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Woman can show face only to her husband: Muslim cleric on Pathan's selfie

He said women can also show face in cases involving law related things such as aadhaar or pan card

ANI  |  New Delhi 

Irfan Pathan
Photo courtesy: Twitter

Following Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan's post on social media, where he is seen with his wife, the all-rounder has received massive backlash especially from religious leaders, who claim what he did was against Islamic

Calling it 'un-Islamic', Maulana Sajid Rashidi said that Irfan Pathan's background is very religious as his father was a muezzin, and so posting his wife's picture on is a shameful act.

"A woman can show her face only to her husband and in cases involving related things such as or pan card, only then can she show her face," he added.

He also said that it is due to his religious background that people started "reminding" him about his religion, and that this was not a troll.

Calling the act shameful, Sajid Rashidi said, "His wife isn't an actor that she somehow comes in front of the camera, she is a home maker and hence uploading her pictures like that is a shameful act."

He further advised the cricketer to not do anything that is not allowed in Islam.

"Right to freedom is only according to the Indian constitution, what I am telling is the Islamic and Islamic doesn't allow this," he added.

He said that people on are merely telling him that doing this is wrong and asked why does need to post pictures of his wife.

"There are so many people who are watching his wife's picture and also nail-polish is visible in the picture, and if nail-polish has been applied, one can't read namaz and if one does not read namaz, what kind of Muslim are they?" he added.

The controversy started when the Indian cricketer posted a picture with his wife on social networking sites, Instagram and Facebook, and people started trolling him.

He captioned the picture saying 'this girl is trouble', where his wife can be seen in a hijab, comically covering her face with both her hands which sported brightly painted red nails.

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