Egyptian footballer Mohamed Salah sparked controversy on social media after he joined Christians to celebrate Christmas.
The Liverpool star posted a photo of his family in front of a Christmas tree. The Liverpool star shared the picture of himself, his wife, and daughter on Instagram.
The post has garnered widespread attention and had been commented on more than 24,000 times on Wednesday, Egyptian Streets reported.
A quick scroll through the comments immediately revealed a bitter divide. Many of Salah’s fans reacted with overwhelming support for the Premier League football star, commending him for promoting unity across religious lines.
But others attacked him on religious grounds, citing the Islamic view that it is impermissible to celebrate the Christmas holidays
The number of people criticising #MoSalah for posting thus #Christmas photo, both on Twitter and Instagram is depressing.
Shame to see such intolerance from supposedly well -educated Muslims. https://t.co/8WLOLqnGdK
— Nervana Mahmoud (@Nervana_1) December 24, 2020
ntg to cry abt it. as a muslim we should not celebrate or even congratulate other religions in their celebrates thats all
— DANNY 🇸🇩✨ (@Danny_abbas_) December 24, 2020