The cricketer was trolled as many felt that his wife Hasin Jahan committed a "sin" by not wearing a hijab during the birthday celebrations. "Sad to see your wife without hijab. my dear shami sir donot look at the smallness of the sin, rather look at the onewhom you are disobeying," Sharun Km from Kunnamkulam posted with a hashtag #GoToHell.
Syed Akhtar from Beijing wrote: "Do you want to pleaseright wings by not wearing hijab nd celebrating birthday." Mohammad Tahir Faisal from Patna tweeted: "Drown in shame... Are you Muslim, I don't think so you're Muslim...Islam can't allow you to celebrate Birthday in that fashion."
However, the fast bowler's fans came out in strong support of him. "Sad to see insects like you crawl out out of thegutter," Prajay Basu from Mumbai posted.
Here are some of the tweets which came out in his support
भगवान भोलेनाथ का आशीर्वाद सदा aairah के साथ बना रहे! जन्मदिन की असंख्य शुभकामनयेँ !— Somesh Dubey (@SomeshDubey11) July 18, 2017
Bhagya Teja of Bengaluru asked: "When will you're petty mindset change?" The trolling on social network came a day after Jadavpur police arrested three youths for allegedly attacking Shami late on July 22 when he was returning home to Katju Nagar,behind South City Mall.
Police have beefed up security in the area. "Police patrol and officer of anti-rowdy section havebeen asked to patrol the area and the road in front of hisapartment to prevent any untoward incident," an officer at the Jadavpur Police Station said.
This was not the first time that Shami found himself at the receiving end of social media beamers for his wife's choice of clothes. He faced similar trolling during Christmas celebrations in 2016.
At that time, Shami uploaded some family pictures of his wife and daughter in western outfits. Another India cricketer Irfan Pathan also faced a similar social media ire after he posted an "un-Islamic" photographwith his wife wearing nail polish.
With PTI inputs