Ya Rab: Jihad Against Terrorism is “a bold film on myths about Quran”; filmmaker Ajaz Khan says that he made it in order to show how the “Quran has been misinterpreted to give birth to terrorism.”
That sounds like something that every Muslim individual and group that professes to reject jihad terrorism should support, but instead, a “leading Muslim organization,” Jamiatul Ulema-e-Maharashtra went to court to try to get its release stopped. This was even after they succeeded in getting the filmmakers to remove portions they found objectionable. They failed in court, but it is unlikely that we have heard the last of this story. The film opens tomorrow. Grab some popcorn.
“Court nod for anti-terrorism film release,” by Mohammed Wajihuddin for TNN, February 7:
MUMBAI: Granting relief to the makers of Ya Rab: Jihad Against Terrorism, the Bombay high court on Thursday did not stay its release on February 7.
Hearing a petition filed by a leading Muslim organization Jamiatul Ulema-e-Maharashtra, A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice M S Sanklecha The HC said that the petitioner, Jamiatul Ulema-e-Maharashtra, can inform it at next hearing on February 13, if it feels that the film has objectionable scenes even after the disclaimer and fresh censor certificate obtained after deleting the objectionable portions.
“We had appealed against the film’s release on a wide perception as reflected in a section of Urdu press that it would create trouble and inflame communal passions. But the HC heeded to the disclaimer and claims made by the filmmaker that the objectionable scenes and dialogues have been removed. We will see if these changes have been made in the final prints. If my client is not satisfied, we will appeal to the court to stop its screening,” said advocate Afroz Siddiqui, who represented the petitioner, a Muslim organization. The film has become a matter of intense debate in the community ever since a group of community leaders watched it at a private screening last week. They had also petitioned political leaders and senior policemen seeking their intervention to stop its release before Jamiatul Ulema-e-Maharashtra moved court.