We are certainly living in a strange time, with every passing day the religious intolerance seems to be on a rise in India, and even more on social media. We’ve also had instances of Muslim cricketers being attacked for putting up so called ‘anti-Islamic’ pictures online.
The latest victim of Social Media Intolerance is Indian Fast Bowler Irfan Pathan, he took to Instagram to post a photograph of himself with a Rakhi tied around his wrist and wished everyone on the occasion of Rakshabandhan. That is quite a normal gesture and many Celebrities often do that, and there is nothing wrong in that.
However a simple picture became a source of threat and abuse for Irfan Pathan. Radicals trolled and threatened Irfan Pathan and lashed out at him for celebrating a Hindu festival despite being a Muslim. Few trolls also targeted him saying that his father is a Moulvi yet he’s practicing un-Islamic things.
Following were the reactions by Radicals.
Few Trolls tried their best to portray Rakhi as Un-Islamic festival and cursed Irfan Pathan for celebrating it.
Few Radical idiots were very quick to call Irfan Pathan Un-Islamic too, few were suggesting him to follow Moen Khan and Hashim Amla.
However there were some Noble souls who saw some sense and stood by the Cricketer. There were few Muslims who appreciated Irfan Pathan’s gesture and congratulated their Hindu brothers.
Raksha Bandhan is celebrated worldwide and is observed as a festival to mark the relationship between brothers and sisters. It is very strange that how come a Festival of love can be look at with such hate.
Recently Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif found himself at the receiving end of online trolls because he post a picture of himself and his son playing chess, it was told that playing chess is apparently not Islamic and he had a ‘committed a sin’. In the past he was trolled for posting pictures of himself doing Surya Namaskar. Even fast 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 Meen 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.
And guess what, the so called famous Intolerance Gang always keep mum on these issues.