We Muslims are dwelling a tricky time on this period, the place conditions are not straightforward for us in any respect. Hate crimes in opposition to Muslims, Islamophobia, Terror assaults on Muslims, Derogatory feedback on Muslims in Western nations are so frequent that folks began dwelling with it. Western media has left no effort to brainwash frequent individuals by preaching hate, demonizing Islam, making derogatory feedback upon Muslims. We are dealing with persecution throughout the globe with completely different sorts of sufferings from Kashmir to Nigeria and from New Zealand to Colombo.
At this tough time, We see a little bit mild of hope within the sportsperson who’s representing Islam by their sport all internationally. They are educating the world that, What’s it to be a Muslim, Who are we, What will we do, What does Islam teaches us and so forth. Individuals should know What’s Islam, What’s our perception; hate or peace, How will we reside, there should be consciousness amongst Non-Muslims to counter the faux allegations and hate to evangelise of Western media.
There are sure Muslim athletes on the market, who are not solely making it huge into the sport but additionally representing Islam by their sports activities, etiquette, and actions on the sphere; As a number of the media stories say, “Muslim athletes are reducing hate crimes and Islamophobia among their fans and spectators, as more and as more and more people are learning about Islam after watching their athlete on the field”. Certainly, it’s optimistic information.
So, As we speak we convey you, 7 such athletes who are doing this nice job of representing Islam on a worldwide stage, They are ranked from under to prime:-
7. MUHAMMAD ALI
Born as Cassius Clay in 1942, Mohammad Ali transformed to Islam in 1961 and finally took his present title. The title wants no introduction as he’s nicknamed ‘The Greatest’ and is extensively thought to be probably the most vital and celebrated sports activities figures of the 20th century and as one of many biggest boxers of all time.
After changing to Islam, he went on to win the ‘World Heavyweight Championship’ from Sonny Liston in a significant upset in 1964 on the age of 22. Initially, He was affiliated with Nation of Islam, which he later disavowed and have become adherent of Sunni Islam, supporting racial integration like his former mentor and buddy Malcolm X. Ali was a number one heavyweight boxer of the 20th century and stays the one three-time champion of heavyweight boxing. He has numerous accolades to his title, as he remained a worldwide celeb until his loss of life in 2016 along with his legacy nonetheless happening.
Ali brazenly denounced his earlier title and identification, saying “Cassius Clay is my slave name”. Ali was not afraid to antagonize the white supremacy as he spoke in opposition to them infrequently. Ali went on Hajj twice as soon as in 1972 and subsequent in 1988, the place he achieved larger data of Islam when he met individuals of various colours beneath one command of Allah.
He brazenly defended Islam after the 9/11 assaults stating “Islam is a religion of peace” and “does not promote terrorism or killing people” and that he was “angry that the world sees a certain group of Islam followers who caused this destruction, but they are not real Muslims. They are racist fanatics who call themselves Muslims”. In December 2015, he acknowledged that “True Muslims know that the ruthless violence of so-called Jihadists goes against the very tenets of our religion.”
Muhammad Ali at all times stood subsequent to his Muslim Neighborhood on the powerful instances and impressed hundreds of thousands of younger blacks to know Islam and convert to it. He was at all times a fighter who fought in opposition to opponents, hate crimes and Islamophobia. This mild soul departed for heavenly abode on Three June 2016. Might Allah have mercy upon his soul.
6. HASHIM AMLA
Hashim Mohammad Amla is a South African Worldwide cricketer who holds the report for being the quickest ever to 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000, 7000 ODI runs. He additionally turned the quickest cricketer to achieve 10 ODI centuries. Hashim Amla is an occasional off-break bowler and South African’s Check Skipper from June 2014 to January 2016.
Aside from being a famend and profitable Cricketer, Amla can also be a religious Muslim. He was born right into a South African Muslim household with household roots in Gujarat, India. From childhood onwards, Amla was reared into an Islamic ambiance which had a deep influence upon his life-style and persona. Amla at all times promoted the Islamic life-style by his look on-field and by his etiquettes inside and outdoors the sphere.
As a religious Muslim, he has actively campaigned to take away all alcohol- selling logos from merchandise and taking part in gear, He doesn’t put on an alcohol emblem on his crew jersey and in addition pays high-quality for not carrying it to the Cricket board of South Africa. Furthermore, His beard which is bushy and part of Prophet’s Sunnah has gained international recognition to him as a religious Muslim. Regardless of being so well-known and wealthy, he nonetheless lives a easy life and his household maintains an entire Islamic custom, As his spouse fully veils herself in Burqah and retains herself away from limelights.
Amla himself is a sufferer of Islamophobia, as as soon as he was referred “terrorist” by one among a commentator whereas he was taking part in on the sphere. This incident outraged followers, gamers, and a number of other former cricketers and commentators showering sympathy upon Amla and anger on the commentator.
Amla is one among his interviews advised that” I’m actually no saint however the self-discipline of the Islamic lifestyle has helped my cricket certainly. I don’t drink, I pray 5 instances a day, which provides stability to my day by day routine and I’m usually extra disciplined about my sport and my life.” Might Allah bless him with good well being and a shiny future within the sport.
5. MESUT OZIL
Lately married, Ozil is undoubtedly among the best footballers of the present time. Born in 1988, to a Turkish-German household in Germany, Mesut Ozil performs for Premier League membership “Arsenal” and for the nationwide crew of Germany in Worldwide matches and FIFA World cups.
Ozil identifies himself as a working towards Muslim, He recites from Holy Qur’an earlier than all of his matches. In an interview, Ozil mentioned,” I at all times try this (reciting Qur’an) earlier than I am going out (on the pitch). I pray and my teammates know that they can not discuss to me throughout this transient interval.” He observes fasting throughout the holy month of Ramadan, though he admits that attributable to his career which requires a match physique he has to eat and drink even within the blessed month.”
In Might 2016, he carried out Umrah in Mecca. He could be seen praying on the sphere and doing sujood after purpose steadily which makes it straightforward for the followers to know the Muslim sentiments. He infrequently exhibits a number of gestures of Sunnah which are extensively appreciated by the worldwide viewers everywhere in the world.
Ozil is an lively philanthropist, he actively donates for the reason for Muslims and non-muslims. Even at his marriage, he determined to pay for 1000 kids’s surgical procedure to have fun his marriage ceremony. He has shut ties with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
4. PAUL LABILE POGBA
Paul Pogba is a younger French footballer, He performs for Manchester United in Premier League and French nationwide crew in Worldwide matches. He was born in Lagny-Sur-Marne, France to Guinean Muslim household. Paul established himself as probably the most promising younger gamers on the planet, receiving ‘Golden Boy’ award in 2013, ‘Bravo’ award in 2014. He was chosen within the 2015 UEFA Staff Of The Yr, 2015 FIFA FIFPro World XI.
Pogba is a religious adherent of Islam, launched to him by his mom. This Manchester United star has traveled ‘Mecca’ (Saudi Arabia) a number of instances to carry out Umrah and in addition to pay thanks after his first season at Manchester United. He additionally observes the holy month of Ramadan and could be seen praying on the sphere throughout matches. Pogba condemned the fear assaults on Manchester by saying, “ You can’t kill a human being. To kill a human being…it is something crazy, So I don’t want to put religion on it. This is not Islam and everybody knows it.”
Pogba has positively impressed his followers and the world by Islam. As one of many main Western web sites states “Religion isn’t for everyone, nor is any religion panacea, But as Paul Pogba’s religion illustrates it can bring peace and serenity in a wild world.”
3. SONNY BILL WILLIAMS
Sonny ranks third on our checklist as a result of, within the current aftermath of Christchurch Mosque assault on Muslims in New Zealand, Sonny has risen to a outstanding Muslim face in New Zealand. Being among the best rugby gamers in New Zealand Sonny wants no introduction on the planet of sports activities and in his personal nation. In rugby league, he has performed 7 seasons in two spells and has gained 12 caps for Kiwis (New Zealand).
He transformed to Islam whereas he was in Toulon, France. He carried out Umrah in Mecca in 2018. Sonny’s understanding of Islam and his full submission to Allah compelled quite a lot of individuals round him to transform to Islam together with his spouse and household. His mom Lee transformed to Islam within the week of Christchurch assault. After the assault in 2019, he made a tearful message of condolence for the victims of the Christchurch Mosque shootings.
In an interview with John Fontain, he mentioned, “The hardest thing for me is I live in a Christian majority society. Our island brothers and sisters…we have a strong religious background. But the message I try and push is that I don’t hate you. That’s ok, you’re a Catholic, you’re a Christian, you might be an atheist, but if your message and your purpose are positive, then I am with you.”
Moreover, he added, “If there is something bubbling under the surface that you feel is hatred towards us. I would suggest reaching out to someone in your community that is a Muslim because they will reach back tenfold and show you what is taught in our religion and that is – love.” We pray that Sonny retains his mission lively and cut back hate crimes in opposition to Muslims in New Zealand, Might Allah strengthens his arms.
2. KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV
Garnering worldwide fame after knocking out Connor McGregor in one of many largest UFC MMA fights ever, Khabib is now no unusual title for this world. Khabib Nurmagomedov hails from Muslim majority province of Russia, Dagestan.
He was born in a Muslim household and grew up there in an Islamic surrounding which created a deep influence of faith on his coronary heart. Previous to profitable the most costly UFC struggle, he’s a two-time Fight Sambo World Champion. With 27 wins and no losses, he holds the longest undefeated streak in MMA.
Alhamdulillah, he’s the primary Muslim to win an Final Preventing Championship (UFC) title. Khabib is a really strict Muslim and observes nearly all spiritual rituals and doesn’t hesitate to proclaim his religion brazenly. In one of many EA Sports activities video games, his animated character was seen exhibiting Christian symbols in a struggle celebration upon which he expressed anger and grief stating, “I am a Muslim, not baptized. Please edit my fight celebration.”
Khabib undertook many journeys to Mecca to carry out Umrah and Hajj. In his social media handles, he brazenly shares his spiritual views. He has accrued a mass fan following amongst all sections of the individuals world wide. He’s supported over his spiritual sentiments by his non-muslim followers infrequently.
1. MOHAMED SALAH
Mohamed Salah, presently the perfect participant on the planet holds the highest place on the checklist. Also known as ‘Egyptian King’, Salah is an Egyptian footballer who performs for Liverpool FC in Premier League and for Egypt Nationwide Staff. Born in 1992 as Mohamed Salah Hamed Mahrous Ghaly, He went on to win a number of accolades within the sport similar to PFA Gamers’ Participant of the Yr, Soccer Writers’ Participant of the Yr award.
He was joint recipients of the Premier League Golden Boots with 22 targets in 2018. He was named CAF ‘Most Promising African Talent’ of the Yr, BBC African Footballer of the Yr. He was named by TIME as one of many ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’ in 2019.
Salah is a religious Muslim and sometimes celebrates targets by performing the Sujood (prostration to Allah). It was printed in a report that Mo Salah has a loopy fan following within the Europe and west, and his excellent efficiency within the area has made his followers go loopy behind him and his faith Islam, In a viral video final 12 months, a gaggle of his followers was crazily chanting a track during which they talked about that if Salah continues scoring targets they are going to transform to Islam.
Lots of the Christians have been seen within the mosque in London taking Shahada. In the identical report, he has been credited with reducing hate crimes, prejudice, and Islamophobia in opposition to Muslims in Europe and different components of the world. Individuals are now welcoming Muslims, which is a good signal of positivity for our brothers and sisters dwelling within the west. Quite a few individuals are reaching out to mosques and Muslims and studying Islam from them, most of them are ending up changing to Islam.
Salah has a deep respect for Islam in his coronary heart, he named his daughter ‘Makkah’ after the holy metropolis of ‘Mecca’. Salah proved his true Islamic beliefs quite a few instances, recording one right here; As soon as he pardoned a thief who robbed him and his household, didn’t give him into the Police and in addition assisted him financially. His solidarity with Palestinians can also be agency, He refused to shake palms with Israeli membership gamers throughout the UEFA Champions League qualifying match in 2013.
He’s a religious Muslim to such a level that a lot of his up to date Muslim athletes are far behind him. Regardless of being so wealthy and a worldwide celeb, he stays all the way down to earth, which certainly is an indication of excellent Muslims.
Might Allah bless them and preserve him flourishing.