Three days after Raza Academy, a Mumbai-based Sunni Muslims' group accused Indian music composer AR Rahman and Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi of blasphemy in connection with the upcoming film "Muhammad: Messenger of God", Rahman made his stance clear on the issue on Monday, 14 September.
"I didn't direct or produce the movie Muhammad (PBUH), Messenger of God. I just did the music. My spiritual experiences of working on the film are very personal and I would prefer not to share these," the Oscar winning composer wrote in a letter that has been posted in his official Facebook account.
"My decision to compose the music for this film was made in good faith and with no intention of causing offence. In fact, that decision was based on a similar point of view as expressed by Mr. Noori. What, and if, I had the good fortune of facing Allah (Sbt), and He were to ask me on Judgement Day:
"I gave you faith, talent, money, fame and health.. why did you not do music for my Beloved Muhammad (sals) film? A film whose intention is to unite humanity, clear misconceptions and spread my message that life is about kindness, about uplifting the poor, and living in the service of humanity and not mercilessly killing innocents in my name," he added.
Read the full letter below:
"Muhammad: Messenger of God", set in the sixth century, tells the story of Prophet Muhammad. Raza Academy had accused the makers of the film of violating Prophet Muhammad's words that no visual or picture of him be created or kept. The group urged all the Muslims involved in the making of the film to recite kalma and solemnise their marriage again, especially Rahman and Majidi.