Mumbai: The Viswa Hindu Parishasd (VHP) on Wednesday asked AR Rahman to re-embrace Hinduism after his composition for a film on Prophet Muhammad has attracted a fatwa from radical Islamic groups.
VHP said that it was time for his “Ghar Wapsi”. VHP joint general secretary Surendra Jain said Hindus will “welcome” the noted composer with open arms and alleged that he had converted to Islam for commercial reasons.
“The fatwa against Rahman is very unfortunate and what is more unfortunate is the language of revenge in it. He composed music for a film not on the basis of any religion. Read: AR Rahman’s classic response to the fatwa issued against him
“I will appeal to Rahman he should return, he should do ‘Ghar Wapsi’. The Hindu society is waiting for its son. We will not only welcome him with open arms but also ensure that no harm is done to him irrespective of how many fatwas are issued,” Jain told reporters.
Ghar Wapsi has been a controversial programme run by certain Hindu groups aimed at converting Muslims and Christians back to Hinduism. Iranian director Majid Majidi has directed the film “Muhammad: Messenger of God”. Mumbai-based Raza Academy had objected to the film and issued a fatwa against Oscar-winner Rahman and Majidi, calling the movie against Islam.
Rahman has said he composed the music “in good faith and with no intention to cause offence”.