Ahmed Musa faces backlash for wishing fans Merry Christmas

Yesterday, social media was surged with myriad of posts relative to Ahmed Musa, the captain of the Super Eagles who shared a picture of his wife Juliet Ejue and extended Christmas greetings to Christian across the globe.

Musa, a Muslim has been married to Juliet, a Christian since 2017 after the collapse of his first marriage to Jamila. As Christians worldwide celebrated the birth of their Messiah, Jesus Christ, yesterday, Musa took to social media to celebrate his wife and share in the joy of Christians on occasion of Christmas.

This action by the Sivasspor player appears to have stirred discontent among many individuals of the Muslim faith, and they took turns to express their displeasure in the comment section of his post. Several Muslims believe that by participating in the celebration of Christmas, which acknowledges Jesus Christ as the Son of God, Musa may be perceived as contradicting the Islamic belief that God is incomparable to humans, and consequently, cannot have a son.  While it is not a traditional practice for Muslims to celebrate Christmas, some may choose to participate in the holiday’s festivities.

Ahmed Musa playing for Sivasspor against Fenerbhahce
Photo by Icon sport

One fan wrote ‘The religion of Islam prohibits Muslims from celebrating non-believers in any form of their celebration.’  While another supporter wrote ‘May Allah give you the ability to convert your wife to Islam’.

The 31-year-old becomes the second Muslim footballer to incur the wrath of Muslims worldwide after Liverpool and Egyptian star Mohammed Salah suffered similar a fate last year and this year.

Musa is expected to play an integral role in Jose Pereiro’s squad for next month’s AFCON as the Portuguese gaffer aims to restore the Super Eagles to international glory. Although Musa has fitness issues due to inactivity with the Turkish outfit, Peseiro will still have faith in him as one of his most-trusted generals on the pitch.

On current form that is a gamble but we know how we reliable Musa is when he happens to wearing a Super Eagles shirt. With 108 appearances, Ahmed Musa is the most capped Super Eagles player.

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Godfred Budu

Godfred Budu is a purpose-driven Ghanaian sports writer with a sharp eye for excellence. He has had stints with www.kickgh.com inkandkicks.com and ghanafans.com. He loves to talk and write about football on the African continent.