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Songs for God

God is infinite love, says singer Shafqat Amanat Ali, in an interview with Malvika Nanda.

entertainment Updated: Mar 28, 2010 00:19 IST
Malvika Nanda
Malvika Nanda
Hindustan Times

What’s your idea of God?

My idea of God is infinite love. God is he who allows you to make mistakes. But when you harm humanity, you attract His wrath, and He watches you and asks you for a payback.

Do you make a distinction between religion and spirituality?

No. Anybody can be spiritual and they could belong to any religion. When people turn fanatics and extremists in the name of religion, it’s not spirituality. Spirituality, according to me, is tolerance and respect for every religion. One can draw from every religion and marry it with what one has learnt from one’s own religion to find a way to God. Being human, according to me, is spirituality. Someone who fights to bring peace and betterment to humanity is spiritual.

Do you feel that something/someone keeps you protected?

When I was young, I used to feel protected when my mother was around. Now, I feel that there is a supreme power protecting us.

How do you make your spiritual connection work at work?

When I was studying and learning I used to do my riyaz dillegently. Now even though I can’t do it so often — due to my hectic schedule — there were moments during Aakar when I would sing just for myself and I felt connected to God and close to Him. But then there are also times when I sing just to invoke God’s blessing upon my singing.

Do you have a special God moment?

All my moments are God moments. I never feel that God isn’t around me.

What does ‘happiness’ mean to you?

When I see everyone around me happy… when I see groups of my friends enjoying themselves, be it on a beach, a pub, a car or even when I see two unknown people laughing at something I feel extremely happy. To me this is what happiness means.

First Published: Mar 28, 2010 00:16 IST