These following set of photos have been making its rounds on cyberspace of late. Even though the set of photos were more than what I had portrayed here, I’m just giving a gist of it. In case you have been living on a different planet and dunno who is the person featured, the groom in the photo is none other than our famous radio personality from Warna 94.2FM, Mr A B Shaik, and no, these photos are not photos from a drama series that he would be acting in after the success of the comedy series Ahakz, in which he portrayed himself as a psychologist and a teacher in various segments.
I received quite a few emails of the same contents asking if it’s true since people know of my close working rapport with a few of our local radio personalities. The fact is that as much as I am close to some of them, the closeness can be classified as more on a professional level than a private one. At the same time, I have every ounce of respect not to know about what goes on in their private lives. So the photos were a pleasant surprise to me as much as it was to those who have viewed them. And judging by the photos, I guess it was very much a small affair meant for family, colleagues and close friends. But deep down I suspected that knowing our community, some quarters would start giving wild speculations that the man had gotten himself a second wife and so on and so forth, especially when the public knows he has two sons already, who used to accompany him to outdoor shows that he was involved in.
Before I go on to say more and to quell whatever impending rumours there are about his marriage or what goes on in his private life for that matter, let me just say that it is never a crime to marry more than one in our religion, a fact that is lost on many people, especially on the ladies. More so when the person is capable of balancing equality between two wives. That has been decreed and anyone questioning it needs to go back to the drawing board. Knowing bro Shaik and his personality, I wouldn’t begrudge him of that as I know he is a man full of integrity and love and would be fair to both in the event the scenario is true.
But the true fact is that, the man has been solo for eleven years already!!! How do I know, since I initially said I don’t delve into their private lives??? Well, after receiving those photos, I took the time to sms him my congratulations and in reply, he thanked me for the kind words, but at the same time lamented that some people have accused him of exercising polygamy and wondered if I could help to clear the air for him. So that was how I found out about everything. Even his solo status was a mystery to me all these while. We should learn to respect that for all their public profile, personalities and celebrities too are like us. They are very much protective over their private lives. Just because they are in the public eye, doesn’t give us the right to know everything about them.
Bro Shaik has helped me a lot over the years. He was one of my mentors when I did my internship with radio in 1998 and he was also my wedding master-of-ceremony in 2005, that I feel very much obliged to help him shoot down all the possible negative rumours about him that people might have about his wedding. One might not be able to read his thoughts and candid interview on print media till perhaps a later date when things might have gotten out of hand. I doubt he would ever want to talk about this on TV knowing how protective and private he is. The power of online journalism is that one can get the news out even faster than print media and that was what you got when this domain was the first to break the news on the APM 2009 Nominations List and when sites like Gumbira.com broke the news on the Top 20 Anugerah contestants in real-time as it was being announced on Jus.
So before things get out of hand and various degrees of rumours start to spread like wildfire, I have been very priviledged to have received his blessings to talk about this in my blog just to help clear the air for him. And I hope after this, we would all throw away whatever negative thoughts we might have and just pray that his marriage will be blessed by Almighty. He is like any other persons out there. A man who has been going solo for eleven years definitely needs companionship. Heck, life would be even boring without friends and having a companion to share your ups and downs. That is the way of life and I hope people out there would learn to respect that.