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AR Rahman’s Daughter Khatija Rahman Shuts Down Haters

Once again, what a Muslim woman wears, and why has been subjected to the hate debate by die-hard anti-Muslim bigots in India. The latest target of this vicious attack is Khatija Rahman, daughter of Oscar-winning musician AR Rahman.

At a recent event in Mumbai to celebrate 10 years of the movie Slumdog Millionaire; the music for which fetched the composer two Academy awards, Khatija was invited on to the stage to speak about her father and his achievements.

Khatija, who is the eldest daughter of Rahman said that she values her father more for his generosity and kindness towards others than all the awards he has got. She said that she has learned a lot from her father, most importantly, to “pay the laborer his wages before his sweat dries”, in which, she said he follows the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him).

However, as soon as the video of the event went online, Rahman was abused and trolled on social media by haters because his daughter had her face covered, in a niqab. People accused him of ‘forcing’ her daughter to wear the niqab, and even made a mockery of Khatija.

Scroll down to see some of the cringe-worthy comments both father and daughter received:

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This troll said, if not for the saree, the family does not even look Indian, whatever that is supposed to mean.

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While Rahman responded by posting a picture on Twitter of his wife and two daughters, with his wife Sairaa covering her head with a dupatta, Khatija wearing a niqab, and his younger daughter Raheema without a niqab, it is Khatija’s response to the hatemongers that deserves all the praise and attention for showing them their place.

Khatija said that her veil is a personal choice with complete acceptance and honour. “I’m a sane, mature adult who knows to make my choices in life. Any human being has a choice to wear or do what he/she wants and that’s what I’ve been doing,” she wrote. She concluded by saying people to not make judgments about the exact situations without knowing the facts.

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Shaik Zakeer Hussain is the Founder and Editor of The Cognate.

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