Cricketer Irfan Pathan trolled again for celebrating Raksha Bandhan

Irfan Pathan posted a photo of himself on Raksha Bandhan wearing a rakhi on his wrist, but not many could see the positive message the picture relayed, and the cricketer was trolled for being un-Islamic and committing a sin for wearing a rakhi. Fortunately, there were few who applauded the gesture as well.

New Delhi | Updated: August 8, 2017 5:13 pm
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With every passing day religious intolerance seems to be on a rise in India, and even more so social media. Where on the one hand we had Deepak Sharma share a video of himself beating up a man for making memes (or maymay, if you please) with religious connotations, we’ve also had instances of Muslim cricketers being attacked for putting up anti-Islamic pictures online.

Last month, former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif found himself at the receiving end of online trolls after putting up a picture of himself and his son playing chess. Kaif, who was trolled even earlier by bigots for posting photos of himself doing Surya Namaskar, was told that playing chess is apparently not Islamic and he had a ‘committed a sin’. Even Indian bowler Mohammed Shami fell prey to such social media trolling after in a picture put up by him his wife was not seen wearing a hijab. England all-rounder Moeen Ali was slammed on social media for making a sketch of Vivian Richards as drawing is apparently ‘against Islam’. And things refuse to look any better.

Now it’s Irfan Pathan who is being roasted for posting a photo of himself on Raksha Bandhan, with a rakhi on his wrist. He posted that image on his Facebook account with the caption, “Happy rakshabandhan everyone #rakhi”. Though the gesture is indeed commendable and endearing, it was not taken well by the bigots on social media. Much like his other fellow cricketers, Pathan was ruthlessly attacked of ‘not being Muslim enough among other things.

This was his post.

Soon after he posted this photo, hate comments saying, “Irfan bhai this was not expected of you”, “…this is sin”, “it’s disgraceful”, etc., were posted. Though there were some who also praised the gesture, saying Raksha Bandhan is about love and unity, which is what he has displayed. Here are some of the reactions.

 

However there were some who saw some sense and stood by the actor.

However, this is not the first time that the cricketer was trolled for not being ‘Muslim enough’. On July 17, he had put up a picture with his wife and was mercilessly trolled for ‘letting her show her arms and part of face’. He was ridiculed for not being a good Muslim and was almost asked to remove the picture. A comment read, “… Tell her to cover her arms. Being a muslim and being a Pathan its your duty to do so.”

This was his post.

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    Murthy
    Aug 8, 2017 at 9:43 pm
    In the last Thirty Years, many observant Indians, including some deep Muslim thinkers, have warned against the RADICALISATION of the post-1970s generation of Muslims. This is a World Wide Phenomenon. Media Hindus and ALL Pseudoseculars never talked about this RADICALISATION until the rise of ISIS and their massacres of Yazidis. It is a fair question to ask: Do Indian Muslims feel they NEED to show they are SECULAR insofar as they can share Diwali, Rakshabandhan and Holi, just some examples, with the Majority of Indians ?? Media criticised Narendra Modi for NOT wearing a Muslim Cap, but they never point out that NO Muslim Leader in India will wear a Tilak taking Chandhan from a Payla, when offered. Modi should have offered that Muslim man with four Arabic names strung together a Chandhan Payla... Now you may see why harp on this PSEUDOSECULARISM..... according to which there is NO obligation for India's Muslims to show any interest in Secularism.
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      Ranjit
      Aug 8, 2017 at 3:53 pm
      If they have so much problem living in a secular country like India they should have left to Islamic Republic of Pakistan during separation. They forget they accepted to live with other religious group sharing love and culture
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        SUKUMAR BHATTACHARYA
        Aug 8, 2017 at 3:36 pm
        These scoundrels have no other job than trolling. Why they do not leave for Saudi Arab , UAE bag and baggage and live for ever there with their rotten ideology ?
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          Ifor F.
          Aug 8, 2017 at 3:20 pm
          then i ask these half islam follower muslims(their ancistor are all hindus).why u should use mobli ,buses,everything which is not written in koran ...then why u use all bcz at the time of 570 there was not all these things.non-sense muslims are converting islam according to their convenient.the fact is that if a muslims women wears jeans pant it is un islamic but if muslims man marries a women who wears 24/7 jeans pant it is islamic.whole world know that muslims just want increas population like pigs though no use.i am sure one day this community will wiped out from world along with their non-existent f god.
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            Samrat
            Aug 8, 2017 at 3:02 pm
            Respecting your religion doen't mean condeming others. I am not my religion. The name by which I call my maker doesnot define him. If he is really the almighty you belive he is..he wont mind a gesture of a Brother to his Sister..rather He will bless it! But I know you won't understand..Dont ask me how..I just know!!
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