Ban film on Prophet with A R Rahman music: Sunni group to govt

Majidi film is first of a three-part biopic. 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.

Written by Sankhayan Ghosh | Mumbai | Updated: September 7, 2015 2:36 am
movie messenger of god, Prophet Muhammad, A R Rahman, Prophet movie, Prophet Muhammad movie,   muhammad messenger of god, Prophet Muhammad film, Majid Majidi, Iranian director Majid Majidi, muhammad biopic, majid majidi biopic, muhammad majid majidi, a r rahman muhammad biopic, indian muslims, india news The film by the renowned director Majid Majidi is the first of a trilogy on the life of Muhammad, and shows his childhood and adolescence till he becomes a prophet.

A Mumbai-based Sunni Muslim organisation has approached the Union Home Minister and the Iranian Consulate in India seeking a ban on the latest Majid Majidi film Muhammad: Messenger of God, calling it “blasphemous for more than one reason”.

In a memorandum sent to Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, the Raza Academy has also sought “legal action” against composer A R Rahman, who has given music for the film, for “hurting the sentiments of Indian 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.

Share This Article
Share
Related Article

After its world premiere on August 27 at the Montreal Film Festival, Muhammad: Messenger of God opened in Iran simultaneously in 57 screens but it is yet to release in other parts of the world.

Demanding “action against the filmmakers”, Mohammed Saeed Noori, founder secretary of the Raza Academy, wrote in the memorandum: “Firstly, the name of the prophet shouldn’t be in the film’s title. People use a film’s name loosely, like when someone says bad things about the film, it sounds like an insult to Muhammad himself. Secondly, photography isn’t allowed in Islam. We have a problem with various actors shown playing Muhammad.”

Since visual descriptions of the prophet is prohibited in Islam, Majidi has chosen not to show the face of Muhammad in the film, keeping in mind religious sentiments. The Oscar-winning Italian cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, has worked on various combinations of light and darkness to make this possible. Yet, the film has sparked controversy outside Iran — the Islamic Research Academy, associated with the Al Azhar mosque of Egypt, issued a statement condemning it, and Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti also spoke against the film.

However, Muhammad: Messenger of God has received the support of the Iranian government, which has partly funded the film. Majidi, the 56-year-old director, has made acclaimed films such as Colour of Paradise (1999) and Children of Heaven (1997), which was nominated at the Oscars for the Best Foreign film category.

“The film is being dubbed in many languages and likely to be released all around the world. That will make it worse. Since Iran is an Islamic country, there has not been much furore over this. Irrespective of creed, everyone deserves the same punishment for committing a crime,” said Noori. He also claimed that the Iranian Consulate in Mumbai refused to meet a five-member delegation from the academy, led by him, on Thursday,despite having an appointment.

When contacted, an official at the Consulate denied that the delegation was given an appointment. “Apparently, the Raza Academy members had come for a meeting with us but there was no appointment, and hence, we couldn’t receive them.”

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App now

  1. Z
    Zeeshan
    Mar 11, 2017 at 2:34 pm
    first being muslims we should know that the most superior creat of ALLAH is MUHAMMAD....so we can not portrate him with any one in any regard nd in any way.......nd islam4fools.....MAY ALLAH give u hadaya........QURAN itself says meaning of which is"some of my readers will get hadayat and some will become the wrong ones reading me""so we r seeing those people who are reading and becoming terrorist......so its not MAZALLAH QURAN fault its peoples fault.....
    Reply
    1. R
      rocky
      Sep 7, 2015 at 7:03 am
      Buddha also forbade anybody to build his statues. The difference with Islam is that there is fear of violent death added to Islamic teachings for everything it forbids. Then you call it a religion of peace!
      Reply
      1. C
        Caamano
        Sep 6, 2015 at 10:15 pm
        We are not interested in this movie in any case. Please let us live in peace and not in pieces!!
        Reply
        1. C
          Chandrashekhar Deshpande
          Sep 7, 2015 at 7:59 am
          What RAZA acedemi is pressing do not call much weight, the importance should be given to this aspect, what so called moderate Muslims and whose pupils are going in Cristian schools needs to be seen. Unfortunately the section of so called moderate, educated and who use to glorify TV debates, needs to express their views on this matter.But for them, at this juncture, the so called Freedom Of Speech becomes a game for dumbs. In the Muslim World, much more importance is being given to Aurangazeb and not to Akabar.
          Reply
          1. P
            priynk
            Sep 8, 2015 at 5:47 pm
            the main ques is whether the govt will allow it to be released in india.
            Reply
            1. S
              Sourav Das
              Sep 10, 2015 at 10:27 am
              Anything that has the word Muslim will be banned for hurting muslim sentiments :P Seems that's very fragile one... Awww
              Reply
              1. Y
                Yours truly
                Sep 16, 2015 at 12:33 pm
                Proposal of such a ban is nonsense. There is no verse in Quran that prohibits portrayal of any prophet or human. Individuals who want to ban this movie should leave behind narrow-minded and fist interpretations of verses from Quran that stems mostly from tribal culture of some civilizations. This movie has the potential to be a great promotional campaign for Islam and its prophet.
                Reply
                1. I
                  Islam4foools
                  Sep 7, 2015 at 7:20 pm
                  BAN FKING ISLAM WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR TERRORISM WORLDWIDE
                  Reply
                  1. I
                    Islam4foools
                    Sep 7, 2015 at 7:23 pm
                    IN ALL RELIGIONS, IF ANYONE WHO MUST BE ABUSED IS POPAT MOHEMMED, HE IS KILLING MILLIONS OF HUMANS EVEN AFTER HIS DEATH FROM HIS GRAVE THROUGH HIS TERROR MANUAL CALLED KURAN
                    Reply
                    1. I
                      Islam4foools
                      Sep 7, 2015 at 7:21 pm
                      ISLAM IS ISIS, ISIS IS ISLAM, BAN ISLAM
                      Reply
                      1. I
                        Islam4foools
                        Sep 7, 2015 at 7:22 pm
                        MUSLIMS ARE NOT PARTICULAR ABOUT THEIR RELIGION, BUT ARE BLIND USELESS S ABOUT RELIGION, THEY FORGET HUMANITY TO ENSLAVE TO RADICAL BOOK CALLED KURAN
                        Reply
                        1. I
                          Islam4foools
                          Sep 7, 2015 at 7:20 pm
                          PROBLEM WITH YOU KAAATTUA MUSLIMS IS YOU PEOPLE HAVE NO BRAIN, LANDA PEOPLE HAVE NO BRAIN, U CAN ONLY DO VIOLENCE RIOTS AND SUICIDE BOMBINGS, U MUSLIMS ARE DESTRUCTIVE FORCE IN HUMAN RACE
                          Reply
                          1. J
                            JYOTHIKUMAR.K
                            Sep 7, 2015 at 3:19 am
                            Raza academy is very selective to say photography is not allowed in Islam.Whether photography was there during starting of Islam to be banned is debatable. Moreover if that was banned all things modern also to be banned and should not be used by followers of Islam such as cars ,weapons ,bombs,including AK 47.
                            Reply
                            1. M
                              Murthy
                              Sep 7, 2015 at 5:23 pm
                              Just a few days ago Sri P. Chidambaram, our former minister wrote a column in this paper on 'rising intolerance'. I hope IE would ask him to write on this demand by Raza Academy. What would his advice be to the present government? Will he advice banning this movie as he himself banned quite a few movies that India's Christians objected to?
                              Reply
                              1. M
                                mast kalandar
                                Sep 7, 2015 at 11:33 am
                                Mu-HAM-MAD used to girls of his g-daughters age...and is considered a perfect human being by MOZ-LIMPS! So when do YOU plan to emulate his lifestyle ???
                                Reply
                                1. M
                                  Moaz Hassan
                                  Sep 7, 2015 at 4:32 pm
                                  Yes because Aurangzeb was the only emperor in India who did not used the treasure money for his personal expense. he used to sell his calligraphy artistic work to meet his personal expense. Can anyone show us one example that being an emperor he lived like a beggar.
                                  Reply
                                  1. M
                                    Moaz Hassan
                                    Sep 7, 2015 at 4:28 pm
                                    it is the very first step towards making the depiction of prophet being used for commercial reason. i feel very sorry when i see the picture of Hindu's God and goddess on every Ma packet and thrown in garbage. we will protest tooth and nail if this movie is released in India.
                                    Reply
                                    1. M
                                      Moaz Hassan
                                      Sep 7, 2015 at 11:14 pm
                                      There is historian naming puri,your claim is totally baseless and propaa of RSSfact we need an honest ruler like him to take back to our glory days
                                      Reply
                                      1. I
                                        Indian
                                        Sep 7, 2015 at 9:44 pm
                                        some people like islam4fool here are responsible for communal violence in india and in other countries. people who don't respect others religious sentiments are always responsible for degrating and defaming their own religion let's not disturb our secularism. jai Hind
                                        Reply
                                        1. A
                                          Avinash
                                          Sep 7, 2015 at 1:53 am
                                          So are the Iranian Muslims Kafir? Where were these guys from Raza group when this film was screened in Canada? I guess they woke up since it is being exhibited in Hindustan? What about the feelings of Shiites? Are they not Muslims? I understand in a museum in Turkey there is a painting with Mohammad riding a horse accompanied by Jesus Christ riding a donkey. talk about respect for a prophet of another religion. Wah re Wah!
                                          Reply
                                          1. R
                                            Ranjan
                                            Sep 7, 2015 at 11:09 am
                                            I was reading an article on the film in Dawn(stani Newspaper) and the writer was quite positive about the film and by reading the comments of the readers I found the people being happy about it and some were thanking Iranian government who made a film on the subject. I fail to understand why such organizations raise these ridicules topic, I guess to get the limelight in Media. I request my dear Media to ensure these allegations are not highlighted much. I am sure these allegation would die a natural death soon.
                                            Reply
                                            1. Load More Comments