It was in 2019 that AR Rahman confronted on-line vitriol from individuals who accused him of ‘forcing’ his daughter Khatija Rahman to put on a niqab. On the 10-year celebration of the Slumdog Millionaire album, Khatija had delivered an emotional speech. Whereas she obtained huge reward from a number of quarters, her father got here below hearth for allegedly ‘being a hypocrite’ and forcing his daughter to put on a niqab.
Rahman had shared an image together with his spouse and daughters, writing, “The dear girls of my household Khatija, Raheema and Sairaa with NitaAmbaniji #freedomtochoose.” Whereas Khatija wore a niqab, his different daughter Raheema didn’t, and his spouse Sairaa merely coated her head.
— A.R.Rahman (@arrahman) February 6, 2019
Khatija additionally took to Facebook to handle these accusations. She wrote, “I’m a sane mature grownup who is aware of to make my decisions in life. Any human being has a option to put on or do what he/she needs and that’s what I’ve been doing. Therefore, kindly don’t make your personal judgements with out understanding the precise scenario #freedomofchoice. (sic)” She additionally added that she didn’t anticipate such a response to her speech.
“The latest dialog of myself on stage with my dad has been doing the rounds though I didn’t anticipate such an awesome response. Nevertheless, there have been sure feedback which stated that this apparel is being pressured by my dad and that he has double requirements. I want to say that the apparel I put on or the alternatives I make in my life doesn’t have something to do with my mother and father. The veil has been my private alternative with full acceptance and honour. (sic)”.
In an interview to Hindustan Occasions, AR Rahman had opened up concerning the discourse and known as the detractors ‘over-concerned’. “These individuals who stated such [negative] issues are good individuals. Generally, they’re over-concerned. They really feel AR Rahman is part of their household, so why is he doing this or that, so such reactions come from a way of over-protection,” he had stated. He added that after he had given the required explanations, they had been ‘cool’ with it. He stated that so long as his kids had been doing what they believed in, it was all okay. “Khatija displays the purity I need to obtain. She jogs my memory of my growing-up years. She may be very clear about what she needs to do along with her life and has travelled the world over, however by no means confronted something for sporting a niqab. She’s fairly cool about it,” he stated.
Khatija Rahman not too long ago tied the knot with audio engineer Riyasdeen Shaik Mohamed. The music maestro shared a household picture from the nikaah ceremony on his Instagram account and wrote, “Might the Almighty bless the couple .. thanking you upfront to your good needs and love.”