Celebrities frequently change their religious status to reflect their personal beliefs. They consistently make the news and are praised for instilling respect and modern attitudes toward many religions.
We’ve largely seen examples in Hollywood and Bollywood when it comes to the film industry. However, there are a number of notable personalities in the Tamil film business who have abandoned their religion in favor of another.
- A R Rahman
With his songwriting skills and a wonderful voice, A.R. Rahman, originally known as Dileep Kumar, has changed the face of the music industry. A R Rahman turned to Islam after his sister became ill and healed as they prayed to Allah, despite the fact that his mother was a Sufi. As a result, in 1989, he converted to Islam and changed his name to Alla-Rakha Rahman. He showed it to the rest of the country afterwards.
- Yuvan Shankar Raja
Yuvan Shankar Raja announced his conversion to Islam on Twitter a few months ago. He eventually decided to leave social media after receiving varied replies from his supporters. After his mother died, Yuvan Shankar Raja is claimed to have converted to Islam. He has not, however, changed his name.
“My father is a devout Hindu who is so superstitious that he will consult a pandit even if a glass breaks.” My parents were both ritualists, but I’ve always believed that beneath all of this, there is a supernatural power that is in charge of the entire planet. How can God exist in any shape or form? That search has always been a part of me.
“My conversion was triggered by my mother’s tragic death.” I had travelled to Mumbai in search of work. My mother was coughing heavily when I returned to Chennai, so my sister and I rushed her to the hospital. I was behind the wheel. We arrived to the hospital, and I was seated next to her, holding her hand, when her hand dropped and she died.
“I was crying, but I couldn’t help but wonder where her soul gone in seconds, because she had only been alive for a few seconds.” I was looking for answers, and I believe I received a direct call from Allah. It had been a spiritual encounter.
“A buddy of mine had just returned from Mecca and told me, ‘You look to be terribly low.’ You must proceed.’ ‘This one mat I used in Mecca and it has touched Mecca, so if you are feeling particularly heavy, just sit on it,’ he said as he handed me the musalla (prayer mat). I tucked the mat away in a corner of my room and promptly forgot about it. I was talking to one of my relatives about my mum a few months later when I started feeling incredibly heavy.
“When I entered my room, I noticed the mat that I had been missing all this time, despite the fact that it was stored in the same corner.” I sat on it for the first time and began crying, pleading with Allah to forgive my sins. 2012 was the year. I began reading the Quran and its translations, and it quickly became a part of me. I began practicing Islam and learning how to pray in January 2014, and I was ready to convert.
“I have not legally changed my name in my passport or other paperwork because I am known as Yuvan Shankar Raja in films, but I may do it later.” My father was the last person I informed in my home. ‘I started reading the Quran, and it brings me a lot of serenity,’ I informed him. ‘Yuvan, I am not happy with you becoming Islamic,’ he remarked. My brother and his wife were extremely helpful. Strangely enough, I used to have the spiritual impression that it was my mother who grasped my hand and whispered, ‘Yuvan, you are alone.’ “I want you to stand here under the Islam tree.” Yuvan Shankar Raja told in an interview.
Monica was born to a Hindu father and a Christian mother in South India. She converted to Islam in 2014 for reasons that she has not revealed. MG Rehima has been added to her name. She stopped acting after that.