Is A R Rahman a Muslim fanatic?- Only Allah, no Ishwar says Rahman’s mom
Posted by jagoindia on February 24, 2009
“A lot has been talked about Rahman’s conversion to Islam. In fact the quiet music composer even received a lot of flak for the same. It was in the year 1989 that Dileep Kumar and his family converted into Islam. It wasn’t a very difficult decision to make as his mother Kareema Begum belonged to a Muslim family. Also, in 1988, one of his sisters fell seriously ill and in spite of the family’s effort to cure her, her health deteriorated by the day. They happened to meet a Muslim Pir – Sheik Abdul Qadir Jeelani or Pir Qadri. His prayers and blessings did wonder for his sister who made a miraculous comeback to life. Thus began the journey of A.S.Dileep Kumar to A.R. Rahman” source
Is AR Rahman and his family becoming Muslim fanatics. Leaving the gentle Hindu religion and embracing terrorist Islam, will they be turned into rabid Hindu haters, and supporters of Islamic fundamentalism.
We don’t know, but you can read some of his thoughts here Don’t miss the comments.
Just before the programme’s telecast, Rahman’s mother called up seeking the deletion of the famous song Sankara nadasareerapara of the hit Telugu musical Sankarabharanam from the programme. Incidentally, the programme was about the favourite songs of Rahman scored by other music directors. Rahman’s mother was apparently miffed that her son, a Muslim, could list a ‘Hindu’ song as one of his favourites.
As the song was not deleted from the programme, Rahman’s mother has now stalled the telecast of its second episode. This has obviously put the journo in a financial fix for the sponsors will pay him only after the telecast of the second part.
He’s the same person who had no qualms about doing the job work of converting Sankarabharanam’s songs into DAT (Digital Audio Tape) format from the spool format way back in 1991 (DAT is the master for making CDs). Or is it that religion was not a criterion to be considered because he was only a struggling keyboard player at that time? And now that he’s a name to reckon with in the music field he can probably let his religious bigotism show through. Even worse is his mother bulldozing him about his choice of songs as it sends a rather ominous signal.
To begin with, it casts an ugly shadow of doubt on his secular credentials. And religious fundamentalism or its tolerance is hardly expected from the maker of the record-breaking album Vandemataram, in which he eulogized the nation singing Ma tujhe salam. Or was the salam guided more by market compulsions than real patriotism?
When patriotism and secularism are the consistent themes of his music, one is inclined to question why duplication of any non-Islamic devotional music is banned at the duplication unit run by his sister Kanchana? Is it the ‘converted’ status which makes Rahman and family overzealous in reaffirming their religious identity like this?
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