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Indian Music Composer Embraces Islam

Indian Muslims offer Eid ul-Fitr prayers at The Kharudin Mosque in Amritsar in August 2012.

Source : MuslimSandtheWorld / 21 May 2014

Yuvan Shankar Raja is a leading Indian singer, song-writer, music composer and occasional lyricist from Chennai, India. He has been a noted music scorer for the Tamil film industry and was the youngest son of the reputed music composer Ilaiyaraaja. Beginning his musical career in 1996, at the age of 16 he has seen success through out his career. Within a span of 15 years, Yuvan Shankar Raja has worked over 100 movies and is one of the most sought after music directors in the South Indian Tamil Film Industry.

The Rumours

After the death of his mother, Yuvan was greatly affected as he was very close to her, and having his married life in chaos, he had been restless and looking for inner peace. It was during this time he started studying Islam which led to rumours that he is considering coverting to Islam and also marry a Muslim woman. The deceptive news was also tailed by the fact he was inspired to convert to Islam by the another popular Indian music director A.R Rahman.

The Tweet

With these hoaxes swirling the internet, Yuvan tweeted his fans in February 9th confirming that he has reverted to Islam while dismissing the rumours about him marrying for the third time.

“I’m not married for the third time. The news is false, and yes, I follow Islam and I’m proud of it,” read his tweet. Yuvan also tweeted: “My family supports my decision and there is no misunderstanding between me and my dad”.

Islam Chose Me

With a life involved in music and fame from a very young age, Yuvan also had the life of an ordinary boy where he was drawn towards love and married the love of his life in 2005, which his parents were also happy about. But his marriage love did not last long and he divorced her in 2007 and re-married in 2011. But nether of his married lives were happy ones and this left him depressed, but he continued to wins more hearts through his music.

The agony of his life was when his mother passed away last year, being someone attached to her very much, there was a great change in his personal life. He secluded himself from his family and friends and kept music as his solace.  It was on opening up to his conscience and reading the Quran he has realised what can bring him his inner peace and solace.

Speaking to a daily newspaper Yuvan said “No one insisted/recommended me to Islam, in fact I didn’t choose Islam it was Islam that chose me”. Yuvan said “Intitally, I got some random dreams very often and I didn’t had any clue on it, later I found out that I’m experiencing spirituality. When I started reading Holy Quran I got answers for those dreams which I was experiencing, so I will say that it was Islam that chose me”

Though his father, Ilyaraja, a Hindu spiritualist first was shocked and did not agree with his decision, but later reconciled and accepted him. His family members, friends in the film industry support his decision.



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