New Zealand’s All Blacks rugby player Ofa Tu’ungafasi has reverted to Islam and has taken the Shahadah, confirmed fellow Muslim convert John Fontaini on social media.
“Allahu akbar today Sonny Bill William’s mother and his teammate Offa Tuungafasi accepted Islam. May Allah make it easy for them and grant them firdous ameen. Podcast coming soon inshallah,” John Fontain wrote on Twitter.
Allahu akbar Sonny Bill William’s mother accepted Islam and his best friend and team mate Offa Tuungafasi today. May Allah make it easy for them and grant them firdous ameen. Podcast coming soon inshallah.
Support dawah in New Zealand today:… https://t.co/HRlSDgjoC8
— John Fontain (@MrFontain) March 26, 2019
The conversion came after Ofa’s visit accompanied by his Muslim best friend and teammate Sonny Bill Williams to Christchurch Hospital, where they spent time with the injured, less than two weeks after the terrorist Christchurch mosque massacre.
Tu’ungafasi described how the survivors inspired him and prayed for their speedy recovery.
“Verily, with every hardship comes ease. Had the most amazing experience visiting the Muslim Brothers in hospital on the weekend. Am inspired and have drawn so much strength from you all. May the Almighty bless you all with quick recovery. Love and Duas,” he wrote on wrote on Instagram and Twitter.
Verily, with every hardship comes ease. Had the most amazing experience visiting the Muslim Brothers in hospital on the weekend. Am inspired and have drawn so… https://t.co/GHpJT2DTnA
— Ofa Tuungafasi (@TuungafasiO) March 24, 2019
All Black star Sonny Bill Williams grew up as a Christian before famously converting to Islam in 2008, what turned his life around.
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Muslim community around the world has welcomed the ‘positive news’ and showed their support.
“We just simply can’t get enough of the glad tidings that continue to come out of New Zealand since that tragic Christchurch massacre,” the Muslim Council of Hong Kong wrote in response.
“Though the Islamophobic incidents sadly continue worldwide, there are plenty of positive news too, this being one of them.”
“Just came across great news that the mother of our brother @SonnyBWilliams accepted Islam, along with his best friend and teammate. All praises belong to Allah alone. He is most kind. Even though I’m far away; I am genuinely pleased for my brother. Allah has honored him”, tweeted Zimbabwean-based imam Sajid `Umar.