All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams held a traditional Islamic birth ceremony for his newborn son, Zaid.
In an Instagram post shared on Sunday, the 32-year-old said he feels ‘blessed’ after the birth of his first son and shared a photo from baby Zaid’s aqeeqah.
‘Our Son Zaid’s aqeeqah (birth ceremony) – I honestly can’t describe the joy that I feel when I look at my fanau,’ he captioned.
‘I can’t describe the joy I felt’: All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams held a traditional Islamic birth ceremony for his newborn son, Zaid last week
‘What a blessing it is to have to 3 healthy children – Also want to acknowledge my beautiful wife Alana.
He added: ‘The way you hold down this family and look after all of us makes me so proud and inspires me. We rolling deep with our squad now BABY! Haha! Cheeehoooooo blessings & love always team.’
In Islam, an aqeeqa is the traditional sacrifice of an animal after a child’s birth and the meat is given to the poor.
‘Peace be upon you’: The All Blacks star announced the birth of his first son with wife Alana on June 29, with a touching photo
Religious: The footballer converted to Islam at 2009. Pictured here at Mecca in Saudi Arabia
For a boy the sacrifice involves two goats, for a girl one goat is sacrificed.
Sonny, who converted to Islam in 2009, announced the birth of Zaid on June 29.
He shared a tender black and white snap of the bub’s hands.
Happy family: Zaid is the third child for Sonny and his wife, Alana Raffie (pictured)
He captioned the photo: ‘Zaid Williams. Asalamualakium son – mummy, daddy and your sisters love you so much.’
The word ‘Asalamualakium’ means ‘may peace be upon you’ in Arabic and is a traditional Muslim greeting.
In addition to Zaid, te also shares two children: Imaan, two, and 18-month-old Aisha, with wife Alana Raffie.
The couple married in 2013 after a whirlwind six-month romance.
Expanding brood: In addition to Zaid, te also shares two children: Imaan, two, and 18-month-old Aisha, with wife Alana Raffie