MUMBAI: Raising their objections to an Iranian film Muhammad: Messenger of God, a Mumbai based Muslim Sunni group Raza Academy has issued a fatwa against music director AR Rahman and all those involved in the project that also include famous Iranian director Majid Majidi.
“We are not in favour of the title as people may use it in a bad context if they do not like the movie which will definitely be an insult to the Prophet. The actors in the movie have charged money to act, however they might have doubtful character in their life outside the screen. How can we as Muslim allow such things to take place?” Saeed Noorie, Raza Academy Chief asked.
The fatwa against Rahman has been issued by Muhammad Akhtar, the Chief of Mufti in Mumbai in which he asked that Rahman and Majidi along with other co-workers should read the kalma again solemnize their wedding once more. “They have erred and they must apologize,” he said.
When it was discussed that most of the crew of the movie was Muslim, Noorie pointed out that it is of utmost importance that these people should realize their mistake. “We would have been criticised if we had condemned American or Danish filmmakers. If it’s an insult, then it is an insult and the person’s religion doesn’t matter,” he said.
The fatwa has also asked Muslims to stage protest against the movie within the ‘legal’ limits and publicly criticize it.
One of the most reputed filmmakers of Iran, 56-year-old Majidi along with Mohsen Makhmalbaf, has directed films like Children of Heaven, which was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 1998 Academy Awards, The Color of Paradise, and Baran. He is also currently working on a film on Kashmir.