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Taslima Nasreen’s ‘ISIS’ remark on Moeen Ali sparks outrage. Here’s everything you need to know.

Byline By- Vinayak Heliwal

Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen courted fresh controversy on Tuesday after making a distasteful comment about England and Chennai Super Kings All-Rounder Moeen Ali.

The author shared a distasteful post on social media in which she said that Moeen would have joined the global terrorist group ISIS if he wasn’t playing the gentleman’s game.

“If Moeen Ali were not stuck with cricket, he would have gone to Syria to join ISIS,” Taslima said in a tweet that was later deleted by the self-proclaimed secular humanist.

At a time when the entire cricket fraternity and fans were baffled by the provocative tweet notable England cricketers extended their support to Moeen Ali on social media.

Though it wasn’t clear why Nasreen posted the provocative tweet, over the weekend Moeen did hit the headlines for reportedly asking CSK management to remove the sponsor logo of the alcohol company from his team jersey. However, CSK officials confirmed that no such permission has been sought by the England all-rounder.

Although later on the evening the author Taslima gave an explanation to her tweet posting : “Haters know very well that my Moeen Ali tweet was sarcastic. But they made that an issue to humiliate me because I try to secularize Muslim society & I oppose Islamic fanaticism. One of the greatest tragedies of humankind is pro-women leftists support anti-women Islamists.”

On reading the Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen’s comment about his son, Moeen Ali’s father Munir said that he was shocked and hurt after reading the tweet.

“I am hurt and shocked to read Taslima Nasreen’s vile remark against my son Mooen. In her “clarifying” tweet, where she described her original remark as sarcasm, she also says she stands against fundamentalism,” Munir was quoted as saying.

For the unversed Taslima Nasreen has earlier faced several attacks for her radical opinions on religion. In 1994, she left Bangladesh and lived in exile. Her Bangladeshi passport has also been revoked.Following the post on Moeen, she found herself at the receiving end of a serious social media backlash.

Moeen Ali, who won the 2019 World Cup with England has been in Mumbai with the Chennai Super Kings gearing up for the IPL 2021. Moeen Ali was bought by CSK for Rs 7 Crore at the IPL 2021 auction.

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