Slumdog Millionaire composer A.R. Rahman says he has no intention to offend any religious group after a fatwa was issued against the Oscar and Grammy-winner over his role in a new film about the life of Prophet Muhammed.
The Mumbai-based Sunni Muslim organization Raza Academy, has condemned ‘Muhammad: The Messenger of God’, a £20 million Iranian film directed by Majid Majidi and scored by Rahman.
The film shows Muhammad as a teenager and as a baby – depictions which are seen as taboo by many Muslims, in particular Sunni Muslims.
One cleric also criticized the fact the film has many non-Muslim actors.
On Monday, Rahman – who was brought up Hindu but later converted to Islam, his mother’s religion – took to his Facebook page to defend his decision to create the music for the film.
He said: “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 decision to compose the music for this film was made in good faith with no intentions of causing offence,” he added.
Rahman also cited Indian democracy: “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. Let us set a precedent in clearing conflict with grace and dignity and not trigger violence in words or actions.”
‘Muhammad: The Messenger of God’ chronicles the prophet’s life from birth to his early teen years and is believed to be the first part of a trilogy of films.
Have a look at the trailer for the film: