Actor Ushna Shah has written an open letter on Facebook, in which she calls out her fellow members of Pakistani entertainment sphere for cashing in on Ramadan shows on Pakistani television while failing to carry the values preached by Islam through the year.
Without mentioning any names, she writes,
“For some, this is a holy month of prayer, discipline and ablution. For others, it’s the month of selling Islam and being a shameless hypocrite.”
“Many people will pretend to be someone they are not for a mere 30 days to cash in on this holy month, I may not keep all my fasts or say all my prayers, but I sure as hell won’t disrespect Islam and the millions of people fasting and truly abiding by the faith by pretending to do so just to gain the respect and the money I do not deserve.”
According to her, she has seen double standards in “the same directors who have hit on me and not given me work because some other actress gave in” and others who tried to taint her career.
On women in particular she says,
“I have zero respect for the veil [donning] Virgin Marys who make millions off [Ramazan] transmission by preaching the word of God on Iftar shows and become tutti fruitties a month later.”
Concluding her letter, she adds a disclaimer to clarify that,
“I am not targeting people who truly believe in the spirit of Islam, I’m targeting the hypocrites [who] fake it every year for either pseudo respect or money.”
Additionally, in another postscript in the comments section, she justified that her words were not directed towards Momina Mustehsan who recited Qaseeda Burda Shareef for A-Plus Ramadan transmission this year.
“Momina Mustehsan someone asked if this status [referred] to [you], I JUST saw [your] song. [Your] highlighter is on point and you’re a sweetheart all year round, so no,” she wrote.
Her fellow actors such as writer, actor and our May cover star Osman Khalid Butt, Actor Ayaz Samoo and model Rabia Butt expressed their appreciation towards her letter.