Amir Khan was been bombarded with abuse and death threats after he put up a photo of his Christmas tree on his social media pages.
The former boxing champion and reality TV star posted the photo of the Christmas tree at his home yesterday night, with the caption: ‘While everyone’s asleep, daddy put the Christmas tree up. Lamaisah’s going to be happy.’
Khan, a devout Muslim, instantly received a backlash from his fans who started posting abusive and threatening messages in the comment section while others accused him of ‘betraying’ Islam.
One man wrote: ‘Allah is definitely judging him for that and will surely punish those who imitate the kuffar by celebrating and joining in their pagan… festivals.’
Another wrote: True Muslim believers wouldn’t be putting a Christmas tree in their house hence he doesn’t represent a true Muslim.’
One vile troll even threatened Khan, writing: “I promise to god I want to kill you and your family amir.”
While another death threat read: ‘You must be dead and your family will be death i promise and Allah must promise i and all see you and check you your angel death came to see you.’
Another commented on the social media post saying: “Muslim’s don’t celebrate Christmas. It’s one thing to give out cards at school your respecting other faith and their celebration but putting up a tree in your own home… poor kid will be well confused.”
But many others defended Khan, many of them who said they are Muslim, after the initial torrent of abuse aimed at him.
One commented saying: “I’m Muslim and put my tree up every year. Merry Xmas! Hope you have a good one!!!” whilst another added: “Some absolutely disgraceful comments on here – everyone is entitled to decorate their house or celebrate whatever culture they wish.”
Another wrote: ‘A Christmas tree for his daughter doesn’t mean that he’s changed religions.’
Another added: ‘He lives in England in a western culture where Christmas is celebrated. It’s about respect just like if you we’re in another country. It’s for his daughter.’
Khan, who recently appeared on the latest series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here, has over 1.2 million followers and has never shied away from telling his fans he is a proud Muslim.
During an interview last year Khan said he spends every Friday afternoon at the mosque.
He said the mosque was his ‘favorite place to go’, adding: ‘I am not afraid of saying I am a Muslim.
‘I think some people would be scared to say that they are Muslim, especially during the current time, but I am a proud Muslim.
‘There are a lot of good Muslims out there who are against terrorism, who are against, you know, people killing each other.’