Murcyleen Peerzada, the Mumbai-based Kashmiri woman, who shot in news after giving up Bollywood dream to become an Islamic preacher, has dissociated with Dr Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation. “My association with Dr Zakir Naik’s IRF had come to end today and from now, and from now I have no longer any association with the ladies wing of IRF. The decision of quitting my association with the organization is a personal one,” Peerzada said in an emailed statement to KNS. In August 2014, she organized an ‘Islamic peace conference’ in Kashmir University with the help of her father. “When I came to studying Islam, I didn’t know anyone from the field of Dawah, and I was eager to learn it. For this I have joined one of the only Islamic organizations that I knew existed for women that time which was run by Mrs. Zakir Naik.” She said that her path and that of IRF do not match anymore. “That was then and this is now, I part ways with IRF & can’t accommodate it anymore. I’m grateful for most of the beneficial knowledge they gave me. However, our paths don’t match anymore. I love positivity & creativity. I agree that the parting could be silent, however, since “YRF to IRF” was a page from my life that was appreciated, I thought it’s best to put this development out there. I don’t know where Allah will take me next but it’s going to be someplace amazing and positive I’m sure.” “I will be not leaving Dawah work, just leaving an organization. Dawah work should be positive and peaceful, I strongly believe that.” “I am attracted to positivity & really want to do more fun & lighter things. I have a long way to go,” she said.
2015 Kashmir Despatch