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Tamil Actress Monika converts to Islam

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Chennai: The popular Tamil film actress Monika, known for her films like Azhagi and Silanthi, has converted to Islam and her new name is M G Rahima. The actress has acted in more than 70 films as heroine and child artist. Monika’s parents are Christians and the actress said she will no longer act in films.

She held a press meet at RKV Studio where she said, “I didn’t convert for the reason of love or money; am not such a person. I like Islamic principles and that’s why I converted... I really thank my dad who gave me full support. I  have changed my name to M. G. Raheema (M - Maruthi Raj (father), G-Gracy (mother)). Hereafter I won’t act in the film, it gives some pain but I don’t change my mind.” The actress has issued her new photo graphs in Islamic Abaya. Earlier, the Oscar winner musician AR Rahman and popular musician Yuvan Shankar Raja had also embraced Islam.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 June 2014 on page no. 13

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