Zayn Malik, the British singer, once-One Direction member and boyfriend to Gigi Hadid, was the celebrity many Muslims, especially Pakistani ones, liked to claim as their own because dude had a father who was a Pakistani Muslim and his family appears to be Muslim. Well, it all just blew up in all those fans’ faces after his recent interview.
Zayn Malik just gave an interview to British Vogue where he shared some pretty explosive things
He shared that he’s not friends with any of his ex-One Direction band members
And the biggest revelation, one that’s causing Muslim fans lots of agony, is that he said he’s not a Muslim anymore
In the interview for the December issue of the fashion magazine, Zayn Malik was asked if he would call himself a Muslim and he replied, “No I wouldn’t”. He also said he thinks religious beliefs are a very personal matter between the person and whatever they choose to belief and that he doesn’t like talking about them because that can lead to a lot of trouble.
Well, you’re right about that, Zayn. It has led to a lot of trouble for your Muslim fans.
SOME People are UPSET
zayn malik: leaving islam.
fully understand why so many things are haraam in islam, the music industry and alcohol being an example. they just distance you from your religion till you’ve lost all faith.
zayn’s a prime example of letting fame get to his head. cancelled. 🤮 pic.twitter.com/qhghOfw2XK
— bismah💋 (@bismah_x) November 9, 2018
Zayn Malik left One direction, Perrie, and now Islam… Who knows what he’s gonna leave next…
— Hijabis.pin (@HijabisPin) November 9, 2018
zayn malik left Islam? feel like i’m going through a break up, my chest is hurting must be my heart 😭😭😪
— Aliya (@_baaali12) November 8, 2018
Dm me if you’re sad and broken hearted about Zayn Malik leaving Islam.
— Insomniac 👻 (@mamoonansari18) November 8, 2018
They’re even digging up old tweets of his to try and make his interview disappear forever
Others are saying it isn’t really that much of a shock given his lifestyle
The Paki community no longer claims Zayn Malik, his actions will now be referred to as “goriyan de kam”
— McBaŋɠ (@TheMcBang) November 9, 2018
Me pretending to be surprised that #Zayn Malik doesn’t consider himself #Muslim knowing that he’s been drinking, partying and dating for years and expressed zero Islamic sentiment ever about anything. pic.twitter.com/3eawPwG8Kk
— Salafi 🇮🇷🇺🇸 (@PersianSunni) November 8, 2018
You guys really expected Zayn Malik, a singer, someone who drinks, smokes, parties, has tattoos is every edge of his body to consider himself a Muslim? What are you all shocked about, Im confused 😭😭😭
— swoopzy (@rxiamah) November 9, 2018
He did say though that religion is a personal thing. Maybe the media asks too many personal questions which puts pressure on celebrities particularly those with a massive following.
Only time will tell where Zayn decides where he stands with his personal faith and if he will address his Muslim fanbase about his recent comments.