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Shiraz Uppal – from Darkness towards Light

Shiraz Uppal – from Darkness towards Light

The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said in a hadith narrated by Bukhāri and Muslim, “The Fire has been surrounded by lusts and desires and the Paradise by hardships”. Many of us who were, alḥamdulillāh, 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 Allāh 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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alhamdulillah allah bukhari

About Aly Balagamwala

"Abu Ibrahym" Muhammad Aly Balagamwala (AKA DiscoMaulvi) joined the team of MM in 2011 as a blogger/writer and is currently the Team Lead for the Comments Team as well as a member of the Executive Shurah. Aly is an entrepreneur who was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan where he currently resides. He became a practicing Muslim during the 4 years he spent at North Carolina State University getting a BS in Textile Chemistry (May Allah reward the wonderful community of Raleigh, NC for that). He is involved in various dawah and social projects including LiveDeen, AlKauthar Karachi, and Ihsaas Trust. He is easily accessible via Twitter or through his Public Page on Facebook where you can learn more about him. You can also visit his (mostly defunct) personal blog From The Pulpit ... Sermons of DiscoMaulvi and comment so he still feels like a Blogger. :)


  1. 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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