Wasim made headlines a couple of weeks ago for deciding to bid adieu to her
acting profession, citing faith as a reason, she raised many eyebrows.
into a public meltdown on social media. While on the one hand, her decision was
dubbed as regressive, others supported her freedom to make any choice for
unfolding of events led to an eventual question - Can Islam be linked to art?
she “continued to work in an environment that consistently interfered with my
'Imaan', my relationship with my religion was threatened.”
to Jammu and Kashmir - India’s only Muslim-majority state. Social media debates
mainly revolved around the permission of performing arts in Islamic law called
There was a
clear divide on this issue. People who approach this purely through theological
perspective were arguing that leaving performing arts for faith is a good
choice. Meanwhile, those who were aware of the rich history of arts in Islamic
societies maintained that faith and art could coexist firmly.
art have had a long and exquisite relationship. Calligraphy, poetry, painting,
Sufism, or Islamic mysticism, all find their roots in Islam.
Balance amidst Conflict
advice one can give in the times of conflict is to find a balance in everything
that we do.
did the same.
in a conflict zone and being a witness to deaths on one hand and on the other
hand, absorbing the beauty of nature, Sufi culture and kindness, Ruhani, who
now lives in Mumbai, found her calling in art.
Syed, A Kashmiri Model & Artist, Found Balance In Islam And Art
been a subject of targeted abuse during her time in madrasa in Gujarat. When
she raised her voice against the oppression of women, she was beaten up and
forced to eat worms. Eventually she landed up in the ICU at a hospital.
the biggest battle Ruhani faced was the one within family.
“I field of
work that I chose was frowned upon in my family and the region where I come
from. I was rejected by my family and all my friends boycotted me. The journey
to establish myself as an artist has always been full of struggle and
hardships. When my family shunned me, I felt lost and confused. That was the
time when I started to strive for balance.
“One has to
look within to find balance. That’s what I did,” she says.
she likes to paint faces and dark “stuff”. “None of that is accepted back home.
Over the years my family pressured me to an extent that they made me burn my
convinced that whatever I was doing was haram in Islam. My relationship also
fell apart and everything failed all of a sudden. All of this made me believe
that my work was against Islam and this was the very reason why I was
incident, Ruhani left art and modelling.
Art and Future
the path to recovery for years, Ruhani emerged stronger and determined as ever.
photos have appeared in magazines and newspapers, and she’s a model for top
designers like Rohit Bal and Satya Paul. She recently received international
radio exposure for her song “moorakh duniya” that she wrote against sexual
harassment and abuse that she had to face in the course of her life. The song
was released on one of Tel Aviv’s radio channel.
faced extreme harassment and the only way I believed to give it back was
gracefully through my poetry. ‘Moorakh Duniya’ is a satire on our
society. It is dual-faced. The poetry is hard-hitting, yet the treatment has
been kept peppy and funny,” she adds.
it in Tel Aviv was a matter of sheer chance. I plan to release it in India
her belief in spirituality and connection with Islam always kept her grounded.
“I was torn internally for years. Out there, there was an ocean full of
information, yet little wisdom. I had everything to find answers and I found
them in moderation and balance.
“I only dress-up in moderation and what I
believe is ‘decent’, in all of my modelling assignments. I am now unshakeable
in my beliefs. I have once fallen off edge due to societal pressure, friends
and family, but I have vowed to never destroy myself for any blind belief
she has learnt her lessons and in a way as to never forget them. “I have grown
a lot as a model but learning never ends.”
Source: India Times.com