Assalamo Aleikoum Wa Ra7hamato Allhi Wa Brakatoh !
نشرت صحيفة صنداى تايمز البريطانية فى عددها الصادر يوم الأحد تحقيقا مطولا عن بطل العالم السابق فى لعبة السنوكر رونى اوسيلفان البالغ من العمر 27 عاما والذي فاجأ الأوساط الاجتماعية البريطانية بإشهار إسلامه .
وقد اعتنق اوسليفان الدين الإسلامي على يدي داعية مسلم فى لندن يدعى الشيخ خالد ياسين عرفه عليه بطل الملاكمة اليمني الأصل نسيم حميد .
وأوضحت الصحيفة أن رونى اوسيلفان الذى نشأ كاثوليكيا كان يضيع نفسه فى حياة الشرب والمخدرات والاكتئاب حتى وجد الاسلام اخيرا افضل ما يمكنه من بدء حياة جديد .
وقالت الصحيفة إن اوسيلفان يأتي بعد محمد على كلاى ومايك تايسون فى اعتناق الإسلام كملاذ للتغلب على المحن والمصاعب الشخصية ,,
voici un article que je trouve interssant qui parle du la nouvelle vie du RONNIE OSULLIVAN, le x schampion anglais du Snooker qu´est dérnierement converti à l`Islam aprés avoir étais catholique vecu une vie plain du dépression,drogue et alcool et nous raconte ca nouvelle vie au sein du l´Islam que j´ai lu dans la dernier publication du "Sunday Times" de ce dérnier dimanche .
-Born: 5 December 1975
-World ranking: 1
-Career earnings: £3,262,710
-Ranking points: 41,550
-Crucible best: Winner (2001)
je vous souhaite une trés bonne lecture !
Wa Salamo Aleikoum !
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Snooker ace cues up new life as Muslim
[color=663300] London, The Sunday Times:
RONNIE OSULLIVAN, the former world snooker champion whose career has been dogged by drink, drugs and depression, has become the latest sports star to convert to Islam.
OSullivan, considered by many to be the most exciting player since Alex Hurricane Higgins, discovered the faith through his friendship with a top Muslim boxer.
The 27-year-old, who was raised as a Roman Catholic in Londons East End, made his act of conversion, called shahadah, at the Islamic Cultural Centre in Regents Park, London, last month.
During the low-key ceremony, the convert declared in the presence of a witness that there is no deity but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger.
It is a dramatic change of course for the enfant terrible of snooker who took the game by storm with the speed and accuracy of his play.
It is understood that the religion, which bans alcohol, has provided him with the strength to overcome his personal and family problems, including the jailing of his father for murder.
OSullivan, dubbed the Rocket, follows a clutch of famous sportsmen who have embraced the Islamic faith to overcome personal difficulties, including the boxers Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and Danny Williams, who last week retained his British and Commonwealth heavyweight title.
One of the key factors in OSullivans conversion was Prince Naseem Hamed, the former world featherweight champion, who introduced the snooker star to Khalid Yassin, a charismatic Muslim preacher.
OSullivan became captivated by Yassins message after seeing his videotape called The Purpose of Life which is popular among Britains Muslim community.
In the video, the American-born Yassin, a frequent visitor to Britain, makes a case for the existence of Allah by raising a number of questions on the creation of the world and mankind.
In his address, Yassin, who is playing a leading role in a project to set up an Islamic satellite television station in Britain, says: What about the human body and its massive and intricate control systems? Think about it and the brain, how it works, how it thinks and how it functions. The creator who created this is the only one that is deserving of praise and gratitude.
OSullivans mother, Maria, said her son was not yet ready to speak about his conversion and was concentrating on snooker. Prince Naseem has been a good friend to Ronnie, she said. He has been the main factor (in the conversion). Ronnie is a lot better in himself since he converted. I hope it will steady him.
OSullivans persona is one of a troubled genius. As a precocious talent, he achieved his first snooker milestone the 100 break at the age of nine and at 15 became the youngest player to score 147, the maximum break possible.
As he progressed towards the top of his sport he achieved his triumphs against a background of family problems. His father was given a life sentence for murder in 1991. When he was 17, his mother was jailed for tax offences, leaving him to fend for his younger sister.
As he grew older, partying, alcohol and drugs took their toll, and at one time it was feared his excesses would ruin his career. His biggest coup came in 2001, when engaged to Bianca Westwood, he won the world championship despite being drugged up on Prozac to cope with depression. The relationship, however, collapsed.
Ahmed Versi, editor of The Muslim News, said OSullivans conversion could be explained by a yearning to fill a spiritual void. There is a spiritual vacuum in the West, he said. With so much materialism, Islam is now providing the spirituality that is lacking.
While Christian leaders seem prepared to give away their spiritual values and accommodate secularism, Islam remains constant.
Ali remains the most famous sporting Islamic recruit, converting in the early 1960s shortly after becoming world heavyweight champion.
Then Cassius Clay, he announced that he was a member of the controversial Nation of Islam organisation and later changed his name. It is understood OSullivan will also be given a Muslim name.
It is not, however, just the world of sport where there have been high-profile conversions. The singer Cat Stevens converted in 1977, changing his name to Yusuf Islam, and the British socialite Jemima Khan converted when she married Imran Khan, the former Pakistan cricket captain.
The sons of three public figures the former BBC director-general Lord Birt, the former health secretary Frank Dobson, and Lord Justice Scott have also embraced Islam.
Additional reporting: Matthew Parker