When AR Rahman opened up on converting to Islam
Music maestro AR Rahman was born Dileep Kumar, but he along with his family embraced Islam, after the death of his father, music composer RK Shekhar. His conversion to Islam has always been the hot topics of discussion. Earlier, in an interview with Hindustan Times Brunch, Rahman said that he does not believe in imposing his religious beliefs on others.
He said, “You can’t impose anything. You can’t ask your son or daughter to not take history ‘coz it’s boring, and to take economics instead, or science. It’s a personal choice.”
AR Rahman had also said that many people ask him if they would become successful after converting to Islam. He 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.”
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He had also said that prayer has been ‘extremely beneficial’ for him as it has saved him 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!” he added.
AR Rahman has turned a year older today and wishes are pouring in for the ‘Mozart of Madras’ on social media.