Hamza Ali Abbasi has his say on Mahershala Ali controversy

Actor dedicates supportive Facebook post to Moonlight star


Entertainment Desk February 28, 2017
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It seems like much of Pakistan has been debating over whether or not Moonlight actor Mahershala Ali qualifies as being the first 'Muslim' actor to win an Oscar, given his Ahmadi religion. The ever-vociferous Hamza Ali Abbasi, however, has come to the actor's rescue. Sort of.

Mahershala Ali's Oscar win stirs controversy in Pakistan

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The Waar star took to Facebook on Monday evening to issue a somewhat confusing congratulatory message to Mahershala on his victory. "Congratulations, Mahershala Ali, for winning as Oscar! I highly disagree with your Ahmadi religion and my countrymen think you are not Muslim," posted Hamza. "However, you believe with all your heart and soul that you are a Muslim and putting all scholarly debates about Aqeeda aside, that's enough for me to feel the bond of brotherhood with you and congratulate you on your win. CONGRATULATIONS!"

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COMMENTS (8)

vinsin | 4 years ago | Reply @Husnain Lotia: What about TNT?
Khan | 4 years ago | Reply There should be no question that Hamza Ali's statement was not without religious profiling. The statement made by him was more derogatory than congratulatory.
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