A tweet by Moeen Ali did rounds on the internet after a Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) spokesperson remarked against Prophet Muhammad. The tweet demanded an apology from India, and claimed to boycott the Indian T20 League. As it turns out, the tweet was not from Moeen Ali’s real account. Many users on Twitter believed it to be a real tweet.
The account has now been suspended, and the archives show that the bio said ‘not official.’ The fake account had the user handle ‘@Moeen_Ali18’, while the English all-rounder’s real user name is ‘@MoeenaliAli’. According to the archives, the fake account was created in May 2022 and had over 8,000 Twitter followers. The account’s bio says ‘NotOfficial’ and that it is a ‘Commentary account of Moeen Ali.’
“If India does not apologize for its blasphemous statement, I will never go to India to play match again, I will also boycott the IPL. And I will appeal to my fellow Muslim brothers to do the same. I Love Muhammad P.B.U.H,” read the tweet.
Here is the tweet from the fake account
— زوہیب خان (@KhanZoh85448446) June 8, 2022
In the meantime, 16 Arab nations, as well as the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which has 56 member countries, have criticised the statements made by former BJP spokespersons Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal.
Kuwait, Iran, Iraq, Qatar, Indonesia, UAE, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Libya, Taliban in Afghanistan, Jordan, Turkey, and the Maldives are among the countries on the list. Following the diplomatic debate, the two were barred from holding primary party membership.
On the other hand, the English player was involved in another controversy recently involving former England captain Alastair Cook. The two were involved in a heated argument a few months ago, which recently resurfaced.
Moeen Ali, who played under the captaincy of both Joe Root and Cook, had earlier stated that Root had a much stronger emotional relationship with the players. The comment did not thrill Cook, and it soon turned into banter between the two.