Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been criticized by Muslim faithfuls for his Christmas Eve post, MySportDab reports.
For the fourth year in a row, Salah has maintained his ritual of dropping his Christmas Eve post with his family.
The football superstar, who has fans cutting across both Muslim and Christian communities, always deem it necessary sharing in the joy of Christmas celebrations with his fans.
This year, Mo Salah came under heavy scrutiny for the Christmas post.
Unlike previous years, Salah delayed his post until 25th December, and it was thought he may not drop the Christmas teaser.
MySportDab understands Salah must have tarried on his Christmas Day post due to the ongoing crisis between Israel and Palestine.
However, the Egyptian forward subsequently dropped the post and it did not sit well with most Muslim faithfuls due to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian war.
A Muslim faithful wrote, ”this is embarrassing to the Muslim world.”
Another added, “It is quite disappointing.”
Another said, “stop it. You are a Muslim not Christian. Our Christmas is in April.”
As usual, Salah posed near a Christmas tree with matching pyjamas with his wife Magi, and two daughters Makka and Mayan.
It is pertinent to note Salah made reference to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on his post, urging for an end to the war while he wished his Christian fans a merry Christmas.
He wrote, “Christmas is a time when families get together and celebrate.
‘With the brutal war going on in the Middle East, especially the death and destruction in Gaza, this year we get to Christmas with very heavy hearts and we share the pain of those families who are grieving the loss of their loved ones.
”Please do not forget them and do not get used to their suffering. Merry Christmas.”
Christmas is a time when families get together and celebrate. With the brutal war going on in the Middle East, especially the death and destruction in Gaza, this year we get to Christmas with very heavy hearts and we share the pain of those families who are grieving the loss of… pic.twitter.com/NqynT2LsST
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) December 25, 2023
Before the war between Israel and Palestine escalated, Mo Salah was among Muslim footballers who released a statement condemning the war and calling for both parties to embrace a ceasefire and end the war.
He has been vocal on the humanitarian crisis and casualties due to the war, and has also used his Christmas Eve post to call for an end to the war.
Elsewhere, Salah has been prolific for Liverpool this season. He moved into the top 10 highest goalscorers in the Premier League after he scored his 150th Premier League goal in Liverpool’s Premier League win over Crystal Palace.
This season, Salah has 24 goal contributions in 25 games, scoring 16 goals with 8 assists for Liverpool.