Monday, February 14, 2011

World Rugby Player Embraces Islam

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HEMISPHERE – A world rugby player, Sonny Bill Williams, converts to Islam. The report of the change of faith of this 25 year old rugby sport superstar has already circulated some time ago. The Herald on Sunday last week reported that Williams has been a Muslim for two years.

He has become the first Muslim to wear the All Blacks jersey, and he was always requesting for halal food during the tour last year in Northern Hemisphere.

The previous month of Ramadan became a special time for Williams as he had to fight in the three games of the Tri Nations in order to move toward the final for the World Cup.

Williams regularly attends the Friday prayer at a masjid in Christchurch, according to his friends.

Vice president of the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand, Javed Khan, said that Williams's obedience is known among the Muslim community in New Zealand.

"He lives his faith and he becomes a model for our children and teenagers. We will pray to Allah that he will win the World Cup. Everyone is talking about it."

YouTube had featured a video which showed Williams performing solat in the locker room before the debut for the Canterbury game against the Bay of Plenty in the ITM Cup last year.

The Manager of All Black, Darren Shand, said that Williams's faith have a positive impact on the team.

When asked whether his faith is in conflict with the philosophy of the All Blacks that encourages the players to think freely and have self-confidence, Shand said that Williams is a source of information for the team.

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