Chennai: The internationally renowned musician, AR Rahman, was born as as Dileep Kumar, who later in his life converted to Islam. He seldom talks about it, but in a recent exclusive report in Pakistan’s leading daily, Dawn, Rahman opened this chapter of his life. According to him, his conversion followed the early death of his father at age 48, his mother subsequently meeting a sufi saint, Karimullah Shah Qadri. He was also a bit lost trying to figure out his identity and also, how to go forth in his professional career.
Rahman said that Sufism taught him that human beings should not differentiate between people just like the rain and the sun.
The Grammy Award winner also mentioned that no one around him really cared when he decided to change his faith as they were musicians and that allowed them greater social freedom.
Rahman finally revealed that a Hindu astrologer gave him his Muslim name, Rahman. He also confessed that he never liked the name Dilip Kumar anyway! It was his mother’s intuition to add, Allahrakha, leading to the initials A R.