France International and Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba has opened up on why he converted to Islam in his twenties.
Although, Pogbas mother practised Islam, he was not raised that way.
Pogba on why he decided to be a Muslim in an interview with The Times new Life Times podcast, he said:
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, THATS ONE OF THE PILLARS OF ISLAM. ITS 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.
ITS REALLY A RELIGION THAT OPENED MY MIND AND THAT MAKES ME, MAYBE, A BETTER PERSON. YOU THINK MORE ABOUT THE AFTERLIFE.
THIS LIFE HAS A TEST. LIKE WHEN IM WITH YOU, HERE. EVEN IF YOURE 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.
Pogba speaking on how being a Muslim has meant to him.. he said:
ITS EVERYTHING. THATS 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 WASNT 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.