Rakhi Sawant, a well-known figure in the Indian entertainment industry since the 2000s, has recently attracted significant attention due to her pilgrimage to Makkah for the Umrah, a holy journey. This pilgrimage created diverse reactions on social media, and she has now returned to Mumbai, where she received a warm floral welcome.
As Rakhi emerged from the airport, wearing a white gown, a crowd of paparazzi eagerly awaited her arrival and bombarded her with questions. In the midst of the chaos, she took a moment to respond. When addressed as Rakhi by the crowd, she insisted on being called Fatimah after her pilgrimage.
When a reporter asked if she had officially changed her name on legal documents, she reportedly replied, “God has created me just as I am. He loves me for who I am, without the need for changes in documents or my name.”
Following this revelation, Indian media began speculating whether the actress had converted to Islam. In response, she explained, “I married a Muslim man, and when you marry a Muslim, you also embrace Islam. I have been married to Adil for a year now.”
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Rakhi Sawant continued to address the criticism she faced, stating, “People who are born Muslim also visit temples and go to places like Vaishno Devi. No one questions them. But if a Hindu girl goes to the Kaabah Sharif and feels a call from God, it creates a stir… I want to emphasize that I feel very blessed to have been called for the Umrah.”
Rakhi Sawant’s recent spiritual journey to the holy cities of Makkah and Medina sparked a frenzy on social media. While some expressed their well-wishes, others, including social media influencer Mathira, criticized her for what they perceived as using religion for “drama” and raised questions about the authenticity of her faith.