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    In this May 2, 2016 file photo, Zayn Malik, left, and Gigi Hadid arrive at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala in New York.

    Britain's 'Most Famous' Muslim Reveals He Disagrees With Praying 5 Times a Day

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    One of Britain's celebrity exports, former member of the One Direction band, Malik, revealed he doesn't believe one needs to eat a certain meat that's been prayed over a certain way.

    Singer and artists Zayn Malik, who comes from a British Pakistani and British-Irish background, is the first British male artist to debut at number one in both Britain and the US with a debut single and debut album.

    Growing up in West Yorkshire, Malik went to the mosque and studied Islam. According to the star's recent interview, he believed there are beautiful parts to very religion but he didn't think "you need to read a prayer in a certain language five times a day."

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    A post shared by Zayn Malik (@zayn) on Nov 12, 2018 at 8:40pm PST

    Malik's on-and-off relationship with the US model Gigi Hadid has long dominated news headlines. Hadid, of Palestinian and Dutch descent, has never confirmed her religious affiliation, as opposed to her younger sister Bella Hadid, who in 2017 said she proud to be a Muslim.

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    flyin home to my happy place ❤️

    A post shared by Gigi Hadid (@gigihadid) on Oct 21, 2018 at 4:59pm PDT

    Speaking about religion, Malik said he wouldn't call himself a Muslim. He added that even discussions of religion becomes "a religious f**king debacle of philosophers."

    "I just want to keep it between me and whatever I believe. I feel like that makes me move through life in a nice way. If I behave well, I will get treated well. That's it," Malik said.

    Reactions to the news of Malik no longer being a Muslim poured in on Twitter. 

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