Sunday, February 26, 2006

Famous Indian Music Dirctor A.R. Rehman is a Hindu convert to Islam. His thoughts on Islam, at Hajj

At Hajj, A. R. Rehman Left His Celebrity Status Behind
Syed Faisal Ali, Arab News

MINA, 12 January 2006 — From a non-believer to a worshipper; from polytheist to monotheist; from Dileep Kumar to Allah Rakha Rahman, the famous music wizard has come a long way. This journey, he says, has completely changed his outlook toward life.
Rahman is well-known in India. He revolutionized Bollywood music, giving it a new direction. But in Mina, the man was spiritually charged, relaxing in his camp after Isha prayers, remarkably very far from the rhythm of success.
He said that in India’s film world, people change Muslim names to Hindu ones to get success but, “in my case it was just the opposite from Dileep Kumar to Allah Rakha Rahman — and I’m very proud of it.”
Rahman’s music is everywhere: in discotheques, in malls, at wedding parties, on satellite channels, in taxis. He is a celebrity in his own right. His face adorns the cover of every album he cuts. Autograph hunters h ound him wherever he goes. A couple of companies have tried to lure him into product endorsements, but he refused, preferring to distance himself from the glare and the sometimes self-indulgent afterglow of fame.
Such was his attitude when Arab News met him yesterday in Mina after a hunt of five hours that had started just after Maghreb prayers.
Once a practitioner of idolatry, Rahman now talks about Islam like a scholar. He winced as he spoke about the ignorance of some Muslims and the divisions among them on trivial issues.
Rahman, who has come to perform his second Haj with his mother, utilized ev ery bit of his stay in Mina, Arafat and Madinah in prayer and remembrance of God to “cleanse the inner self.”
He said Islam is a religion of peace, love, coexistence, tolerance and modernity. But due to the behavior of a few of us, it’s labeled as an intolerant orthodoxy. He says that the image of Islam is being tarnished by a small group of people and that Muslims must come forward to present before the world the correct picture of their divine faith.
“The enormity of their ignorance of the Islamic history and its code of conduct is mind-boggling. We should be united in fighting these elements for the cause of Islam,” he said.
“Mu slims should go to lengths to follow the basics, which say ‘be kind to your neighbors, keep smiling when you meet others, pray and do charity.’ We should serve humanity. We should not show hostility toward others, even to the followers of other faiths. This is what Islam stands for. We should present before the world a model through our behavior, nature and presentation. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) never used his sword to spread Islam; rather he spread the religion through his virtues, behavior, tolerance and righteousness. And this is what is needed to change today’s distorted image of Islam.”
Talking about his Haj, Rahman said, “Allah made it very easy for us. And up until now, I have enjoyed every bit of my stay in the holy land and I pray to Allah to accept my pilgrimage.”
For him, the stoning ritual is a physical exercise that symbolizes internal struggle: “It means the defeat of temptation and killing the devil inside ourselves.”
“I would like to tell you that this year I got the most precious gift on my birthday, Jan. 6. Allah gave me the opportunity to confine myself inside the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah and pray all through the day. Nothing could match this experience and that too on my birthday; I am extremely delighted and thankful to Allah,” he said.
Rahman said that prayers release his tension and give him a sense of containment. He performs prayers despite heavy work pressure. “I am an artist, but despite tremendous work pressure I never skip prayers,” he said. “I am very punctual in offering the day’s all five prayers on time. This releases me from tension and gives me hope and confidence that the Lord is with me, that this is not the only world. It reminds me of the Day of Judgment.”
It was in the year 1989 that he and his family embraced Islam.
Talking about his reversion, Rahman said, “The whole process started with a sequence of dream. It was in 1988. I was in Malaysia and had a dream of an old man who was asking me to embrace Islam. For the first time, I did not take it seriously, but then I saw the same dream several times and I discussed it with my mother. She encouraged me to go ahead and to respond to the call o f the Almighty. Also, in 1988, one of my sisters fell seriously ill and in spite of the family’s effort to cure her, her health deteriorated by the day. Then under the guidance of one Muslim religious leader we prayed to Allah, which did wonder for my sister and she made a miraculous comeback to life. Thus, began my journey from Dileep Kumar to A.R. Rahman.”
He said the decision to embrace Islam was a mutual one with his mother. Not one to normally discuss this aspect of his private life, after taking a pause, Rahman narrates succinctly, “My mother and I resolved to follow one faith ... we wanted to cleanse ourselves of our sorrows.”
After initial doubts, his three sisters also embraced Islam. For them he has tried to be a role model, he said. How ever, his eldest sister was divorced later.
Rahman began learning piano at the age of four. But life was not all that hunky-dory for the young boy who lost his father at the age of nine.
The responsibility of supporting his mother Kasturi (now Kareema Begum) and three sisters soon fell on his young shoulders. He began his prosperous musical career at age eleven out of necessity.
Rahman is married to Saira. They have three children: two girls, 10 and seven, and a three-year-old son.
Rahman performed his first Ha j in 2004. This time, he is accompanying his mother.
“I wanted to bring my wife also for Haj this year, but since my son is only three years old, she could not make it. God willing, I will come again — next time with my wife and children,” Rahman said.

108 Comments:

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12:02 AM  
Blogger whitearmpit said...

Agreed that he has changed his religion faster than he could discard his child's soiled napkin. "All for the sake of his sister". Right...

I wonder if he could have given his right hand if it could make his sister well. Or because it is so easy to cut his fore-skin and bang his head on the floor 5 times daily.

4:46 AM  
Blogger Santhosh Kumar N J said...

Well its his wish, he's free to do anything. But what he is feeling after converting to islam is not felt by the people who are muslims already...
reason for converting to islam is bullshit

4:30 AM  
Blogger Nanban said...

I am a nonbeliever, still I firmly believe in Hinduism. It pains when I witness such people making claims that they get peace after conversion. If you are good to others, then there is no reason to convert, you can do that in your original religion itself.

With painting some stripes, can a cat become a tiger? or erasing the stripes, can the zebra become an ordinary horse?

What's in a name that which we call rose would smell as sweet in any other name.

7:13 AM  
Blogger Nanban said...

I am a nonbeliever, still I firmly believe in Hinduism. It pains when I witness such people making claims that they get peace after conversion. If you are good to others, then there is no reason to convert, you can do that in your original religion itself.

With painting some stripes, can a cat become a tiger? or erasing the stripes, can the zebra become an ordinary horse?

What's in a name that which we call rose would smell as sweet in any other name.

7:15 AM  
Blogger Nanban said...

I am a nonbeliever, still I firmly believe in Hinduism. It pains when I witness such people making claims that they get peace after conversion. If you are good to others, then there is no reason to convert, you can do that in your original religion itself.

With painting some stripes, can a cat become a tiger? or erasing the stripes, can the zebra become an ordinary horse?

What's in a name that which we call rose would smell as sweet in any other name.

7:16 AM  
Blogger MAYUR said...

i agree with what Nanban said just by changing religion he could not have got peace from all the troubles og his life , it might have been pure coincidence of his decision to turn a believer of god, but he should not have renounced Hinduism, atleast he could have retained his original name and should have practiced both the followings of Hinduism and islam. i hope realizes his mistake done by him, and realizes the great religion called Hinduism

11:07 AM  
Blogger deepak said...

I agree with Santosh.

Rahman changed his religion this is his personal matter but the reason he is giving is really a bull shit and nothing more than that.
Although i have much respect for rahman, but Rahman's act of conversion and praise for Islam(his dream story)totally displays his selfishness and also cowardness.

Every religion is great but Hinduism is greatest, since it accepts all other religions.

9:26 AM  
Blogger deepak said...

Also read the Hinduism beliefs on the page available at link:--
http://www.hindubooks.org/david_frawley/hinduism/hinduism_and_religions/page9.htm

9:37 AM  
Blogger Ameen said...

At the outset, the comments posted here r baseless. The way whitearmpit, has put up his views,show his perspective towards other peoples thought. He hasn got ne right to put forth views against someody in such a manner.

The comment by Santhosh Kumar N J: "But what he is feeling after converting to islam is not felt by the people who are muslims already... " sounds absurd and baseless... has he ever tried to make a comparative study... Well i ve, I wud neday say tat ARR is one among d true followers of Islam who is experiencing it first hand.. In fact Santhosh, to give u a convincing evidence, Muslims who aint true followers of Islam go by wat u ve said. Whereas those who follow it properly,get the most out of it. Islam is a religion of Love & peace. Not as wat it is bein portrayed by mislead Muslims who r tryin to take revenge for the hardships wat they r put to. Muslim history neva claims taking revenge us Jihaad. Jihaad is d permitted reciprocative violence oly when a Muslim's faith is put to trouble.

The comment by Nanban: "If you are good to others, then there is no reason to convert, you can do that in your original religion itself"... Has he eva tried to comparatively study and understand d fact tat Islam teaches how to b good to others in the best possible way.

The comment by Mayur:"i agree with what Nanban said just by changing religion he could not have got peace from all the troubles og his life , it might have been pure coincidence of his decision to turn a believer of god, but he should not have renounced Hinduism, atleast he could have retained his original name and should have practiced both the followings of Hinduism and islam. i hope realizes his mistake done by him, and realizes the great religion called Hinduism". The very fact tat ARR's compositions r too intellectual to such an extent tat he is second to none and d fact tat der can't b any immediate next to him implies tat he is unique and is of an extraordinary IQ...is mayur a better judge than him??? Islam's fundamental principle is unique in its own accord. So by no chance a person cud follow Islam n ne other religion at d same time.

The comment by Deepak: "Rahman changed his religion this is his personal matter but the reason he is giving is really a bull shit and nothing more than that.
Although i have much respect for rahman, but Rahman's act of conversion and praise for Islam(his dream story)totally displays his selfishness and also cowardness.
Every religion is great but Hinduism is greatest, since it accepts all other religions"
...wat act of ARR is showin cowardness or selfishnes,deepak is totally baseless and is crappin sumthin out of frustation...how is it tat hinduism accepts al religion,when its fundamentals r totally absurd viz.Idol Worship,No oneness of God at one place whereas some Vedas contradictin d same...
answers to this can be found at http://www.irf.net/irf/comparativereligion/index.htm

2:49 AM  
Blogger Subhash said...

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4:32 AM  
Blogger Disha Shetty said...

That was very stupid of him2 convert2 Islam..
Hinduism is the best religion..!
hare krsna hare ram!
Jai Sri Ram..!

10:32 AM  
Blogger Disha Shetty said...

and the reason on which he converted was invalid too!

10:34 AM  
Blogger Sanjay said...

I think AR Rahman is tolerant because he started as a hindu. He may have changed his faith but his faith has not left him.

8:06 PM  
Blogger RA said...

Guys, let's calm down here. I am a Muslim. I respect both religions: Hinduism & Islam. To each one, their own beliefs & their own religion! If it was Rehman's decision to convert, who are we to question? It is sad to see some very strong & demeaning view-points posted here. If we were all a bit more tolerant & respectful of each other, the world would be a much nicer & a much more peaceful place!

9:55 PM  
Blogger priyesh said...

I think it doesnt matter to which religion you belong.Its the hard work which speak.There should be no discriminatiön on the name of religion.HUMANTIY IS THE RELIGION WHICH SHUD BE FOLLOWED BY EACH AND EVERY PEOPLE.

7:48 AM  
Blogger Rajshekaran said...

Hello everyone,

I do not intend to do any comparison between religions. ARR embrasing islam is his own personal choice. What everyone should appreciate is the knowledge that he possess about Islam being a religion of Love and Peace. I would like to tell every one that no religion teaches violence. The most important fact is that ARR is a Indian and hes made our country proud.

7:15 PM  
Blogger Zalmer said...

WHen he won the oscars, golden globe, all the indians were like praising him, but when they got to knew that he is a TRUE muslim and he ACCEPTED the best religion and converted to it, then every one is jealous of him. This is how indians always behave.And moreover
they are always jealous of muslims. only they know why.

4:58 AM  
Blogger tushar said...

no
i don't think that only Islam have such a kind of beauty. Hinduism is also having the same kind of beauty but this is a misunderstanding or i can say not going through the Hinduism. i want a lengthy discussion but i cant.but a great Hindu can only understand the real beauty of Hinduism.
thanks

9:37 AM  
Blogger b said...

Hinduism is one of the religions(perhaps the only religion ) for which the origin has not yet been found..so I guess all the religions were derived from hinduism..Rahman's speech sounds as if only Islam preaches peace and charity..it seems as if he found this message only after converting to islam..I am sure that even hinduism(infact all religions) preach peace and chastity..So converting to another religion when the we can find all those things in that religion itself is not required according to me..And I don't know why people are blaming idol worship..I don't find any difference between a dargah or hindu temple..Ultimately these places are for worshippin..what's wrong in worshippin idol instead of some imaginary thing..

10:00 AM  
Blogger Ibs said...

I hv read few comments bout Rahmans conversion...1st let me tell u guys its his personal decision...an i m sure he must not hv taken the decision in haste...i agree truly wit RAHMAN but u guys are taking it personal. Please go to the roots of your own religion...ignore what people talk..search facts u ll find the true religion

9:24 PM  
Blogger Ibs said...

Rehman is not saying that peace is only in Islam he means he found peace after converting to islam...it is not bout suceess (monitory) as well...its spriritual success.. which is of much more high value...and Islam is highest growing religion even after several attempts to disgrace it

9:29 PM  
Blogger josepha said...

If all Muslims lived like A R Rehaman, the world would be a paradise.

6:23 PM  
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7:03 AM  
Blogger Om said...

“FROM A NON-BELIEVER TO A WORSHIPPER; FROM POLYTHEIST TO MONOTHEIST; FROM DILEEP KUMAR TO ALLAH RAKHA RAHMAN, THE FAMOUS MUSIC WIZARD HAS COME A LONG WAY”.

“IN INDIA’S FILM WORLD, PEOPLE CHANGE MUSLIM NAMES TO HINDU ONES TO GET SUCCESS BUT, “IN MY CASE IT WAS JUST THE OPPOSITE FROM DILEEP KUMAR TO ALLAH RAKHA RAHMAN — AND I’M VERY PROUD OF IT.”

“ONCE A PRACTITIONER OF IDOLATRY, RAHMAN NOW TALKS ABOUT ISLAM LIKE A SCHOLAR”

WAH WAH WAH… JANAB Syed Faisal Ali saab...

All these comments that you have made clearly show off your dirty mind and preoccupations that you have developed about Indians and Hindus in general…

For your kind information, no true Hindu is a non-believer, and even though we are polytheists, it should also be remembered that we also believe in the concept of one almighty…

Even though its true that in the earlier years (1960s and 70s) muslim actors used to adopt some Hindu screen-names, it was only to make the movie-watchers identify themselves better with the characters. But now its no longer the case. The so called leading actors in Bollywood are MOSTLY Muslims, acting in films financed by underworld, various mafias like havala etc. I am not saying that so called Hindu actors are not acting in such films..

And if it’s true that A R Rahaman has uttered some of those words that has been shown in this article, then its unfortunate that he took birth and grew in a country like India. It’s truly the ultimate evidence for the growing terrorism. It’s this feeling of superiority that is causing all these unwanted crime, cruelty, and violence. People without proper education and civilian sense only can spit such shits…

Without the enticement for something big, may be its money, opportunities in life, fame, or something bigger, no conversion of this sort can happen…

7:14 AM  
Blogger devyani said...

Well, I read this blog just because I was curious as to why someone would like to give up on their own religion and convert to a different one.
It was not what ARR's words were quoted as(or maybe they really were!), that bothered me. But it was the ongoing conflicting conversations between the followers of the two religions-Hinduism and Islam, that I found to be disturbing.
I totally agree with Om that all these arguments are causing unwanted crime and violence. Also its so uncivilized and immature of people to call each others religion as being the greater one or the inferior one.
We are living in a country that actually gives equal importance and benefits to people regardless of their religious beliefs. And Hinduism is a real tolerant religion. At least the Hindu people don't call the people of other religions "non-believers".

"The comment by Nanban: "If you are good to others, then there is no reason to convert, you can do that in your original religion itself"... Has he eva tried to comparatively study and understand d fact tat Islam teaches how to b good to others in the best possible way." Ameen, I think its kind of weird that you ask Nanban to go and do some study on the fact that whether Hinduism is teaching the values of non-violence and being good to others as Islam does! I think its time you go ahead and do some study, and I hope that you'll find that every religion what so ever, preaches the same thing~ Be good to others, keep your thoughts clean, etc etc.
And Zalmer... its because some people think that Muslims hate Hindus and viceversa, that they can not get along well. If you try to keep your prejudices aside, and think about the fact that every religion at least believes in one god, and in case of Hinduism, different forms of that one supreme God; you'll probably feel better and stop thinking that Indians envy the growth of Muslims.
India only stands against for whatever hinders the growth and peace of the country! No religion is right or wrong in eyes of God. Because God didn't ask people to create different religion, humans created these religions and now they are fighting over them

11:32 AM  
Blogger Ravi S said...

Totally agree with Devyani, want every one to join me in congratulating Rahman for his achievement. Personally I feel one gets such instances in life where he/she gets attracted by practices in other religion, it's all up to you that how you react to that. One hand Rehman accepted Islam and praised it, the same way Resul (another oscar winner) appreciated 'Om', reference : http://www.oscar.com/oscarnight/winners/?pn=detail&nominee=Slumdog%20Millionaire%20-%20Sound%20Mixing%20Nominee, In summary all religions take you to that Supreme Power. Therefore we should live with harmony and respect other's religions.And in fact I add, we should be curious about other's religions as well.

5:01 AM  
Blogger bilal said...

Historically speaking the reasons of conversion to islam in general were that Non-Muslim were converted by force (Spain and in some instences India) or by spreading virtues of Islam (e.g By Sufis). Islam vanished where force / sword was used to spread Islam. Islam spreaded where virtues of Islam were accepted and realized. I believe Muslim is the one who submits his will to one Creator (Allah). A R Rahman converted by experiencing the virtues of Islam and I believe he is better muslim then most of people who were born muslims and doesnot appreciate the blessing to be a muslim. Feeling of being protected by the Almighty is second to none and the only prize. The small sacrifice is submitting your will to Allah. I donot mean to disrespect any other religion but in my view Islam gives you path and purpose to your life. The purpose is to prepare for your after life and being loved by your creator (Murrammat muqaddar kee kar day MAULAA)....

4:30 PM  
Blogger sikandar said...

My name is Sikandar Shivaji Magar. By my first name I am considered as muslim. But I am Hindu. I love my religion like my mother i.e. hinduism and I respect islam as my best friend's mother. I dont compare my religion with any other religion. Once my muslim teacher had told me that all religions teach u to become good man but hinduism is only one religion that teach u how to become holy man.
If this much is there in my own religion then why should I go here and there. I think A.R Rehman was unable to find this.

10:03 AM  
Blogger shilpa said...

There is a proverb "Naya Mulla Zada Pyaz Khata Hai". Because in the state of helplessness and guilt, this is the only way to prove the wrongly made decision look right. Prophet ne ahsaan kar diya talwaar na chalaake, The Truth is Islam is a religion of dirtyness, iliteracy, animity, Illusion, the followers of Islam should put placard on their forehead and should write Allah on it. All muslims say because of few muslims, islam is defamed, "who are these few" No thief say that i have stolen the money, It seems allah pays them commision on every purchase of new converted client.

I will write more.... my heart is full of thoughts but lack of words

5:58 PM  
Blogger Abdul said...

Everyone have their own wishes and they will see the results afterward. If ARR results are good in his life- surely he has done the right thing.

11:50 PM  
Blogger Laxmi said...

hi everyone....this is laxmi

i really feel very pity on the comments posted here except the few...

shilpa... i feel ur thoughts r disgusting. i m sure neither u knw any thing abt hinduism nor islam nor even humanity.

every person sees god in his own way. no one can question him for that. its something related to ur innerself. and mind it...no religion preaches violence n bloodshed. Its all abt love, purity, charity and knowing urself. its we who have created these misconception n r fighting n killing each other in the name of religion.

i agree with nanban & devyani...but everyone here are frustrated so are commenting on each others religion & trying to show there religion is superior. But we forget that GOD is one & he is the most superior. All religions talk abt the one almighty...let it be hinduism, islam or christianity or any other.

please guys remember when we r praying we all are praying to the same one almighty. dnt hurt anyones sentiments. INDIA HAS HAD ENOUGH GUYS. PLEASE CHANGE UR THOUGHTS. LEARN TO RESPECT EACH OTHER... LET IT BE ANYONE...FROM ANY RELIGION... COS SOME DAY WE ALL ARE ANSWERABLE TO THE SAME GOD

3:47 AM  
Blogger Laxmi said...

Hi,my dear Big People.This is Javed, a human being.... a true Indian and a true Muslim. I completely believe in what Laxmi said. Very true and Pure. First learn your religion in and out and then comment upon others. How much you know about your religion? Have you asked yoorself once?

Comeon guys, if we speak in the same language in which our politicians speak, then what is the difference!!?? I am sure Shilpa is a true illetrate.It is the haterate which is speaking and not Shilpa.Hindusiam Islam or Christianity, all are the same. Its the way you look at it. Ask a donkey how God looks like..He will say god looks like a Donkey!!!. Has Gita told anything about other religion? No.

Secondly,In Islam, it is said , love your religion and respect others. Its same even in Bible and Gita.

We are more illetrate than a begger begging for life on the streets. Please dont be as sick as our dear sister Shilpa . Be more human.And to ask Shipa and "shilpa-minded people" the last question , if Shilpa was born in a mulim family or a christian family,then can we expect same words from Shilpa? Certainly NOT. Correct Shilpa and Shilpa-minder people?????

Religion is by birth. Its our fate and wish (later on) to choose whichever religion one wants to be.

Try respect others religion and their faith, everything will be fine.

11:15 AM  
Blogger Ahmed said...

M.Ahmed My dear friends if u r saying that muslims believe in idol worship going to dargah. u have mistaken Dargah is a holy place for muslims bcz dargah is not a idol thats a Tombs of Islamic leaders & we dont make any puja over their we respect them as leader and go to visit them with repect & remember we r not idol worshippers we dont ask any thing from them OR others we ask only from almighty only one allah. thank u.
hope got it.

1:24 AM  
Blogger shilpa said...

Rehman "This is Islam"

Purnima Rani, a 12-year-old Hindu girl, is terrified and breaks down frequently as she describes what happened 18 months ago in the village of Perba Delua in Bangladesh.
"Nearly 30 people came to our house. I recognised many of them as my neighbours. They beat my mother almost senseless. I begged them to stop. They dragged me outside. I resisted but they hit me with sticks. I shouted to my sister to save me but they beat her too. I cannot tell you what happened next."

Purnima was gang-raped and her family found her unconscious three hours later in a field a mile from the village. Four young men, all supporters of the government and its coalition partner, the fundamentalist Jamaati-e-Islami party, were arrested but have not been charged.

But the ordeal did not stop there. The family's hairdressing business was twice looted, her elder brother was beaten and is expected to lose his sight, and they have now all fled the village after threats that they would be killed.

Her father has been offered bribes to drop the case and Purnima, one of the few victims of Bangladeshi sectarian violence who is prepared to talk openly, is now in hiding. "I want justice, not money," she says.

Serious attacks on and persecution of religious minorities by Islamic fundamentalists are increasing, and despite a detailed dossier on 18 months of persecution of religious minorities, and women in particular, the British government calls Bangladesh a "generally safe" country. Amnesty International says this makes "no sense".

Thousands of Bangladeshis are fleeing, a few wealthy ones applying to go to Britain and continental Europe. Those who arrive in Britain will almost certainly be sent back. But the Guardian has uncovered compelling evidence that in declaring Bangladesh in effect free of internal problems Britain is turning a blind eye to atrocities committed by fundamentalists.

Evidence is emerging that the oppression of minorities is becoming systematic. Bangladesh, which is 85% Muslim but has a long tradition of tolerance to religious minorities, is, say local organisations, being pushed towards fundamentalism by the Jamaat-e-Islami, which is growing rapidly in rural areas with the deepest poverty and runs two key ministries.

"This is like a silent revolution. We are returning to the dark ages," a leading lawyer said, asking not to be named.

"I think the backdrop is being created for the introduction of strict sharia laws. You see extremist rightwing fundamentalists infiltrating every professional area, in the appointment of the judiciary, the law, medicine and in education. They are capturing key positions in government, the universities and institutions."

Britain has seen the dossier of human rights abuses, which is backed by evidence from local and international development groups.

In the village of Fhainjana, a mob of 200 fundamentalists recently looted 10 Christian houses, allegedly assaulting many women and children. Christians were seriously beaten and others molested after refusing to give money to thugs in the village of Kamalapur, near Dhaka. In Deuatala Bazaar, gangs of young men with knives told Hindus to leave. Hundreds fled.

Many villages are said to be now empty of minorities. Elsewhere, Hindus have been burned alive and gangs have desecrated temples.

Rosaline Costa, director of the human rights group Hotline Bangladesh, says that the British government is well aware of the situation. "They must think we are stupid. It says there is communal harmony, but this is a lie. Documents showing the scale of the atrocities on minorities have been sent to all governments. There are many genuine asylum seekers."

Thousands of Bangladeshis are thought to have crossed the border to India in the past two years. It is impossible to verify numbers because New Delhi will not release records, but Dhaka's statistics show the Muslim majority increasing dramatically and the Hindu, Buddhist, Christian and other minorities declining.

In western Bangladesh, where the Jamaat-e-Islami is particularly strong, many villages have been deserted by minorities. "In my village of Sri Rumpur, near Khulna, there are no Hindus left," said a man who asked not to be named. "They have all been driven out by people threatening to torture them or demanding money. People who raise their voices are threatened. It's a kind of systematic ethnic cleansing."

Toab Khan, editor of the independent newspaper the Daily Janakantha, said: "Repression of people who publicise human rights violations is growing. We have reported communal violence from the beginning. Our head office has been bombed, our agents have been threatened and beaten up. The government has withdrawn all its advertising and is pressurising and harassing reporters and the owner."

Source http://www.guardian.co.uk

12:29 PM  
Blogger shilpa said...

Now after my previous posted views, Many supporters of Islam from Non Muslims community will start shouting as if scolded their father. My dear innocent people, these parasites are increasing their population to rule, they will never rule because they have a history to kill father, marry mom etc etc. Dear supporters, go to the borders (ind/ban)(ind/pak) thousands of hindus everyday leaving their ancestral property coming to india and doing majdoori and ghar ka kaam for the reason females are raped (read the book Lajja their own writer will describe). Why you supporters only teach hindus to keep quite, hindus are already deaf blind, koi bhi aata maarke chala jaata hai, See the population of muslims in India, why you intelligent people dont tell them to give birth to two children for the sake of country. No why you will say beacuse u respect their religion and its the best. Laxmi !! wait for few more years and see

12:42 PM  
Blogger shilpa said...

(Indian) bloggers need to neutralize the media!

This has really been annoying me the last few weeks. Don’t get me wrong, I have been a minority all my life. The place where I grew up, I was the only Hindu in the whole area. I understand the minority issues and strive for equality more than anyone else.
At the end of the day, everyone wants peace. This will happen when there is a mutual understanding between the groups. However, for political and votebank reasons the Indian media has been really alienating the Hindu group. If this continues more disturbances and mistrust will arise among the population.
Whenever there is a terrorist attack carried out by Islamist radical organizations, the Indian media always downplays the incidence and uses ambiguous terms such as “anti-Indians” or “disoriented youths” etc. However, whenever there is a remote chance of any Hindu involvement on anything, they don’t hesitate to point out the Hindu involvement
How many terrorist attacks have taken place in India that have been carried out by Islamist organizations? In the last 3 months there has been at least one attack each month. The government hasn’t done a single thing but the media such as IBN and others jumped on the boat of calling Indians intolerant and that they are wrong in calling terrorists “Islamists.” They also point fingers at BJP for calling Islamist terrorists, “Islamist terrorist.” Are you serious?
Sagarika Ghost of IBN even blamed BJP for protesting against legalizing SIMI. This is a democracy for God’s sake. We are allowed to protest against whatever we like. Legalizing SIMI had no impact whatsoever. This was an ideological battle defeated in India by the pro-peace and pro-democracy people.
I am sick and tired of these types of double standards in the media. My friend, this is called “pseuedo secularism” not at all “secularism.”
That’s why blogging becomes so freaking important. This gives us a voice to fight back against the media. Whenever there is an article in the Indian media acting all “psuedo-secularizing”, we see 10-15 comments neutralizing that article. This is what we need…taking full advantage of Web 2.0. Neutralizing the media.
This is also a trend in the US/Canada. Web 2.0 is a huge force. A lot of people tend to learn and believe a lot from the web interactions rather than what is implied in the media. Therefore, Indians need to get this started. More bloggers need to enter into the arena. The internet is becoming a big force in India and as a result we saw the Indian government banning blogspot.com a few years back.
An effective blogging community can bring about changes and raise awareness in the community. The PC myth needs to stop! Appeasement needs to stop!

12:57 PM  
Blogger shilpa said...

A Tribute to Victims of Islamic Terrorism & Extremism

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SumUrCoe8do&eurl=http://www.bangladeshihindu.com/category/india/&feature=player_embedded

1:06 PM  
Blogger Laxmi said...

i agree with all the facts provided by u shilpa. i have even read lajja. i think this world has faced the most inhuman things. but i feel minority faces these problems. let it be any country.

I m a hindu.... n truely believe in it. i hv few muslim friends also. very good friends n i hv seen them suffer very badly during the ayodhya riots....n many more for no fault from there side. my heart still cries when i remember that. people from both the communities have suffered.

its not the people of some religion suffer, its just the minority suffers..take any country. i hv tried to knw islam as a religion. it doesnt preach violence. no religion does.

i accept the fact that these terrorists are shedding blood in the name of islam. but these are not real muslims. these are mislead sick n fanatic people. fact is they dont knw what is islam.

same thing i would like to say abt bajarang dal... rss... who hv done so much of non sense in the name of hinduism. hinduism is a religion which accepts every culture in its most beautiful way. Its said Hinduism is not a religion but way of life. but we hv forgotten it.

these bloody fundamentalists n politician have used religion for there own benefits. we like stupid monks are blindly accepting them.

fact is shilpa... we just want a reason to fight.... let it be religion... language... state... hundu-muslim, hindu- christian, muslim-christians, north-south, marathi-hindi...give any reason we r just ready to shed blood. we hv forgotten we r humans.

its just that... like all hindus are not good same way all muslims are not bad. its just the way u take it.

in my last blog when i said change ur thoughts... it was not just for hindus but also muslims n all the people to understand whts right n wrong. youth can make a difference. make an effort to be human.

4:35 AM  
Blogger Shakir said...

Shilpa, I have not read about most of the facts that you have thrown up and but wouldn't deny that! Things like what happened in bangaldesh do happen, none so more in Gujarat. How can we forget the gruesome murders that happened in 2002. The hidden camera captured the saffron activists accepting with pride how they killed a pregnant woman taking out the foetus and even killed a foetus...How can you forget such dastardly acts

All said, I don't think this is the time to sit down and debate which religion does this. Because the fact is no true religion in this world practices or propogates violence. And we should learn to accept that.

And as mature grown up adults, we should learn to talk in a responsible manner that should not incite comments(on blogs here) or other violence elsewhere like our RSS like organizations do.

Hence, I appeal to all people who come on this blog to refrain oneself from religion bashing.

Appreciate if you all could do that!

2:30 PM  
Blogger dhanesh maraj said...

i am hindu in trinidad and muslims have rocked havoc in our beautiful democracy, by taking over our countries government. hindus are a majority here and muslims a minority yet they have no problem but in small communities where they are majority they terrorise hindus and bash us. but here hindus just let bygones be bygones and we really dont speak the hate language. imagine what they would do if they were the majority. just look at afganistan, iran pakistan...can hindus be open there in their worship in those countries??? lets be realistic if it was a peaceful religion that is soo good how are those countries like dat...do indians want thei country like that.. i agree with shilpa. how long will hindus sing eswar allah tero naam wile muslims plan terror attacks on their families...wake up..as for rahaman he needs to check his values but if it works for him then thats his business. but calling hindus idol worshippers hindus shoul detest this and not give him any film that has hindu actors or has any hindu background because apparantly he detests us. he should realize that it is hindu money and support is what has put him where he is.

9:10 AM  
Blogger Laxmi said...

Reading most of the blogs i only feel that India is bond to have more n more terrorist attack, gujarat massacare, ayodhya riots n many more. U guys of this generation Hindus & Muslims or people from any religion...so educated... can only blame eachother. You people dnt realize what effect this attitude will have. Can we not come down to consensus.....???!!!!

9:57 AM  
Blogger Agnibina said...

The degree of ignorance, bigotry and hatreds that have been spewed here is really despicable as well as infantile.

To me as a Muslim, I believe all religions preach goodness and when someone crosses the religious bounadary he/she is no longer part of the religion - it should be rather the action and the person who commits it should be condmned -not the religion that he/she belongs. Not all the Muslims are angels - not all the Hindus are angels either. Think about it and learn to show respect the differnces - after all, we all belong to just one race, that is human race.....

Shilpa has definitely gone overboard in her comments that are in line with Bajrang and Noren Modi. These are the people who are ignorant to the core and will do and say anything to hurt anyone. Fortunately, their number is not that prominent...I pray for them.

8:15 PM  
Blogger Agnibina said...

As a Muslim, I love my religion and at the same time I respect wholeheartedly the great religion of Hinduism! For Gujarat and other carnages in India, I don't blame it on Hinduism - rather it's politics and seething hatred espoused by the extremist perpettrators.Had Noren Modi known the essence of real Hinduism, he would not have committed what he had in Gujarat. In the same vein, what Bin Ladden has been doing totally goes against the very core tenets of Islam--However, we must stop hating and slinging dirt of bigotry to one another on the basis of our religions.

8:32 PM  
Blogger Agnibina said...

ARR is a very smart and a gifted adult and he has every right to chose what he thinks is best for him. He was the best judge of his circumstance that prompted him to convert to Islam - who am I to poke my nose in his personal life!!!!So it will be better served if we let him alone and do more wonders with musics...

8:40 PM  
Blogger Casey said...

This is in response to Shilpa and all the others who are seemingly INTOLERANT of Islam and Muslims and have been falsely claiming and glorifying Hinduism as the only greatest religion of all. Actually, Hinduism not a religion of equality nor is it a tolerant and peaceful religion.

I can cite millions of examples to back up my point.

I will just in the following provide some evidence of my points.
This is in response to Shilpa and all the others who are seemingly INTOLERANT of Islam and Muslims and have been falsely claiming and glorifying Hinduism as the only greatest religion of all. Actually, Hinduism not a religion of equality nor is it a tolerant and peaceful religion.

I can cite millions of examples to back up my point.

I will just in the following provide some evidence of my points.

EVEN as we are in the 21st century, caste discrimination, an age-old practice that dehumanises and perpetuates a cruel form of discrimination, continues to be practised. In India, where the practice is rampant despite the existence of legislation to stop this, 160 million Dalits, of whom 49.96% are women, continue to suffer discrimination. The caste system declares Dalit women 'impure' and, therefore, untouchable, and hence socially excluded. This is a complete negation and violation of women's human rights.

According to the Hindu caste hierarchy, there are four castes: the Brahmins (priestly caste), the Kshatriya (warriors), the Vaishyas (traders) and the Shudras (menial task workers). Below this caste ladder is another rung of people who are called 'untouchables' (Panchamas). Among the untouchables, the status of women is further eroded and closely linked to the concept of purity.

The creation of a number of Hindu religious books, including the Manusmriti*, and the strict compliance to them by the Brahmins, led to a society in which equality between men and women was far from existent [Agarwal, S. (1999). Genocide of women in Hinduism. Sudrastan Books. Jabalpur, India]. Dr BR Ambedkar, an architect of the Indian Constitution, also makes it very clear in his article titled 'The rise and fall of Hindu woman' that the root cause of suffering for women in India are these so-called Hindu religious books (Agarwal, op.cit.). Books like the Manusmriti divide people into a stratified caste system and promote inequality between men and women (Agarwal, op. cit.). According to the Manusmriti, women have no right to education, independence, or wealth. It not only justifies the treatment of Dalit women as sex objects, and promotes child marriage, but also justifies a number of violent atrocities on women, as can be seen in the following verses (Agarwal, op.cit.; Manusmriti):

'A man, aged thirty years, shall marry a maiden of twelve who pleases him. Or a man of twenty-four a girl of eight years of age. If (the performance of) his duties would otherwise be impeded, he must marry sooner.' (Manusmriti IX.94)

'By a girl, by a young woman, or even by an aged one, nothing must be done independently, even in her own house.' (Manusmriti V.147)

'Her father protects (her) in childhood, her husband protects (her) in youth, and her sons protect (her) in old age; a woman is never fit for independence.' (Manusmriti IX.3)

'Women have no right to study the Vedas. That is why their Sanskaras are performed without Veda Mantras. Women have no knowledge of religion because they have no right to know the Vedas. The uttering of the Veda Mantras is useful for removing sin. As women cannot utter the Veda Mantras, they are as unclean as the untruth.' (Manusmriti IX.18)
'A Brahman, Kshatriya, or Vaishya Man can sexually exploit any shudra woman.' (Manusmriti IX.25)

Even the killing of a Dalit woman is explicitly justified as a minor offence for the Brahmins: equal to the killing of an animal (Manusmriti). If the killing of an untouchable was justified as a minor offence, you can imagine the treatment they received throughout their lives.

9:42 PM  
Blogger Raja said...

here all people making stupid logics, if some thing better in Islam thats way he converted from hindu to muslim.We all people of subcontinent was non-muslim then teaching of Islam make us to convert from hindu to Muslim.
Hinduisam is not religion at all.I am very much Angry, we are living together since years and they always trying to prove negative things with negative logics

12:25 AM  
Blogger Veera said...

To Shilpa and all others who are actually defending Hinduism by giving examples of brutal behaviors bu Muslims... I think lot of people here have answered you very well. If you are giving 10 examples , we have 20 facts about Hindu's extreme brutal behavior. It's a pity that you people don't give a look at your own faults. and shilpa if you are so afraid of the Muslim's population why do you people kill daughters.. Why have you divided yourself into casts. You do not treat you own hindu brothers who are lower in cast. How would you appreciate and accept any other religion

and some people couldn't understand how could only a dream change a person's thinking. Well I would say in this matter that he was lucky. That his heart touched the truth. People with their hearts sealed cannot accept it. and that is your bad-luck. and it is a pity that you are looking for materialistic reasons for changing a religion. He was spiritually connected to Islam, the truth.

I pray for you people that you also get guidance to the righteous path.

11:23 PM  
Blogger John said...

well no intention of hurting someone but if you look at history you will know Islamic conquest of India is the bloodiest the world has ever seen.
All are Vedic followers before and the one who don't follow them are refers to as melachas afgan,pak india, nepal ,srilanka,burma, bhutan,thailand, indonesia etc are all hindus before.
Why we lost battle from the Islamic invaders because we follow tolerance and a certain code of honor while fighting (this is the weakest point) like we can't pull back during the battle there are many weird philosophies that our warriors follow while the incoming invaders follows no rule.
we always remain tolerant all the time and even in modern times when we have internet we don't know our history at all those proud Hindus and Muslims of india and neighboring countries should search for Islamic conquest of India

8:24 AM  
Blogger John said...

I apologize if i hurt someone but all of us should know our history.
There is not even a single concept untouched by the Sanatana Dharma that human can thought of!
And for all this caste system and other things that u r disgracing is a social problem that comes after the Islamic conquest of India.
All of us r living happily before any such invasions we r so tolerant that when the followers of christ landed our shores and preach their religion we accepted christ as one of the incarnations of god.

8:34 AM  
Blogger John said...

Although i have no problems with any muslims or any christians But before disgracing Sanatana Dharma look at your history how ur forefathers are converted!
Abhramic Religions Only preaches that they are the only way to god and rest are non-believers and if u look at history u will know how non-believers were treated.
Hinduism don't proselytize, it never felt the need to do so!
If you still feel hatred about hinduism that i can't do anything about you u r ignorant!
I don't have a dirty so here i have not preached hatred towards anyone i just want you to gain knowledge that's all!
And don't bash me i don't hate Muslims, Christians or anyone

8:42 AM  
Blogger Anonymous said...

If he strongly believes in Islam, then he should not be associated with music because music is Haram in Islam.

What is your say Mr Rahman??

4:08 AM  
Blogger Aryan said...

Look around, God has created so many different things land, sea, colour etc. etc. and even within these things there are slight differences, and all this from dust! Yes only Dust.

Therefore everyone has the right to be different, call God the name they choose to etc. Until proved otherwise No person has the right to force their views on others and people and country's who do this and face it they don't have confidence in their own beliefs... Mostly muslim countries are scared hence they force out other religons... These people don't want colour in the world which is against Gods own creation. There is only one way for them....one way ticket to hell.

3:29 PM  
Blogger Aryan said...

There is AR in hARam

3:32 PM  
Blogger M F said...

“And insult not those whom they (disbelievers) worship besides Allah,
lest they insult Allah wrongfully without knowledge” (Surah Al-An’aam 6, Ayah 108)


Islam is against cursing and insulting others beliefs
weather it be buddhism, judaism, christianity or hinduism.


Allah(swt) says in the Quran:- "Invite (all) to the Way of thy Lord
with wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that
are best and most gracious."16:125

So my request to all my borthers and sisters to argue not with your opinions but with valid references from your respective holy books.

The followers of religion are not the criteria to judge the religion.

The Prophet(pbuh) is the Best of Teachers for this.
he made an effort so ppl came to Islam (he ddnt push them away w/ insults)
…he prayed for the non-muslims even when they humiliated him, and stoned
him so that his sandals were filled w/ blood(the Story of Taif)- eventhough
he had the opportunity to have them crushed between two hills he prayed
that someday their children would become muslims.


The Prophet (p) said "Those who believe in God and the Last Day
(The Day of Judgement) should speak only good, or remain silent"

The Prophet has never insulted any religion, nor does Islam
give mandate to anyone to insult other religion, in fact it is
a great part of Islam that they respect other religion.

Some reference for My Hindu brothers and sisters:

"There is only one God, worship Him" (Rig Veda, Vol. 6, Hymn 45 vs 16 )

"Do not worship any one beside Him" (Rig Veda Bk. 8, Hymn 1, Vs 1)

"God is only one, - not a second"- (Chandogya Upanishad Ch. 6, Sect. 2, verse 1).

"na tasya pratima asti "There is no image of Him." [Yajurveda 32:3]

Worshipping others besides God does not please God,
rather it is an act of disobedience to God and a sign of arrogance.
Our Hindu brethren will only be returning to God's original religion
for humanity, as we understand was also the original call of the Hindu dharma.”

May Allah have mercy on all of us. Surely He will help us if we make an effort to gain knowledge on religion and the way it should be followed. Surely,He is most merciful.

12:31 AM  
Blogger gha said...

Before any one make any judgment for sure you can not change a zebra by removing the strips but this is not the point we are talking about soul we human we are responsible for our action by doing good I am sure regardless of the religion believe you will feel sensational or satisfaction this guy he talking about this feelings by change he embarked.
The spiritual feelings do not depend on your financial struts it how much close you are to your creator Allah Almighty.

11:45 PM  
Blogger vivek said...

i don't mind him changing religion as long as he is happy and peaceful and does not cause any harm to others, but i don't think islam is that much divine/peaceful as he says even after islam says that music is a sin/haram. His father was a hindu and he is the only guy who has a touch with music in his entire family and from him to his son(rahman). Anyways, God bless him for that he is a great music director and a peaceful human being.

4:25 PM  
Blogger RAHUL said...

I think that if Rehman would go to the mandir and pray for sister then also Ram makes his sister well.
It is stupid thing that person like Dilip kumar take such decision to religion islam . I think Rehman should reconvert to Hindutva which is heart of Hindustan.

8:54 PM  
Blogger Raam said...

let me tell you that the uncle of prophet muhammad was the priest(pujari) of makkeshwar(makka) temple.it is nw known as macca.prophet was the rival of idol worship. hence they started to make their followers.... and by killing peoples they started to spread islam at arab. all were hindu before this. i wil nt comment on rehman. there is almost nothing in quran to appreciate.reader should think abt it...there is many chrisian country....and also muslim country.....but is there is any hindu country.just think...there is only nepal. which is also have became a secular country.......how can somebody says that all religion are equal. this is a political slogan by politicians.one shud analyse al religions to judge them.........whic is almost imposible.,....jai shri raam

1:56 AM  
Blogger Chandu said...

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8:32 PM  
Blogger Chandu said...

How can he or anybody compare Hinduism with other modern religions. Hindiusm evolved as a way of life and didn't need a "founder" or "prophet" to start, influence or convert people. The very concept of God, spirituality and religion were introduced by Hinduism and similar original religions and later religions were founded by people who modified some tenets. Saying that he found peace in other religions which he could not find in Hinduism depicts his narrow mindedness and stupidity. But anyways its his personal decision and nobody can stop anybody from being stupid for his own reasons. May God bless him.

8:34 PM  
Blogger sanat said...

it is said that mother is like a god and there is a unty who is muslim ,if she says touch my feet everyday and get reward from my side.so should a boy leave to touch his own mother's feet because she is not giving anything.

it will be called selffishness and person who is selffish,cant be honest and god dont like dishonest person eventhough he is a muslim or hindu.

1:24 AM  
Blogger sanat said...

no one can deny that india is a land of Ram krishna.so it is a land of hindus but we hindus believe in love so all muslims and other religions are our brothers but ARR says that he got peace in muslim religion .this sentence is pointing out towards hindu religion that it is not having peace.then Mr.ARR changed his religion .i like to tell me he should change the country also beacuse it is a land of Ram and Krishna.may he get allha in other muslim country.
i did not want to hurt anybody.i have many muslim very good friends who has healthy mind.

1:35 AM  
Blogger jeelani said...

i hope his siter does not fall ill again. this time he might convert to christianity, become an apostate and get killed by muslims

12:22 PM  
Blogger It's about me! said...

I really admire ARRahman for his intelligence in music and I am proud because he is an Indian and I am sure every Indian is proud too. But the following explains why I hate him.

AR Rahman who was born as a Hindu and then embraced Islam was not right. He said in an interview that nobody cared him and his family suffering after his dad's death. Sufism approached him and brainwashed him to embrace sufism. Frankly, I am telling you that all the sufferings were his Karmas in his past life. He have to pay for it and upgrade himself. Definitely, converting into islam is something very shameful to be said. He is increasing his Karma and I'm sure he's gonna pay for it. According to Garuda Purana, the book of punishments after death says Asibathiram is the punishment for those who convert into other religions.
And my hope for ARRahman if he is taking another reincarnation is he must be born as a Hindu and he should never convert to other religions.

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna,
Krishna, Krishna, Hare, Hare,
Hare Rama, Hare Rama,
Rama, Rama, Hare, Hare.

May AR Rahman realizes this.

2:03 AM  
Blogger Allex said...

Hi everybody!

I also undergone a so called conversion process to save a girl's love. I converted to Chrisianity or I undergo such a process. But, i never felt I became a Christian, I still follow my belief, I remain as a Hindu 100%. I did this to keep my promise, that I would marry her the way she wanted. Period. In the past many did for 5Ms Medicine, Marriage, Money, Meal or Magic. Conversion is an opportunism. Even if I did for a principle, I think it is not worthwhile

3:53 AM  
Blogger Allex said...

I am sure Islam is misinterpreted by misinterpreting people around. Just visit these two sites..

1. thereligionofpeace.com
2. 1000mistakes.com

pls add www as prefix.

thanx Allex.

3:58 AM  
Blogger Vishwas said...

Guys,

Every person speaking about some religion needs to wake up, see beyond religions. A simple example, if X is hitting Y and you are around, you watch for 5 mins and the intensity increases, for the 5 minutes you might think there is a reason behing hitting Y but later something in you pushes you to interfere and stop X hitting Y and you do it or may not do it but on the whole you would atleast think about it once. Now this beautiful thing of being concerned about other reasonlessly, not knowing what religion that person is or whatever reason is called as GOD. God is there every where, for people who cant realize GOD themself have to follow a religion where try to make them understand what GOD is.. tell phrases that are beautiful.. tell stories that have some moral in them.. etc.. So Rahman was really very young and in a tender state where he was feeling helpless and found source of positive energy so let be it, why arguing not knowing what he would have gone through and opt this, each one of you would have made some decisions based on what is the best available thing good or bad, if its good you love it and its bad you would not do it again. Rahman choosing Islam is always a best thing for him, none of you or I have any right to talk further about this.

BTW, I am religionless, but I love almighty/GOD or simply the divinity that exists around me, thats the most beautiful thing.

12:46 PM  
Blogger Laxmi said...

Hey Vishwas.. I have been following this blog from long. But i think this is the first time I am really impressed the way someone has put forth things on Rehman's conversion to Islam. I wish if everyone starts thinking like the world would have been a better place to live in

6:34 AM  
Blogger Ramya said...

Is this blog to speak about Rahman or religion???

6:28 PM  
Blogger vatsala said...

allex you are very cunning(2 my pleasure),i've already visited those sites,dey hav very shrewdly taken such names so dat dey luk like islaic sites when in reality dey attack islam.....i share the same feelings....respecting alll religions is fine but after reading about muhammad and islam's altitude toward's non-believers ,i wud ban dat religion straightaway...
@shilpa..dear please coat ur language wid honey,if u want a muslim to even think about it,i hav nothing to say about ur hatred....i shared it not long b4,now it has grown milder....but if u want to make a real difference be diplomatic...dat's wat americans n british are,just waitinf 4 d right time to bomb mid-east n ban islam in dere country,but till den....mosque on ground zero,as obama puts it-'dat's wat americas stands for'.

7:54 AM  
Blogger muhammed said...

Do u know what is the basic theory of hinduism,

That theory's calld 'ISHTA SIDHANTH'
ishta sidhanth:-''you hav yourown path,i hav myown path''

7:51 AM  
Blogger waseem said...

islam is the religion of peace brotherhood and mankind and a true muslim never think anything wrong about someone.A muslim never comments on other religions nor they have any type of hatered about other religions.we(muslims)respect all the religions of the world becouse for ours(muslims)islam is the best , for hindus hinduism is the best and same is the case with the fallowers other religions. So it is not good to comment on the each others religion.Also this is not good to compeare anybody with his religion.who is hindu or who is muslim it dosn't matters,what type of humen being he is it matters. Someone in these comments say very bad about islam i dont know her name becouse when i read that it hurts me alot, that what is her thinking. I ask him only one question, If islam is not a good religion, then why in a day almost 100 people converts to islam in the world? So my only massage to all my brothers and sisters is don't interfere in anyones life, try to do such sort of things that everyone gives the example of you.(thanks)

11:30 AM  
Blogger Unas said...

Whoa !!!

These comments really blew my mind. There is alot I want to say BUT All I'm going to say is that Shilpa is one brainless and disgusting human being. Hindus and Muslims fight because of people like Shilpa. They have no life so they find reasons to point fingers at others, start a fight, than sit back and enjoy! People like them don't look at their own selves and see what they are missing. Just by listing facts here or saying worthless things about Islam, does not proove anything. People like Shilpa can bark all they want, but it really doesn't mean anything. Every religion is beautiful in its own way. And we are NO ONE to judge any religion or anyone's belief. God knows the best.

1:07 PM  
Blogger Vishwas said...

Shilpa means Sculpture of Rock.. Basically not human forgive it.. he he he .. stones/rocks lack everything..

1:31 PM  
Blogger Connoisseur said...

Poor guy got converted at a young age and doesn't know better. This is the danger when Hindus don't practice or educate their children well enough about their own religion. Also, Hindus visit all worship places as Hinduism is the most liberal and open religion that there is.

The article is more a reflection of the validation Muslims from all over the world are looking from non-Muslims and indirectly ridiculing Hinduism and other religion. Muslims should understand that they can't co-exist with non-Muslim because of the very fact that their religion is full of hatred and bigotry. Muslims are insecure and they will remain so, until and unless they stop demeaning people from other religions. I already feel sorry for 'A. R. Rehman'. Weren't it for Hindus and India, he would be nobody! Same goes for Mr. Shahrukh Khan. All made by Hindus and India.

6:35 AM  
Blogger Connoisseur said...

As for Shilpa and other supporters of their religion i.e. Hinduism, they are not wrong in stating facts about Islam. Muslims are always the aggressors, have been through out the history and are all over the world. When non-Muslims respond to their aggression, they talk about democracy and their rights as minority. What a pity.
Non-Muslims who support Islam are generally very ignorant about Islam and Muslims.
The fact remains that out of all religions, Islam is the most violent and intolerant religion with the most insecure followers. A religion which hasn't moved forward since its inception nor it ever will.

6:57 AM  
Blogger Unas said...

Another idiot that pukes nothing but garbage (referring to Connoisseur).

One question to this dog: how much do you know about your own religion? Does your religion teach you to hate the non-believers? Or disrespect other religions? I didnt think so. You should learn about your religion FIRST, than learn to be a better human being. Than if you still feel the need to bark the non sense, find another dog like your self and bark with him/her all you want.

11:23 AM  
Blogger afzal said...

Many people have posted pars n paras but I wud like to end in short!
if You see countries like Malasiys, Moritius,etc ne Islamic soldiers had ever went there. still those are Islamic countries. you can't understand Islam untill you read about it. I admitt that Manu Muslims dont follow the true Islam. and if they would have really did it then the people from other religions would have not critisized Islam! Hindu religion(Though it is in reality "Sanaatan dharm", according to The books of hindu religion) is 3000 years old. Christianity is 2000 years old, jewism is 2500 years old and Islam is only 1400 years old. then why had islam spread with such a tremendous spead??
and even today many Christians and Hindus embrace Islam, only because of the spiritual peace and the unique concepts of Islam!!!
If some one desires to know the real Islam they should read the Complete life of the Holy Prophet(Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)

5:25 AM  
Blogger afzal said...

Many people have posted pars n paras but I wud like to end in short!
if You see countries like Malasiys, Moritius,etc ne Islamic soldiers had ever went there. still those are Islamic countries. you can't understand Islam untill you read about it. I admitt that Manu Muslims dont follow the true Islam. and if they would have really did it then the people from other religions would have not critisized Islam! Hindu religion(Though it is in reality "Sanaatan dharm", according to The books of hindu religion) is 3000 years old. Christianity is 2000 years old, jewism is 2500 years old and Islam is only 1400 years old. then why had islam spread with such a tremendous spead??
and even today many Christians and Hindus embrace Islam, only because of the spiritual peace and the unique concepts of Islam!!!
If some one desires to know the real Islam they should read the Complete life of the Holy Prophet(Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)

5:26 AM  
Blogger Unas said...

Very well said Afzal!

5:53 AM  
Blogger Vishwas said...

This is unbelievable the whole topic is taking entirely different course as if we all are the creators of the religions.. Rahman rocks and gives us happiness through music.. Love him for that.. Do not dare to comment on his personal choices.. The man is awesome what else is required.. So in simple words, please shutdown further discussions and let us all do the best that we do everyday. Any person reading after this comment need not comment, comment in your mind and end it there, this is a request because this is blowing out of proportion..

6:40 AM  
Blogger gina said...

May Allah (swt) bless A.R Rehman and his family for embracing Islam..The religion of TRUTH!

1:36 AM  
Blogger gina said...

May Allah (swt) bless A.R Rehman and his family for embracing Islam...The religion of TRUTH!

1:37 AM  
Blogger Muslimah by Choice said...

May Allah (swt) bless A.R Rehman and his family for embracing Islam...The religion of TRUTH!

1:44 AM  
Blogger Azhar said...

I am really very happy for that is assume that the god or allah is once nothing else i pray to allah gives you lots of joy in his whole life, i know that allah can do anything for everybody i request you please pray for me to allah subhana wa ta'ala

6:05 AM  
Blogger Subhabrata said...

nice to know that a person loves music also think so much of religion... nice dude go ahead...

9:12 AM  
Blogger shad said...

some hindus are realy saying stupid things. Luks like more than the reason ARR changed to muslim, they dont like he changed to muslim. No muslim forced him to convert to muslim. It was all his desition. the reason was said by himself. Wat would those "hindu" ppl who didnt like ARR changing to muslim would say a muslim guy changed to "hindu" & said the same reason? I am sure those "hindu" ppl would say "how grt is "hindu" religion" atleast use your brain (if u have) b4 saying all these nonsence & bullshit

4:09 AM  
Blogger Siddique said...

This is for MAYUR and deepak
As u both said hinduism is the greatest religion.
Do u know hinduism is the oldest religion of all,but in present this religion is spread in only 2 or 3 countries.
If this religion is great and true then why that happend.why it is not available in most countries.
And ISLAM is the youngest religion(1400 years) which is started in mecca and now spread in more than 50 countries(53).
If religion is true then Allah(GOD) will help to spread

7:10 AM  
Blogger Siddique said...

This is for MAYUR and deepak
As u both said hinduism is the greatest religion.
Do u know hinduism is the oldest religion of all,but in present this religion is available only in 2 or 3 countries.
If this religion is great and true then why that happend.why it is not available in most countries.
And ISLAM is the youngest religion(1400 years) which is started in mecca and now spread in more than 50 countries(53).
If religion is true then Allah(GOD) will help to spread

7:16 AM  
Blogger venu A gopal said...

Hi All Guys, first of all thank you all for having posted your views on religions.

My advice to all the guys is ,every religion is greatest of it's kind.

Love your religion and treat all the religions in an equal way.

It is never said in any of the holy books(Geeta,Grandh saheb,Bible or Quran) to hate about other religions.

Instead of fighting to find which religion is greatest,my advice to all indians is to fight against caste system ,that woul be a great to the growth of the Country

11:15 PM  
Blogger venu A gopal said...

Hi Guys every religion is great of it's kind , so love your religion and respect other's .

No holy book says to hate other religion.

11:18 PM  
Blogger CHANAKYA said...

@Siddique--if u praise ur mother in front of others others will take ur mother as prostitute...we hindus never praise our religion or make baseless efforts to attract people like u muslims do.....by increasing ur number u cant potrate that ur religion is logical..why cant islam provide a natural arts like yoga nd martial arts..or in ayurveda or in music....in hinduism everythng has its logic we make people learn how to connect with supreme power through meditation ..we do not mind wash people like u do in madarsas....in all world all th muslims nations are killing people or creating problems fr others.....even muslims are most safe in india because hindus are governing look at pakistan a muslim state see there condition...u r indian thats why u leading a peacefull life which is provided by hindu intellectuals...HINDUISM IS THS ART OF LIVING AND DIEING TOO WAT WE GIVE TO PEOPLE HAS NO COMPARISION...AR REHMAN IS SHAMELESS CREATURE...BY BECOMING A MUGICIAN HE CANT PROVE OTHER RELIGION WRONG...I KNW VERY FAMOUS MUSICIANS WHO EVEN DNT FOLLOW ANY RELIGION BUT THERY R MORE SUCESSFULL THN AR REHMAN..

5:37 AM  
Blogger Subhash said...

I strongly object to the comments made by MR Chanakya...I donno from he learnt, refferring mother as Prostitute...this is decent forum and its forum for educated,,,please dont take anything personnally and comment...

every religion is great...we shud be happy that we have so many religions in human mankind...
death doesnt chose religion,
air, water, animals ...nature doesnt chose religion.
only we humans chose religion,, its not religion which above all, its god which is above all,,,fear for god...

"i love god but i hate their disciples" :)

--Subhash

10:14 PM  
Blogger krishna said...

a r rahman is the biggest terrorist in india. He is responsible for people get convert to islam. their is only one true and the oldest religion and the others are man made. hare krishna hare ram !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4:34 AM  
Blogger Shahul said...

Can anyone tell total how many gods available in your religion !!!!

U dont know! I challenge.. If u tell i will convert to your **** religion.

Have u guts in you??? I think u can't ...... ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha hah ah

comedy fellows simply believing as per thier desire & wish. And do things as they wish,,, no god fear.

**** u and you religion.

10:36 AM  
Blogger Shahul said...

One thing i noticed here in posting comments.
Some muslim brothers are telling islam is only 1400 years.. pls do not post like this, the people will see it as a new religion.

It is a religion of Adam & Eve.
After that


Men of God in the Quran
Name Prophet Messengeer
Adem (Adam)- Prophet
Nuh (Noah)
People of Noah
Idris (Enocha)
Hud (Ebera)
People of ʿĀd
Salih (Saleha)
Prophet[Thamud]
Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham)
People of Abraham
Lut (Lot)
People of Sodom and Gomorrah
Isma’il (Ishmael)
People of Arabia
Is'haq (Isaac)
Leader and Patriarch People of Canaan
Yaq'ub (Jacob) Prophet
Leader and Patriarch Fathered the Twelve Tribes ofIsrael
Yusuf (Joseph) Prophet
Leader Copts
Ayyub (Job)
Prophet
People of Job
Shuayb (Jethroa)
Prophet Messenger Midianites
Musa (Moses)Prophet Messenger
Leader Tawrat (Torah)for Israelites and Copts
Harun (Aaron) - Prophet
Patriarch Israelites and Copts
Dawud (David) Prophet
Leader (King of Israel) Zabur (Psalms)[51] Israel
Sulayman (Solomon): Prophet[
Leader (King of Israel) Israel
Ilyas (Elijah)
Prophet Messenger
People of Elijah
Al-Yasa (Elisha)Prophet Messenger Israelites
Yunus (Jonah)-Prophet Messenger People of Jonah (Nineveh
Dhul-Kifl (Ezekiela)
Prophet Messenger Zakariya (Zechariah)
Prophet Israelites
Yahya (John the Baptist)
Prophet Israelites
Isa (Jesus)- Prophet Messenger
Leader Injil(Gospel)for Israelites
Prophet Muhammad Messenger came as the last messenger.

Pleased do not post if u dont know.
Islam is the first and the only one religion in the world.

May allah help to know the truth to all the people in the world, we have to start explaining becoz people dont know anything. simply following thier anchestor's religion.

I challenge anyone, no can prove a single verse in quran as it is not true.

Quran explained about everything which is going to happen before 1400 years, at that time the people does not have even an idea about that.

So its proves that it is god's word.

Please see the videos in bible errors proven by zakir naik in public meeting. Can u deny it...

Please accept the true religion then no one will help be there to help you in the day of resurrection.....


Your Friend - Shahul

10:58 AM  
Blogger prathab said...

it doesn't matters which religion a.r.rahman believes or worship but the only thing whether he violates or not violates norms of other religious people and with that religious principles how many people are get benefitted.but rahman is not an ordinary man to violate other religon,he is a great sole of india ,he not only thinks about himself but he prays for country's peace and thus he achieved that through his inspiring music.long live a.r.rahman and his family.JAI HIND.

9:12 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Dear Brother and Sister.God has created all human being from a single pair of Adam and Eve.
We all are brother and sister and not bounded by any country.The whole human race has only one God the creator of all human and jin.and he says in Quran that he has created both the jin and mankind only for his worship.and he says that this life is a taste for heareafter.

9:21 AM  
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4:00 AM  
Blogger mostafa mondal said...

Hello All of You ... Hinduism Have You ever read you religious book, have you ever tried to picked up any point that what was the actual fact inside this book...may be all of you are educated by earthy education which is so importance to live in this world as a comfortable life, nothing else. have you ever realized that we wanted to significance a religion then firstly we need to get or collect all the information regarding that religion. If you ever went out to collect real knowledge about any religious books or religion at least read The HOLLY "QUR'AN". What is actual inside this book. If you really a true mankind then you get proper reason why the people convert or revert to islam day by day. But If you a beast then I am Sorry.....Islam Zindabad..Alhamdulliah

12:47 PM  
Blogger Subhash said...

Dear mostafa mondal!!! thats the problem
a)here the issue is of AR REHMAN not abt religion
b)we can also discuss abt converting or "reverting" into diff religions but NOT abt religions...
Hinduism is not a religion, its culture, ISLAM is a religion,,,and ppl who have read books abt HOLY QURAN and Vedas, Upanishads, Bible wont jump like jacks from one religion to another,,ok,,

got it?

11:24 PM  
Blogger Syed Ibrahim said...

Dear brothers and sisters peace be on u all...I hav read the post by many... but what i wanna convey is that ISLAM is not only a religion but it is best and possible way a human can live. Further if you want to know what ISLAM is, then pls dont look at the Muslims rather look the scriptures(ie:Quran & Hadith).ISLAM IS PERFECT BUT MUSLIMS ARE NOT.So Obviously the great personalities who are reverted to Islam are those who have read the Quran and Authentic Hadiths and not by seeing the Muslims around,that's the reason why those great personalities like doctors example:Dr. Ian Weber from England converts to Islam,Scientists example:Jacques-Yves Cousteau from France,Dancers example:Michel Jackson,singer example:rap singer Loon from America,Model :Carlay Watts from England,and many many more.U can get thousands and thousands of results if put up this in Google.So am not saying that they have not only accepted Islam rather a best way of life.May Allah forgiv u all and guide in a best way(ISLAM).Aameen.

6:39 AM  
Blogger Manish Parmar said...

I agree with the comments here by Nanban etc .. I feel outraged by the conversion of A R Rahman into Islam. He claims Islam to be a religion of peace, Hinduism as Polythesian, idolators etc ..
He knows nothing of Islam and of Hinduism.

Manish

4:15 AM  
Blogger MUhammaD Ahsan said...

ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF PEACE AND I THINK IT IS GREAT TO GET A TITTLE OF MUSLIM AND HE IS VERY LUCKY BECAUSE NOW HE IS KNOWN AS A MUSLIM,AND YOU GUYS WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND THAT MY ALLAH CHOSE HIM FROM BILLIONS OF HINDUS BECAUSE ALLAH KNOWS THAT HE DISORVE TO BE MUSLIM GOD BLESS HIM

ONE THING IS WEARD WHICH IS THAT WHY MANY HINDUS USE ISLAMIC WORDS SUCH AS "IN SH ALLAH AND MASHALLAH" WHY IS THIS, CAN SOME ONE EXPLAIN IT FOR ME
CAUSE
YOU ALL KNOW
ISLAM IS ON THE TOP
ISLAM IS GREAT

11:08 AM  
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12:31 AM  
Blogger nshirod said...

His reasons are superficial to convert to a very violent, non spiritual religion. Can he explain to me why in Arab world a Hindu temple is not allowed? If his so called religion of peace is so tolerant why it does not able to live in harmony with other religions, most of India's problem stem from the very womb of Islam. As world knows we the Hindus being non violent are weak in action and nature. We don't have those killing and marauding habits of Christianity and Islam. So he left a peace loving, true spiritual religion to a violent one. He has shown me why his low class and caste up bringing is a perfect choice for him to be a Muslim. after all In India most of the converts are low caste Hindus. As far as his music goes what is so great about it? I don't think he is a genius, it is movie music. He has not invented something new in the music or revolutionize the concept of music.

7:41 AM  
Blogger Sami Samad said...

How narrow minded.... have you ever tried to check out whether what he told is true... I agree with rahman sir that due to acts of some Muslims the whole religion is being criticized.... who among these commented here has tried to find out the real teaching in Islam rather than follow the media and what others say...

6:16 AM  

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