Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor who embraced Islam almost a month ago talked about the reasons behind his conversion.
Emanueal after being seen taking Shahada, in a YouTube video said that here are similarities between the two faiths led him to the truth.
“Jesus (pbuh) taught that there is only One God and Only God should be worshipped as taught in Deut 6:4, Mark 12:29. Muslims also believe this as taught in the Qur’an verse 4:171,” Adebayor was quoted by The Herald.
Among the reasons behind his reversion to Islam, Emanueal said that:
Prophet Jesus (PBUH) didn’t eat pork like Muslims who consider pigs and their meat filthy and unhealthy to eat.
Words like the words “As Salaamu Alaikum” (Peace be with you) and “God Willing” (InshaAllah), that were mentioned by the Qur`an, the holy book of Islam, had been always used by Jesus (PBUH), the Togolese footballer found.
“Jesus (PBUH) had a beard and wore a thobe. It is Sunnah for Muslim men to do the same.
“Jesus (PBUH) followed the law and believed in all the prophets, (see Matthew 5:17). Muslims do too as taught in the Qur’an verses 3:84, and 2:285.”
“Jesus (PBUH) washed his face, hands, and feet before praying. The Muslims do the same.
Jesus (PBUH) and other prophets of the Bible prayed with their head to the ground (see Matthew 26:39). Muslims do too as taught in the Qur’an verse 3:43,” Adebayor stressed.
Adebayor was voted African Footballer of the Year for 2008.
He is described as being “tall, skilful, strong in the air and with the ability to score and create.”
He represented the Togo national football team at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, the country’s début, and to date only, appearance at the World Cup.
Currently, he is Togo’s all-time top goal scorer with 28 goals.