Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – Kuwaiti reader Mishary Al-Afasy used a video clip of Argentine star Lionel Messi, on Friday, to respond to criticism of one of his followers.
Al-Afasy wrote on his official page on Twitter: “Prayers upon the Prophet, may God’s prayers and peace be upon him: raises ranks – erases bad deeds – relieves anxiety – he fulfilled one of his rights, may God’s prayers and peace be upon him – by which you obtain his intercession, love and reverence, may God’s prayers and peace be upon him – your Lord praises you in the highest assembly – being close to him is a status on the Day of Resurrection – Your prayers are presented to him, may God bless him and grant him peace – a reason for the supplication to be answered – your meeting will be blessed with it – it will bring you out of darkness into light, may God bless him and grant him peace,” according to him.
One of the followers responded to the Kuwaiti reader by saying: “By God, you are callers to the gates of Hell, calling people to polytheism without your knowledge or intent. Fear God, O Mashari, can you bear the burdens of an entire nation? The heart drips blood. The Messenger of God, may God’s prayers and peace be upon him, believed the worst scholars under the roof of the sky. From your fatwas, sedition came out, and to you it returns,” as he put it.
Al-Afasy responded with a video of Messi’s quarrel with a Dutch player at the end of the 2022 World Cup quarter-final match, and wrote above it: “Pray on the Prophet and go from here,” he said.
The use of the video sparked funny reactions on the part of Al-Afasy’s followers, and one of the tweeters wrote to him: “Famus, our sheikh,” while others echoed Messi’s words themselves, and others merely laughed.
A clip of Messi’s quarrel with a Dutch player had spread widely on social media, and many tweeters shared it for humorous reasons.