Seminary issues fatwa against Varrier's viral song
Hyderabad: Hyderabad-based Islamic seminary, Jamia Nizamia, has issued a fatwa against Priya Prakash Varrier's viral Malayalam song Manikya Malaraya Poovi urging the authorities concerned to remove the song before releasing the film Oru Adaar Love.
The fatwa is issued against the backdrop of some youths lodging a complaint with the Falaknuma police that the song had hurt their religious sentiments. It may be mentioned that a case had already been registered under Section 295(A) of Indian Penal Code (deliberately hurting the religious sentiments of a class) against the film producer, based on a complaint by engineering student Muqeeth Khan and his friends.
The video features Priya as a school student giving a wink to a boy in her class room. A simple clip of her wink has shot her into the hearts of millions of viewers. Her nain-mattaka and latke-jhatke in merely 30 seconds of the video have instantly made her recipient of a crush of several boys across the country.
Police had registered a case against the director of the Malayalam film over a complaint that the lyrics of the song hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims.
The complainants alleged that the song Manikya Malaraya Poovi in the film written and directed by Omar Lulu had an "objectionable" reference to Prophet Muhammad's wife.
"Our objection is not for the film, but for the song which has references to Prophet Muhammad and his wife Khadijah Bibi. The director should have used some other characters to depict the love. Why should he take the name of the Prophet?" Jamia Nizamia secretary Ahmed Ali said justifying the issue of fatwa.
The complaint was filed at the Falaknuma police station by businessman Zaheer Ali Khan, engineering student Muqeeth Khan and others.
Mohammed Abdul Muqeeth Khan reportedly told news agencies, "I don't want any publicity. After all I am a small student (doing engineering) who is not willing to take to streets or organise people. I went through the lyrics and tried to understand it; I approached Google translation. There is the name of our Prophet's wife, Khadijah Bibi. Then, I felt I should raise objection to it".
Zaheer Khan alleged that the song's lyrics hurt the sentiments of Muslims and demanded that either the song be removed from the film or its words be changed.
After the news of the FIR spread, the movie's crew members had said the song would be withdrawn.
However, Lulu and music director Shan Rehman held a press conference later in Kochi to state that they had decided to include the song in the movie as they were getting overwhelming support from the entire Kerala society.