LANCASHIRE – Tyson Fury, a British boxing heavyweight champion raised many questions on whether he has reverted to Islam or not, after changing his name to Riaz Tyson Muhammad on Twitter and updating new profile picture that shows him wearing traditional Muslim dress, The Daily Mail reported.
To many fans, the changes suggested that the Gypsy King has reverted from Christianity to Islam.
The boxing champion’s bio now reads: “United all religions, one world blessed by Jesus. Trying to live by God’s word.”
He later posted a video of him and his team praying in the dressing room.
The footage, which appears to have been filmed in November ahead of his win over Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf, sees he and his team say a Christian prayer, before a trainer takes over with a seemingly Islam version.
In the post, Fury writes: ‘This is what I’m about unity throughout the world’.
Followers suggested Fury may be following in the footsteps of legendary boxer Cassius Clay who reverted to Islam in 1964 and became Muhammad Ali.
Fury, 28, retweeted one post, which read: “Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali, 50 years on Tyson Fury became Riaz Muhammad”.
The boxing champion has previously spoken publicly about his beliefs.
In an interview last year, he said: “I’m a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.
“I’ll say it no matter how many people it offends. I’ll say it.”
Muslims believe in Jesus as one of the great Prophets of God and that he is the son of Mary but not the Son of God. He was conceived and born miraculously.
In the Noble Qur’an, Jesus is called “Isa”. He is also known as Al-Masih (the Christ) and Ibn Maryam (Son of Mary).
As for his crucifixion, Muslims believe that Jesus was not crucified but was lifted up to heaven.
Muslims believe that Jesus will come back to earth before the end of time to restore peace and order, fight the Anti-Christ (Al-Masih Al-Dajjal) and bring victory for truth and righteousness.
The true followers of Jesus will prevail over those who deny him, misrepresent him and reject him.