13:52 GMT06 August 2020
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    The shahada is regarded as one of the five pillars of Islam as it declares belief in Allah and recognises Prophet Muhammad as his messenger. The casual use of this creed might definitely be regarded as disrespectful to Muslim faith, but a former K-pop star and EXO band member was possibly unaware of this when he put on his new denim number.

    Lu Han, Chinese musician, actor and former member of legendary K-pop band EXO, landed in hot water with some Muslims after he was seen in public wearing a denim vest that had Arabic text printed on it, which turned out to be the shahada, the Islamic profession of faith.

    Many of Lu Han’s Muslim fans rushed to express their disappointment with the singer’s fashion choice, arguing that the sacred creed was not “an accessory” and called on him to apologize. But others still defended their guru by insisting that he was not the one to blame for any offence his appearance has caused and it’s rather his designer or stylist that should offer an apology.

    Responding to the calls, the Sankuanz luxury brand that designed the vest soon took to Twitter to express its regret over the fashion flop.

    “Unfortunately, due to insufficient awareness of the Muslim culture, we inappropriately quoted the Shahada in our design. We deeply apologize to all the Muslims and we will not use the Shahada in any of our design in the future”, the company said in a statement.

    Lu Han, who was part of EXO from 2011 to 2014, did not address the controversy anyhow, leaving some fans disappointed with his silence.

    Prophet Muhammad, EXO, designer, Muslim, Islam, k-pop, South Korea, China
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