Sport'I prayed once with my friends and I felt different. I felt really good. It makes me a better person': After returning from pilgrimage to Mecca, Paul Pogba opens up on becoming a Muslim and why he turned to religion
Jennifer Lopez Opens Up About Her Debut Album 'On the 6' Turning 20
Ahead of her 50th birthday, the singer exclusively tells ET what she'd tell her younger self now.
Paul Pogba has revealed that he was 'questioning myself over a lot of things' before turning to Islam and becoming 'more peaceful inside'.
The Manchester United star, who last month made a pilgrimage to Mecca during the holy month of Ramadan, wasn't raised as a Muslim, despite his mother practising Islam.
But after going through a difficult period, Pogba decided to research the religion and follow a number of his friends by turning to the faith.
The midfielder, who remains a transfer target for Real Madrid this summer, credits the decision with helping to make him a better person.
The Donald at the Palace! President Trump and Melania touch down to meet the Queen, Charles and Camilla and receive a 21-gun salute at Buckingham Palace as Britain rolls out the red carpet on state visit
The President eviscerated Mr Khan on social media as Air Force One landed at Stansted this morning saying he has 'done a terrible job as Mayor of London' and 'should focus on crime, not me'.
Asked what being a Muslim meant to him, during an interview for The Times' new Life Times podcast, Pogba said: 'It's everything. That's what makes me thankful for everything.
'It made me change, realise things in life. I guess, maybe, it makes me more peaceful inside.
'It was a good change in my life because I wasn't born a Muslim, even if my mum was. I just grew up like that, respect for everyone.
'Islam is not the image that everyone sees – terrorism… What we hear in the media is really something else. (Islam is) something beautiful.
'You get to know it. Anybody can find that he feels connected with Islam.'
After completing a disappointing season with United, Pogba - along with Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma - made the pilgrimage to Mecca last month.
NASA opens space station to tourists - for £27,500 a night
Private astronauts will be able to travel to the International Space Station starting next year, NASA has announced. The US space agency said the commercial spaceflights will last up to 30 days, and those taken into orbit will perform duties that "fall into approved commercial and marketing activities". The estimated cost of a round-trip is $58m (£45,500,000), with each night's accommodation coming in at about $35,000 (£27,500).
Once a year, more than two million Muslims make the journey, known as Hajj, to stand before the holy building of the Kaaba in the Saudi Arabian city and praise Allah.
Pogba's most recent visit to Mecca was not his first, but it remains a far cry from the lively visits to Los Angeles he enjoyed with Romelu Lukaku in both 2016 and 2017. Lukaku was arrested and given a 'misdemeanour citation' following a string of noise complaints as he hosted a party in their rented Beverly Hills mansion.
Asked why he decided to become a Muslim in his twenties, Pogba, who doesn't drink and now has a baby with girlfriend Maria Salaues, said: 'It came because I have a lot of friends who are Muslim. We always talk.
Brian May makes 'pilgrimage' to Freddie Mercury's childhood home
Brian May has been on a "pilgrimage" to Freddie Mercury's childhood home in Zanzibar.
'I was questioning myself in a lot of things, then I started doing my own research. I prayed once with my friends and I felt something different. I felt really good.
'Since that day I just carried on. You have to pray five times a day, that's one of the pillars of Islam. It's something that you do.
'The meaning why you do it – you ask forgiveness and be thankful for everything you have, like my health and everything.
'It's really a religion that opened my mind and that makes me, maybe, a better person. You think more about the afterlife.
'This life has a test. Like when I'm with you, here. Even if you're not a Muslim, you are a normal human. You have a human relationship and respect you for who you are, what religion you are, what colour and everything.
'Islam is just this – respect of the humanity and everything.'
Adam Sandler urges Jennifer Aniston to make Friends movie.
Adam Sandler considers 'Friends' to be an entertainment "powerhouse" and he has urged his 'Murder Mystery' co-star Jennifer Aniston to reunite with the cast and "make a f***ing movie for everyone". Speaking to PEOPLE, he said: "'Friends' was a powerhouse. "Everybody on 'Friends' is excellent, everybody likes them. America, the world, loves the cast.
Someone always pays the price
Supermarkets have a stranglehold and are squeezing the life out of banana workers and farmers. Join us to Make Fruit Fair – NOW!