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“Why I converted to Islam” – Paul Pogba opens up

Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba has opened up on why he converted to Islam in his twenties

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Although, Pogba’s mother practised Islam, he was not raised that way but the Man UTD man after converting made a pilgrimage to Mecca during the holy month of Ramadan.

Pogba on why he decided to be a Muslim in an interview with The Times’ new Life Times podcast said he felt really good after praying with his friends once.

“IT CAME BECAUSE I HAVE A LOT OF FRIENDS WHO ARE MUSLIM. WE ALWAYS TALK.

“I WAS QUESTIONING MYSELF IN A LOT OF THINGS, THEN I STARTED DOING MY OWN RESEARCH.

I PRAYED ONCE WITH MY FRIENDS AND I FELT SOMETHING DIFFERENT. I FELT REALLY GOOD.

“SINCE THAT DAY I JUST CARRIED ON. YOU HAVE TO PRAY FIVE TIMES A DAY, THAT’S ONE OF THE PILLARS OF ISLAM. IT’S SOMETHING THAT YOU DO.

“THE MEANING WHY YOU DO IT – YOU ASK FORGIVENESS AND BE THANKFUL FOR EVERYTHING YOU HAVE, LIKE MY HEALTH AND EVERYTHING.

“IT’S REALLY A RELIGION THAT OPENED MY MIND AND THAT MAKES ME, MAYBE, A BETTER PERSON. YOU THINK MORE ABOUT THE AFTERLIFE.

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“THIS LIFE HAS A TEST. LIKE WHEN I’M WITH YOU, HERE. EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT A MUSLIM, YOU ARE A NORMAL HUMAN. YOU HAVE A HUMAN RELATIONSHIP AND RESPECT YOU FOR WHO YOU ARE, WHAT RELIGION YOU ARE, WHAT COLOUR AND EVERYTHING.

“ISLAM IS JUST THIS – RESPECT OF THE HUMANITY AND EVERYTHING.”

United midfielder Paul Pogba opens up on converting to Islam #mufc https://t.co/APTtiAazir

— Man United News (@ManUtdMEN) June 11, 2019

Pogba speaking on how being a Muslima has meant to him.. he said,

“IT’S EVERYTHING. THAT’S WHAT MAKES ME THANKFUL FOR EVERYTHING.

“IT MADE ME CHANGE, REALISE THINGS IN LIFE. I GUESS, MAYBE, IT MAKES ME MORE PEACEFUL INSIDE.

“IT WAS A GOOD CHANGE IN MY LIFE BECAUSE I WASN’T BORN A MUSLIM, EVEN IF MY MUM WAS. I JUST GREW UP LIKE THAT, RESPECT FOR EVERYONE.

“ISLAM IS NOT THE IMAGE THAT EVERYONE SEES – TERRORISM… WHAT WE HEAR IN THE MEDIA IS REALLY SOMETHING ELSE. (ISLAM IS) SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL.

“YOU GET TO KNOW IT. ANYBODY CAN FIND THAT HE FEELS CONNECTED WITH ISLAM.”

Pogba: “Islam is not the image that everyone sees – terrorism… What we hear in the media is really something else, it’s something beautiful. You get to know it. Anybody can find that he feels connected with Islam.” #mufc [Times] pic.twitter.com/kZqb6uTRGf

— United Xtra (@utdxtra) June 11, 2019

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