“We are indeed fortunate and blessed to live in a country like India where religious freedom is practiced.”
In a message that went up first on his Facebook page Monday evening, A.R. Rahman reacted to the fatwa issued against him by a Mumbai-based group for scoring the music for the Iranian Muhammad: Messenger of God. “My decision to compose the music for this film was made in good faith and with no intention of causing offence.”
In a one-page statement that generously quotes from the Quran, Rahman says, “I didn’t direct or produce the movie “Muhammad: 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.”
AR Rahman made his note with a straight-forward declaration, “I am not a scholar of Islam. I follow the middle path and am part traditional and part rationalist. I live in the Western and Eastern worlds and try to love all people for what they are, without judging them,” Rahman goes on to end on a similar tone, though with an appeal.
“Let us set a precedent in clearing conflict with grace and dignity and not trigger violence in words or actions. Let us pray for forgiveness, and from our hearts bless those who suffer in the world and bless the country that we live in. To so pray is to reflect the noble and enlightened nature of our beloved Muhammad.” concludes AR Rahman