The video of Mohammad Rizwan offering Namaz on the street in the US quickly went viral, drawing both positive and negative responses
Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter, Mohammad Rizwan, recently made headlines during his stay in the United States of America (USA).
Rizwan, who was participating in an executive education program at Harvard Business School with his teammate and skipper Babar Azam, chose to extend his stay in Boston even after the program concluded on Saturday, June 3. It was during this period that an incident involving Rizwan offering prayers on the street caught the attention of social media users, sparking a wide range of reactions from people across different backgrounds.
The video of Mohammad Rizwan offering Namaz on the street in the US quickly went viral, drawing both positive and negative responses. Some individuals praised Rizwan's dedication to his faith and appreciated his commitment to observing his religious obligations.
Amazing video.— Md Asif Khan (@imMAK02) June 6, 2023
Rizwan is praying silently without distrubing anyone, he's not shouting provocative slogans in front of worship places of other faiths. https://t.co/9nKZ2kmsTY
On the other hand, there were those who expressed criticism and skepticism towards Rizwan's actions.
Pakistani wicket-keeper #MohammadRizwan stops his car to offer namaz on the street in Boston, US. Pak captain Babar Azam and Muhammad Rizwan are in the US to attend Harvard’s executive education program on the Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports. pic.twitter.com/Qd2ODUKZzk— Sudhir Chaudhary (@sudhirchaudhary) June 6, 2023
Believe it or not this is a Showoff by Rizwan. That was not needed specially filming it pic.twitter.com/6WMiQhjlGJ— Shaziyaa (@ShazziyaM) June 6, 2023
Rizwan is quite clever who know how to use available resources for fame across👏pic.twitter.com/VqyTkvnyob— Mid Wicket (@Mid_wicket_) June 6, 2023
Some questioned the need for him to pray on the street, suggesting that there should have been alternative places for him to worship.
There are multi faith rooms like everywhere. Never have I or my family both in the US or UK ever had to pray on the street. https://t.co/U2SRq6HIq0— Reham Khan (@RehamKhan1) June 6, 2023
Others raised concerns about the potential disruption caused by his prayer, as well as the perceived blurring of the separation between religion and public space.
Rizwan The Pakistani cricketer can only block roads for Namaz in a secular democracy with a liberal constitution like the USA, but not in countries like the UAE, where the principle source of legislation is Sharia Law.— BALA (@erbmjha) June 6, 2023
It can only happen in countries like the USA, the UK, and… pic.twitter.com/GpY4iZhbFU
Rizwan, in particular, is known for his efforts in spreading the message of Islam through his speeches at various mosques during his cricket tours to different countries.
On the last day of the program, Rizwan went a step further by gifting a Holy Quran to his teacher from the Harvard Business School's executive education program. This gesture not only showcased Rizwan's gratitude for the opportunity but also demonstrated his commitment to his faith and its values.