Pogba opens up on why he chose to become a Muslim

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,

Pogba said:

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“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.

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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.

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“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.”

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