UK: Olympic gymnast Louis Smith finds forgiveness at Fazl Mosque after offensive video
â€œLouis did something wrong but he certainly does not need to be defined by that brief moment in his life. His apology and visit to Londonâ€™s oldest mosque … today to learn about Islam speak volumes.”
Olympic gymnast Louis Smith missed celebrations for Rio medallists in Trafalgar Square to visit mosques after saying sorry for the fact that he appeared to mock Islam in a video last week.
The four-time medallist said he apologised to people in the Muslim community for the footage that showed him pretending to pray to Allah while laughing.
He said he was â€œignorant to peopleâ€™s religionâ€ and that it was his responsibility, as â€œsomeone of sporting influenceâ€, to exercise his opinions in good taste. â€œWe discussed my actions and they showed me what they learn and the true meaning behind their religion of peace.â€
Farooq Aftab, national vice-president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, said: â€œThe original video that gave rise to this whole incident has caused offence. However, at the heart of Islam, the holy Koran, and the example of the Prophet Mohammed is the need for Muslims to show continuous compassion and forgiveness.
â€œLouis did something wrong but he certainly does not need to be defined by that brief moment in his life. His apology and visit to Londonâ€™s oldest mosque … today to learn about Islam speak volumes.
â€œAs practising Muslims, Ahmadi Muslims will always seek to build bridges; will always seek to be peacemakers. This is the true Islam and we hope that Louis visits many more times.â€