The controversy erupted when Majid Majidi’s film ‘Muhammad: The Messenger of God’ was released. The music of the film was given by AR Rahman. Muhammad Akhtar, the chief mufti of Mumbai, issued the fatwa against Majidi, Rahman, and other co-workers of this film for allegedly hurting the sentiments of Muslims.
The film by the renowned director is the first of a trilogy on the life of Muhammad, and shows his childhood and adolescence till he becomes a prophet.
Saeed Noorie, chief of Raza Academy, which initiated the fatwa that was issued by Muhammad Akhtar said:
“We are against the title. People may use it in a bad manner if they don’t like the film, which will mean an insult to the Prophet. The actors have charged money to act in the film and they may have dubious character in real life. How can we Muslims allow such things to happen?”
Music maestro AR Rahman tried ending the controversy, as he vocalized his opinions on Facebook. Here is what he had to say to bury this issue.