Wednesday, April 24, 2019
News Code : 357150 | Publish Date :2019/3/23 - 09:49 | Category: FORUM

Muslim Rugby superstar urges New Zealanders to learn Islam
Williams said he’d been proud of the way New Zealanders had embraced the faith since the attacks.

Hawzah News Agency (Christchurch, New Zealand) – New Zealand rugby Muslim star, Sonny Bill Williams, has called on the public to learn about Islam following the public Friday prayer which was held in Christchurch and broadcast on national TV.

“My message is about unity, it’s about peace, it’s about love, the core essence of what Islam is, and my message is about how we move forward as a people. Let’s lead the way here,” Williams told reporters.

“Obviously it’s such a tragic event but just the way people have reached out and shown me that they care. So I think now I just put it to the New Zealand public to find out about Islam because it is truly a religion of peace and love.”

New Zealand came together on Friday, March 22, to support the Muslim community, with national TV airing adhan and Jum`ah prayer for the first time.

The prayer is held one week after a terrorist attacked two mosques in Christchurch, killing 50 and injuring many.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joined thousands of mourners near the Al-Noor mosque, one of two places of worship targeted in last Friday’s terrorist attacks.

The 33-year-old was given time off from the Blues this week to show solidarity to his fellow Muslims.

“After the first emotional hit came, then my thoughts were ‘how can I be practical about this situation?'” he said.

“I am an All Black and I play for the Blues, but I am also a Muslim. Although I’m naturally a shy person I knew I had to be vulnerable and step up and be a leader in this space” Williams added.

Williams said he’d been proud of the way New Zealanders had embraced the faith since the attacks.

“I just want to say thank you from my heart because it’s been humbling, it’s obviously such a tragic event but the way people have reached out has shown me that they care,” he said.

“Now is the time to move forward, and what does that look like? It looks like talking about racism and hatred.”

He also urged New Zealanders to learn about Islam and Muslims.

 

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