Siddique Farooqi, 34, doesn’t plan on missing any league softball games because of Ramadan. His family emigrated from Pakistan to Long Island in the early 1970s, and he was born in Floral Park and raised in Locust Valley. The Woodbury resident has built a career around sports. He is an online marketing consultant who doubles as a sportscaster and public address announcer for Hofstra University and the New York Lizards lacrosse team. Farooqi is known to spend 14-hour workdays consulting various companies and tending to his broadcast and announcing duties. But his passion is softball. Farooqi is captain of his team, one of 19 teams in the Long Island-based South Asian Softball League. Throughout Ramadan, they will continue to play, with games scheduled after breaking the day’s fast. He attends late-night prayers at his local mosque during the holy month.
Newsday.com asked five Long Islanders to share their experiences during Ramadan by sending in Instagram photos every day for 30 days: the commuter, the single mom, the teacher, the teenager and the sports fan.