Through a strongly worded post on Facebook, Mir Afsar Ali (RJ Mir) has taken on trolls who attacked him on social media for celebrating Christmas. Mir, who is a popular comedian and an RJ based out of Kolkata, had earlier posted a picture of his family’s Christmas celebrations on his Facebook page. The pictures drew ire from some of his followers who derided him for being Muslim and celebrating a festival based on Christian faith. Not one to take it lying down, Mir hit back with a message about inclusivity.
He wrote, “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 three years. And I married a Hindu Brahmin who was NOT forced to convert to Islam…” (sic).
He also published screenshots of some of the troubling messages he had received over the course of the day and said that this was indicative of a “troubling” trend he has seen worldwide. Thankfully there were many who agreed with Mir because his message has gone viral and has been shared over 1,100 times. People commenting are commending him for speaking up and taking a standing against bigotry.
While defiant in the beginning, Mir ends his post on a hopeful and forgiving note. Borrowing a verse from the Bible itself, he writes, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
Read the full post here:
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…