Sweden team goalie embraced Islam, faces threats

STOCKHOLM: 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 apologize 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.”

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She stated to had a peaceful life after becoming a Muslim. “I read the Holy Quran, I pray and fast. “I am proud and happy to be a Muslim,” Andersson added.

Andersson become a hot topic of discussion in Sweden after she accept Prophet Muhammed (Peace Be Upon Him) as Allah’s messenger and announce her religious conversion to the public on 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.”

According to the US State Department report in 2011, Muslims make up between 450,000 and 500,000 of Sweden’s nine million people.