Zaira Wasim announces ‘disassociation’ from films, says it interfered with her faith

National Award-winning actor
Zaira Wasim on Sunday announced her “disassociation” from the field
of acting, saying she was not happy with the line of work as it interfered with
her faith and religion.

In a detailed post on her
Facebook page, which she later shared across all social media platforms, the
Kashmiri-born “Dangal” fame star said she realised “though I may
fit here perfectly, I do not belong here”.

“Five years ago I made a
decision that changed my life forever. As I stepped my foot in Bollywood, it
opened doors of massive popularity for me. I started to become the prime
candidate of public attention, I was projected as the gospel of the idea of
success and was often identified as a role model for the youth.

“However, that’s never
something that I set out to do or become, especially with regards to my ideas
of success and failure, which I had just started to explore and
understand,” Wasim said in the lengthy post.

The 18-year-old actor said as
she completed five years in the profession, she wanted to “confess that I
am not truly happy with this identity i.e my line of work”.

“For a very long time now
it has felt like I have struggled to become someone else. As I had just started
to explore and make sense of the things to which I dedicated my time, efforts
and emotions and tried to grab hold of a new lifestyle, it was only for me to
realise that though I may fit here perfectly, I do not belong here.

“This field indeed brought
a lot of love, support, and applause my way, but what it also did was to lead
me to a path of ignorance, as I silently and unconsciously transitioned out of
‘imaan’ (faith). While I continued to work in an environment that consistently
interfered with my ‘imaan’, my relationship with my religion was
threatened,” she said.

Wasim said as she continued to
“ignorantly pass through” while trying to convince herself that what
she was doing was okay and was not really affecting her, “I lost all the
‘Barakah’ (blessing) from my life”.

“I was constantly battling
with my soul to reconcile my thoughts and instincts to fix a static picture of
my ‘imaan’ and I failed miserably, not just once but a hundred times…

“I kept procrastinating by
tricking and deluding my conscience into the idea that I know what I am doing
doesn’t feel right but assumed that I will put an end to this whenever the time
feels right and I continued to put myself in a vulnerable position where it was
always so easy to succumb to the environment that damaged my peace, ‘imaan’ and
my relationship with Allah (God),” she said.

Talking about her life as an
actor, she said she continued to observe things and twist her perceptions as
she wanted them to be, without really understanding that the key was to see
them as they were.

“In the great and divine
wisdom of the Quran, I found sufficiency and peace. Indeed the hearts find
peace when it acquires the knowledge of Its Creator, His Attributes, His Mercy
and His commandments,” she added.

Wasim said she began to heavily
rely upon Allah’s mercy for help and guidance instead of valuing her own

“I discovered my lack of
knowledge of the basic fundamentals of my religion and how my inability to
reinforce a change earlier was a result of confusing my heart’s contentment and
well being with strengthening and satisfying my own (shallow and worldly)
desires,” she said.

The actor, who made her big
Bollywood debut opposite superstar Aamir Khan in 2016, said she questioned the
deepest sources of her ideas of success, meaning and the purpose of her life.

“The source code that
governed and impacted my perceptions evolved into a different dimension.
Success isn’t correlated with our biased, delusional and conventional shallow
measures of life. Success is the accomplishment of the purpose of our creation.
We have forgotten the purpose we were created for as we ignorantly continue to
pass through our lives; deceiving our conscience,” she said.

Wasim said the journey has been
“exhausting, to battle my soul for so long” and life was too short
yet too long to be at war with oneself.

About announcing the decision
on social media, the actor said she was openly doing so not to paint a holier
picture of herself, but “this is the least I can do to start afresh”.

“This is just my first
step as I have arrived at the clarity of realisation of the path I wish to be
on and strive for and during this time I may have consciously or unconsciously
planted a seed of temptation in the hearts of many, but my sincere advice to
everyone is that no amount of success, fame, authority or wealth is worth
trading or losing your peace or the light of your ‘imaan’ for,” she said.

Wasim will next be seen in
“The Sky is Pink”, which also stars Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Farhan
Akhtar. The film completed shooting in March.

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  1. When you are surrounded by the people of the bollywood industry where majority of them are not the same faith as you are, they will control everything you do and think especially concerning your salah time (5 times prayer)
    I know some of the so-called “muslim” actors would compromise their salah with all their busy shooting schedules.. Salah is the main practice in Islam for achieving Allah’s barakah in everything you do..
    And i’m sure that most “muslim” actors would consume liquor just to be “in with the crowd”. And also as a muslimah, your revealing attire will somehow takes the barakah away from you.
    Maybe some of the “muslim” actors achieved fame and fortune but do they have peace in their hearts? The important thing that we have to fear upon is Allah’s wrath.
    Is it called ISTIDRAJ.
    Allah gives all the fortune to his slaves but Allah never pleased (means continued doing sins and will be far from His grace)
    Zaira has made a right decision by putting Allah first. Bravo sister and do not worry.
    When you put Allah first, there will always be a longlasting sustenance for you.

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