Cape Town - All Blacks superstar Sonny Bill Williams has made a visit to Mecca as part of an Islamic pilgrimage.
He has been posting pictures of himself on Twitter and described the experience as "an amazing feeling".
Williams 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.
Participating 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.
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Umrah 2018. Peace & ?? my friends pic.twitter.com/0YqiBZJW8w— Sonny Bill Williams (@SonnyBWilliams) January 16, 2018
Blessed to have this man as my spiritual guider. Shiek Kamal Jazakalah my brother ?? pic.twitter.com/q9UwUS5NRg— Sonny Bill Williams (@SonnyBWilliams) January 18, 2018
What an amazing feeling visiting the prophets(as) holy masjid in Madinah. pic.twitter.com/kmYtKZSDVL— Sonny Bill Williams (@SonnyBWilliams) January 14, 2018
Awesome morning spent visiting the baqee cemetery & making dua for some of the greatest people in Islamic history thanks to the Shiek’s for their insightful knowledge today ?? pic.twitter.com/VXCTy5x4wI— Sonny Bill Williams (@SonnyBWilliams) January 15, 2018