Cape Town - All Blacks superstar Sonny Bill Williams has made a visit to Mecca as part of an Islamic pilgrimage.
According to the Stuff website, Williams took the trip to the city in Saudi Arabia before
commencing pre-season training with his Super Rugby team, the Blues.
He has been posting pictures of himself on Twitter and described the experience as "an amazing feeling".
said he had spent the morning visiting
the Baghi Cemetery and "making dua" for some of the greatest people in
Islamic history. Dua was a profound act of worship conducted by Muslims.
The trip was an Umrah pilgrimage, rather than the famous Hajj, as it
was being undertaken at the wrong time of year for the annual mass
gathering of Muslims in the central location of the faith.
in the Hajj was one of the five tenets of Islam, required by all
practising members of the faith to complete at least once in a lifetime.
The Blues open their 2018 Super Rugby campaign away to the Highlanders in Dunedin on Friday, February 23 at 08:35 SA time.