Hindu woman embraced Islam, came to live in Kashmir, now ‘belongs nowhere’

Hindu woman embraced Islam, came to live in Kashmir, now ‘belongs nowhere’
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Nusrat Sidiq   
Srinagar: Priya Singh, now Farah Khan, was born to a Rajput family and lived in Bangalore until 1996, when she converted to Islam and came to live in Kashmir after marrying her fellow college student, Harris Alfarah Khan, who has ditched her.
The stranded woman, who has two daughters from her husband, has filed a case for maintenance under Section 488 CrPC against Khan who has left Kashmir to work in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She has also filed a civil suit against her brother-in-law and an uncle of her husband to seek return of her gold ornaments that her husband gave them. The High Court at Srinagar has now summoned her husband through the Indian embassy at Riyadh.
Priya Singh was disowned by her parents when she decided to marry a Muslim. She went to her parents’ home once after her marriage, but was turned away for having disgraced the family. Even so, she is not willing to renounce Islam to be accepted back in her family. “My parents won’t accept me as a Muslim but even if they do, my daughters will have to change their religion, which I won’t allow. Even if my husband has cheated me, it doesn’t make any difference to my views on Islam as a religion,” Farah Khan told Kashmir Reader.
“I didn’t convert to Islam just because I was marrying a Muslim. I converted because of the beauty of the religion. I properly went through the religious scriptures to understand Islam fully and then converted with open heart,” Farah said.
Farah and Harris met in 1995 when they were both studying at a Bangalore engineering college. After a few months they decided to get married. Without telling her family, Farah came to Kashmir and converted to Islam before marrying Harris.
“I left everything for him – all luxuries, even my parents. I didn’t think for a second that this man could ditch me in the later years of my life,” Farah said.
Farah’s mother couldn’t believe that her daughter had converted to Islam and the shock hastened her death. Farah learnt of her mother’s death three years after her marriage. “In 1999, I came to know about my mother’s death. When I went there, I was not shown her face. I was ridiculed that I had turned away from my religion. It didn’t matter to me because I believed that my husband will always take care of me and will never cheat me.”
“For the past three years my husband has had no contact with me,” Farah told Reader. “He is not even bothered about his daughters. He is enjoying his life at Riyadh. I am living in a rented house at Shivpora with my daughters. I have sent him many messages and made phone calls, but he is not responding.”
“When he got his job in Riyadh in 2010, I gave him every possible help, including all my gold jewellery. Till 2013 everything was
fine. He was sending me money every month. In 2013 when he came back, he and his two brothers decided to sell their property at Ishber Nishat. My husband and his younger brother purchased land at Buchpora and the elder brother purchased land at Harwan. My husband told me that for some time you have to live at a rented house till we build our own house. A rented house at Chanapora was taken. I had a lot of gold with me. My husband told me it is not safe to keep these gold ornaments with you. I gave him all my ornaments and he gave them to his brother. Later, when I asked for my ornaments, his brothers said they did not have my ornaments. Before the court I have said the same thing: that I gave my ornaments to my husband but he handed them over to his brother in front of me,” Farah said.
“Every time there is a hearing in the high court, the lawyer from their side says that we are coming to an amicable solution. But where is the solution? I want to ask my husband, you were good with me when I had a lot of money and gold, but now when I have nothing, you have ditched me?” Farah said.

24 Responses to "Hindu woman embraced Islam, came to live in Kashmir, now ‘belongs nowhere’"

  1. Haaris   January 21, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    Alhamdulillah suma’ Alhamdullilah you are a great muslimah sister. You are well aware of the fact that Islam is not just a religion, it is a way of life. Good people and bad people are everywhere. This is just a tribulation for you from Allah. This is what life actually is.Sister Farah, this world is designed to break our heart that is why this is dunya – the most down. Everything else is up fro here. Have faith in Allah because He will never ever leave you alone. But, always remeber you’re on the right path. Hope for the best. I’ll pray for you, Insha’Allah. Assalamualikum (wRwB)

  2. udck   October 26, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    The husband can and did what he was allowed to do. So why are people commenting that he did wrong? In Islam marriage is a contract, he has to follow it and give her a proper divorce and pay her the amount decided at that time. Post that he is free from his responsibilities. And the lady is free to marry another muslim man.
    It is wrong to start talking about western style or other religion style morality in this case.

  3. Hamid Naseem Rafiabadi   September 24, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    I was very much shocked by this sad story .What has happened to our so called educated muslim professionals that they do not care about their own blood and children .I have al the sympathies with this sister and I feel sorry for the un-Islamic behaviour of her husband and his brothers .They are worst representatives of Islam and Kashmiri culture in which women need fair treatment .Let the good sense prevail and this sister is given her dower and ornaments back and the maintenance of her daughters on regular basis as marriage in islam is not a luxury but a responsibility

  4. Farooq   September 15, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Dear sister, I am ready to help in fight against ur husband, and let me say u have chosen great religion. It is immaterial that ur husband cheated. U will get reward from Allaha subhana Watalla. When ever u need my help. Feel free u r my sister.

  5. Salman   August 19, 2017 at 11:00 am

    If this story was true, The husband should be punished .

    And without hearing from both sides, the judge cannot pass a one-sided Ruling.

    If the husband has another story to narrate, then the truth should be discovered & the criminal deserves the punishment irrespective of the gender & religion.

  6. masarat   August 16, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    i want to ask a question to all the readers why only women suffers in our society? here is no question of religion infact both are responsible.

  7. P C Dash   August 16, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    In the beauty of religion she could not find the male dominant marriage laws and brittleness of relationship inherent to it. Blindly longing for any thing in this world destroys human sense of judgement. I hope law of this land will ensure justice for her.

  8. kcindian   August 3, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    As u Sow So shall you REAP?

  9. kcindian   August 3, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    as you sow so shall you reap.

  10. Waheed   August 3, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    I hope sister oneday u will get the justice InshAllah I hope.We salute u sister u are a great lady.Oneday your husband will understand wt he did with you

    temis aeas naal lagin maj hond kasam

    Rab diye xee emuk fal InShAllah

  11. skm   August 2, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    This is the story of a stupid marriage by a girl with a crook.

    We’d tell her, the colorings about converting by beauty of religion and blaming the parents was quite uncharitable.

  12. G. Din   July 7, 2017 at 12:49 am

    You cast the seed of your love on a fallow piece of land. What did you expect? Reap a bounty? Well, you reaped a harvest of weeds and the thorns.
    Long back, in the days of Soviet Union, Muslim young men from middle east were invited to study in the Soviet Universities. During their days at the Universities they fell in “love’ with white Russian beauties who were desperate to leave their country for the life in USSR was indeed very difficult. They married the boys and in time their husbands took them home. No sooner were they in their own countries the wives were forced to ditch their Soviet citizenship. Soon after they were sold into white slavery. The girls went to their missions for help but Soviets could not help them because their cunning husbands had made sure that their wives were no longer Soviet citizens. Such are the promises of Islam, no matter where. I know of a Kashmiri Pandit girl who also followed the same path. He left her after she bore him a son. Luckily for her there was an enlightened young Kashmiri Pandit man who married her and adopted her son. Her story ended up a happy one but she was indeed lucky.

  13. Kumar   July 5, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    This is a hard lesson for hindu women who convert to the evil religion of Islam. Even the prophet of Islam was a person very much like that husband ,the prophet was a child molester and serial rapist.
    If the prophet himself had bad character, it cannot be expected that muslims have good character.

  14. Jay   July 5, 2017 at 10:22 am

    You converted because of beauty of religion now enjoy the beauty..Good luck

  15. Kabir   June 26, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    This is a lesson for all who are do not listen to their parents and trust worthless fellows.

  16. vinayak upadhyaya   June 19, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Religion is not in book but is what we practice in daily life . She married to a muslim boy and after that she converted to Islam and then all problems for woman started . There is thousands examples that muslim men are not faithful to their wives.

  17. Dar Suhail   May 4, 2017 at 1:17 am

    Islam is not the inheritance of mine or yours. Islam belongs to one who follows it. Nonoe will carry the burden of other. One should not delay accepting the true message of Islam for being deceived by any bad Muslim.

  18. Syed Alias Ahmad Nazki   May 2, 2017 at 3:38 am

    This Bastered should be brought under the feet of this lovely and honest woman, and should be punished along with his brothers, family members who never made him understand what marriage is, Being a Muslim I whole heartedly support Farah Khan The Great Woman

  19. Shahid   May 1, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Islam never permits this, he should be punished under islam law

  20. Vikas   April 23, 2017 at 7:05 am

    She deserves what she is going through. Enjoy the love and religion.

  21. Asif   April 20, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    So Sad but but religion/islam does not give his permission to do so..He is wrong

  22. sarwar altaf   April 18, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    he must be punished under the islamic laws

  23. shaid   April 17, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Niether he is a good human,nor a muslim.he is just a cheater. how can he be a kashmiri, he is just a pig no more than that.one who left every thing for you ,you left her mid way with 2 kids.
    As a kashmir i am ashamed of his actions.let allha give him punishment for his actions.let his brother get his punishment for cheating.(amanat mai khayanat ).i hope sister and i wish you get justic.inshalla allha is with you.keep you faith on allha.

  24. Aditya M   April 16, 2017 at 10:20 am

    This is the reason why people should think twice before converting to Islam. Such a story of muslim men fleeing to Sudi or Gulf and abandoning their wives and family has been told too many times .. and Shariat unfortunately promotes such irresponsibility, Sad