Live conversion on Maya Khan’s show stirs anger

By AFP
Published: July 27, 2012

20-year-old Sunil offici­ally change­d his religi­on to Islam under a cleric's guidan­ce on ARY show.

KARACHI: A Hindu’s conversion to Islam live on television during a prime-time Ramazan chat show has sparked criticism on behalf of religious minorities.

In just five minutes, the 20-year-old introduced as Sunil officially changed his religion under a cleric’s guidance.

A packed studio audience congratulated him and shouted out suggestions for his new Muslim name before he was renamed Mohammad Abdullah – the consensus choice.

Abdullah insisted on Friday that he had been a willing convert.

“I have accepted Islam by my own will and my family has no objection,” he told AFP by telephone from the Ansar Burney Welfare Trust, where a staff member said he has worked as their office boy for the last six years.

But the country has been criticised by rights groups for showing an increased lack of tolerance towards religious minorities, who complain of discrimination, and critics blasted the show, broadcast by ARY on Wednesday.

“The joy with which the conversion was greeted and the congratulations that followed sent a clear signal that other religions don’t enjoy the same status in Pakistan as Islam does,” wrote Dawn, on Friday.

“In a country where minorities are already treated as second-class citizens in many ways, this served to marginalise them even further,” it said.

It was a second recent controversy for chat show host Maya Khan, who was this year sacked by Sama TV after chasing couples in a public park, accusing them of behaving immorally.

Ramesh Kumar, a leader of the Pakistan Hindu Council, told AFP that Wednesday’s programme would encourage intolerance.

“We are already intimidated against. The government gives little heed to the kidnapping of Hindus and forced faith conversion of our girls. Please don’t do things that make us more alienated,” he told AFP.

Talat Hussain, who hosts a political show on DawnNews, also warned against turning religion into mass entertainment.

“Think about how Muslims would feel when Buddhists in Burma show similarly a Muslim being converted in a live TV show,” he told AFP.

According to Pakistan government figures, Hindus make up 2.5% of the country’s population of around 180 million.

Footage of the conversion begins at the 8:30 mark in the attached video.

Reader Comments (211)

  • asad anwar
    Jul 27, 2012 - 3:13PM

    well if he converted on his own free will i see nothing wrong in it….

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  • abid
    Jul 27, 2012 - 3:16PM

    if sunil converted on his free will it is fine

    but i do agree with talat hussain religion should not be used for entertainment

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  • Parvez
    Jul 27, 2012 - 3:28PM

    I feel this will be seen as a good thing with ARY and Maya Khan getting higher ratings although it should be the opposite. The ARY management certainly have not shown discretion or responsibility.

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  • Hafeez Pasha
    Jul 27, 2012 - 3:30PM

    If a Hindu has decided to convert to Islam on television it is his personal choice and the Hindus should accept that.

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  • Haider
    Jul 27, 2012 - 3:33PM

    what more could maya khan ask for!!!
    another controversy…

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  • AD
    Jul 27, 2012 - 3:33PM

    What a Shame….Proves that Muslim has lost the respect for other religions.Shame to TV and their producers and directors.Fite Muh.

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  • Hammad
    Jul 27, 2012 - 3:36PM

    Maya Khan is back again?? I thought her hubby wanted her to leave this bad place Pakistan and go do her trade in the US? I’m speechless. I have literally no speech.

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  • Mj
    Jul 27, 2012 - 3:40PM

    Any brave person willing to call the show and renounce Islam? I guess freedom only extends one way.

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  • hmm
    Jul 27, 2012 - 3:41PM

    biased reporting – if he did it willingly, whats the point of “reporting” it? Recommend

  • faheem
    Jul 27, 2012 - 3:41PM

    they can’t even handle the joy of a hindu being converted to Islam … so sad :(

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  • Rehan
    Jul 27, 2012 - 3:44PM

    Utterly disgusted.
    Regards,
    Rehan

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  • faheem
    Jul 27, 2012 - 3:48PM

    conversion from 1 religion to another specially on a live TV show is a vague publicity stunt to pull off. such practices should be discouraged but let me remind that if tolerance has to be considered for everyone, such articles should be banned from surfacing.

    whatever happened, happened for a reason …. May it be TRPs or real conversion ….. after effects are something tht u can only predict …. y hue and cry if nothing wrong has yet happened

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  • akash
    Jul 27, 2012 - 3:50PM

    All the more reasons why India should retain the ban on these trouble-making Pakistani channels.

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  • Haider
    Jul 27, 2012 - 3:52PM

    @ Hafeez Pasha:
    how can u be so sure that this guy came to accept islam willingly on TV?

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  • Haider
    Jul 27, 2012 - 3:54PM

    i agree with comment of Talat Hussain above…keep religion away from media ratings…

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  • Mulheed
    Jul 27, 2012 - 3:54PM

    I fail to see why there should cause to celebrate when someone converts to Islam.

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  • Babloo
    Jul 27, 2012 - 3:57PM

    The question is why did he “convert”.
    Did he feel, that being Muslim , will make his life easier in Pakistan ?
    Is it punishing for a minority in Pakistan ?
    These are rhetorical questions as we all know the answer.

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  • Waqas Butt
    Jul 27, 2012 - 3:59PM

    Welcome to Islam brother

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  • Imran Con
    Jul 27, 2012 - 3:59PM

    As obvious as it is that minorities and other religions are not considered equal, I see no reason for this to be a reflection of it. It was a show dedicated to a Muslim topic. Naturally they’d promote the religion and most religions regard a conversion as something to be… Celebrated for lack of a better word.
    It’s also a given that a convert would have a previous non-Muslim religion they considered themselves part of and it would get referenced.
    The minorities have plenty of reasons to complain but they’re being over sensitive about this in particular.

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  • Farhan
    Jul 27, 2012 - 4:00PM

    Tune into Peace Tv and watch this happen a 100 times, and nobody objects to that. Seriously, what’s the big deal here? A non-issue deliberately made contraversial, by vested interests.

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  • Rahim
    Jul 27, 2012 - 4:01PM

    Sensational

    A word that is proportional to the programs hosted by MAYA KHAN. Her aim is to just fascinate masses and raise TRP. Her intentions are clear to attract masses with sensitive issues which endorses negativity to certain sects and eventual pull of people who may watch more in hatred. Amazing hanh !!

    This is a psyche in our media. Good Luck to such programs and there hosts who are wining the eventual cause i.e. Good TRP’s.

    Lets not play with Religions!

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  • Mooed
    Jul 27, 2012 - 4:02PM

    stirs anger where? half a dozen angry comments on a log post?

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  • Taimur Ahmed
    Jul 27, 2012 - 4:05PM

    This article is wrongly targetting Maya Khan due to her controversial past. I think the real issue at hand is of the problem of creating entertainment out of religion, as rightly pointed out by Talat Husain. More focus on that issue and less on Maya Khan would have been more appropriate in my view.Recommend

  • kashif
    Jul 27, 2012 - 4:07PM

    What if muslim decides to convert to hinduism on live television on his/her own will?

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  • techsupport
    Jul 27, 2012 - 4:08PM

    Disgusting country

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  • akash
    Jul 27, 2012 - 4:10PM

    The Ghost of Mohmmed Bin Qasim lives on.

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  • Hella
    Jul 27, 2012 - 4:11PM

    Pakistan has made Islam a joke and a medium of TV entertainment. The clerics who are opposed to TV & consider it a tool of the devil, should issue a fatwa against this debasement of a great religion. Religious conversion is a private affair and not to be done to titillate a TV audience.

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  • ahmad
    Jul 27, 2012 - 4:17PM

    ahaha, tribune quoting dawn. tells you something.

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  • Ali Yaqoob
    Jul 27, 2012 - 4:19PM

    LOL – They are getting a DVD player / Mobile phone to get one Islamic answer correct.

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  • MUNIB
    Jul 27, 2012 - 4:19PM

    @Asad and others :

    This is NOT about “will”. This is about marketing such things. Will Maya organized a similar event if a boy leaves ISLAM and convert to HINDU-ism ?

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  • smj
    Jul 27, 2012 - 4:20PM

    What if a Muslim wants to convert to any other religion by his own will?

    The supporter of free will in this forum, supports that too?
    Who in Pakistan can dare to show it live and then not get attacked by defenders of faith?
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  • HA
    Jul 27, 2012 - 4:21PM

    What’s wrong in this? I do see some but not the idea of him reverting to Islam and being congratulated on the same as it is a big thing.

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  • MAK
    Jul 27, 2012 - 4:24PM

    Another drama now in Ramadan Show, to higher their rating.

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  • Hypocrisy
    Jul 27, 2012 - 4:27PM

    Just couple of days back I read a news in tribune about a couple running for their life since they reconverted back to Christianity from Islam. They have death threats issued against them and they can’t go to their village. Clearly people of Pakistan has double standard when it comes to religion.

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  • Gratgy
    Jul 27, 2012 - 4:27PM

    What next, will they show his circumcision live too??

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  • khan
    Jul 27, 2012 - 4:28PM

    what if a muslim decides to convert to hinduism??..would that be acceptable in pakistan??

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  • Calypso
    Jul 27, 2012 - 4:31PM

    @AD:
    And how does that prove that “muslims have lost the respect for other religions?”. This is mere overgeneralization of an incident. This show, however, was yet another cheap publicity stunt by Maya khan n company as i see no point in showing his free will conversion on television.

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  • Brajanarayan
    Jul 27, 2012 - 4:32PM

    Somebody converted voluntarily without force or compulsion! It is easy to hear but difficult to understand.So many external factors operate and compels the converted person to convert because he/she has no other option and there is nobody around to help him/her because he/she belongs to minority. No religion, in its true form should try to convert a person of another religion. Every religion must respect another religion because the Creator is same and to reach to the expectations of the Creator you need to become a perfect human being of any religion, any sect, any ethnicity or any nationality.

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  • orange
    Jul 27, 2012 - 4:32PM

    what if a muslim changed his religion to hinduism? there would have been nothing but catastrophe.

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  • Ghalib
    Jul 27, 2012 - 4:33PM

    get ready soon Amir Liaqat will also convert someone to Islam.

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  • Discostu
    Jul 27, 2012 - 4:38PM

    What would happen if I converted and became a Hindu on live television? I’m assuming someone would try to kill me.

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  • Afzal
    Jul 27, 2012 - 4:39PM

    Outrageous…demeaning the very religion the guy converted into…should be condemned however as we know the country Pakistan is, this would be celebrated instead of condemning..

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  • Falcon
    Jul 27, 2012 - 4:41PM

    Really sad. Such a stupid and irresponsible thing to do on TV.

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  • Jul 27, 2012 - 4:46PM

    I don’t know why people are saying “what if someone converted from Islam to other religion”
    First of all Accept, this is a Islamic country. In Islam , going away from Islam is called Irtidad a person become non-Muslim after being Muslim is murtad and will be given death penalty according to the Islamic shariah. (This is not yet implemented in Pakistan)
    Secular! Don’t mix your concept of Freedom of Expression with Islam. Islam has different values and which are true!

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  • Ganesh
    Jul 27, 2012 - 4:49PM

    I dont understand from where this TV Channel capyured this boy and brought before the audience?Lol

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  • Sadas
    Jul 27, 2012 - 4:50PM

    Pathetic to say the least…

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  • Umer
    Jul 27, 2012 - 4:50PM

    @asad anwar:

    well if he converted on his own free will i see nothing wrong in it….

    Let’s see a person leaving Islam by his free will on live tv too without being killed. Why does free will only work one way?

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  • Raw is War
    Jul 27, 2012 - 4:53PM

    If the opposite happens?

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  • Rahman
    Jul 27, 2012 - 4:58PM

    There is nothing wrong to change a religion. It is a basic right to believe in any faith that he or she chooses to. The only issue is the dramatization on the main media. Imagine if Hindus and Christians started to do that in their countries on their mainstream media? I can understand the logic behind showing it on a religious channel but on a mainstream channel, it was an insensitive act. Not only the minorities will have inferiority complex but anti-Muslims will use it to malign Islam and Muslims. Unfortunately, we did not learn anything from our past. During Zia’s time we did many good “acts” without thinking and the result is an immoral and non-spiritual religious society. The name of Islam is more used and abused politically and commercially in Pakistan than any place else. Socially, morally and ethically we are worse than non-Muslim societies and still we call ourselves Muslims and followers of Holy Prophet (SAW). I am sure his advent was not for a society like us.

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  • zeeshan q
    Jul 27, 2012 - 5:00PM

    media should also avoid creating propaganda over everything…

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  • SaqibTahir
    Jul 27, 2012 - 5:02PM

    Another extremely low of media and this Maya khan.

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  • Fahad Raza
    Jul 27, 2012 - 5:09PM

    What a dilemma we face this Ramazan..form the Lot of “A” class Hypocrites for the Sake of Rating… Veena Maliks’s Astaghfaar, Aamir Liaqat’s Ramadan Songs and Now … Maya Khan converting Hindus to Muslims…. whats next..

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  • ManishJ
    Jul 27, 2012 - 5:17PM

    I wonder why Hindus are still living in a country which has declared itself Muslim? If they have chosen to do so, they should be ready to be subjected to such things. Infact for their own benefit they should be adviced to embrace Islam in one go.. all of them 2.5 million or so ( are there really so many?) accepting the religion of state altogether. This will atleast save them the insult and risk to their lives and propoerties.

    Indian politicians wont allow them to come to India anyways because they dont make a solid vote bank as did the Muslims coming from Bangladesh.

    So its better for them to discard the substandard living and accept the religion most pious.

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  • Abrar R
    Jul 27, 2012 - 5:25PM

    Minorities have a point and a valid one at that.

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  • ap
    Jul 27, 2012 - 5:26PM

    i think this issue has been blown out of proportion…

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  • Malik
    Jul 27, 2012 - 5:26PM

    What if I have a video which shows a muslim willing converting to christianity ?
    Will the same television show that video ?

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  • Mr T
    Jul 27, 2012 - 5:33PM

    I urge all fellow Pakistani brothers and sisters to not watch this show and deprive them the ratings for which they have humiliatingly pulled off this stunt. Shame on you ARY

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  • ASR
    Jul 27, 2012 - 5:33PM

    Well said me.rahman..

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  • Indi-Pop
    Jul 27, 2012 - 5:35PM

    An insensitive, despicable and disgusting nation. One nation goes to extreme lengths for minority appeasement and another nation makes a joke of the feelings of the minorities in its territory. We don’t want your shows on our television, thank you.

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  • Habib A.
    Jul 27, 2012 - 5:36PM

    Well first of all, heartiest congratulations to dear brother Muhammad Abdullah for choosing the right and true religion and giving preference to an eternal life in paradise full of pleasure and joy.

    Secondly, Mr. Talat Hussain, that is a poor comparison. Hindus are not being openly slaughtered in Pakistan en masse. If anything Muslims are being killed openly by American drones in large numbers. Therefore there is no comparison between the dire and inhumane situation in Burma and the situation of Hindus in Pakistan. Hindus in Pakistan enjoy full rights. I have met many Hindus and other minorities in Karachi and most were equal citizens, working hard to make a living just like Muslims here. SO please, next time, think before making such ludicrous comparisons.

    And finally, why does the liberal fascist faction in Pakistan object to such things? After all we are an Islamic nation and a Muslim-majority nation. And these shows are aired on privately-owned channels, not sponsored or aired by the government. Private citizens should have freedom to air things which the vast majority of public does not object to. The vast majority of Pakistani Muslims welcome such shows and their respect for the media increases due to this.

    If you don’t like it here, go somewhere else. Perhaps next door would be a good option.

    Long live Pakistan.

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  • SouthEastAsian
    Jul 27, 2012 - 5:37PM

    How about showing a Muslim converting to Hinduism? Will you show that on live TV? What will be the audience reaction?

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  • Tony Singh
    Jul 27, 2012 - 5:40PM

    Tomorrow she would be showing someone started using “Lux” instead of “Camy”! Religion is for ones own purification, ones own personal matter. As it does not matter what soap you use as long as it cleans your body so also it does not matter which religion one follows as long as it teaches one to serve humanity and to be in peace with one self.
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  • Kanwal
    Jul 27, 2012 - 5:43PM

    This is sooo annoying. Are we selling everything now?
    And is she going to apologise in a few days saying this was another of her hired actors doing her bid to raise the ratings . Where is PEMRA?Recommend

  • Babur Sohail
    Jul 27, 2012 - 5:48PM

    “Second class citizen”
    Please tell me whether muslims or pakistanis living in europe or US are not treated as “Second-class citizen”??????
    it happens everywhere. Don’t be so sensitive about this.

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  • saleem
    Jul 27, 2012 - 5:50PM

    Over the hundred of years the history is proof , no one has changed his or her religion willingly. Show us any country where the majority population has changed itself willingly to minority unless under direct sword or gun Therefore this is a disgrace

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  • Mountie
    Jul 27, 2012 - 5:50PM

    100 bucks he is an actor too just like mayas previous episode.

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  • Aslam
    Jul 27, 2012 - 5:52PM

    It was the right of that boy who embraced Islam by his own will. Why Pakistani media is silent on Indonesia, where 2 million (yes TWO MILLION) Muslims are being converted to Chrtanity. Why Western media is not doing stories on that issue. Pakistani media should protect the issue of its country’s pricipl stance. They should not play in the hands of anti-Pakistan forces.

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  • Roflcopter
    Jul 27, 2012 - 5:53PM

    @Mj, how about you set the example?

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  • Khalid Aziz
    Jul 27, 2012 - 5:54PM

    Religion is very personal affair and showing such conversions on television certainly makes the minorities feel unsafe and intimidated. Our TV channels in their competition for ratings have crossed all the professional, ethical guidelines. What a sorry figure to cut :(

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  • Jul 27, 2012 - 6:04PM

    Nothing wrong indeed

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  • Jul 27, 2012 - 6:07PM

    She has learned nothing from her past experience.She has no sense of what should be made public and what should not.Converting to another faith is a purely private affair. Why should such a thing be publicized.Why the channel owners are so keen to have her on their staff. Recommend

  • Noble Tufail
    Jul 27, 2012 - 6:09PM

    maya malik .. veena khan .. translocation of identity info in my brain

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  • Mj
    Jul 27, 2012 - 6:12PM

    @Roflcopter:
    I don’t want to be lynched :)

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  • Banaras Khan
    Jul 27, 2012 - 6:14PM

    I only have one question. What would you think if a Muslim converted to Hinduism? How would that make everyone feel?

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  • Hardliner
    Jul 27, 2012 - 6:16PM

    He himself said he converted on his free will……… but this really pinches ET ……………………………… now this is called extremism!!! Shame on being so biased!Recommend

  • Mwaqar
    Jul 27, 2012 - 6:21PM

    I thought TV shows are for entertaining people not replacing worship place,everyone in Pakistan is using religion for their self interests but no one follows the teachings of islam.

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  • Wajahat
    Jul 27, 2012 - 6:24PM

    i could be wrong but i guess Ancher person just trying to get fame by cheap tactics. As a muslim we would be offended if same had happened some where else.

    We need to respect other religions and minorities living with us.

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  • zain
    Jul 27, 2012 - 6:28PM

    Maya khan tv shows are absurds, pathetic and full of crap………

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  • Englishman
    Jul 27, 2012 - 6:30PM

    My girlfriend is Pakistani. Neither us are religious I hope this will not be a problem for us when we get married by our free-will.

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  • Prakash
    Jul 27, 2012 - 6:31PM

    Conversion out of ones free will will make sense if Pakistan were a secular society.
    So long as minorities are treated as less than equals, free will is bound to have been compromised.

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  • Nasir Mahmood
    Jul 27, 2012 - 6:31PM

    Media is out of jackt. Hosting religious programme by a showbiz person is a disgraceful attitude towards religion.

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  • fasi
    Jul 27, 2012 - 6:33PM

    I hate to say this, but it looks like another rating game from MAYA KHAN. Its a shame how media is promoting people like MAYA for religious shows where they could call many good scholars out there.

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  • I hang my head in shame
    Jul 27, 2012 - 6:34PM

    The whole world knew that Pakistani broadcast media — the socalled “free and independent” channels — were manipulative, propagandist and populist in their external demeanour. The story about the Hindu boy converting before a crowd — or shall I say, mob — of Muslims, would send out a clear message to the fanatics and extremists who are working overtime to destroy your country and take you into the dark stone age. How would you react if one of the Rohingas, over whose fate you have begun to shed tears, was converted into a Buddhist before televised crowds or a Pakistani Muslim embracing Hinduism before a Hindu crowd? Shame on you, media. You have no ethical sense. You pander to populism and play into the hands of (or an extension of) the extremist constituency. Recommend

  • faraz
    Jul 27, 2012 - 6:37PM

    Yesterday there was news report of couple that converted from Christianity to Islam and then back to Christianity. And now they are on the run after receiving death threats. Let’s televise their religious journey

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  • A2
    Jul 27, 2012 - 6:43PM

    The headline is biased. You should say ‘live conversion’ or ‘live conversion on ARY’. It’s not just maya khan’s show. Shahid massod is also a part of it.

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  • zeeshan sheikh
    Jul 27, 2012 - 6:47PM

    MashAllah! may Allah save him from the fake hypocrite liberals.

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  • Umair
    Jul 27, 2012 - 6:48PM

    Religion is sure an entertainment for these likes in media

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  • Fahed Pervez
    Jul 27, 2012 - 6:49PM

    playing with religion on television has always been a disgusting thing… all for ratings… I was hoping she would have learned her lesson after she played society’s puritanical amma… but now this?? and shame on the network …they are the ones responsible at the end of the dayRecommend

  • Babloo
    Jul 27, 2012 - 6:51PM

    “What if muslim decides to convert to hinduism on live television on his/her own will?”

    My guess, the TV station will be attacked, probably set on fire.
    The host dismissed from job and both the convert and the host charged with blasphemy.
    The family of the convert would be on the run .

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  • Khalid Shah
    Jul 27, 2012 - 6:51PM

    @kashif:
    friend that is called apostasy and not acceptable is islam rather punishable by death penalty as per islamic law.

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  • sohaib
    Jul 27, 2012 - 6:53PM

    This woman is extremely controversial. Why was she hired by ARY to begin with? Our media has no values. Just greed for ratings. Its shameful, despicable.

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  • Jpy
    Jul 27, 2012 - 6:57PM

    I fail to understand what these will feal if the same happens to somebody from Muslim community. These ignorant idiots are the real curse for the religion. It is high time somebody teaches these something regarding human values & respect to other faithsRecommend

  • Wahab Khan Afridi
    Jul 27, 2012 - 7:04PM

    where is the damn Pemra why do they not come and fine the tc channel owner , supreme court shud take action

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  • K Niaz
    Jul 27, 2012 - 7:05PM

    So Maya Khan is at at again. If conversions of faith are shown on evangelical TV channels its what they are up to. However showing this on an entertainment channel is wrong to say the least.

    Will the ARY channel ready to host a programme which shows Christian missionaries accepting conversions from Muslims or other religions?

    Religious beliefs and practices need to be one’s own preferences and choices and there is no need to either glorify someone’s piety or conversion or change of beliefs.

    Oh Maya Khan when the TV viewers will be rid of the likes of you and other evangelists seen on Pakistani TV

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  • Jpy
    Jul 27, 2012 - 7:17PM

    @Syed Owais Mukhtar: Keep it to yourself dont try to impose it on others

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  • Jpy
    Jul 27, 2012 - 7:22PM

    @Habib A.:
    Wake up brother from dreaming. You mean Pakistan heaven for Hindus?????

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  • Sapan Kapoor
    Jul 27, 2012 - 7:25PM

    Hypocrites !

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  • Jpy
    Jul 27, 2012 - 7:26PM

    I saw so many comments about his free will in conversion. If Pakistan was a secular country I should have supported this theory but unfortunately Pakistan is a Mulla country

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  • Uza Syed
    Jul 27, 2012 - 7:33PM

    Maya Khan does it to us all —– again !

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  • Faraz
    Jul 27, 2012 - 7:33PM

    If he really wanted to convert, why come on TV and convert? Is this a way to convert? to come on Maya Khan’s show and convert? I would not object to him converting in a religious gathering shown on a religious channel but to come on Maya khan’s show and convert is nothing but sensationalism. Shame on Pakistani people here who have made Islam a soap opera, selling it live on TV, Islam is not a TV series, how misguided have we become???!!!! and it is just plain insensitive to our Hindu brothers to show this live on TV. If opposite happens I am sure we will be burning the studio down the very next minute, shouting wajib-ul-qatal.

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  • Jul 27, 2012 - 7:34PM

    what kind of tv are we promoting…sad..

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  • Ahmad
    Jul 27, 2012 - 7:38PM

    @AD: What’s the fuss about?? Nobody forced him to accept islam live on tv. and what’s the fuss about congratulating him.. it’s a common custom that whenever a person enters islam people congratulate him, welcome him. Grow up.

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  • Faraz
    Jul 27, 2012 - 7:38PM

    Also, now Maya Khan is a hero all of a sudden when everyone knows what she did earlier and also lied about the show with the couples being paid actors, how can the people celebrating with joy trust this very dubious conversion in a show hosted by none other than Maya Khan, just hypocrites we are.

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  • Adnan
    Jul 27, 2012 - 7:39PM

    @abid: Converting on his own will is perfectly fine but doing it live on tv isn’t right. It mustve hurt feelings of Hindus across the country.

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  • Ahmad
    Jul 27, 2012 - 7:40PM

    @Babloo: Dear Babloo , there’s one aspect u missed, that being the spiritual side. People convert for spiritual reasons, and more to make their spiritual lives easier.

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  • Ahmad
    Jul 27, 2012 - 7:41PM

    @akash: Yea, that’s some serious trouble for u people.

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  • Haris Chaudhry
    Jul 27, 2012 - 7:47PM

    Let me ask you guys :

    What if a Muslim converted to Hinduism on the live tv..

    Would we all still be shrugging our shoulders and saying .. “if he has done on his own free will, then its ok”..

    Lot of hypocrites..

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  • Faraz
    Jul 27, 2012 - 7:51PM

    @Banaras Khan:
    How would that make everyone feel? The studio will be set on fire to begin with, the host and the convert will be charged with blasphemy and then some true Muslim will kill them and become a ghazi, also their families will be killed/torutred all for us pious Pakistani Muslims to go to heaven. MashaAllah, Islam for TV ratings like a soap opera and the fanatic population jumping up and down in joy over this!! how low can we stoop????

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  • yawh
    Jul 27, 2012 - 7:55PM

    doing this as a tv gimmick just to get ratings is appalling and defies any sort of moral or religious boundaries.

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  • Jul 27, 2012 - 8:01PM

    There we go again…..another controversy…

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  • QASIM
    Jul 27, 2012 - 8:01PM

    Please do not dramatise religion.Maya and dr Shahid ,use brain not religion for rating.

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  • Sapan Kapoor
    Jul 27, 2012 - 8:05PM

    Sunil and the Mullah recite a few verses of Quran and there you are, Sunil has become a proud Muslim in just three minutes on a live TV show. Two names are suggested by the audience and the Mullah picks one of them and names him Muhammad Abdullah. Congratulations ! For now he’s safe in Pakistan and his future is secure. He’ll no more have to pay jejiya tax and face discrimination that Hindus, Christians, Sikhs and Ahmediyas face in Pakistan. He won’t face death threats from the extremists from now on. He’s also booked his place in heaven. What a great day for Sunil, I mean, Muhammad Abdullah. Seriously how easy it is to convert to Islam. Is it a joke?

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  • Ak
    Jul 27, 2012 - 8:05PM

    How about a live TV show in which a Muslim is shown to convert to Hinduism, Buddhism or any other faith? Will that be acceptable to the audience?

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  • Salman Arshad
    Jul 27, 2012 - 8:11PM

    Islam provides complete free will to minorities to convert to Islam.

    But Islam has set the death penalty for a Muslim apostate, because it is the true religion, which is proven logically and scientifically.

    So there is nothing wrong in the TV show.

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  • Gaurav
    Jul 27, 2012 - 8:16PM

    No problem in being Muslim, just be a good human being first and kind to other human beings.

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  • Saleem
    Jul 27, 2012 - 8:24PM

    With dramas like this is it little wonder that there is so little respect for the country and its religion.

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  • Mobashar Ahmad
    Jul 27, 2012 - 8:32PM

    @Rahman:

    You are right on the mark, Rehman. I wish something could be done to change the fabric of our society in Pakistan.

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  • Abdur Rahman
    Jul 27, 2012 - 8:33PM

    Minorities or Hindus getting ANGRY of someone else’s conversion is INTOLERANCE.

    Coming to whether it would have been acceptable if a Muslim converted to Hinduism. It would have been ok if that happened on some hindu religious channel on a hindu religious show, just like we see such things on christian religious shows. But yes it is mostly not acceptable to many in Pak if such a thing happens. Ideally this should be acceptable too.

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  • afzaalkhan
    Jul 27, 2012 - 8:33PM

    Oh the outcry, cry me a river. Good for maya khan.

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  • ARSHAD
    Jul 27, 2012 - 8:36PM

    I am wonder what would would ARY newscasters say to a newsitem that a Muslim has converted to Hinduism, Buddhism or Christianity in a Hindu Majority, Buddhist majority or a Christian majority country? They will cry their heart out saying that the whole world is against Islam and Muslims and this is shown in the recent conversion of a Muslim in a live broadcast.

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  • B.Ally
    Jul 27, 2012 - 8:45PM

    Do not make a Tamasha out of a religion. Faith is too sacred a matter for believers. Maya Khan you did no favour to any one by staging an entertainment out of sentiments of minorities who already feel vulnerable.

    Faith is our private matter. Do not make a circus out of it.

    Maya you are spreading intolerance and your tactics are offensive toward Pakistanis in general and in particular towards minorities.

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  • FDR
    Jul 27, 2012 - 8:52PM

    All these lovely fellow muslims saying FREE WILL CONVERTED OF HIS OWN CHOICE ITS OK, I’d like to see what they’d say when the tables are turned.

    Frothing at the mouth with blood in their eyes and guns in their hands? Yes I think so, that is what would happen.

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  • Brajanarayan
    Jul 27, 2012 - 9:27PM

    @Syed Owais Mukhtar: you seem to be living in another World, violating the norms of UN that State should respect and protect all types of minorities incloding religious minorities.

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  • Umer
    Jul 27, 2012 - 9:37PM

    @afzaalkhan:

    Oh the outcry, cry me a river. Good for maya khan

    You cry a river for Burma too pelase.

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  • Abdullah
    Jul 27, 2012 - 9:38PM

    To be frank and blunt, did that “converted” person find ONLY Mira’s show to have “instructions” to convert to Islam? Ridiculous.

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  • Point Blank
    Jul 27, 2012 - 9:49PM

    of course changing ones religion is a private matter BUT showing it on a live media is just a cheap publicity stunt & totally un-acceptable…this will only cause hatred between people…a slap on the face of pakistani media who claim themselves to be having “open mind & perception “

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  • AFGHAN
    Jul 27, 2012 - 10:23PM

    What narrow minded minorities you have in Pakistan! They cheered him because of his conversion to Islam – not because of his apostasy from Hinduism. People celebrate when someone wins (of course the other loses) which doesn’t mean they celebrate the loss of other.

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  • sharon
    Jul 27, 2012 - 10:23PM

    It was a very distasteful show…..faith should remain a personal matter..not to be used for promotional purpose…
    .how would the society react if a muslim is shown converting to another religion?…its height of hypocrisy.

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  • Asif MF Bhutto
    Jul 27, 2012 - 10:23PM

    A nation that has “Blasphemy Law” on the books should try to be much more sensitive to the sensibilities of its minority community within.

    Making a show of this “conversion” — as many other Pakistanis have already stated on this forum — is fundamentally an abhorrent, vile and deprave act and must be fully condemned.

    I as a Pakistani and a Muslim denounce this act completely and wholeheartedly. Recommend

  • sharon
    Jul 27, 2012 - 10:24PM

    It was a very distasteful show…..faith should remain a personal matter..not to be used for promotional purpose….how woukd the society react if a muslim is shown converting to another religion…its height of hypocrisy

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  • majid qadir baloch
    Jul 27, 2012 - 10:31PM

    People who host such programmes like Maya Khan is not aware of Journalism and code of ethics . This type of entertainment only for getting higher viewer rating.

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  • Asma Aejaz
    Jul 27, 2012 - 10:35PM

    Even if the conversion was out of his own free will it shouldn’t have been broadcast like that. Imagine if a Muslim had converted to another religion and if it was broadcasted the way this has been, our clerics would have come up with God knows how many fatwa’s and rallies. Religion is a personal thing and should be treated as such.

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  • ALi
    Jul 27, 2012 - 10:39PM

    Liberals are crying out loud!!

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  • Zaheer
    Jul 27, 2012 - 10:49PM

    Gosh… Why we do not have professional code of conducts and even of ethics for the media.

    We all observe that such acts can easily create unrest ….then what is the need of doing them…

    do we feel happy provoking others….

    as Ghalib stated….”bohat he nazuk sorat-e-haal hai”

    sometimes it is better to ignore by not being part of the controversy

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  • Pops
    Jul 27, 2012 - 10:59PM

    Why can’t he keep his first name Sunil? May be call himself Sunil mohamad?
    Can he now marry a muslim girl, or will he have to convert a Hindu girl to marry?
    Would any of you congratulating him allow him to marry your sister/ daughter?

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  • Lala Gee
    Jul 27, 2012 - 11:15PM

    If a Hindu guy converted to Islam (although I appreciate his decision) out of his free will it is OK and an act to celebrate, but if a Muslim convert to Christianity, or Buddhism, or atheism, then he is punishable by death (according to Mullah and majority). What a hypocrisy.Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Jul 27, 2012 - 11:38PM

    **Jinnah was so correct. In Pakistan today, Hindus have ceased to exist and Muslims have ceased to follow Islam.

    The fact that the conversion was live telecast to increase ratings show that these preachings comes not from Mullas or Saudi influence but from within the homes where parents and grandparents preach and encourage the virtues of converting all others to Islam. You can see many happy and celebrating here in these posts. Only few exceptional sane comments with mild condemnation are seen here. **Recommend

  • Jul 27, 2012 - 11:50PM

    Let Maya Khan & else do, what they want to do. Dnt impose ur philosophy on others. It is another extreme

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  • pk
    Jul 27, 2012 - 11:52PM

    rubbish rubbish rubbish. those responsible will have to answer one day.

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  • SaqibTahir
    Jul 27, 2012 - 11:56PM

    ISLAMABAD - Former expert advisor to the United Nations on Human Rights Ansar Burney has recently stated that he would file a legal suit against Maya Khan for creating a drama and using his worker Sunil without his permission for her Television show.
    Burney tweeted this statement on his official Twitter account on Friday.
    “Anchor Maya Khan again created dirty drama by inviting my office worker Sunil to her show without my permission to convert him Muslim,” tweeted Burney.
    Burney also tweeted that he would send a legal notice to Maya Khan and TV owners of 10 million sterling pounds. “The ‘Burney Legal Solicitors’ London is going to send legal Notice to anchor Maya Khan and TV owners of 10 million sterling pounds,” further tweeted the former federal minister for Human Rights.
    Ansar Burney termed the entire “Hindu to Muslim” conversion as a “drama” by tweeting, “my worker has full right of freedom but what Sunil told me is a painful story of drama so I have to take action.”
    According to Ansar Burney, Sunil is a worker within Ansar Burney Trust and who was deliberately used by anchor Maya Khan for a recent Ramadan transmission whereby Sunil was seen converting as a Muslim.

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  • Deepwater
    Jul 28, 2012 - 12:00AM

    The difference between India and Pakistan is the difference between Aamir Khan and Maya Khan.

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  • R
    Jul 28, 2012 - 12:02AM

    @ManishJ: if I was poor Hindu living in Pakistan, I would not be able to afford migration. Secondly, if my fellow villagers came to know of my plans, they would be so angry at my “arrogance” and “temerity” to think “I could get away from the inevitable” that they would probably kill me. Thirdly, who would I approach on the Indian side legally? It is not that like Israeli government, Indians have out in place an efficient mechanism for all Hindus, Christians, etc in Pakistan to migrate without hassles. It is my fellow Indians fault that they didn’t think through this huge problem. After all t partition time, we thought we lived in India and we were taken by surprise developments; we were taken in by false promises of Jinnah!! India owes us the cost and effort to resettle us.

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  • Jul 28, 2012 - 12:07AM

    Now we can understand why Muslims are hated right from Myanmar to Canada. These fellows are now creating a situation in non-Muslim countries to force minorities to embrace the majority religion.

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  • Shah
    Jul 28, 2012 - 12:10AM

    I wonder why we don’t see any Muslim to renounce Islam in India,Burma, Palestine,etc. It even did not happen in the past during the barbaric attacks of Changez khan & others but I am against the way Maya khan disgraced a religion..its against the ethics of journalism as wellRecommend

  • Zeenat
    Jul 28, 2012 - 12:21AM

    now Sunil can sell his Alcohol permit because he will not be needing it any longer ..

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  • Usman Ghani
    Jul 28, 2012 - 12:42AM

    Currently I am a.Muslim but want to change my religion. Maya please help me broadcast on your show…

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  • Indian Catholic
    Jul 28, 2012 - 12:44AM

    Being a Catholic, if I wanted to convert to Hinduism, no TV Channel in India would be interested. Nor would any TV channel treat me as a triumph.
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    As it is, I hope you know that the word “Hindu” derives from “Sindhu” or the Indus river that flows through Pakistan right now. I have always considered Hinduism to be the Indian way of life; Its what we all did long before Bin Qasim came riding on his camel around 710 AD and died at the ripe old age of 20. By the way, the Mopillah Muslims from Kerala, India have been Muslims long before Bin Qasim. In fact the Cheraman Masjid in Kerala built in 629 AD is the second oldest mosque in the world.
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    While I rarely go to temples in India, I visit the ISKCON temple in Flushing frequently when I am in New York just to be with my fellow countrymen and share the same food. Trust me, I have met Pakistanis and Bangladeshis there too.

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  • PakArmySoldier
    Jul 28, 2012 - 12:55AM

    I think Talat hit the nail on its head. Double standard much?

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  • PakArmySoldier
    Jul 28, 2012 - 12:58AM

    Also, if a Muslim would convert, he would be condemned to death.

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  • Tausif
    Jul 28, 2012 - 1:07AM

    This shameful TV was really disgusting…it should be prosecuted and punished…they should also conversions of Muslims..

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