"All my life I've had a choice between hate and love, and I chose love, and now I'm here," A.R. Rahman said after winning an Oscar for Best Score in Slumdog Millionare on Feb 22, 2009
The story of how Allah Rakha Rahman Converted to Islamhttp://rahmaniac.wordpress.com/2008/05/27/islam-gives-me-peace-a-r-rahman/
It was in the year 1989 that he and his family embraced Islam.
Talking about his reversion, Rahman said, “The whole process started with a sequence of dream. It was in 1988. I was in Malaysia and had a dream of an old man who was asking me to embrace Islam. For the first time, I did not take it seriously, but then I saw the same dream several times and I discussed it with my mother. She encouraged me to go ahead and to respond to the call of the Almighty. Also, in 1988, one of my sisters fell seriously ill and in spite of the family’s effort to cure her, her health deteriorated by the day. Then under the guidance of one Muslim religious leader we prayed to Allah, which did wonder for my sister and she made a miraculous comeback to life. Thus, began my journey from Dileep Kumar to A.R. Rahman.”
He said the decision to embrace Islam was a mutual one with his mother. Not one to normally discuss this aspect of his private life, after taking a pause, Rahman narrates succinctly, “My mother and I resolved to follow one faith … we wanted to cleanse ourselves of our sorrows.”
Brothers and Sisters of this forum who live in the West - it's our obligation to share this beautiful dean to our fellow neighbours and friends - a classmate of mine many years ago who converted to Islam - learned about Islam through rap music while living in South America.