LONDON: World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Anthony Joshua receives wave of abuse after he shared a picture of himself praying in a mosque in Dubai.
‘Besides luck, hard work & talent.. Prayer is a solid foundation. It was nice to join my brother as he led through afternoon prayer (asr),’ he tweeted to his 800,000 followers.
Besides luck, hard work & talent.. Prayer is a solid foundation. It was nice to join my brother as he led through afternoon prayer (asr) ?? pic.twitter.com/KJ4f2lu3mP
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) January 17, 2017
The 27-old year old Watford-born boxer who won gold at the London 2012 Olympics is not a practising Muslim but has an interest in the faith.
The British heavyweight champion was hit by a torrent of abuse from so-called fans soon after he shared the photo.
Some of the responses to Anthony Joshua praying in a Mosque. Sometimes I'm ashamed to be White & English. We're not all like this… pic.twitter.com/vVqfMJTe89
— ! (@kylerowland90) January 17, 2017
One Mark Warren wrote: “MUSLIM??? That’s me defo not a supporter or fan.”
Another named Roy wrote: “Disappointed, won’t be watching you fight anymore.”
One more simply put: “Unfollow unsupport.”
And thankfully, some embraced it and stood up for the boxing star.
@anthonyfjoshua to all the people hating. Muhammad Ali was a Muslim and the greatest of all time, do you guys hate him as well??
— Naz (@n42imrashid) January 17, 2017
— Alfie Quadir (@AlfieQuadir) January 17, 2017
— esco (@memphistiano) January 17, 2017
— ADAHABI (@Abdeldahbi13) January 17, 2017
A woman named Helin wrote: “Like @anthonyjoshua really cares about the views of some ignorants. Remember Muhammad Ali, one of the greatest boxers ever.”