Last week we had reported that Mumbai based ‘Raza Academy’ has now issued a fatwa against those involved in the making of legendary Iranian film director Majid Majidi’s venture Muhammad: Messenger of God, including Indian musical maestro A R Rahman. Reacting to the fatwa that was issued Rahman who has composed memorable scores from numerous films over the years, posted a letter he drafted towards those who were affected by the film.
In his letter Rahman states, “This letter is for all those people, who have been aware of the recent events concerning me. I’m not a scholar of Islam. I follow the middle path and am part of traditionalist and part rationalist. I live in the western and eastern worlds and try to love all people for what they are, without judging them. I didn’t direct or produce the movie ‘Muhammad (PBUH), Messenger Of God.’. I just did the music. My spiritual experiences of working on the film are very personal and I would prefer not to share these.”
Further talking about the reason why he said yes to the project, Rahman adds, “My decision to compose the music for this film was made in good faith and with no intention of causing offence. In fact, the decision was based on a similar point of view as expressed by Mr. Noori. What, and if, I had the good fortune of facing Allah (Sbt), and He were to ask me on Judgement Day: “I gave you faith, talent, money, fame and health…why did you not do music for my Beloved Muhammad (sals) film? A film whose intention is to unite humanity, clear misconceptions and spread my message that life is about kindness, about uplifting the poor, and living in the service of humanity and not mercilessly killing innocents in my name.”
Concluding his explanation Rahman talked about the religious freedom he enjoys within the country saying, “We are indeed fortunate and blessed to live in a country like India where religious freedom is practiced and where the aim of all communities is to live in peace and harmony sans confusion and violence.”
For those who are unaware, a fatwa was issued against Rahman and Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi for their involvement on the movie on the life Prophet Muhammed. The fatwa issued by Raza Academy asked Muslims to reject the film since the title could be used in a bad manner by the audience if they don’t like the film, translating to an insult to the Prophet.
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