The Somalian born athlete and Four-Olympic champion posted a goodwill message, which included a selfie of him wearing a Santa hat and wishing a Merry Christmas to his fans
But the middle distance runner, who is a practicing Muslim, was quickly criticised by Muslims for celebrating the festive season meant for Christians.
One critic wrote: ‘You are being given the name of our beloved prophet Mohamed and it is better to protect the honourable name and your religion of Islam.’
A second wrote: ‘The respect I had for you went way down. Shame bro.’ A third condemned the runner: ‘Are you serious? You are Muslim you cant do this , I’m sorry for you.’
Despite generating 26k likes on the festive message, another critic said: ‘Mohamed Farah shame on you.’
Although the post attracted positive messages from others. One fan wrote: ‘What’s wrong with saying Merry Christmas? Not like he’s celebrating it. We have people who don’t celebrate Eid and are well known saying Eid Mubarak but that’s not a problem so why is this?’
Last week, British boxer Amir Khan, and his family received death threats from his fellow Muslims for erecting a Christmas tree at his home