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Prominent Indian activist Sabarimala embraces Islam

Sabarimala Jayakanthan, now Fatima, embraced Islam amid growing hostility and persecution toward Muslims in India.

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Indian human rights activist, Sabarimala Jayakanthan, has embraced Islam after reading Quran. Sabarimala is a prominent South Indian motivational speaker and social activist.

After embracing Islam, she reached Makkah to perform Umrah, in the holy month of Ramazan. A video of her reciting Shahadah while standing in the Grand Mosque of Makkah is circulating on social media. She has changed her name to Fatima Sabarimala.

“I changed my name to Fatimah out of love and respect for Prophet Muhammad’s daughter,” she explained in a video shot inside Makkah’s Grand Mosque.

She is seen in the video uttering Shahada, which means “There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad (peace be upon him) is His messenger.”

In another video, Sabrimala explained why she decided to convert to Islam. She said: “I questioned myself why there is so much hatred for Muslims in our nation, and I began reading the Quran — out of curiosity and without any prior prejudice – and then I knew the answer.” In the viral video, she can be heard stating, “Now I love Islam more than myself.”


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She said she adopted the name of the Holy Prophet’s daughter out of respect and love for the Prophet. She urged the Muslims to introduce the great book ‘Holy Quran’ to the world. She asked why they have hidden it in their homes. She said the world should read it, in a video message from Makkah.

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She has embraced Islam amid growing hostility and persecution toward Muslims in India. Islamophobia has taken a “most lethal form” in India, turning some 250 million Indian Muslims into a “persecuted minority, ” Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned scholar, author, and activist has said.

“The pathology of Islamophobia is growing throughout the West — It is taking its most lethal form in India,” Chomsky, who is also Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), said in a video message to a webinar organized by Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) on Thursday, a Washington-based advocacy organization.