Pakistani-British boxer Amir Khan is in hot waters yet again - this time for a terrifying reason. The 31-year-old recently posted a picture of a Christmas tree online.
The former boxer, who is a practising Muslim, posted a photo of the tree on Instagram, saying his three-year-old daughter would like it when she woke up.
He posted, "While everyone's asleep, daddy put the Christmas tree up. Lamaisah's going to be happy."
But the post led to a horrific backlash from some his followers, who posted abusive and threatening messages in response.
One troll wrote, 'You must be dead and your family will be death. I promise and Allah must promise. I and Allah see you and check you. your angel of death came to see you," reported Daily Mail.
Another user wrote, "That is a pagan practice. I mean you might as well eat pork..."
"True Muslim believers wouldn't be putting a Christmas tree in their house hence he doesn't represent a TRUE MUSLIM," wrote a user.
"Wow. I'm sorry if you’re a Muslim. You do not celebrate pagan festivals. Seriously @amirkingkhan what are you thinking? Surely, you know this is not acceptable," wrote one user.
However, some came up to his defence as well.
An Instagram user wrote, "He hasn't put the tree up to be offensive, his done it for his little girl, she is being brought up in a western country, and will see all her friends and places around her with them. Have you seen how many tress there are up all over Dubai and other Muslim countries? Saying he should die is way over the top!"
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"Damn. Amir puts up a Christmas tree for his daughter, we go mad. Yet we go hanging around with some questionable people within our own community, don’t even deny the drug dealers who are pervasive in our community which people look the other way to. yet a Christmas tree was put up and the morality police are out in force. Hypocritical fools. If you have an opinion fine, if you want to pass on a message, fine. Just don’t be a tool. Rant over," said another one.
In an interview last year, Bolton-born Khan said he spends every Friday afternoon at the mosque near his training camp in California.
He said the mosque was his 'favorite place to go', adding, "I am not afraid of saying I am a Muslim. I think some people would be scared to say that they are Muslim, especially during the current time, but I am a proud Muslim. There are a lot of good Muslims out there who are against terrorism, who are against, you know, people killing each other."
Amir was reportedly allowed separate meals from other contestants on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!, to make sure everything he ate was halal.
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