Masha Alalykina Russian Model & Artist Converts to Islam

Masha Alalykina is a famous name in Russia and Russian speaking countries. Two years ago she was an attractive artist and model. Her fame reached its peak and her music group – Fabric – was at the top of the charts.

Masha, the former star of the cinema, dancing, and music, now wears a hijab and is teaching. She says that she hates the fake façade of her past and feels that she is only now successful.

The following is a translation of an interview with this Muslim artist on the Russian site

Journalist: How did you put all of your success behind you and accept Islam?

Masha: By Allah’s (swt) grace I took a step in His (swt) direction. This was the will of Allah (swt).

Journalist: When you were a singer did you ever think that you would become Muslim, fast, and perform the pilgrimage?

Masha: No. It did not even cross my mind that I might perform the pilgrimage and drink the best water – the water of Zamzam.

Journalist: Was the path that you took which led you to Islam a long path?

Masha: I became Muslim two years ago. I was reading one day when I realized that one of my close friends slipped into a coma in another city. I did not know how I could help my friend. That day, for the first time, I prayed and made supplications asking God for help.

The next day that same friend called me and said: “I saw you when I was unconscious and you helped me a lot.” I cried a lot at that instant because it was the first time in my life that I wanted something from God.

Journalist: What are you up to now?

Masha: I know five European languages and teach in the university. I also write some Islamically permitted songs.

IJournalist: Do you listen to music as well?

Masha: Yes, I listen to Rayhan, Sami Yusuf, and Cat Stevens (who changed his name to Yusuf Islam after he became Muslim).

Journalist: Have you learned things from the Quran? Are you prepared to add Arabic to the five European languages that you know?

Masha: At first I thought it was hard to learn Arabic. But I have started and love it a lot. I think it is a key to learning more knowledge.

Journalist: Why do you think people more interested in Islam than other religions? And, why do you think many of the people who become Muslim involved with concerts and music?

Masha: Islam has the strongest foundation in relation to other religions. All Islamic rules can be applied to life and the path of Islam is the path of success

Journalist: What feelings do you have now that you have become a Muslim?

Masha: I feel blessed. I now have the opportunity to compare what I was before and what I am now. I have now become familiar with real life and therefore I am successful.

Journalist: How are you different than before?

Masha: A belief in Allah (swt) has changed my life. The desire to believe in Allah (swt) is in everyone’s conscience. I do not believe that Allah (swt) gave man intellect so that we live, eat, sleep, and die. Allah (swt) gave us an opportunity to live in a way that we would reach Him (swt).

Journalist: Do you ever think about how much money you made before? Are you ever regretful?

Masha: Those sparkles have become worthless to me after I became Muslim. I hate them.

Journalist: Are you not afraid to openly show yourself as a Muslim?

Masha: No. Actually it’s the opposite, I feel that I have a duty to save others from misguidance and to become a role-model for them.

Journalist: Are you upset that your previous pictures are on the internet?

Masha: I do not like to look at the pictures myself. But, there is no problem for people to see them and learn from them. They should know that a person can be born again and start over from scratch. A person can repent and clean away all of the filth of their past by performing righteous deeds, insha’Allah.

Journalist: What can you say about Islam to other people?

Masha: Islam says that if you are unable to think about Allah (swt)at least try to rid yourselves of bad qualities – bad qualities such as self-love, arrogance, envy, oppression, lying, praising oneself, and worshiping oneself. If one wants to take a step towards Islam all they have to do is think and seek help from their conscience.

Journalist: What message do you have for Muslims?

Masha: I hope that the righteous deeds of my brothers and sisters will be accepted by Allah and I pray that He has mercy on their families.

Journalist: And for non-Muslims?

Masha: I am hopeful for people who have yet to become Muslims to come to themselves and to think beyond all the trash that is presented to them in this age.See More

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