Former Pakistan actor, Sanam Chaudhry, who quit the showbiz industry for Islam has recently opened up about her journey towards Islam and confessed that she was not following the teachings of Islam correctly.
In a recent interview, the Kathputli actor – or should we say former actor?, in PTV News’ Ramazan Transmission Bunyad Ramzan, shed light regarding her huge transformation. Chaudhry stated that despite having wealth, fame and popularity, she continued to feel restless and yearned for more. So, she took refuge in reading Quran and found the inner peace she longed for.
Chaudhry explained what made her embark on her spiritual path and turn towards God while at the peak of her acting career.
She said I would like to tell to everyone that the people we follow and idolize are already astray and not even close to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and Allah, and following them only further distances us from them.
Speaking about how she got more and more distant from God, Chaudhry confessed she felt lacked in peace throughout her life and was constantly seeking something more than what she had.
“I was a part of this race in my acting career where I was constantly striving to achieve more, there was competition and comparison, I have seen and experienced a lot, but something was missing,” she said. “Then I came to realize that although Allah was always with me, I was only using Him.”
“Previously, I thought that peace comes from money, fame, and relationship, though I had a love marriage, there was always emptiness inside of me that eventually made me realize peace is only found in God.”
Interestingly, the former actor revealed that her turning point occurred when she read the translation of Surah Baqarah. “When I recited Surah Baqarah, where it says, ‘Woh muslamaan tou hain par momin nahi [although they are Muslims they are not believers]’, I reflected on why I do not follow the teachings of Islam despite being a Muslim,” she said.
Chaudhry brought up the fact that although people recite the Quran and pray to God, they do so for the sake of doing so rather than following the true teachings of Islam. The actor expressed honesty as she admitted her hypocrisy about this, which she said she acknowledged and became more conscious of the closer she got to God.
Chaudhry announced her decision to begin her spiritual journey in August last year, a day before her birthday. Sharing a clip, the former actor hinted at a celebratory surprise from her family upon supporting her decision.
The Mere Meherbaan actor also took down all the previously shared photos and videos from her Instagram profile, and only left a few from her nikah ceremony.
The 39-year-old’s Instagram bio now reads, “A Muslim, a mother and learning Islam, the deen of our creator Allah”.
The Aasmanon Pay Likha actor previously also answered some questions and disclosed what led her to quit the showbiz industry and embrace her spiritual path.
Former film and drama actor Noor Bukhari had also quit the industry earlier and turned to Islam in the search for contentment, post her fourth divorce.
Cover image via @SanamChaudhry/Instagram