SHAFAQNA – Born in April 1992, Dominique Easley has signed a four-year-deal with the New England (US) Patriots in 2014. The contract is believed to be worth $7.3 million. The 6-foot-2, 288-pound versatile defensive lineman was drafted No. 29 overall out of Florida, where he stared 26 games in four seasons.
There are about 6 to 8 million Muslims in the US. In the current atmosphere of mistrust and bias against the American Muslim community, Easley’s announcement this March that he had accepted Islam send ripples across the sports world. But regardless of the controversy his conversion generated, the young athlete is adamant, his story will inspire many others like him to follow their heart and heal through Islam.
“Many things happened in my life, and I’ve been lost for 22 yrs. Today I’ve found my guidance to paradise,” said Easley to Shafaqna in exclusive comments.
A talented player for the NFL, Easley took to Twitter to share his news, keen on sharing with his fans.
The New England Patriots’ tweets have drawn massive praise and messages of support on social media.
His Twitter post has been retweeted more than 5,902 times and generated hundreds of comments since its release.
“@DominiqueEasley Alhamdullilah! May Allah make this journey a beautiful one, may He add more blessings into your life and grant you Jannah,” a twitter user commented on Easley’s post.
“All my respect brother! May Allah bless you inshaAllah!” another one wrote.
The Patriots’ defense interior player shared his reversion to Islam on Instagram too, attracting more than 1,200 likes and dozens of encouraging comments.
He posted a photo for him with three men dressed like Muslims at a mosque.
“Welcome to Islam Alhamdulillah…” one Instagram user wrote.
“SalaamAlaykum, may Allah accept it from you and may He keep you steadfast,” another one wrote.
“Alhamdulellah you’ve found your way, pray for your loved ones to find theirs too ❤️”
“Prayers for you from your brothers and sisters in Pakistan.”
“My brother Salamalikum. may Allah protect you and guide you. And all of us, Im a convert 2 years now Alhamdulillah.”
“Congratulations on finding your peace, and welcome to a very big family lots of love and prayers for Ya!!” a fan posted.
“Congratulations bro welcome to Islam. Allah bless you.”