Zayn Malik has revealed that he is no longer a practising Muslim, leading to a backlash from fans. He is an English singer and songwriter. Born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, he was born and raised in a Muslim family.
He is the son of British-Pakistani father Yaser, and mother Trisha, who converted to Islam.
Speaking to British Vogue, he said that he ‘wouldn’t’ consider himself Muslim anymore, but that he simply had a ‘spiritual belief’ of a God. He was one of the highest profile Muslims in the entertainment world.
He said: “I don’t believe you need to eat a certain meat that’s been prayed over a certain way, I don’t believe you need to read a prayer in a certain language five times a day. I don’t believe any of it.
He further stated that “I just believe if you’re a good person, everything is going to go right for you. I’ve never spoken publicly about what my religious beliefs are. I’m not professed to be a Muslim.
“I believe whatever people’s religious beliefs are is between them and whoever or whatever they’re practising. For me, I have a spiritual belief of there is a god. Do I believe there’s a hell? No.”