Remember when Hamza Ali Abbasi said he had a big announcement to make for us all at the end of October?
And then October went by but there was no update?
Well, it finally happened as Hamza Ali Abbasi returned to social media to make his important statement: he's leaving the entertainment industry (except not exactly).
In a 23 minute video titled 'From Atheism to Islam', Abbasi explained his various reasons for stepping away from acting and his future plans.
"I'm very grateful for all love I've received from people," said the actor." But I've been thinking about my purpose in life a lot."
"Whatever purpose of life I kept thinking of, be it in politics or showbiz, I saw it end with my death... So what if I win an Academy Award someday? I'll still die... we all will."
He added, "I look at all my trophies, that mattered a lot to me because it was the symbol of my hard work being rewarded, and I wonder about what these awards will mean after I die. To my children and grandchildren, these will mean nothing, they're just pieces of metal."
"There were only two things I saw continue after my death; serving humanity with charity and what not - which is compulsory anyway - and devoting my life to God. I want to spend the rest of my life talking about God and spreading His message. Call it religious activistism, call it a declaration or whatever, but now I want to talk about God."
Abbasi made sure to clarify he isn't moving away from the field because of any moral conflict of the medium itself.
"[I'm] moving away from acting not because it is haraam in Islam because it isn't but that is an entirely different subject matter and I see myself talking about how many forms of art aren't forbidden in Islam. I'm leaving acting because the kind of work I want to do now does not happen often. Also, I don't want people asking me about my films or projects when I'll be talking about God."
Hamza also mentioned politics, claiming it to be an important part in a person's life but clarifying that he "won't take part in electoral politics" because "that demands lying and being corrupt since it's all a popularity game."
Returning to the subject of leaving the entertainment industry he said, "There are elements of acting that are non-serious and commercial. I don't want to be talking about such serious matters at one point and look silly the next. I also don't want anyone to think I'm acting for fame and attention. Everything I've done so far have been appreciated by you all and I am grateful for that, but that means I don't have the desire to work for fame."
"I only did Alif becuase of the message it had about God or else Maula Jutt would've been my last project."
He added, "I will continue to make things though; dramas and films that will be for my country and my religion. I will try to use this medium to further the kind of message that I think need to be given."
Hamza let everyone know that he will be making numerous videos for his YouTube account, all discussing various topics related to religion and faith.
"You can agree or disagree with what I have to say but please don't doubt my intentions or try to make up an agenda for me," said the now ex actor. "Whatever I'll be saying will be from my heart."