Tuesday, 11 June 2019

After returning from pilgrimage to Mecca, Paul Pogba opens up on becoming a Muslim

Paul Pogba has revealed that he was 'questioning myself over a lot of things' before turning to Islam and becoming 'more peaceful inside'.

The Manchester United star, who last month made a pilgrimage to Mecca during the holy month of Ramadan, wasn't raised as a Muslim, despite his mother practising Islam.

But after going through a difficult period, Pogba decided to research the religion and follow a number of his friends by turning to the faith.

The midfielder, who remains a transfer target for Real Madrid this summer, credits the decision with helping to make him a better person.

Asked what being a Muslim meant to him, during an interview for The Times' new Life Times podcast, Pogba 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.'

After completing a disappointing season with United, Pogba - along with Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma - made the pilgrimage to Mecca last month.

Once a year, more than two million Muslims make the journey, known as Hajj, to stand before the holy building of the Kaaba in the Saudi Arabian city and praise Allah.


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