Zaira’s Monumental Decision

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Zaira Wasim, an 18-year-old girl from our vicinity in Srinagar, rose to fame after she acted in a Bollywood blockbuster ‘Dangal’ with seasoned actor Aamir Khan. Subsequently, she performed lead roles in ‘Secret Superstar’ and upcoming movie ‘The Sky is Pink’.

Bollywood is famous worldwide particularly in India. So anyone who gets entry in Bollywood becomes a star. It brings both money and fame. Many people crave for a glimpse of such stars. They associate everything in their lives to their favourite film stars. 

Zaira got more than what a girl of her age can aspire for. Her movies were doing incredibly well and she received numerous awards like Filmfare Award, National Film Award and National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement. Thousands of artistes in India struggle to reach to that level. She became celebrity at the age where youngsters grapple with their career choices. She got the phenomenal start to her career at the very young age of 15. What more a person would want than this remarkable start to ones life.

But Zaira bid adieu to all the stardom soon saying that she was feeling disconnected from her Creator. In her Facebook post, she revealed that her association with her religion is more important than to the worldly desires. She penned down a long post which is full of Quranic verses and Prophetic traditions. She is so determined in her decision that one is left awestruck. 

Some people may confront that there are some other Muslim celebrities in film industry then what prevented Zaira from continuing her career there. Well, there is a huge difference between a non-practising Muslim and a practising Muslim. Well one can stay in Bollywood with a Muslim name but staying there as a practicing Muslim may not be easy. There are do’s and don’ts in our religion revealed to us through the Holy Quran and the teachings of Prophet Mohammad (SAW) which we need to perform by letter & spirit. We have a firm belief that whatever have been ordained upon us are for our own wellbeing and for the betterment of the humanity as a whole.  If your faith forbids even shaking hands with a Na-Mahram so how can one work in an environment where hugging and kissing is a norm. How difficult it would be to safeguard ones Imaan (faith) there can be anybody’s guess.

Practcising our religion doesn’t make us regressive. In fact, it gives meaning to our life and we work vigorously for the reformation of our society in general and the nation in particular. It is only through the Islamophobia driven propaganda by the Zionists controlled media and the actions of pseudo-Muslims that Islam has been projected in a bad light. Otherwise, Islam is a religion of peace which only teaches love and kindness. Have we ever thought why is crime rate increasing in the World with every passing day? It is only because we have fractured our relationship with our Creator. If we strengthen our association with our Almighty, it will thoroughly cleanse our polluted society.

Zaira! Being our own child, I felt more elated by your recent post than your journey to stardom in the Bollywood. I was highly impressed by your powerful words exuding spiritualism. You are right that we need to work for our ultimate aim. We are not here for the materialistic gains. They are only the medium not the target. The main ambition is to get closeness to our Creator and to snap anything which becomes an obstacle in achieving the ultimate goal.

As Imam Ali (A.S.) has said: “This world is like a serpent, so soft to touch, but so full of lethal poison. Unwise people are allured by it and drawn towards it, and wise men avoid it and keep away from its poisonous effects.”

May Allah Almighty always keep Zaira and all of us on the path of righteousness….Ameen  

Javeed Ali / javeedaliofkashmir@gmail.com

Alamgiri Bazar


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