“Mo Salah is a better human being than he is a football player. And he’s one of the best football players in the world.” – John Oliver
How Salah responded to a theft from the family gives the best insight into his character
While Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah was still a youth playing in Alexandria, Egypt, his family were robbed. The thief was caught within days and it was the intention of Salah’s father to press charges. However, when Mohamed heard what had happened he asked his father to drop the charges. What the young soccer star did next gives the biggest insight of all into his character: he gave the thief some money to get his life back on track and even tried to help him find a job. Salah told the Daily Mail that he ‘wants everyone to have a chance to better themselves’.
Mo Salah is a #celebworthcelebrating
Mo Salah is a good guy. There’s no doubt about it. This has been proved by his numerous philanthropic and humanitarian efforts, for example;
- Last year he covered the cost of vital sewage treatment in his village of Nagrig, in Gharbia, Egypt.
- Salah has given many things to Nagrig. He bought gym equipment for the community centre that now bears his name and paid for an all-weather football pitch to be built at Mohamed Ayyad Al-Tantawy school, where he studied.
- The Liverpool forward reportedly bought land and paid over £300,000 to ensure that clean drinking water is available for the inhabitants of the region. In 2017 he also donated £27,000 to the Association of Veteran Players in Egypt.
- After Salah featured in a "Say No to Drugs" campaign last year, calls to the charity increased by an astonishing 400%, demonstrating the widespread appeal and mass popularity the PFA Player of the Year has in his home country.
- He gives money to help couples get married and frequently contributes to charity.
Salah was offered a villa as a reward by Mamdouh Abbas, a former president of Zamalek. But the player asked that a donation be made to Nagrig instead.
Time 100 Most Influential People | MOHAMED SALAH By John Oliver
“Mo Salah is a better human being than he is a football player. And he’s one of the best football players in the world.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a professional athlete in any sport less affected by their success or status than Mo, which is incredible because I can’t imagine the kind of pressure that comes with the intensity of adoration he receives. Mo is an iconic figure for Egyptians, Scousers and Muslims the world over, and yet he always comes across as a humble, thoughtful, funny man who isn’t taking any of this too seriously.
As a footballer, he plays with an infectious joy. I’ve always wondered what it would feel like to be able to play as well as him, and watching his face light up after he does something incredible, you get the reassuring sense that it’s exactly as fun as you’d want it to be. I absolutely love him.”
—Oliver is the host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Salah is in the Time’s 100 most Influential People 2019 category “Titans” alongside such luminaries as Lebron James, Mark Zuckerberg, and Tiger Woods.
Mo Salah is a hit with the Liverpool fans at home and abroad
Liverpool fans created a chant to the tune of Dodgy’s "Good Enough", saying that if Salah continued to score goals, they would convert to Islam –
"If he’s good enough for you, he’s good enough for me, if he scores another few, then I’ll be Muslim too. If he’s good enough for you, he’s good enough for me, sitting in a mosque is where I want to be.”
Salah gave his approval to the chant, and it has been cited as an example of inclusivity.
Salah is devout to a degree that many other well-known Muslims sports figures are not, and his charm and apolitical persona have made him a popular figure in the UK.
During his goal celebration, Salah lays in the prostrate position to thank god in sujud.
Mohamed Salah and his wife, Maggi, married in 2013. Their daughter, Makka, born in 2014, is named in honour of the Islamic holy city of Mecca.
Mohamed Salah is single-handedly changing perceptions of Islam and Muslims with Liverpool fans at home and further afield.
BE MORE LIKE MO: 5 EASY WAYS TO BE MORE CHARITABLE IN YOUR LIFE
‘Our daily lives are so busy it’s easy to get caught up in our to-do lists, that we easily forget about the welfare of others. But if you took a look around your neighborhood, you’d easily find ways to give back to your local community, because let’s face it, impacting your own community is the best way to begin giving back to the global community as a whole.’ — Jeannie Mark