start getting good at the end but then it’s too late. But much respect to Misbah-ul-Haq for keeping in there until the end. Had really hoped for Afridi to make a change but oh well. It is the Qadar of Allah and He Does as He Pleases. Good game.

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  20. Zeemar

    Much respect to Misbah-ul-Haq for hanging in there until the end.

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  21. Zeemar

    This happened last world cup too. Pakistan always starts out poorly with batting and then gets at the end but then it’s too late. Oh well.

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  22. Mezba

    Fantastic innings by Misbah ( :-) with a name like that you can’t go wrong!) and wonderful balling by Wahab but the rest of the team refused to show up. I was supporting India so it was a comfortable game in the end, but it was over all a cracking game and very enjoyable.

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  23. Hena Zuberi

    Good cricket India but the Green Team had me at the sajdahs !! Congrats India and Indian fans now go back to life :)

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  24. Ameera Khan

    So we lost… no problem. :) Congratulations, Kanika! I already told you this on Fb but I’ll tell it here again – I’m supporting Sri Lanka in the finals ;) because they visited us for cricket when no one would (and the poor guys got targeted by terrorists too! :( … I’ve always felt sad about that!)

    Sad things is… Misbah slumped for some reason and didn’t take the powerplay at the right time… Allahu a’lam… Misbah’s going to get a LOT of flak in Pakistan for this, more than the other players. That’s sad.

    Anyhow… it’s just a game! :)

    And the good thing about Pakistan losing is that finally, I hope people will realize how stupid and wrong it is to believe parrots, fortunetellers and all other such stuff. Oh yeah, and praying nawafil and Tahajjud, etc. *just* for a match (I know people who did and it’s very common to do this in Pakistan!) and not otherwise – would be good to think about the hypocrisy here!

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    • Kanika Aggarwal

      because they visited us for cricket when no one would (and the poor guys got targeted by terrorists too! … I’ve always felt sad about that!)

      I dont exactly know what happened? Why wasnt anyone else visiting? If it was b/c of fear of terrorists then I dont blame them considering thats what happened to Sri Lankans when they did visit? –> I’d like to know what happened so please explain :)

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      • Ameera Khan

        Yeah, that’s exactly what happened, Kanika… it was really sad. No one was visiting because of the terrorism risk and when Sri Lanka still did, they were targeted too. :( I felt horrible about it and glad they didn’t get hurt while some of my own countrymen lay down their lives. May Allah have mercy on them! Ameen.

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    • DiscoMaulvi

      And the good thing about Pakistan losing is that finally, I hope people will realize how stupid and wrong it is to believe parrots, fortunetellers and all other such stuff. Oh yeah, and praying nawafil and Tahajjud, etc. *just* for a match (I know people who did and it’s very common to do this in Pakistan!) and not otherwise – would be good to think about the hypocrisy here!

      You got it Ameera!! May Allah guide us….

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  25. Tahira

    victory finallyyy ! thank u ALLAH MIYA u r the greatest and all those who pray for india AND ALSO PAKISTAN who let the spirits soooooo high!

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  26. Bushra

    My FB status:
    Well, India, what can I say? I congratulate thee. Although, if the tables were turned none of you would congratulate us cos you’re just that arrogant and too far stuck up your own…ahem…anyway, well done. I look forward to the final and supporting my dear Sri Lankans!

    I agree with Ameera…the amount of tahajjud, nafls, du’as, etc that have been prayed for this match. And all for what? Pride, glitter, distraction in the dunya? If only all that effort was directed towards the akhirah…

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  27. DiscoMaulvi

    Great performance India…. my heart went out to Afridi for apologizing to his countrymen for the defeat!!

    All the best Sri Lanka!!

    -Aly
    PS: Kanika please feel free to gloat (till SL owns India on April 2)

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  28. Hassan

    Qadar-Allah, whatever happens to believer is good. Alhamdulillah they are on islam and pray regularly, that would count on day of judgement

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      • F

        Compare that to Bhajji thanking his gazillion gods for the victory (post match interview).

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      • Hassan

        I was sadened to see Zaheer Khan (Muslim in Indian team) behaving quite inappropiately after he took first wicket of Kamran Akmal.

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      • F

        Bad behavior is prevalent amongst most sportsmen barring a handful. Not sure why competing hard often leads to crossing the line of inappropriate behavior.

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      • MuslimAmerican

        Assalam alaikum Hassan & F,

        I would not see it as a bad behavior. Being an Indian Muslim, i see that he was screaming ‘Come on’, ‘Come on’ out of joy.

        It always happens in sports. It’s but natural.

        Allah Knows Best.

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  29. LG

    India won the Cricket World Cup semifinal. Now time to beat lions to claim that long evading cup.!!! Go India…!!!

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  30. Hassan

    Also those who prayed tahajjud, atleast they know whom to turn to, if Allah did not accept their duas, its still good, as they would see the results some way.

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    • Abu_Isa

      I agree – Alhumdulillah they prayed. I actually like the fact that they prayed to Allah, even if it was for the worldy cause. As we learn from our sahaba, they used to pray to Allah swt even when their shoe lace would come off.. Allah swt in his infinite wisdom will reward them accordingly.

      inshAllah this will make us realize the immense power of Allah and make us among those who will turn to him not only for the worldy matters but for the hereafter as well.

      Btw, for those who may not be aware, India has more Muslims than Pakistan.. I am sure many of them prayed for India.. so if your criteria for supporting a team is based on the # of muslims then you know who to support in the finals ;)

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      • F

        That was true 30 years ago but now Pakistan is number 2 after Indonesia :-)
        As for supporting countries that have Muslim population, so does Israel….so if its okay to support India, it should be okay to support Israel ;-)

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      • Abu_Isa

        F – Jazakallah khair for correcting my knowledge regarding Muslim Population Stats.

        Reg supporting India, I was referring to the total # of muslims as a criteria… Personally, I dont agree to this Philosophy.

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  31. SA

    Sri Lanka you have 170 million Pakistanis rooting for you :).Sorry India can’t forgive you for the defeat.

    Now that the semi final is done the match-fixing rumors are out in full force.

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    • Zari

      Another Muslim Indian who’d prayed for an Indian victory. How easily people forget the number of Muslims in the Indian team and the number of Muslims praying for their victory! Hmmf.

      We’ll own Sri Lanka too, insha’allah!

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      • F

        I don’t necessarily think the result is indicative of the number of prayers for each team. It would more so depend on the skill, hard work, and dedication of the players involved.

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  32. Muddassir

    I am happy that pak lost. This will make them concentrate on the real issues facing their country such as increase in bombings, violence, poverty etc, instead of being under the delusion of grandeur after winning a useless match. Really amazed to see muslims wasting time.

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    • SA

      I personally think that Pakistanis have a lot on their plate to contend with.Whether it is poverty driven suicides, unemployment, frequent bombings etc.At a time like this bringing a smile to people’s face by simply winning a match is a pretty huge deal!!

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      • Muddassir

        Well brother have good expectations from Allah(swt) and he will give you something much better than a worthless victory in a cricket match.

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      • Bushra

        For some people, this is the only happiness they have in their lives…I know they should concentrate on their own lives and being grateful for everything they have, but sometimes a little halal entertainment can go a very long way.

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  33. Brother

    Whats with that guy (Afridi?) holding a laughing head(not sure who) at the end of the video? Bad taste in US, maybe cultural in Pakistan.

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  34. Mohammed Khan

    It’s amazing how sad and depressed Pakistanis are since yesterday. Imagine if they felt the same sadness for the abandonment of the beautiful religion of Islam by majority of the Muslims of the world! They would become Walis and true friends of Allah if they showed the same amount of grief and sorry for the discarding of the beautiful religion brought to humanity for humanity by the most beloved of Allah.

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we showed the same grief for all the Salat that we and our children miss?

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we showed the same sadness for all the commandments of Allah we break?

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we showed the same sorrow for the billions of people who are dying without Iman?

    Over a cricket match, we show so much sadness, but on a daily bases, the teachings of Islam and the Sunnats of the Prophet are being disregarded and being mocked at and torn apart and stream rolled, not by non-Muslims, but by we Muslims ourselves, and it doesn’t bother us one bit! It doesn’t make us turn and toss in bed even once. Such total disregard of religion doesn’t make us not enjoy our meal even once. But lo behold, if our team loses, we become so sad to such an extent that we even shed tears over it!

    *SIGH*

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  35. Mifrah

    I don’t watch the cricket either but I am really enjoying the hype including the many facebook and twitter status updates.

    Anyway, looking forward to the finals now.

    Go Sri Lanka!!

    It’s our turn -the little Muslim population in Sri Lanka now, to make some big duas for victory! :) :P

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  36. Mezba

    There was actually a big hullabaloo when pakistan played the quarter final in Dhaka and lots of Bangladeshis supported them. While I think most Bangladeshis just wanted to see West Indies knocked out, ESPN also did a report on it and the ties between Bangladesh and Pakistan. In England vs Bangladesh, most Pakistanis were supporting Bangladesh.

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    • Ameera Khan

      Oh, we certainly were! :) I remember, I was in a restaurant with my family when the final overs of the match were running… and it was so good to see Bangladesh win! I felt really happy as I thought of the countless Bangladeshi nationals around the world, especially those in blue-collar jobs etc., who’d feel a sense of achievement and pride at having won over England! :) I even imagined them walking with their heads held a little high (not out of arrogance but out of a sense of joy and achievement, Masha’Allah) before their British bosses or peers… :)

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    • F

      For Pakistan, playing in Dhaka is almost like playing at home because of the crowd support :-)

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  37. Brother

    I’ve said it about soccer, football and others, and now I say it about cricket: Its just a game.

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    • Ameera Khan

      Sorry, we’re all either busy watching today… or too turned off from cricket to want to blog anymore. :) As for me, I’m following updates… I’m Pakistani and I’m rooting for Sri Lanka… not particularly because I have anything against India but because I love the Sri Lankans for visiting us when no international team would (terrorism risk)!

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  38. ParDesi

    India Finally won!!!!!!

    Way to GOooooooooo!!!!!!

    277/4 (48.2) with a final touch of 6.

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