Zaira Wasim deletes Twitter, Instagram after posting religious verse on locust attack; netizens stand divided

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Former Bollywood actress Zaira Wasim deleted her Twitter and Instagram accounts on May 29. She was heavily trolled and received flak for quoting from the Quran in one of her tweets while talking about locust attacks.

On May 28, Zaira shared a verse from the Quran, which mentioned the five plagues of Egypt, including the swarm of the locusts. “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,” the Dangal star wrote in her tweet.

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Soon, she started receiving hateful comments from netizens who interpreted her post as a justification of the locust attacks. They felt that Zaira was suggesting that the incident is God's way of expressing wrath. Shortly after being deluged with such comments, Zaira deleted her Twitter and Instagram accounts. However, a section of netizens continued to attack Zaira on her Facebook page, 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."

However, later, #StandWithZaira picked up as a trend on Twitter who felt she had done nothing wrong.

(Inputs from IANS)

Zaira had announced that she was leaving the Hindi film industry in 2019 as it interfered with her faith. She wrote, “As I had just started to explore and make sense of the things to which I dedicated my time, efforts and emotions and tried to grab hold of a new lifestyle -- it was only for me to realise that though I may fit here perfectly, I do not belong here. This field indeed brought a lot of love, support, and applause my way, but what it also did was to lead me to a path of ignorance, as I silently and unconsciously transitioned out of ‘Imaan’ (a Muslim’s steadfast path in Allah’s devotion). While I continued to work in an environment that consistently interfered with my Imaan, my relationship with my religion was threatened.”

Zaira was last seen in the 2019 film The Sky Is Pink. 

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