Paul Pogba has revealed that he was ‘questioning himself over a lot of things’ before taking Islamic faith serious and becoming ‘more peaceful inside’.
The France international, who was not raised as a Muslim despite his mother practicing Islam, made a pilgrimage to Mecca during the holy month of Ramadan.
Pogba decided to research the religion and follow a number of his friends by turning to the faith and the Man United midfielder credits the decision with helping to make him a better person.
When asked about what being a Muslim meant to him, during an interview for The Times’ new Life Times podcast,
“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 a disappointing season in the Premier League, Pogba along with Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma made the pilgrimage to Mecca last month.
Pogba who does not drink and now has a baby with girlfriend Maria Salaues, was asked why he decided to become a Muslim in his twenties,:
“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.
“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.”