Peter Green: August 2017
We share the sentiments expressed by English test cricketer and devout Muslim Moeen Ali in a recent interview with The Guardian newspaper. In the unlikely event that you, dear reader, are not a keen cricket fan, suffice it to say that after England completed a 3-1 win yesterday, in the test match series against South Africa, his opponents named him England player of the series, "for his consistency with ball and being devastating with bat".
On his faith, he said, "There is such negativity in the media round Islam, but when I play cricket for England I don't have to say anything. I'm hoping people will look at me and other Muslims and think, 'Actually, it will be all right. They're not too bad'."
On suffering, he said, "There is suffering in many Muslim and non-Muslim countries. We spend billions going into space and we can't even look after people. I find that hard to accept. We've let each other down big time regardless of our colour, faith or community. We should help people without a political agenda. It should be done out of compassion, without hesitation."
Well said that man and well played! To read the full interview about his life, faith and cricket, click here.
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