Wayne becomes Whallid Parnell

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Copy of np parnell1 Gallo Images Proteas cricketer Wayne Parnell has embraced the Islamic faith.

Protea cricketer Wayne Parnell has embraced the Islamic faith.

This was confirmed by national team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee. “It was his choice to embrace Islam,” confirmed Moosajee.

Christened Wayne Dillon Parnell, the left-handed Eastern Province bowler who is also a useful lower order batsman, took the cricketing scene by storm when he captained the SA U19 squad at the 2008 World Cup.

Under 19 coach Ray Jennings tipped Parnell then to step into the shoes of Shaun Pollock.

He became the youngest South African to be awarded a Proteas contract in 2009. Parnell turns 22 on Saturday.

An SMS doing its rounds on Monday attributed his conversion to the influence of fellow Protea players Hashim Amla and Imraan Tahir.

However, Amla’s agent Ismail Kajee said it was not true that the ODI vice-captain had any influence in Parnell’s decision to convert to Islam.

According to the SMS, Parnell’s Islamic name is Whallid, meaning “the great one”.

While acknowledging Parnell’s conversion, Moosajee said he would continue to use his christened name.

Parnell, nicknamed Pigeon, is currently playing county cricket for Sussex in England.

He also turns out for Pune Warriors in the IPL and the Chevrolet Warriors in domestic franchise cricket.

He is expected to observe his first fast for the holy month of Ramadan which begins on Monday.

Attempts to contact him were unsuccessful. - The Post


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Anonymous, wrote

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07:49pm on 30 July 2011
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Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world and Waye Parell's reverting to Islam is its part, now Ramadhan is apporaching may Allah (swt) give him strength to hold Roza and offered Salah..

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Hassainar, wrote

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05:51pm on 30 July 2011
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Masha Allah. Let Got bless him

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Hermza, wrote

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02:37pm on 30 July 2011
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Why people instead of you commenting on Parnell 's story, you turn the whole thing into debate between islam and christainity, thats so stupid.

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Asif, wrote

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02:00pm on 30 July 2011
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Thanks wahalid you accept islam you are great ful man thanks ramzan mubark

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Sadaf, wrote

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03:53am on 30 July 2011
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Allah guides whom He wills. In a sense, you're chosen - something you should always cherish. Welcome to the abode of Islam and may you be showered with Allah's blessings in both the worlds.

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Crusaders, wrote

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07:58pm on 29 July 2011
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Joke of the year

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Hamid Bangash, wrote

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07:13pm on 29 July 2011
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SUbHANALLAH

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Hamid Bangash, wrote

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07:12pm on 29 July 2011
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MASHALLAH, ALLAH bLESS You Ameen AND SHOW all OF us THE Right Path,Ameen

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kashan khan , wrote

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06:11pm on 29 July 2011
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Welcome to the greatest religion of the world my brother May ALLAH accept your passion and give u more strength to make another.

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kashan khan , wrote

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06:09pm on 29 July 2011
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Welcome to the greatest religion of the world my brother May ALLAH accept your passion and give u more strength to make another.

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nadia, wrote

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02:32pm on 29 July 2011
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maa'shallah, praise the Almighty, may you always be guided and blessed, insha'allah.ramadaan kareem

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nadia, wrote

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02:29pm on 29 July 2011
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maa'shallah, praise the Almighty, may you always be guided and blessed, insha'allah.ramadaan kareem

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noman, wrote

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12:54pm on 29 July 2011
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MashAllah,,,, welcome in Islam the best religion. May God bless you every moment.

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UCHITKOTHA, wrote

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12:25pm on 29 July 2011
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Hamdulillah! We pray to ALLAH (AST) for forgive his past sin and we pray for him for his better future & hope he will be a best DAEE in the south Africa, Insha-Allah!

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Abu Shahma, wrote

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12:05pm on 29 July 2011
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Masha allah. May allah grant to him jannah. aamin

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Trevor Puttick, wrote

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11:57am on 29 July 2011
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Incredible, I am an avid cricket folower and just watching Hashim Amla, the respect he shows by kneeling even when drinking water. Islam has to be studied! I am bery interested in Islam and have read the holy book...amazing! The picture painted of Islam=terrorism is not true! I am a christian and studying the islamic faith.

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Anonymous, wrote

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10:25am on 29 July 2011
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Alhamdulillah, Welcome and Ramazan Mubarak

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fatima, wrote

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10:17am on 29 July 2011
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masaallah my borther...

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e joosub, wrote

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09:41am on 29 July 2011
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howzit bru.....as part of your initiation, how about joining us for jumma lunch-say "dhaal-ghost" or DG.?u will smaak it stukkend! you will get bowled over.......

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Anonymous, wrote

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09:00am on 29 July 2011
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mashaallah.. Welcome to the big family .. Brother

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