- Mesut Özil is a professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Fenerbahçe
- The German footballer has his roots traced back to Turkey as he practices Islam
- Ozil has stated that he is proud being a Muslim and says he will practice the faith until death
Former Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has taken to his Instagram handle to profess his love for his religion saying he is proud being a Muslim.
The German international uses every opportunity to urge fans and Muslims to join him in disarming fears of practicing Islam with kindness.
Ozil is one of the big footballers who practice Islam - and he has severally demonstrated his love for the religion even on the pitch.
The holy Qur'an invokes the importance of Friday as a sacred day of worship in a chapter called “Al-Jumah,” meaning the day of congregation, which is also the word for Friday in Arabic.
And on Friday, April 9, Ozil wrote:
“I was a Muslim... I’m a Muslim... I’ll be a Muslim... I’ll die Insha’Allah as a Muslim and I’m proud of being a Muslim.”
Meanwhile, Mesut Ozil's struggles at Turkish side Fenerbahce continue as the midfielder was stretched off the pitch during his side's 1-1 draw against Antalyaspor.
The 32-year-old German joined the Turkish league giants as a free agent on a three-and-a-half-year deal that will see him earn about £4.5 million annually earlier this year.
However, he has not been able to find his feet at his new club after missing a glorious chance that could have helped The Yellow Canaries claim maximum points after the game.
Ozil benefited from a loose ball from goalkeeper Ruud Boffin just at the edge of the 18-yard box but still fired wide despite facing what could be described as an empty net.
The former Gunners attacker was unmarked when he got the ball and had plenty of time to convert the chance properly but still could not give his best on the pitch.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Tomas Holes' 90+4 minute header was all Slavia Prague needed to deny Arsenal a victory in the first leg of their Europa League clash at the Emirates Stadium.
The 28-year-old defender powered home an unstoppable header in the late minutes of the added time to ensure his side avoided defeat.
His goal puts the Czech football outfit at an advantage ahead of the second on Thursday, April 15 as they both battle for one semifinal spot.