Legendary Austrian Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Wilhelm Ott has made an announcement that he embraced Islam and novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic propelled him to find his “true faith”.
On an Instagram post, 37-year-old Ott proudly announced that he had become Muslim 2 weeks ago by reciting the Shahada, the Islamic proclamation of faith and also one of the five pillars of Islam, affirming of oneness of God and acknowledging Muhammad as His messenger.
“The corona crisis has given me the necessary rest to find my faith. My faith is now strong enough that I can recognize the one true God and recite the Shahada to be able to say proudly, yes I am a Muslim,” he wrote.
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Die Corona krise hat mir die notwendige ruhe gegeben um meinen Glauben wieder zu finden. Viele jahre hat mich der Islam beschäftigt. Aber es gab auch zeiten in denen ich nichts damit anfangen konnte und ich mich politisch beeinflussen ließ. Doch wenn ich schwere Zeiten hatte gab mir der Islamische Glaube die notwendige Kraft. Im Leben geht es runter und rauf. Ein weißer Spruch. Hättet ihr in meinen Schuhen laufen gelernt ihr würdet nur noch heulen. Mein Glaube ist nun stark genug sodass ich den einzig wahren Gott anerkenne und die Shahada sprechen kann, um stolz sagen zu können, ja ich bin Moslem. ☝️
Ott says that he had been researching Islam for years, also expressed his gratitude and pleasure regarding positive reactions from his fans and the Muslim communities that have articulated their support for the boxer.
“I let myself be influenced politically. But when going through hard times, the Islamic faith gave me the necessary strength,” he added.
“I am speechless regarding this positive response. It wasn’t my intention that it would be such a big deal. I actually posted it because people around me and friends know about it,” he continued, thanking Burak Kizilirmak, a fellow Turkish MMA fighter, for gifting him the Quran, the Muslim holy book, and a prayer rug.