Yesterday millions in the nation celebrated the festival of Raksha Bandhan, which celebrates the relationship between a brother and a sister.
While the festival often comes under attack from virtue signalling people, claiming it ‘sexist’, it has also been projected as a symbol of ‘composite culture’ of India as Rani Karnavati is supposed to have sent a Rakhi to Mughal emperor Humayun. But now it has been found ‘communal’ too.
Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan was told about this ‘lesson’, and he learnt it on Facebook, when he posted a photo of himself wearing a Rakhi:
This innocuous photo about celebrating the sacred bond between a brother and sister didn’t go down too well with some Islamist trolls, who told him that it was a Hindu festival and a good Muslim shouldn’t celebrate it:
Unfortunately, Islamic lessons being taught to cricketers on Facebook are becoming too common and frequent. Only last month, Irfan Pathan had to fend off the trolls who has pounced upon his Instagram and Facebook page, after being irked by his photo with his wife who even though was wearing a Burkha, had exposed her hands and was wearing a nail-polish.
His Indian team colleagues too have been similarly targeted. Mohammed Kaif was recently trolled by the Islamists for posting a photo of him playing chess with his son. The trolls justified their attack by claiming that chess was haram in Islam. He was also similarly trolled in December by Muslim fundamentalists for doing Surya Namaskar.
Mohammed Shami too has had his share of such incidents. In July he was trolled for celebrating the birthday of his daughter. They were offended especially by ‘the way Shami celebrated’ the birthday. He also in the past had to deal with angry comments for the photo of his wife in a gown.
Also it isn’t just Indian cricketers who have been plagued by such incidents. Even English cricketer Moeen Ali was recently trolled on twitter for drawing a picture because he was going against the traditions of Islam.