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Shiraz Uppal – from Darkness towards Light

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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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Aly is an entrepreneur who was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan where he currently resides. He has been associated with many diverse fields such as Textiles, Cement, Minerals & Ores, Feeds and Agri-Commodities. As a Life Coach, NLP Practitioner, and Hypnotist, he works with clients to reach the Next Level in their personal and professional lives, to breakthrough performance blocks, self-doubts, or habits that limit them from reaching their true potential. Send him a message to find out more. Known on Social Media as DiscoMaulvi, he serves in operational and advisory roles for LiveDeen and Azaan Institute. He is also a co-founder and trustee of Ihsaas Trust, a not-for-profit started in 2012 with a vision to improve social mobility for Karachi’s under-privileged. Our distinguishing factor is the efficient utilization of Sadaqah and Zakat for healthcare and rations and to provide micro-finance for Enterprise Facilitation. Aly joined the team of MM in 2011 as a blogger/writer and is currently the Team Lead for the Comments Team and a former member of the Executive Shurah. He is easily accessible via Twitter or through his Public Page on Facebook where you can learn more about him.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Khalid Sarfaraz

    June 4, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    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.

  2. Aly Balagamwala | DiscoMaulvi

    June 22, 2012 at 6:16 AM

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  3. Pingback: “Lights, Camera,….STOP!” – an Exclusive Interview With Pakistani Former Showbiz Actress and Model, Sara Chaudhry - MuslimMatters.org

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