Saira Khan reveals she has contacted the police over death threats she’s received for not being a practicing Muslim.
The former Loose Women star recently opened up about her relationship with religion and how she was only a practicing Muslim to make her family happy.
However, Saira’s revelation sparked a negative reaction from some in the Muslim community, who proceeded to bombard her with death threats.
Revealing the social media abuse she’s been subjected to, the TV presenter wrote in an Instagram post: ‘This cannot happen to other people. It is wrong. #bekind
‘Due to the abuse and threats I have received. I have reported this matter to the police as it is regarded as a hate crime.
‘I am utterly saddened that my decision to live my life how I choose should resort to other’s wanting them to cause me harm. How does my life choice impact theirs?’
The following morning, Saira, 50, appeared to have cleared her head and decided to choose positivity over focusing on the trolling.
‘It’s a new day to smile. To love. To be grateful. I cannot control other people’s actions, or emotions towards me,’ she told her followers alongside a smiling selfie.
‘But I can control my response to them. I choose to smile. Be kind. Be in control of what I can. There is no point in worrying about what could or might happen if you choose to live your truth.
‘A day worrying, is a day wasted,’ she added.
Concluding her message, Saira stated: ‘I don’t have days to waste. Everyday counts in a life you only live once.
‘Happy thoughts everyone. ??❤️ #selflove #selfcare #selfdevelopment.’
In an interview with the Mirror last weekend, Saira explained how she now has the ‘courage’ to speak up about her personal decision.
The columnist explained: ‘My milestones have always been tinged with shame and guilt – marrying Steve, being on the telly talking about my life, adopting a child, and not following Islamic rules on inheritance rights.
‘As a 50-year-old educated, independent woman with my own family and life experiences, I now have the courage to say that I’m not practising.
‘As a woman, the more pious you are, the more respect your family is given. My family mean the world to me, so I’ve pretended to be someone I’m not to make them happy.’
Credit: Original article published here.