Liverpool’s Egyptian goal machine Mo Salah is breaking down religious barriers

HE is the Liverpool striker who has already netted 31 objectives in his first season on the membership.

However Egyptian ace Mo Salah has additionally impressed a hilarious followers’ chant which is serving to to dismantle racial prejudice within the soccer world.

 Liverpool striker Mo Salah has already scored 31 goals this season

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Liverpool striker Mo Salah has already scored 31 objectives this season

Followers have been filmed, in each the stadium and pubs, singing: “If he’s ok for you, he’s ok for me, if he scores one other few, then I’ll be Muslim too.”

The mantra — to the tune of Dodgy’s 1996 hit Good Sufficient — additionally has the road: “He’s sitting within the mosque, that’s the place I need to be.”

The striker, who bagged his newest goal in Saturday's four-1 win over West Ham, responded to the mantra on Twitter this week by posting three “coronary heart-eye” emojis after somebody uploaded a video of followers singing it.

It has spawned infinite YouTube movies — many scoring greater than one million views.

 The Egyptian ace has inspired a hilarious fans' chant and it is helping to break down racial barriers in the football world

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The Egyptian ace has impressed a hilarious followers' chant and it is serving to to interrupt down racial barriers within the soccer world

Now senior Islamic figures and Muslim soccer coaches have hailed it as “an enormous step in breaking down Islamophobia”.

Mumin Khan, CEO on the Abdullah Quilliam Society Mosque in Liverpool, says: “We’re all mad for Mo throughout the mosques of Liverpool.

“This chanting has introduced an enormous change in notion concerning the Muslim religion.

“It has executed a lot to interrupt down hatred and worry, displaying we’re all one nation.

 When Mo got married 2013 he sent an open invitation to his village to attend his wedding

When Mo received married 2013 he despatched an open invitation to his village to attend his wedding ceremony
 Mo has a three-year-old daughter named Makka

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Mo has a 3-yr-previous daughter named Makka

“Terror assaults have unfold worry concerning the Muslim religion however Mo has proven we aren’t bogeymen.”

And Mumin Khan has an invite for Mo and his military of supporters.

He stated: “We’d like Mo and his soccer followers to return and sit in our mosque as a present of concord and peace. He is a real hero.”

Mo, 25, has marked every of his objectives since shifting from Italian membership Roma final summer time with a sujood, an act of worship during which he kneels and touches his head to the ground.

If he's ok for you he's ok for me, if scores one other few then I'll be Muslim too

Liverpool followers' new chant for Mo Salah

Zuber Patel, coach at Blackburn-based mostly youth aspect AHF FC, with four hundred primarily Muslim gamers, says youngsters are copying this.

Zuber, 32, says: “Even younger Man United followers are singing the mantra.

Mo is an inspiration to all our lads. “We nonetheless get the odd derogatory remark about faith at our video games however it is getting rarer due to issues like this chant.”

Fiyaz Mughal, head of Religion Issues, which brings totally different religious communities collectively, says:

“It is fantastic that followers really feel the positivity round Mo.

 Mo moved from the Italian club Roma last year

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Mo moved from the Italian membership Roma final yr

“We see a lot negativity round Muslims however he exhibits there is additionally a lot good — and followers really feel this.

“We perceive the attraction that soccer has to many communities and we’d like extra platforms and social mechanisms so communities interact and construct belief.”

Football anti-racism marketing campaign Kick It Out says incidents of discrimination are on the rise.

It acquired studies referring to 282 instances by the top of 2017, masking the skilled recreation, grassroots soccer and social media — up fifty nine per cent on final season.

 A mural of Mo at a coffee shop in Cairo

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A mural of Mo at a espresso store in Cairo

So when Liverpool followers invented their Mo chant for his or her Champions League victory towards Porto earlier this month, it got here as a great addition.

Others have additionally tweeted help.

Gbolahan Obisesan posted: “I’m not a Liverpool fan however you should consider soccer builds bridges with this Reds chant for Mo Salah.”

Karl Sharro tweets: “Mo doing extra to finish the conflict of civilisations than anybody else on the earth.”

 Mo has marked each of his goals since moving from Italian club Roma with a sujood, an act of worship in where he kneels and touches his head to the floor

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Mo has marked every of his objectives since shifting from Italian membership Roma with a sujood, an act of worship in the place he kneels and touches his head to the ground
 Mo responded to a fan's tweet with the chant for him with these emojis

Mo responded to a fan's tweet with the mantra for him with these emojis

We will reveal Mo, who has a 3-yr-previous daughter Makka, has not forgotten his Egyptian roots.

He invests a lot of his £ninety,000-a-week wages into faculties and hospitals in his homeland and at his wedding ceremony to Magi in 2013, he issued an open invitation to the entire of his residence village of Nagrig — and 1,000 got here alongside.

The proud mayor, Maher Shetia, says: “Mo has put his village on the map. He constructed a charity and can construct a faculty that prices hundreds of thousands.

“This is along with his donations to Basioun hospital, with a air flow room and ambulance unit.”

After Mo led Egypt to this yr’s World Cup, a wealthy businessman provided him a luxurious villa as thanks — however the participant requested him to make a donation to his village as an alternative.

His uncle Zaki Abdel-Fattah Ghali says: “Mo has a robust will — and his thoughts is quicker than his ft.”

HE is the Liverpool striker who has already netted 31 objectives in his first season on the membership.