Anthony Joshua posted a picture in a mosque and some people have a lot to say about that

Anthony Joshua posted a picture in a mosque and some people have a lot to say about that

Anthony Joshua recently posted a message to Instagram suggesting that alongside all the hard work he put in to become world heavyweight champion, faith in something greater than himself also played a part.

AJ chose to thank Allah on this particular day, as he joined his friend who was leading the prayers at a mosque.

Besides luck, hard work & talent.. Prayer is a solid foundation. It was nice to join my brother @healthy_mindset as he led through afternoon prayer (asr) 🙏🏾

A photo posted by Anthony Joshua (@anthony_joshua) on

The somewhat unsurprising reaction from some people though, to the harmless image of a man praying, has been to criticise the boxer – and in viciously unpleasant terms, too.

@anthonyfjoshua disappointed, won't be watching you again. Your religion is full of hate, pedos and violence

— Roy 52 🇬🇧 48 🇪🇺 (@RightWingerRoy) January 17, 2017

@anthonyfjoshua WILL NOT BE PAYING FOR YOUR FIGHTS AGAIN YOUVE JOINED THE DEATH CULT 😡😡😡😡

— John "smasher" Davis (@EDLjohndavis) January 17, 2017

There are plenty more messages like those – and worse – both on AJ’s Instagram and Twitter.

There’s also another point in this, which is pretty unimportant in context but needs to be stated nonetheless – there is no suggestion that the 27-year-old has converted to Islam. Joshua simply said he had joined “my brother” as he led a prayer.

And while a number of people see AJ’s decision to either show tolerance and respect to another religion, or join it, as a negative one, there have also been plenty of messages of support.

@anthonyfjoshua might of lost a couple narrow minded fake fans but youve gained the love and respect of thousands BIG up AJ

— Jaykae (@Jaykae10) January 17, 2017

Anthony Joshua open-minded enough to embrace a friend's culture and he receives sickening and in some cases racist abuse. Well done Britain.

— Dan McLaughlin (@Dan23_92) January 17, 2017

People have also been pointing out the plethora of athletes in the public eye who are Muslim.

This don is hating on Anthony Joshua for praying at a mosque. He spent £70 on a Pogba shirt but does this clown know Pogba is Muslim???? 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/VV1ubjw35R

— H (@hmalik__) January 17, 2017

Not to mention the man widely regarded as the greatest boxer of all time.


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All in all we doubt it will make much difference to AJ’s life.

Anthony Joshua is absolutely gutted that derek, 32 from slough is unfollowing him because he's a Muslim. Absolutely gutted

— CJH (@ConnorJ09) January 17, 2017

The champ had recently spent some time in Dubai to relax and recuperate ahead of his much-anticipated bout with Wladimir Klitschko in April.

‪Culture 🇦🇪#StayHumble

A photo posted by Anthony Joshua (@anthony_joshua) on

He’ll be hoping it pays dividends when AJ steps out at Wembley Stadium.

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