Loose Women's Saira Khan announces she's no longer a practising Muslim

Dan Seddon
·2-min read
Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

From Digital Spy

Former Loose Women panellist Saira Khan has shared that she is no longer a practising Muslim.

The broadcaster, who left the ITV daytime series last month, spoke about her decision in a column for The Mirror.

She wrote: "This week I received a disgusting message from a troll, which made me think it's high time I came out of the closet to proclaim that I am not a practising Muslim.

Photo credit: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock
Photo credit: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock

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"It has taken me till the age of 50 to find the courage to say it. I want to be honest and feel free to live my life by my own rules.

"I feel that by saying this as a public figure, I will no longer inadvertently confuse or unintentionally hurt others of the Muslim faith."

The Dancing on Ice and Celebrity Big Brother star went on to share: "The problem for women like me, who have a Muslim name and are of Asian heritage, is that others make assumptions about us before we even open our mouths.

Photo credit: Joe Maher - Getty Images
Photo credit: Joe Maher - Getty Images

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"People assume that because we have Muslim parents we are practising Muslims, that we have read the Quran, that we fast every Ramadan, that we don't drink, that we don't have sex before marriage.

"I respect people who have Islam in their lives – some are the most humble people I know. However, I don't share their conviction. I've tried hard over many years, not for myself, but for my parents and the wider family."

She concluded: "Most of my values are based on the spiritual aspects of the Muslim faith, but I'm also influenced by other spiritual teachings. I have found a huge relief in being honest."

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