English football club, Arsenal midfielder, Thomas Partey embraces Islam, a UK-based sports journalist reported on Friday.
The sports journalist Connor Humm reported on the conversion of Partey to Islam. The picture of Thomas Partey holding the Holy Quran went viral on social media. The 28-year-old midfielder had joined English side Arsenal from Atletico Madrid of Spain in 2020.
In the viral picture, he could be seen standing with a certified marriage official in London. The Imam also shared the picture and tweeted, “Praise be to God who guides whoever wills. May God Almighty make him firm on Islam.”
The image instantly went viral on social media as netizens warmly welcomed the decision of the footballer to embrace Islam. The player is however yet to make an official statement.
Thomas Partey has reportedly converted to Islam.
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— Albert Nat Hyde (@BongoIdeas) March 18, 2022
Interestingly, the news of Thomas Partey conversion to Islam comes shortly after former Dutch football and AC Milan legend Clarence Seedorf announced his conversion to Islam. He announced his conversion to Islam on his Instagram account. The Dutch player embraced Islam in Dubai, UAE.
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In his statement, he said that he is “very happy and happy to be able to join all Brothers and Sisters around the world,” giving special thanks to “Sophia [Makramati] who has taught [him] more about the meaning of Islam.”
Seedorf said that he will continue with his name in the honor of his parents. The news of footballers converting to Islam came a month before the holy month of Ramadan. The news has left the Muslim followers elated and overjoyed.
Earlier, British-Pakistani Zidane Iqbal footballer has become the first British-South Asian to play for Manchester United. He made his debut for the club on Wednesday night.
He came in on the 89th minute of United Champion’s League against Young Boys, which they drew 1-1. Iqbal replaced England’s international Jesse Lingard. The 18-year-old was among the number of young players given the opportunity during the game.
Zidane Iqbal was born in Manchester but has Iraqi and Pakistani roots. He became the first British South Asian to sign a professional contract with Manchester United in April. Iqbal is now the first member of the team to play first-team football for the club.
The young footballer has never played for England. He was called by Iraq to captain Under-23s for the WAFF (West Asian Football Federation) Championship. He captained them against Lebanon.