Parnell clarifies Islam stance

2011-07-28 15:45

Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer

Cape Town - Islam is a faith Proteas cricketer Wayne Parnell has “always been interested in”.

The promising Warriors left-arm seam bowler confirmed in a statement on Thursday that he converted in January, “after a period of personal study and reflection”.

Port Elizabeth-born Parnell, who turns 22 on Saturday, said: “While I have not yet decided on an Islamic name I have considered the name Waleed which means Newborn Son, but for now my name remains Wayne Dillon Parnell.

"I will continue to respect the team’s endorsement of alcoholic beverages. I am playing cricket in Sussex and this is my immediate focus.

“As I am approaching my first period of fasting, I ask that this special time is treated with respect.

“I am a young man, a professional cricketer by trade, and while I can appreciate and am grateful for the public interest in my personal life, my faith choice is a matter which I would like to keep private.”

His manager Donne Commins told Sport24 she had never realised his conversion would generate so much interest.

“There’s certainly nothing to extract that’s in any way ‘negative’ about it,” she said.

“Personally I think it’s fantastic: as with anything in life, if there’s something that guides you it’s wonderful.

“It suits Wayne’s personality ... he’s an emotionally-intelligent, switched-on guy. Many of his closer friends are Muslim.”

Parnell has played three Tests, 19 ODIs and 11 Twenty20 internationals for the Proteas.

He has admitted on previous occasions that he has occasionally succumbed to lapses in discipline and a penchant for “partying”.

Hashim Amla, Wayne Parnell and Imran Tahir (Gallo Images)


  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-28 15:57

    To each his own...It's what he does on the field that matters..

      chappy - 2011-07-28 16:24

      100% correct and if the discipline helps him to perform better for the Proteas, then even better! It certainly hasn't done Amla any harm at all.

      Barry Edwards - 2011-07-28 22:33

      Its a personal matter. Got for it Wayne !

      Creeky - 2011-07-29 06:51

      Does that mean he will play better Cricket, now that he has taken the Muslim faith? Or will he still be a tempremental kvk cricketer?

      willem - 2011-07-29 13:55

      200 thumbs up for this one

  • FerretGee - 2011-07-28 16:07

    This is only news because Parnell is a high profile sportsman. People change faiths all the time so who cares his religious preference.If he becomes a better person in himself by any change of faith then he has achieved a personal goal. Is it really any of our business?

      Luapolku - 2011-07-28 17:38

      it has been proven without doubt that 911 was an inside job, every sane person will know this

      FerretGee - 2011-07-28 19:41

      @Luapolku - I have no dea what your comment has to do with mine! I am simply stating that if it was your next door neighbour converting from Christianity to Islam or from Tamil to Christian, no-one would be interested. 911 has nothing to do with a cricketer changing faith.

      croix - 2011-07-28 21:47

      I totally agree with your comment - we are such a pathetic population who don't allow anyone a different viewpoint to our own shortsighted one. Why should Wayne feel obliged to even mention this - most probably because he feels SA expects it of him. That's his personal business, so let him be !

      Sanjeev - 2011-07-29 07:20

      @FerrretGee - Tamil is a language not a religion

      Creeky - 2011-07-29 17:17

      My question to all the Muslims living OUTSIDE their respective countries! How come you put the WEST DOWN when you live in WESTERN COUNTRIES, AND WESTERN TRADITIONS? Capitalist America.... Capitalist ENGLAND.... etc?

      Howzitekse - 2011-07-29 19:55

      Creeky, they are the same as WAPS who live all over the world and think they know better than the people who lived there before them. - 2011-08-09 16:42

      @ luapolka: Allaaaaa-Oooooooo-Aggkkbaarrrrrr ..... Hmmm .. normally the last thing people hear before they get blown up. Why are islamists and mohhamedans such a violent lot? Is it something in the koran that tells this? All the killings, heavenly virgins and beardless boys and all that rot? If the team loses, are they now going to declare jihad on the wining teams? No more pork pies, no more bacon, no more gammon, no more kassler steaks, no more beer, no more cigarettes (that's a good thing), no more looking at women's bodies unless they are wearing black tents, just a lot of sand, camels and goats .... Pass the pork, please!!

  • 2WhiteStars - 2011-07-28 16:13


  • Brandon96end - 2011-07-28 16:14

    I fail to understand how this is news. really.

      Sharief - 2011-07-28 16:47

      then y u reading...

  • Enigma - 2011-07-28 16:15

    How sad that he is put into a position that he should defend his choices. Whilst I am not a Muslim, I respect his beliefs and know that anything that helps build better lives and promotes introspection must be good.

  • 786girl - 2011-07-28 16:19

    Mashalla !!! Welcome into our faith !!!

      TheHuntcback - 2011-07-29 11:51

      well 786girl has just proven he is a fool!

      Creeky - 2011-07-29 17:13

      Will he too shave his "NEVER REGIONS" - 2011-08-09 16:48

      @the C(n)untback (brokeback mountain your style it seems, along with those beardless boys your mad mullah preaches about: Alllaaaaa - oooooook - akbaaarrrrrrr ... Allaaaaa-Oooooooo-Aggkkbaarrrrrr ..... Hmmm .. normally the last thing people hear before they get blown up. Why are islamists and mohhamedans such a violent lot? Is it something in the koran that tells this? All the killings, heavenly virgins and beardless boys and all that rot? If the team loses, are they now going to declare jihad on the wining teams? No more pork pies, no more bacon, no more gammon, no more kassler steaks, no more beer, no more cigarettes (that's a good thing), no more looking at women's bodies unless they are wearing black tents, just a lot of sand, camels and goats .... Pass the pork, please!!

      Fardeen - 2011-11-24 17:56

      what do u mean by your faith.. Islam is Everybody's.. its upto them to stay in blind contumacy or take heed and follow islam He is Reverted

  • mike mason - 2011-07-28 16:38 is what u make of it,Change your attitude and things will surely change for u..i still dont get ur crap comments on Parnell becoming a muslim got to do with hating whites??

  • Mark Fysh - 2011-07-28 16:40

    For goodness sake, It does not matter. What matters is the quality of his cricket. Gatta, why is pork unhealthy? Personally I find it delicious.

      Andries - 2011-07-28 17:00

      Google it, you will be pretty grossed out. Still delicious though. Check this link:

      EDI2000 - 2011-07-28 18:07

      Andries cant believe you'd take a opinion piece of writing and peddle it as fact

      Howzitekse - 2011-07-29 20:00

      Andries that link was written by a plonker.

  • mike mason - 2011-07-28 17:06

    @DogsBollox...i read your comment in the first article of wayne acceptin islam and have to agree with u on that,it's very shameful how the saudis drink in dubai,but dont paint islam as a hypocrite religion because we need to respect all faiths.We always get the rotten apples,like in apartheid,the farmers that were shagging there workers wives or how your dad got it on with maid,u remember Bollox Dont was against his believe but he did Still....Dont delete this

  • Meezer - 2011-07-28 17:10

    I was raised as a White Afrikaans Christian, and have been studying Islam with my Mulana to see whether I am ready to accept and live as a Muslim. This will be my second year of fasting. I am not being pressurized by anyone, but feels that the disciplines and guidelines under Islam is the way I as a professional single woman want to live my life. It is not an easy decision, and I applaud Wayne (Waleed) for being public, as your faith and religion is a very personal matter. There is no God but God, and if you find God under whichever faith then you have found inner peace.

      tdk25 - 2011-07-28 17:39

      or you could just live your live simply instead of needing a fairy-tale book. but hey, to each his own

      Yusuf - 2011-07-28 17:46

      @LoveofJesus - You are the one who seems to be REALLY confused, lie down before you hurt yourself.

      Jayxer - 2011-07-28 17:50

      Your inner peace will not grant you salvation. Continue to "work out your own salvation with fear and trembling."

      Zee - 2011-07-29 09:29

      Mashallah - welcome to the faith Meezer. Hope it brings you peace and prosperity!

      NAZ - 2011-07-29 09:31

      Fasting is so amazing it shows that you have fear of Allah.You would never consider hiding & eating coz u awear your creator is watchin you.

  • Zakariya - 2011-07-28 17:37

    Its just sad to see how all of you disrespect each other irrespective of your religion or the absence there of.Does any religion allow or promote a person to stoop to the level of mocking and swearing at others? I find that lots of people call themselves Muslims ,Christians, Jews etc but they themselves don't understand there own religion they are just religious by name........ Why should the fact that someone believes different to you upset you so much?

  • tdk25 - 2011-07-28 17:38

    Just play good cricket dammit!!

  • Yusuf - 2011-07-28 17:40

    Seems like there are a lot more Nuts like the Norwegian Breivik than I iniatially thought there were, even in SA. Shocking!

      TheHuntcback - 2011-07-29 11:55, easy to insult from behind a computor, bet you have some erectile disfunction and hate all men that has a normal life!

      ZA_R - 2011-07-29 13:20 Too much hate my brother...too much hate....I feel for sound emotionally unstable...but I am praying for you..Don't worry, u will be OK. We are here, do not GIVE up, We are praying for u brother, we are praying. Please everyone, lets pray for our brother, doesn't matter what religion we follow or believe in, the important thing is that he needs our prayer.

      ZA_R - 2011-07-29 15:17

      @Jayxer "Don't pray for him because your prayers are to the devil and are therfore curses." My brother from another mother, Don't worry, We will pray for you too, I feel your pain, u feeling left out. Aawwwhhhhh, you should have said so.....Everybody, seems like our brother is in need of LOVE & PRAYERS, Please PRAY for him,

      Jayxer - 2011-07-29 15:21

      @ZA_R- you don't know what love is because love is God and God is love and Christ is the only way to God. Because God cannot be in the presence of sin and it is only the forgiveness of our sins by Christ that we may be in the presence of God and that our prayers may be heard by Him.

      ZA_R - 2011-07-29 16:37

      @Jayxer, Seems like Wayne Parnell reverting to Islam has really affected you, You spew out curses and in the same breath you try to preach to me about JESUS and GOD, You don't sound like a true believer of GOD, you sound so hurt and affected, my advice to you. Please go to church and Pray really hard not for ME our Wayne our the rest of the world, please PRAY for yourself, you need it most, How can we preach to the rest of the world when we are not leading by example, Learn patience, simplicity, humble, love, sharing etc. When you find inner peace and contentment, please feel free to then continue with the conversation further. Free advice...Take it or Leave it...It is totally up to you, but 1 thing for certain, I will definitely PRAY for you. PEACE brother

      Jayxer - 2011-07-29 16:57

      @ZA_R- Your "inner peace" will not give you salvation. Your hatred and malice may end up blinding you from the Truth and costing your salvation. And yes, I hate terrorism which is usually perpetrated by Muslims. I'm not preaching, I am just speaking the Truth.

  • Imran - 2011-07-28 17:42

    he is too much wright

  • Imran - 2011-07-28 17:42

    he is too much wright

      chappy - 2011-07-29 16:38

      you is too much wrong english

      abdulbaasit.ismail - 2011-08-04 13:53


  • R013 - 2011-07-28 17:49

    The Proteas will have to find a new sponsor at this rate... with all the muslims no one is going to want to wear the Castle shirts anymore! I wonder if they still get paid by Castle?

      sporto - 2011-07-28 22:01

      for the record - i know Hasim Amla personaly & he DOES NOT get paid by castle (he gets paid by private sponsors)

      Francois Coetzer - 2011-07-30 16:00

      Who are these private sponsors....Mug and Bean or Toys 'R Us??!

      dark.kebbit - 2012-04-23 10:49

      hashim amla actually pays a fine for not wearing the castle shirt about $500 and his 50 % match fee

  • Sieta - 2011-07-28 18:11

    "emotionally-intelligent switched on guy" OMG, WTF!!!!

  • ChrisW - 2011-07-28 18:55

    Fortunately they don't play cricket in Norway!

  • TheHuntcback - 2011-07-28 19:48

    welcome to Islam Parnell you have chosen well

      ZA_R - 2011-07-29 16:40 You again....desperately seeking LOVE and inner peace....We are still praying for you. We are not giving up so please don't give up. Hang in there....

  • Steinberg - 2011-07-28 20:08

    Zakarija - well said. Exactly what Jesus the Christ said in Matthew 7:12 "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." Let's do that!

  • amather - 2011-07-28 20:09

    @DogsBollox...sorry for making that spelling error,But is that your best comeback for me about the spelling error.U Nothing but a flithy Biggot and Racist,with an attitude like yours,we as human beings will not move forward to live in a peacefull society with all races and religions.I'm No saint,but i respect all religions...I will pray for your Sister or Daughter to become a muslim,just so eyes and evil heart can open up

      DogsBollox - 2011-07-28 20:34

      Right so Amather is also Mike Mason - glad we cleared that up. Also compliments on another model religious response - because I disagree with religion, you conclude that I am now a racist and a bigot (and an apparently filthy one at that!) - showing how very rational and peaceful you are - once AGAIN proving my point that you're all hypocrites! By the way it's "filthy" not "flithy" and "bigot" not "biggot". Keep it coming moron!

      ZA_R - 2011-07-29 16:45

      @DogsBollox - no he is only Human, NOT GOD. we tend to make mistakes....not a hypocrite... I am also Praying for you...we cannot afford another LOST is our responsibility to save you from the Fire of Hell, I am Praying very hard for you, Please Accept that there is a God out there, Show him some respect and LOVE, please PRAY with us "YA ALLAH, please save DogsBollox from the fire of Hell and fill his heart with Peace and Love" Ameen Still misguided...I am still Praying....I feel for you...

  • BiggestBull - 2011-07-28 20:11

    Any news on Pierre Spies' injury?

      Sir Eidolon - 2011-07-28 20:25

      It was caused by Islam. VeryLam.

  • Wilde Sev - 2011-07-28 20:46

    I don't understand these comments. I am not going to bother stating which religion I follow. If you want to post hate speech then by all means, go ahead. Why do people choose to rebel their hate? Why do you wish to act like saints and repel their hateful comments? Comment on topic, discuss Wayne Parnell's religion change and NOT argue if he is right or wrong or argue whether people should respect his decision or post hate speech. Live and let live.

  • haroon.sargodhian - 2011-07-28 20:46

    congrats parnell.... how hypocrite are those who say we believe that religion is a personal matter but when someone like u chooses the religion of his choice they ridicule ur personal selection.... don't care about them just live ur life the way which pleases u ...

  • Shivaskar - 2011-07-28 20:46

    Like maybe we'll read tomorrow that Graeme Smith has converted to Leprechaun since his engagement to Irish singer. Muslims are often seen / or written about/ or talked about as terrorists and oppressors of women because of Taliban's trash beliefs (conveniently in favour of their actions), Sharia law etc. Truth is that Taliban choose and live by 'their' interpretation of the Quran. It is not the interpretation for all Muslims, so we cannot generalise.

  • silmaparker - 2011-07-28 20:46

    Best of luck with the fasting Wayne! It is quite a challenge, but also, if you do it properly, highly spiritually rewarding and a beautiful experience :)

  • Wilde Sev - 2011-07-28 20:48

    I don't understand these comments. I am not going to bother stating which religion I follow. If you want to post hate speech then by all means, go ahead. Why do people choose to rebel their hate? Why do you wish to act like saints and repel their hateful comments? Comment on topic, discuss Wayne Parnell's religion change and NOT; argue if he is right or wrong or argue whether people should respect his decision or post hate speech. Arguing is not going to get us anywhere, it is the main reason as to why humanity has faltered. Nobody is right and nobody is wrong. If there is a higher spirit, let him/her decide what to action to take. Live and let live.

  • Popit - 2011-07-28 22:05

    Why is this in the news? Religion is a private matter.

      Totman - 2011-07-28 22:12

      Shortage of news today. I saw they had this conversation the whole afternoon till now. They pray, swear, be happy, be confined, be unholy, holy, insult each other, confined in each other, dance on there tows around each other etc. Yawn!!! Good night guys. I am off to bed.

  • Barry Edwards - 2011-07-28 22:22

    Wayne's beliefs are his own AND can only be commended. It shocks me how many people who can actually write their comments here believe they are intelligent. Go for it Wayne !!

  • InDogWeThrus - 2011-07-28 23:32

    Clearly Wayne has no brain. The education system has clearly failed him - he should demand his (subsidized) school fees back.

  • Ken J May - 2011-07-28 23:32

    So he's only 22, enjoy him while you can, these young muslims blow up so quickly!! - 2011-07-29 13:06


  • Moby Q - 2011-07-28 23:35

    After reading most of the comments here, I find that there are many misinformed people out there who believe whatever they hear over the broken telephone. For those of you who who have negative views about Islam, why dont you spend some time and learn a few things before opening your mouths. You are only showing in public how stupid you are. And hiding behind your nickname you have a GROOT BEK. If a Christian man rapes someone (for arguments sake), he's called a rapist. If a Jewish man steals from someone (for arguments sake), he's called a thief. But when a muslim person for example kills someone he's called a MUSLIM murderer. With emphasis on Muslim! Why? Does it mean that killing, raping and stealing is okay if you are Christian or Jewish? Does the Bible and the Tourah condone these crimes? NO! It is wrong no matter what religion you follow. Hence, if a person does any crime and still says that he is Muslim, it is false because Islam does not, have never and will never condone any of these horrible acts. Some people say that some of the Arabs abuse their wives and drink alcohol in Dubai. That may be true. But just because they are Arabs doesnt mean they follow Islam and that they are religious in any way. Here are white, black and coloured muslims in South Africa thats better muslims that some Arabs who were born in saudi. The bottom line is, dont judge an entire faith by the actions of lost individuals.

      Ken J May - 2011-07-28 23:52

      Hey Moby Q, (that sounds like a Creadence Clearwater Revival song) My name is Ken J May and I don't hide from anything! Do you know me?

      Truthseeker2 - 2011-07-29 07:06

      Well said Moby Q! The Islamophobes keep on ranting away with their malicious insults but they don't realise that their vacuous diatribes only succeed to demonstrate their ignorance and stupidity. "As to those who reject Faith (after the clear message has come to them), it is the same for them whether thou warn them or warn them not; they will not believe. God has set a seal on their hearts (because of their stubborn arrogance) and on their hearing and on their eyes is a veil; great is the penalty that they incur." (Al-Qur'an, Chapter 2, verses 6-7)

      affro - 2011-07-29 08:46

      Ken u little coward. Ek Ken Jou

      Shafick - 2011-07-29 10:55

      @Realist72... If you've spat on the Hadith and Qur'an how do you know so much about it, can you quote it, in its context? And what exactly is the REAL face of Islam under Sharia Law? The one you see on CNN and Sky? Has your own "REAL FACE OF SA" laws not failed you? - 2011-07-29 13:12

      @Truthseeker2 -: why don't you post that bit about all muslims having to kill non muslims? your koranic reference : 4-89 "SEIZE THEM AND KILL THEM" ?? Trying to hide what you lot really are again? We see you!!!!!

      ZA_R - 2011-07-29 16:48 You seem very bored with your your 1c comment everywhere, But we Praying...

      JasunX - 2011-08-01 04:16 you fought us lot? under orders i assume? u killed under orders from....who? ahh, not so different than are you. u stupid little maggot. - 2011-08-08 09:36

      @JasunX Yes I did, mate. And what we did (and are still doing) is to protect those who have been yoked under the evil that is your death cult of p!$$l@m. Neither stupid, nor little and even less maggot BUT VERY different from you cowardly liars and thieves. I *see* you ..... from afar as well. Not reaching out to touch you .. yet.

  • Camiel Phillips - 2011-07-29 00:59

    @Maandonkie your name is self explanatory,a christian would show respect for another

  • Rygar - 2011-07-29 06:57

    we all will have to pray that God has mercy on his soul for this terrible decision !

      Zee - 2011-07-29 09:32

      Your mother having you was a terrible decision.

  • LiraShea - 2011-07-29 07:19

    nd the ignorance continues... People really should empower themselves by reading up on issues before they comment. And some of the so-called Christians are the worst!! It is clear that they do not know anything about Islam, or other religions for that matter. Recent events in Norway just proved again how fundamentalism turns people into terrorists. Religion becomes meaningless when it is used by people for their own selfish puposes. God knows no religion. WWJD?

  • mthanvi - 2011-07-29 07:51

    Start with the name of ALLAH. the benificien and most merciful PARNELL has accepted ISLAM.because ISLAM is a Religion of PEACE and HUMANITY.... U all guys also study about ISLAM. and Try to enter in it

      affro - 2011-07-29 15:49

      Eish ohsa you seem to have a deep seated hatred for Muslims, and not a lot of class in expressing it. Personally i dont think they really pay much attention to a hater such as yourself, but try to be a bit more tolerant of other people's beliefs, especially when your (lack of) knowledge on the subject is displayed so vividly in your rantings.

      JasunX - 2011-08-01 04:21 u read our koran book, and hadith and surahs? so u know a lot then...let me educate u, the koran is made up of surahs. yeah u definitely know a lot pal, much too much, u stupid little maggot.

  • lifes2short - 2011-07-29 07:57

    The portrayal of islam as an evil religion ,is part of plan orchestrated by the media.I challenge anybody in this forum to find one article that does not use Islam or muslim in it when describing a terrorist attack "National Geographic said Bush gives “intimate details” of his thoughts and feelings in a way never seen before. Most of the interview is about the first minutes and hours of the day that Islamic militants hijacked four planes and crashed into the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon". Try and find an IRA attack that stipulates it was a Christian militant attack??? God us given only some of us the Gift of reason ...the rest are like sheep.

  • NAZ - 2011-07-29 09:22

    Its really nice to know that you still get people who research,study,question & make up there own minds instead of just accepting everything the media says.

  • NAZ - 2011-07-29 09:36

    Its really nice to see that you still get people who reasearch,study,learn & educate themselves instead of just believing everything the media says.

  • jjacgilbert - 2011-07-29 10:10

    For me and my house, we will serve the Lord of the Bible.

  • Craig - 2011-07-29 10:19

    is he now amongst the ranks of the "previously Disadvantaged". What a way to get around being "white"... I an WHITE AND PROUD of it...

      Shafick - 2011-07-29 10:56

      He was always in those ranks.

  • InternetMan - 2011-07-29 10:29

    God damnit! Nine eleven all over again!

  • Shafick - 2011-07-29 10:42

    Welcome to our faith brother... Just have patience and perseverance in what you do and you will be succesful.

  • Gerhard van der Merwe - 2011-07-29 10:45

    The drinking in the team got so bad the only way to save your liver is to convert.

  • Sythe - 2011-07-29 10:59

    No more pork chops, and rashers on the braai for you Waleed. Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy.....I will pray for you son. This is very sad.

      Shafick - 2011-07-29 11:04

      Clearly pork means a lot to you...

  • Rygar - 2011-07-29 11:54

    sad day !!!!!!!!

  • Wolff - 2011-07-29 11:56

    So what? Yaaaaaawn...

  • StBad - 2011-07-29 12:19

    Thought he said he wanted to keep it private?...

  • StoneAngel - 2011-07-29 12:51

    I cannot see anywhere in the article that Parnell will be converting from Christianity to Islam - it just says that he 'converted' - the question is was he ever a true Christian. Some advice to you Wane Parnell don't ever try and 'convert' from Islam to any other religion - then you will know all about converting!

  • Muhammud - 2011-07-29 12:56

    BLOODY TERRORIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!