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Saira Khan reveals she has received death threats since announcing she’s no longer a practising Muslim


Saira Khan revealed the types of messages she had received (Picture: Rex)

Saira Khan has revealed she has received death threats after announcing she is no longer a practising Muslim.

The presenter, 50, who left Loose Women last month revealed over the weekend that she was no longer a practising Muslim after finding all the milestones in her life were ‘tinged with shame and guilt’. 

She has since told her followers that she has received death threats after speaking out, saying on Instagram Live: ‘I have had death threats… until you come from that background or ethnicity as a woman, you will never understand the barriers the obstacles – the deaths [threats] to your life, we are about 100 years behind in terms of freedom of speech, freedom or individualism, liberty and choice.

‘You cannot believe the messages I have received. I am not going to come out and say I practise the religions because I don’t.’

The messages she received came after she told the Mirror why she no longer chooses to practise religion. 

She explained: ‘My milestones have always been tinged with shame and guilt – marrying Steve, being on the telly talking about my life, adopting a child, and not following Islamic rules on inheritance rights.

Saira said all her milestones had been ‘tinged with shame’ (Picture: Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

‘As a 50-year-old educated, independent woman with my own family and life experiences, I now have the courage to say that I’m not practising.

‘As a woman, the more pious you are, the more respect your family is given. My family mean the world to me, so I’ve pretended to be someone I’m not to make them happy.’

She added: ‘Saying I’m Muslim and then having a boyfriend, wearing clothes that go against the Muslim dress code, having a drink and living a non-Muslim life only brings guilt, self-loathing, loneliness and a feeling of being caged.’

Saira had also revealed last month that she was leaving Loose Women in order to ‘pursue other life experiences’. 

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