Reacting to the controversial Fatwa issued by Raza Academy, a Mumbai-based Muslim group that demanded an apology from Music Wizard A.R. Rahman for composing music for Iranian film titled MUHAMMAD: MESSENGER OF GOD, Rahman in a message in his Facebook page said that he composed the music for the film with uttermost faith in Allah and had no intention of causing offence.
Silencing his critics brilliantly Rahman writes, “Mr. Noorie of Raza Academy has alleged that if I do not to apology than I must not complain on Qayamat (Judgment Day) that I was not warned before on earth.”
He adds, “I wish to enlighten Mr. Noorie that I had composed the music of the film purely because a similar question cropped up in my conscience - what if on Judgment Day, Allah asked me, ‘I gave you faith, talent, money, fame and health… why you did not do music for my beloved Muhammad film? A film whose intention is to unite humanity, clear misconceptions and spread my message that life is kindness, about uplifting the poor, and living in the service of humanity and not mercilessly killing innocents in my name.”
Irked at the plight of multiple assaults being made on holy Prophet Muhammad in recent times A.R. Rahman lamented, “It is really disturbing that in the past few years there have been several immoral, deplorable and ruthless remarks made online concerning the Holy Prophet and according to me most of such irresponsible remarks are due to lack of understanding of the sacred Quran and its teachings.”
He informs, “Hence when Iranian filmaker, Majid Majidi, explained me the subject of the movie I gave my nod because I believe it is our duty to counter the evil reaction against Islam with love and compassion and cinema is the best vehicle to reach out to people and broaden their knowledge about our religion that has been misinterpreted and twisted by certain vested interest.”
Rahman concludes his message with heart rendering and thought provoking appeal. He writes, “Let us set an example in clearing conflict with grace and dignity and not trigger violence in words or actions. Let us pray for forgiveness, and from our hearts bless those who suffer in the world and bless the country that we live in. To so pray is to reflect the noble and enlightened nature of our beloved Muhammad. Amen!”