NEW YORK, Mar 19 â€” It was in the cave of Hira that the Prophet Muhammad (s) received the first revelation of the Holy Qurâ€™ran. For rugbyâ€™s original wild child Sonny Bill Williams, meeting a Tunisian family who lived with their five children in a one-bedroom flat in the south of France proved pivotal to his conversion to Islam, according to a report carried by CNN news channel.
The New Zealanderâ€™s unshakeable belief in the Almighty has proved to be the making of one of the island nationâ€™s most gifted â€” and controversial â€” sports stars. â€œI 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,â€ Sonny Bill Williams, a prodigious rugby talent, professional boxer and tattooed poster boy, told CNNâ€™s Human to Hero series. â€œOne thing Iâ€™ve learned over my career is that simplicity is the key. On the field, off as well.â€
â€œIâ€™ve become a true Muslim,â€ added Williams. â€œItâ€™s giving me happiness. Itâ€™s made me become content as a man, and helped me to grow. Iâ€™ve just got faith in it and it has definitely helped me become the man I am today.â€
The Williams of today does not visibly bear the scars of the 15-year-old who was thrust into the unrelenting drinking culture of one of Australiaâ€™s top rugby league clubs and shamed by national media after being caught in a compromising position with a model.