Why did music composer AR Rahman convert to Islam? Read here
Although it has been written several times, composer and singer AR Rahman’s adherence to Islam continues to be a topic of interest.
Born Dileep Kumar, he and his family converted to Islam after the death of his father. It was some time before the release of his first big project, ‘Roja’. His licensed biography, ‘Notes Of A Dream’ reveals that Rahman’s mother, Kareema Begum, insisted on changing her name in the film’s credits at the last minute.
âIt was a pretty big request to make this late in the day, but she was peculiar about it. She said it really, really mattered to her personally. In fact, she would have preferred that his name did not appear at all, than not to see his new name appear in the credits, âher friend Trilok Nair had told Krishna Trilok.
However, Rahman does not believe in imposing his religious beliefs on others. âYou can’t impose anything. You can’t ask your son or daughter not to do history because it’s boring, and to take economics or science classes instead. It’s a personal choice, âhe told The Hindustan Times Brunch in an interview.
Rahman had said that many people asked him if they would succeed in converting to Islam, but he preferred to keep quiet. âIt’s not about converting to Islam, it’s about finding the place and seeing if it pushes the button inside you. The spiritual masters, the Sufi masters, taught me and my mother very, very special things. There are special things in every faith, and this is what we have chosen. And we stick to it. “
âThe prayer has been extremely beneficial. It saved me from many falls. Between prayers, I think, ‘Oh, I have to pray, so I can’t do this wrong. People of other faiths do the same and are peaceful too. For me, it works!
When his daughter Khatija was trolled for wearing a burqa, he said in an interview with The Quint that he would also wear a burqa, if possible. âA man is not supposed to wear a burqa, otherwise I will wear one. It would be so easy to go shopping, to find a stable life. You know, I think, she regains her freedom. Because he’s someone who will go to the funeral of a maid’s mother or a maid’s relative. And I am amazed by her simplicity and what she does socially.