Tuesday Oct 22, 2019
Former Manchester United captain Patrice Evra said recently that Islam was a beautiful religion.
A recent interview of the French footballer is doing the rounds on the internet in which he has nice things to say about Islam.
Evra says in the video that he was raised as a Catholic but when people started blaming Islam for terrorism, he spoke out against it.
“Islam is a beautiful religion,” he said. “When my dad got to know, he was furious with me. My dad is Catholic but I still said it. For my convictions, I can go against my father, my mother and my friends,” he said.
Evra was being asked about the rise of racism in the world. He spoke about how football could give a positive message to the world and help end racism.
“We need to educate people from the star. A child needs to know from right now that racism is bad. We need to educate,” he said. “If a child’s parents are racist, he will grow up to become a racist too,” he added.
This is not the first time that Evra has said positive things about Islam. Back in 2017 after the Barcelona attacks, Evra had urged people not to speak out against Muslims and Islam.
Evra had said back then that he was reading the Quran and learning about Islam.
“I say it again Islam is such a beautiful religion it’s about peace, it’s about helping each other. We need to stop reading the media. God didn’t create us to kill innocent people. Respect every religion and if you are scared of a certain religion… instead of being scared try to learn about it and listen before you make any judgement. I know this is just my opinion, and this world needs more act than wise words,” he had said.