ONE o'clock, Friday afternoon, Zetland mosque.
They're in bare feet as is the practice of this religion and gathering where they assemble every Friday afternoon to say their prayers and worship their god.
They stand and pray, then kneel and bow to Allah.
Blake Ferguson is wearing a shirt with the words "haters gonna hate" plastered across the front. The troubled rugby league star is here with his "brother" Anthony Mundine, the controversial boxer who also converted superstar Sonny Bill Williams to the Muslim faith five years ago.
Neither is keen to talk about this latest chapter in Ferguson's tumultuous life.
Asked if he had converted to Islam, the NSW State of Origin star declined to comment.
But another person at the mosque said Ferguson "had taken shahada" - an Arabic tradition and declaration of faith in the Muslim god.
Under the Islam beliefs, Ferguson cannot drink alcohol. He announced he was off the booze earlier in the year but didn't stick to it.
Mundine was also hesitant to talk when contacted later on Friday afternoon.
"It's up to Blake to speak about it when he's ready to," Mundine told The Sunday Telegraph.
For all his showmanship and madness, Mundine is a deeply religious person who genuinely cares for Ferguson and wants to help him realise his enormous potential in the NRL.
When Williams' life went off the rails and he was also battling alcohol-related incidents in 2008, Mundine intervened in a similar way.
Ferguson has had a troubled year in the NRL and is currently facing charges over the alleged indecent assault of a woman at a Cronulla nightspot.
He was also caught speeding and driving while suspended before being sacked by the Raiders.
He is now even estranged from his "pop", Rex Sutherland, who raised him with his wife in Wellington from age 13 after the Sutherlands' son Michael met and married Retta Ferguson, who had given birth to Blake a year earlier.
Ferguson moved in with them after the Department of Community Services deemed Retta unable to care for her child and demanded they take custody.
"They are my grandparents," Ferguson once said. "They're my family. They're everything."
He has no contact with his mother but recently saw his father on the day he was released from Goulburn jail.
Ferguson now lives at Mundine's home and they train together every day as the boxer prepares for the rescheduled fight with US legend Shane Mosley on November 27.
The NRL has yet to decide if Ferguson will be cleared to play next year, with his decision to convert to Islam unlikely to have any effect on their decision.
"We're still talking about his progress and keeping an eye on him," said the NRL's integrity boss and chief operating officer Jim Doyle.
"Our player welfare and education department have been talking to him and the integrity department will monitor his (upcoming) court case.
"He is no longer registered after being fired by the Raiders and at this stage no club has indicated they want to sign him.
"That's something we'd have to talk about if or when it happens.
"He's got a hell of a lot of talent and it would be a shame to see it go to waste."