Mozart of Madras and Oscar award winner AR Rahman is in deep trouble because a Mumbai-based Sunni Muslims' group, Raza Academy has issued Fatwa against him for scoring background music in Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi’s film MUHAMMAD: MESSENGER OF GOD. The fatwa has been issued by Muhammad Akhtar – the Chief Mufti of Mumbai
The fundamentalist Muslim organization has allegedly charged both music composer AR Rahman and filmmaker Majid Majidi of committing blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad and demanded the duo to purify of their sin by reciting the sacred kalma and solemnise their marriage once again!
It may be noted Raza Academy has even sent a notice to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh urging them to ban the movie in India.
Mohammed Saeed Noori, founder secretary of the Raza Academy briefing media about their outrage against the movie said, “The movie violates the basic tenets of Islam because according to Islam Prophet Muhammad's visual or picture cannot be reproduced. Secondly, photography isn't allowed in Islam.”
He added, “The other thing that we object is the film’s title that has our Prophet’s name. In case cine buffs do not like the film they may criticize the movie by its name thus inertly insulting the Prophet.”
The organization has also raised eye brows for casting non-Muslims in the lead roles allegedly how can actors, who have dubious character in real life, play such pious characters of Islam.
The Raza Academy has also sought ‘legal action’ against composer AR Rahman as he has hurt the sentiments of Indian Muslims by composing the music in the film.
It may be noted that the filmmaker Majid Majidi has the honor of having been nominated for the foreign-language film Oscar Award for 1997’s “The Children of Heaven.
According to reports the film Muhammad: The Messenger of God is Iran’s most expensive film to date and boosts of big names of International Cinema like lenser Vittorio Storaro and composer A.R. Rahman, as well as craft departments bristling with foreign technicians.