For those who didn’t know, Bollywood legend Shah Rukh Khan was actually born into a Muslim family in New Delhi. His religion has never been a secret but many have criticised the actor for not practicing Islam as he’s been shown to do things that are considered haram such as embracing and kissing women in movies who were not his wife.
Speaking of his wife, the 56-year-old once mentioned in an interview that his wife, film producer Gauri Chibber is a Hindu and that their children follow both religions with the Quran situated next to the Hindu deities at home. This revelation of his unorthodox religious practices also sparked anger among fans. His most recent post certainly caught netizens’ attention with some asking him to abandon his Islamic faith.
Shah Rukh Khan is no stranger when it comes to conversations and criticisms about his religion. The Muslim-born actor recently posted on his Instagram a photo of a Ganapati or Ganesha statue that he and his son brought home together. The post was shared in celebration of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, commemorating the birth of the Hindu god mentioned.
The actor seems to have no ill intentions for posting the photo other than to spread the joy of celebrating the festival but it managed to catch the attention of many Muslim netizens who were angered by his action of bringing an idol home which is forbidden in Islam. Netizens on both Instagram and Twitter condemned the Bollywood legend for celebrating the Ganesh Chaturthi festival and for worshipping another God.
While many of the comments were cancelling the “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” star, there were also those who defended him for being open-minded and respectful to other religions since his wife practices Hinduism.
This is obviously not the first time Shah Rukh Khan was attacked for his unusual way of practicing two religions at the same time. The father-of-three once shared a similar post of Ganesha back in September last year that also triggered his Muslim followers to come after him.
So far, the actor has not responded to the recent backlash.