REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, LONDON – For lovers of English football and Spanish, of course recognize the figure of Nicolas Anelka. 33 year-old striker has downs competition in the Spanish La Liga and the Premier League while playing for five English clubs and Real Madrid. But, there are striking differences from the current figure of Anelka was with Arsenal and Real Madrid in the late 1990s to the present Anelka.
Yes, Anelka is known as an explosive player and fussy. But that was then and he has now changed. Changes that appear once when it was put together the Chelsea Blues. What is it Anelka? Why now he is more thoughtful and quiet?
In an interview with the media in English, French striker to answer all his changes because he had converted to Islam.
“Islam helped me be calm, centered, and have high moral,” said Anelka was quoted as saying R-islam.com.
“I love being a Muslim, a religion of peace, and I learned a lot from Islam,” the converts who have the name of Islam, Abdul Salam Bilal Anelka’s.
Earlier, Anelka had to hide the identity of Islam to the public. Unlike his counterpart in the French team, Franck Ribery who always prayed when the game starts. Anelka was silent and completely hide his Muslim identity.
“For me, religion is a personal matter, need not be disclosed to the public,” said Anelka, who is now the interpreter knocked on the origin of Chinese Super League team, Shanghai Shenhua.
Then, when people already know his identity as followers of the teachings of Muhammad, Anelka started to change his attitude and tend to be more prudent. Since when Anelka converted to Islam? Apparently, kepindahanya to Turkish club, Fenerbahce, after Manchester City in 2004 to strengthen the cause. In Turkey, he is believed to utter two sentences creed.
At that time, Anelka guidance to embrace Islam after direct contact with the Turkish culture. Since then, the former Paris Saint-Germain striker was beginning to show its Islamic identity.