Days ago, a popular Bollywood actress posted on her Facebook page, announcing to her fans, colleagues and the world that she is leaving the movie industry.
Zaira, 18, best known for her role in the 2016 movie, ‘Dangal’, as a wrestler has come under intense criticism and applause from the public. In 2017, she starred as an aspiring singer in the musical drama, Secret Superstar. The movie ranks as one of the highest-grossing Indian films.
While some supported the Kashir born Muslim teenager, some of her colleagues and fans have reacted with hatred and some others, negative advices they think are correct.
Dear #ZairaWasim I respect your decision of quitting movies. I don't agree with the reasons that you've given. I think you're an incredible actress and you can do so much more with your career.
I genuinely hope you'd rethink and continue to pursue Acting…
— Faridoon Shahryar (@iFaridoon) June 30, 2019
Thank you, Faridoon. It is our prayer that she remains steadfast on the religion of Islam and that your hope never materialize.
Respect choice of Zaira Wasim quitting acting in movies but she can’t invoke religion and faith to justify this. Are others in the field some kind of sinners?This dawning of new reality should be her own truth & her own interpretation of religion. Period.
— Imtiyaz Hussain (@hussain_imtiyaz) July 1, 2019
Imtiyaz Hussain, may Allah rectify your Islam. Aameen.
To answer your question, Zaria’s note did not accuse anyone of being a sinner. However, people need to strive to be better Muslims. What do you say to a Muslimah that uncovers her hair, wear indecent dresses?
Leaving the industry is not her own interpretation of the religion of Islam, rather a proper understanding and representation of what Islam is and what is expected of a Muslim. There is nothing Islamic in Bollywood.
Religion is never against culture, arts and entertainment. It’s a proponent of it. To each his own. Religion must really be laughing at this. So am I. #ZairaWasim
Damaged My Relationship With Allah": Actress Zaira Wasim Quits Filmshttps://t.co/04zeHjDBng
— Atika Farooqui (@atikafarooqui) July 1, 2019
Dear Atika, which religion did you say is not against culture, arts and entertainment?
The religion of Islam is against any aspect of those three that contradicts the teaching Islam.
Common in many culture is Shirk, meaning associating partners with God. In clearer terms, idolatry, worshiping and relying on deities, gods other than the creator. Islam frowns against this aspect of culture.
Of arts, Islam frowns against making statues, the foundation of idolatry.
If uncovering the air, dressing half nude, drinking alcohol, free mixing are your definitions of entertainment, Islam frowns it.
Islam is not laughing at Zaira as mockery but of pleasure. Our prayer is that this tears you call laughter should not follow you to the grave.
On the other hand, Omar Abdullah, the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir tweeted,
Who are any of us to question @ZairaWasimmm’s choices? It’s her life to do with as she pleases. All I will do is wish her well & hope that what ever she does makes her happy.
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) June 30, 2019
Zaira wrote in simultaneous posts on her social media profiles,
“This field indeed brought a lot of love, support and applause my way, but what it also did was to lead me to a path of ignorance, as I silently and unconsciously transitioned out of ‘imaan’,”
“While I continued to work in an environment that consistently interfered with my ‘imaan’, my relationship with my religion was threatened,”
Maa Shaa Allah. The unbelievers, the hypocrites, liberals and modernists will not be pleased with her decision. Fortunately, Zaira decided to please Allah, which is the most important thing.
This is a reminder to many others in the shoe she used to be in. The love, praise and support you get may be because you are selling your hereafter for this world!. The likes of Cat Stevens cal learn from this. May Allah guide him. Aameen
It is inspiring that an 18-year old could retrace her steps while many keep swimming in kufr. We thank Allah for his guidance.
We ask Allah to make Zaira steadfast.