National footballer of Sweden’s U19 Women team converted to Islam after meeting Turkish Muslim boy
A women goalkeeper for Sweden National Team under 19, faced huge criticism threats, insults over the past seven months following her conversion to Islam.
Ronja Andersson, a member of the Uppsala Women’s Football team appeared on a TV show called Troll Hunter on Monday night.
According to Anadolu Agency, the person who sent Andersson’s house a hate letter was also in present during the show. The identified person also apologised to Andersson.
On her story of becoming a Muslim, on the show, Andersson said she was first introduced to Islam when she was 15-year-old by her Turkish friend.
Andersson said: “I had a Turkish boyfriend when I was 15, and I learned about Islam from his family. When I went to Turkey with his family, I was so much impressed by the mosques.”
She stated to have a peaceful life after becoming a Muslim. She added,
“I read the Holy Quran, I pray and fast.
I am proud and happy to be a Muslim.”
Andersson became a hot topic of discussion in Sweden after she accepted Prophet Muhammed (Peace Be Upon Him) as Allah’s messenger and announced her religious conversion to the public in May 2018.
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In an interview with National Swedish newspaper Expressen.se, Andersson stressed that she is proud to be a Muslim despite the hate she received from people around her, including her family: “They are full of prejudice against me… I was also exposed to hatred,” she said. But she said, “I’m proud I chose Islam.”
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According to the US State Department report in 2011, Muslims make up between 450,000 and 500,000 of Sweden’s nine million people.