Chef Marco Pierre White’s ‘son converts to Islam’ in jail
When I prayed to Allah I asked for my sins to be forgiven and for him to make me strong and protect me – Marco Junior
The son of world-renowned Chef Marco Pierre White has converted to the religion of Islam, the Daily Mail has reported today.
The British tabloid has revealed that Marco Pierre White Jr gave his Shahadah – the verbal declaration of Islamic faith – while serving a year-long prison sentence.
Having reportedly been released from jail this week, Marco Jr “says he is being supported by his celebrity chef father after becoming a Muslim as he battles to ‘stay clean’ and reform years of drug abuse which began at the age of just 13”.
Said to have been in rehab 17 times and “wasted” over a £1million, Marco Pierre White Jr was jailed for shoplifting, possessing a knife, possessing heroin, and racially abusing a supermarket security guard, which he denies doing.
Marco Jr asks Allah’s forgiveness & ‘to make me strong and protect me’
Having “seen all walks of life in prison”, the new convert to Islam reportedly said: “In prison I saw the lads going to pray. I would listen to them talking about the Islamic community and the Koran and I thought a lot of it made sense. I had a flick through the Koran and my interest grew.
“When I prayed to Allah I asked for my sins to be forgiven and for him to make me strong and protect me. I asked for my family to be safe – and everything has come true.
“This is crazy how everything works out for me. I do believe it has a lot to do with my prayers and my religion.”
The father of one daughter now says that not only does he “want to stay sober” but also wants his father – who is famous for returning the Michelin stars he earned in his earlier days as a chef – “to be proud of me”.
While his brother Luciano owns a number of restaurants and his sister Mirabelle manages a Michelin-star restaurant in Oxford, Marco Jr reportedly “now plans to follow his father’s career path: ‘I am going to work in the family business as a chef. I can cope. My dad has taught me well when he could’.”