Indian Celebrities who converted to Islam

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 Indian Celebrities Who Converted to Islam

Several Celebrities have Converted to Islam . Some saw the light of Islam while Others chose Islam to  to be with the person they love . Here is a list of Few Celebrities who converted to Islam .

1: AR Rahman Converted to Islam in 1989

A. R Rahman is an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician and philanthropist.Rahman was introduced to Qadiri Islam when his younger sister was seriously ill in 1984. He converted to  Islam (his mother’s religion) with other members of his family in 1989  at age 23, changing his name from R. S. Dileep Kumar to Allah Rakha  Rahman (A. R. Rahman).

His comment about his conversion:  “Its not dramatic as it sounds ,my family was isolated and when Sufism concepts influenced me and started believing Islam”

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2. Dharmendra and Hema Malini Converted to Islam

Famous bollywood star Dharmendra and Hema Malini had converted to Islam just to get married to each other .According to Hindu Marriage Act, polygamy is illegal. So, Dharmendra  converted to Islam and has been maintaining two separate families since then. As there were many protests during his second marriage, the actor had no other option than to change his religion to legitimise his union with Hema Malini.

Do you know that Dharmendra and Hema Malini had converted to Islam

3.Yuvan Shankar Raja Converted to Islam in 2014

Yuvan Shankar Raja: Ilaiyaraaja’s son, Yuvan Shankar Raja is India’s youngest music composer. Despite the fact that he was born into a Hindu household, Yuvan eventually decided to convert to Islam.

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4. Mamta Kulkarni

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Former Indian actress Mamta Kulkarni  converted to Islam and is currently living with her husband ‘Vicky Goswami’, who had also converted to Islam earlier. Mamta Kulkarni got married on 10th May, 2013 and is living in Nairobi, Kenya with her husband.

2: Kamala Surayya accepted Islam in 1999

Kamala Surayya is a Malayalam writer Kamala,(pen name Madhavikkutty), one of India’s best known 20th century poet converted from Hinduism to Islam in year 1999.She had her name Changed from Madhavikkutty to Kamala Surayya.

She was born in a conservative Hindu Nair (Nallappattu) family having royal ancestry,She embraced Islam on December 11, 1999, at the age of 65 and assumed the name Kamala Surayya.

Her conversion was rather controversial, among social and literary circles,

6: Mahesh Bhatt

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Indian Film director and producer,Mahesh Bhatt ,father of Alia Bhatt  had Converted to Islam to marry Soni Razdan with out divorcing his first wife,Kiran Bhatt.

As per the reports Mahesh is not practicing Islam.

8. Sharmila Tagore Converted to Islam in 1969

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Sharmila Tagore (also known as Begum Ayesha Sultana; born 8 December 1946) is an Indian film actressknown for her works predominantly in Hindi cinema. She has received two National Film Awards and two Filmfare Awards for her performances.She married Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, the Nawab of Pataudi and former captain of the Indian cricket team, in a Nikkah ceremony held on 27 December 1969.She Converted to Islam and took on the name Ayesha Sultana.

They had three children: Saif Ali Khan (b. 1970), Saba Ali Khan (b. 1976),a jewellery designer, and Soha Ali Khan

9.Monica converted to Islam in 2014

Famous south Indian actress,Monica revealed On 30 May 2014  through  press club meeting about her conversion to Islam religion.She Changed her name to MG Rehima.Rehima’s Father is Hindu and mother is Christian.She started following Islam since 2010 but revealed it on 2014.

Rehimas Comments :  “I started my career in cinema as a  child artist and I did 70 films in Cinema Industry. She added, “I haven’t converted for the reason of love or money, I am not such a person. I like Islamic principles and that’s why  I converted to Islam. I really thank my dad for his full support. I am not obliged to change my name but I have changed my name to  M.G.Raheema (M – Maruthi Raj (father), G-Gracy (mother)). Hereafter I won’t act in the film, it will be tough  but I will not  change my mind”

 10.Amrita Singh converted to Islam in 1991

In 1991, Singh married film actor Saif Ali Khan in an Islamic wedding ceremony and converted to Islam before marriage.Twelve years younger than her, Khan is the son of former Indian test cricket captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, the ninth Nawab of Pataudi and actress Sharmila Tagore. In 1993, Amrita gave up acting for a family life with her husband. Together they have two children, a daughter named Sara Ali Khan (born September 1993) and a son named Ibrahim Ali Khan (born October 2001). After thirteen years of marriage, they divorced in 2004

11. Ayesha Takia

Ayesha Takia got married to her boyfriend Farhan Azmi, restaurateur. The marriage ceremony was a typical Islamic one, a Nikkah ceremony was also held. Ayesha never came out publicly to express her conversion, however various media outlets have claimed that she converted to marry Farhan.

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  1. Thanks to Saurabh Agrawal for his questions. As a layman I will attempt to answer some of his questions.

    According to the Quran a non -Muslim woman is not allowed to marry a Muslim man unless she willingly accepts Islam. The purpose of Islam is twofold. It provides human beings the guidance of how to live in this world in harmony. The other one is how best to worship the Almighty God, Allah or Bhagwan, to prepare for the next life in heaven, after death. In the Quran we find that God rejected and warned Prophet Abrahim when he attempted to pray to God for the forgiveness of his father’s sins because he was worshipping multiple gods and did not worship “the creater, sustainer and the destroyer” of the world. God wants to be worshipped alone because other gods created by our primitive ancestors are themselves dependent on the mercy of the Almighty God.

    The other question was “Why can’t a Muslim woman have multiple husbands? In this case when the woman will give birth to a child she will not know who the father is. This child will be a black sheep of the society and will not have a good future. The other reason is if more than one husband want to sleep with the woman there is going to be a lot of fighting and the marriage will not work.

    With the question of nullifying a nikah and polygany, I think the Indian government will be creating a big social problem. Islam prohibits man and woman to live together in marriage-like situation without being married.

    As for multiple women marrying one man, the Quran says that up to four are allowed but “God prefers that you marry only one”. The marriage to multiple women is only allowed, not for lust but to provide a form of social security system by the husband, so that these vulnerable women can save themselves from forbidden sins, such as prostitution, stealing, and so on.
    In the Western world and in India and other capitalist countries, is there any religious or political solution to stop practices of prostitution of our mothers and sisters? Instead prostitution is legalized and the victims become social outcasts and normally will end up never to have a husband.

    My suggestion to Saurabh Agrawal is that there is some good in every religion and search and practice anything that benefits him in this world and in the hereafter.

  2. My question to author, if a women married to Muslim men than why always she converted to Islam. Muslim men also needed to convert into Hindu. Another question, in Islam, a man can marry multiple women at once. Why can’t same women marry multiple Muslim men. That’s a gross injustice to Muslim women.

    Indian government should make a rule to nullify Nikah Halala and Polygamy in Islam. What do think, would you implement these rules to your sister and mother?

  3. Seems like most of the celebrity converted to Islam to do another marriage. They have nothing to do with Islam value. That’s just a shame. India need one civil code rule to avoid all these. Jai Shree Ram.

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  5. Legitimizing cheating on their wives has got nothing to do with Islam but exploiting the religion for personal reasons

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