Reason behind Nicolas Anelka's convertion from Christianity to Islam


Reasons behind Nicolas Anelka's convertion from Christianity to Islam

“I was sixteen when I converted to Islam,” Nicolas Anelka said in an interview with Al Arabiya News in Algeria (back in 2015).

“Beyond the fraternal aspect, my conversion did not change my life. I was already living by the same principles — being righteous, having values … I used to fast during Ramadan because I admired the people fasting around me. What made me convert was that I had that certainty that Islam was for me.

“I felt this relationship with God, and that enlightened my life. I had that conviction in my heart that that was my religion.”

Reportedly, Anelka also took up the Muslim name 'Abdul-Salam Bilal' when he converted to Islam in the United Arab Emirates.

Anelka spent 5 seasons at Chelsea, scoring 59 goals in 184 appearances and winning the Premier League and 2 FA Cups during his time at Stamford Bridge.

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