Just a week ago, Kareena Kapoor Khan and her husband Saif Ali Khan were criticised by self-declared historians on Twitter after the Bollywood couple announced the name of their son -- Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi. The trolling went on for several days and became incredibly toxic.
If that wasn't enough, Indian pacer Mohammed Shami recently became a victim of religious bigotry online, after being attacked by the moral police over a photo himself with his wife, in which she was accused of wearing an 'immodest' attire.
In yet another instance of intolerance and online trolling, stand-up comedian and Kolkata RJ Mir Afsar Ali was criticised after he posted a picture of his family celebrating Christmas. The comments he received were in Bengali, criticising him for celebrating Christmas and reminding him he is Muslim.
The RJ retaliated by posting screenshots of some of these remarks, along with a strongly-worded message. His post has gone viral since, getting over 7,000 likes and over 1,000 shares.
In the midst of this s**tstorm, Mir didn't lose his cool or his famous sense of humour.
Wishful thought of the season:
Yeh Christmasjitni 'Merry' hai, utni hi hai 'Teri'..
ParAfsos, tu samjhegaa nahin... 🙏 🙏 🙏
Here's the entire post:
Had a great Christmas this year... well almost..
Posted a pic of my family on my official page this morning wishing everyone on this very special day...
Over 28k likes, 400+ comments and close to 200 shares in a matter of 12 hours (at the time of posting this one)..
But that's NOT what this post is about.. 😊
It is about a few morons who started giving me advice on why a MUSLIM should not be 'celebrating'/'wishing' on Christmas...
I was advised by one to seek forgiveness from the almighty Allah..
I was told by another that this certainly was very unsuitable for a person who's religion is Islam..
(screenshots attached of 3 such imbeciles; there are many more that I had to delete/block for obvious reasons)
NO... I am NOT angry.
I am not even retaliating.
I am just thoroughly amused at the state of affairs all around.
I sadly realise where we stand today..
I realise that tomorrow if I wish to donate something to The Missionaries of Charity or Ramkrishna Mission, I will most certainly be criticised by some fellow Muslims...
"Arrreee... Tauba! Tauba! Aap kisi Yateemkhaane (orphanage) yaa madrasah ko paise de sakte the!!!" (let me not get into an explanation on this as I don't want to disclose anything on my philanthropic commitments)
I also do realise that tomorrow if I wish to donate something to a Muslim organisation (which should be the norm, according to several fellow Muslims), I would be criticised yet again by several 'others':
"Arrreee.. He's a Muslim; obviously he would only patronise his own caste.. what else could one expect of him??!"
Friends.. it is a strange world indeed and we are living in stranger times.. and maybe the people who have commented are from a neighbour country, but believe me...
Believe me.. there are truly no boundaries/borders for religious fanatics... this is a worrying trend all over the world..
And trust me, it was always there.. the minds were always this narrow... it's just that today, you get to read/speak about it more often than you breathe air and drink water!
I spent 15 years of my life at a Christian missionary school: The Assembly of God Church..
I went to a masjid on Ripon Street and learnt the Holy Quran and several other Islamic books for 3 years..
And I married a Hindu Brahmin who was NOT forced to convert to Islam...
All I can say at the end of this post for these scumbags is ironically in the words of Lord Jesus Christ...
"Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing"
(Book of Luke; Chapter 23, Verse 34)
Wishful thought of the season:
Yeh Christmas jitni 'Merry' hai, utni hi hai 'Teri'..
Par Afsos, tu samjhegaa nahin... 🙏 🙏 🙏
Here's the FB post:
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