The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said in a hadith narrated by Bukhari and Muslim, “The Fire has been surrounded by lusts and desires and the Paradise by hardships”. Many of us who were, alhamdulillah, blessed to have been guided by the Creator towards the truth, and starting to see life in a new light, can vouch that the journey is never an easy one and is often filled with wrong turns, distractions, and regrets. It is even more difficult when turning towards your Lord means giving up your passion and a lucrative career.

In March, MuslimMatters was granted an exclusive first interview with singer / music producer Shiraz Uppal, who, in search of inner peace, turned his back on a successful career in singing and producing music and decided to dedicate his life to the path of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He).

Shiraz Uppal gave his first public speech in late March, at an event organized by Youth Club in Lahore, Pakistan. The speech is in a mixture of English and Urdu.

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  1. Khalid Sarfaraz

    Beautiful speech, I was not a fan of Shiraz Upal fan before but Now I am. It is really very very hard to leave all worldly benefits and attractions behind. Thanks alot Aly for sharing with us. I hope its speech will be source of inspiration for many us and may Allah guide us all to the right path.

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