Vegetarian is the practice of restraining oneself from the use of animal products, especially in the case of diet. Vegetarians have one thing in common and that is a plant-based diet. They abstain from eating animals foods like meat (including fish, shellfish and insects), dairy, eggs and honey.
Over the years, several people have adopted this vegetarian lifestyle. We have also seen celebrities converting from non-vegetarian to vegetarian lifestyles because they believe that eating plant-based items are good and healthy.
However, it is really rare to find Muslims who are vegetarians. Now, in this article, we will take a look at the list of Muslim celebrities who are pure vegetarian in real life.
3. Aesha Takia
Ayesha Takia Azmi is a former Indian actress who is famous for her work in Hindi films. She did her debut in Taarzan: The Wonder Car for which she bagged the Filmfare Best Debut Award in 2004. Her most important films include the likes of Socha Na Tha, Dor, for which she won the Screen Award for Best Actress, and Wanted.
Aesha Takia who used to be a meat-eater has now converted to a vegan. “I’ve been a meat-eater all my life till I came across the books Skinny Bitch and Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Diet,” tells us Ayesha Takia.
“These books made me understand nutrition and what we do with our bodies without thinking. When I went vegan seven years ago, my mum and sister joined me as well and so, it made the transitioning easier. It is definitely about animal cruelty, but for me, it’s primarily about how it’s benefitted my health and lifestyle.
“I started noticing great benefits within a year. Not only did I drop pounds but my skin and hair felt livelier too. I was vegan throughout my pregnancy as well, and I felt my healthiest then. The biggest issue with turning vegan is not the unavailability of ingredients or choices.
It’s actually having to constantly be in people’s line of questioning. Everyone turns into a nutritionist when they meet a vegan. Earlier, when I’d travel, the options were limited and I’d end up only ordering from the sides. But that’s changed today. My son is being brought up to be a vegetarian – it’s like a mid-point between my vegan and my husband’s non-vegetarian food choices. He will be free to make his choices once he grows up.”
2. Aamir Khan
Mr. Bollywood’s Perfectionist, Aamir Khan is known for his extinguish role in Taare Zameen Par, Ghajini and PK, and his roles in Lagaan, 3 Idiots. Earlier before starting his career as an actor, Aamir worked as an assistant director.
The Bollywood actor used to eat fish, chicken, meat and eggs. He has now quit non-vegetarian food and turned vegan. In fact, he has also given up milk and dairy products.
1. Irrfan Khan
Irrfan Khan overcame all obstacles to become one of the most popular performers in the country, despite coming from a humble family and starting little in the profession.
Irrfan got a job as an air-conditioner repairman when he initially arrived in Mumbai. According to legend, one of the first houses he visited as part of his employment was late Bollywood actor Rajesh Khanna.
Irrfan undoubtedly wanted to be a cricketer when he was little, but his parents were against it. He finally chose to pursue a career in acting after receiving a scholarship to the prestigious National School of Drama (NSD).
In Mira Nair’s Academy Award-nominated classic Salaam Bombay!, he made his modest cinematic debut as a letter writer.
Irrfan Khan was an animal lover. The Indian Muslim actor turned vegetarian also questioned the sacrifice of animals during Eid-uz-Zoha.
“Qurbani means sacrificing something close to your heart and sharing with others. Today, you buy a goat from the market for sacrifice. It is something to think about, it is a matter of common sense, we all should ask ourselves how sacrificing another life earns us any goodwill,” the versatile actor commented. “Mercy and compassion are the basis of Islam”, said Irrfan Khan