AR Rehman reveals why and how he converted to Islam
MUMBAI – AR Rehman, a masterclass artist of the Bollywood film industry in a recent interview with Indian publication, opened about his much-talked conversion to Islam, becoming a filmmaker and more.
It is no secret that AR Rehman was born in a Hindu family. His birth name was Dileep Kumar, however, he, along with his entire family embraced Islam after Rahman’s father passed away.
His mother, now Kareema Begum, was a spiritual person, and through her husband’s illness, visited various temples and churches, consulted holy men and tried every religion-led remedy. It is during this time that she met a Sufi preacher, who had a lasting impression on her.
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Sharing his thoughts about his love for Islam, Rahman said, “It’s not about converting to Islam, it’s about finding the spot and seeing whether it presses the button in you.
The spiritual teachers, the Sufi teachers, taught me and my mom things that are very, very special. There are special things in every faith, and this is the one we chose. And we stand by it.
“Prayer,” he added, “has been extremely beneficial. It has saved me from many falls. In between prayers, I think, ‘Oh, I have to pray, so I can’t do this mischief’. People from other faiths do the same thing and are peaceful too. For me, this works!”
The great music composer who has now unleashed his filmmaking skills is helming his second film venture. His first one was named ‘One Heart’, a Virtual Reality documentary that follows one of his musical tours.