Why Sonny Bill Williams converted to Islam

On Wednesday Sonny Bill Williams became the first Kiwi to be named the Rugby League International Federation player of the year

He says his Muslim Faith has helped him to become the man he is today.

He grew up a Christian but  meeting a Tunisian family who lived with their five children in a one-bedroom flat in the south of France led to to his conversion to Islam.

On CNN’s Human to Hero series. he said, “I was real close with them, and I saw how happy and content they were. And to see how they lived their lives, it was just simple,”

“I’ve become a true Muslim,” added Williams. “It’s giving me happiness. It’s made me become content as a man, and helped me to grow. I’ve just got faith in it and it has definitely helped me become the man I am today.”

 This coming weekend Williams will continue his bid to become the first player to win the World Cup in both union and league.
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