Video/Text: El Ahmadi, Bent and Dunne visit Birmingham mosque
Two of the midfielder's Villa team-mates were given an insight into the former when they joined him on a visit to Birmingham Central Mosque this week.
The visit was a further example of Villa's commitment to equality and diversity, in a week when the club is demonstrating its support for the Kick It Out campaign.
It was particularly significant for El Ahmadi, a practising Muslim, who says his faith "makes me a stronger person."
Birmingham Central Mosque is visited by thousands of people every week and is open as a religious institution to visitors of all religions.
"My religion is very important to me," said El Ahmadi.
"It makes me stronger as a person and also mentally.
"I think the most important thing is if you are a Muslim, a Christian or a Jew, we have to respect each other.
"We have to have respect for every culture and everybody has to feel comfortable with what they want to do.
"It is the first time I have visited this mosque. Now I know the way to this mosque I will try to go every week.
"I am looking forward to praying here. My religion is very important to me.
"It is No.1 in my life and I think without it I would not be the person I am now."
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