A world of rugby players, Sonny Bill Williams, converted to Islam. The news moves confidence of a superstar sports rugby 25-year-old had been circulating for some time. Herald on Sunday reported last week that Williams had become Muslims for two years.
He has become the first Muslim wearing All Black, and always ask for kosher meals during the tour last year in the northern hemisphere.
Month of Ramadan and then became a special time for Williams because he had to fight in three games to move into the Tri Nations rugby World Cup final.
Williams regularly attended Friday prayers at a mosque Christchurch, according to his friends.
Vice president of Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand, Javed Khan, said the observance Williams recognized among the Muslim community in New Zealand.
“He runs his conviction and he became a model for children and adolescents. We will pray to God that he will win the World Cup. All people talk about it.”
YouTube has a video display that shows Williams was doing prayers in the locker room before his debut for Canterbury against Bay of Plenty in ITM Cup last year.
All Black manager Darren Shand, said the conviction Williams has a positive impact on the team.
When asked whether his faith clashes with the philosophy of the All Blacks that encourages players to think freely and confidently, Shand said Williams was the source of information for the team. (Althaf / arrahmah.com)