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Mo Salah bombarded with hate messages after posing with Christmas tree

Liverpool and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah has been subjected to online anger from fans unhappy that the Muslim star shared a Christmas message with his family.

The post that triggered the online Muslim community was one that had Mo Salah together with his family celebrating Christmas. They were clad in Christmas outfits with a Christmas tree to symbolize the essence of the global celebration.

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A quick scroll through the comments immediately reveals a bitter divide. Many of Salah’s fans reacted with overwhelming support for the Premier League football star, commending him for promoting tolerance. But others have attacked him on religious grounds, citing the Islamic view that it is impermissible to celebrate the Christmas holidays.

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“Muslims do not celebrate Christmas. Have you ever seen a Jewish or Christian celebrate the Ramadan holiday?” one comment read.

Others came to his defence. “Don’t listen to these hateful comments. As a Muslim I wish everyone a happy holidays,” one user wrote.

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The debate quickly broke out on social media platform Twitter as well. Salah was commended by many for his message of pluralism and peace. Others shared their disappointment in the Liverpool striker.

This is not the first time Salah has incited controversy on social media. The player came under fire in October for posing shirtless on the cover of men’s magazine GQ after winning the publication’s Man of the Year award, sparking a debate about double standards of ‘modesty’ norms relating to gender.

Some of the comments are as follows:

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