Death threat sent to Amir Khan for 'betraying' Islam after posting a photo of a Christmas tree in his home to his 1.2m Instagram followers
- British boxer, who is a practising Muslim, posted photo of his Christmas tree
- But the image was met by a backlash of abuse with some threatening death
- Others defended the boxer, insisting he was only making his daughter happy
- Khan has said he wants to show there are many 'good' Muslims in the world
The former boxer, who is a practising Muslim, posted a photo of the tree on Instagram yesterday night, 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.
Amir Khan came under attack from internet trolls after posting this picture of his Christmas tree online
He said he had put up the tree for his three-year-old daughter, who he said would be happy
Khan - pictured with wife Faryal Makhdoom and (right) with daughter Lamaisah - is a practising Muslim and has previously spoken of his faith
One troll wrote: 'You mut be dead and your family will be death i promise and allah must promise i and allah see you and check you your angel death came too see you. [sic]'
Some accused Khan of 'betraying' Islam, while another told Khan he should 'go to hell' for putting up the tree.
One man wrote: 'Allah is definitely judging him for that and will surely punish those who imitate the kuffar by celebrating and joining in their pagan... festivals.'
But many other followers, including a number who said they are Muslim, defended Khan's actions.
One wrote: 'A Christmas tree for his daughter doesn't mean that he's changed religions.'
Another added: 'He lives in England in a western culture where Christmas is celebrated. It's about respect just like if you we're in another country. It's for his daughter.'
Khan received a number of abusive messages over the Christmas tree post last night
Khan has previously said he is a proud of his faith and wants to be role model to young Muslims
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.'
Khan 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.
Others defended Khan, insisted he was taking part in Western culture with his daughter
Khan had halal meals prepared for him during his stint on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!
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