Former Bollywood actress Zaira Wasim has deleted her Twitter and Instagram accounts after being heavily criticized for quoting Quranic verse while talking about Locust attacks.
Taking to Twitter, Zaira Wasim wrote, “So We sent upon them the flood and locusts and lice and frogs and blood: Signs openly self explained: but they were steeped in arrogance — a people given to sin. –Qur’an 7:133.”
As soon as she quotes a verse from Quran, she started receiving hateful messages from netizens who interpreted her post as a justification of the locust attacks. Netizens felt that the Dangal fame was suggesting that Locust attack is God’s way of expressing wrath.
Soon after being deluged with such comments, Zaira Wasim deleted her Twitter and Instagram accounts. However, a section of netizens continued to attack the Sky Is Pink actress on Facebook where she put up the same post.
Commenting on the post, a user wrote: “Lady you must have taken into account of those people of JK, Kerala and elsewhere who are also suffering from the virus. Moreover the crops which are damaged by locust had no name as to who will consume them. In this hours of crisis please post something which is positive and reflects your education.”
Another user shared: “So according to you,with all due respect every year on the same time period,allah send locust to India to destroy the crops of poor farmers who are not even involve in the industrial rise,who don’t use vehicle to destroy the nature,nd allah send locust only to harm the poor farmers nd not the rich one who actually destroy nature.” “So those farmers who lost there fields of crops and will probably go into debt and may also commit suicide, those farmers who feed the nation, who feed you and every one, are sinners?” asked yet another user.
However, there were a few on social media who felt Zaira had done nothing wrong and they started #ISupportZairaWasim and #StandWithZaira on Twitter.
“Quoting Quranic Verse is not a crime… Why is every Indian abusing @ZairaWasimmm. She didn’t mention any particular nation or religion. I request everyone please stand with #ZairaWasim. She needs our support. #ISupportZairaWasim,” a user wrote on Twitter.
Another user posted, “Be brave to stand for what you believe in even if you stand alone and I strongly stand with you #ZairaWasim #StandWithZaira.”
“We support her and always stand with her #StandWithZaira @ZairaWasimmm,” tweeted another.
A another Twitter user wrote, “#StandWithZaira Brave girl @ZairaWasimmm Don’t worry we all are with you, and inshaallah every time you got all peacefull people around you-! #StandWithZaira”