Amir Khan has been accused of ‘disobeying Allah’ after he posted a Christmas themed picture on his Instagram account.
The Bolton-born boxer, who is a devout Muslim, posted a picture of himself in a Santa hat, with the caption: ‘What you all wanting for Christmas?’
But while many fans joked about who they want to see him fight in the New Year, others took exception to the post.
One of his followers, called Wasiafg90, wrote: ‘I think you don’t know nothing about Islam’
Another commented: ‘It’s very unfortunate to see that you are waiting for it. Don’t you know your are disobeying Allah SWT.’
Other followers told the boxer that Christmas is ‘haram’, a term meaning forbidden under Islamic law.
But many fans weighed in to defend Khan.
An Instagram user called Sanjar Hussain wrote: ‘Guys he’s doing this because not all his fans are Muslim.’
Another wrote: ‘You don’t know Asians who live in Britain.Everyone to a point dabbles in the festivity of the nation they are born in.’
Khan posted the picture despite having received death threats last year for treating his daughter to a Christmas tree.
He uploaded a video of decorations in his home in Bolton and told fans on Instagram: ‘While everyone’s asleep, daddy put the Christmas tree up. Lamaisah’s going to be happy #Christmas#MerryChristmas2017’
Many Muslims in the UK celebrate Christmas – as well as Islamic Eid.
Last month, Khan’s wife Faryal Makhdoom also came under fire after she posted a photo of her and her husband at an awards event, days after she completed Umrah – the holy Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.
On that occasion, a critic wrote: ‘One day in Allah’s house wearing nikab and the next with her legs out.’
Faryal hit back at the comments, slamming those who ‘judged’ her.