In a Facebook post, Rahman wrote: "A comment that I read online made me smile... it said, 'Oh! God, save me from your followers... (all kinds).'"
Rahman's soundtrack for the film prompted a fatwa from Mumbai-based Sunni Muslim group Raza Academy. In a strongly-worded Facebook post two days ago, the composer dismissed the fatwa and defended the right to religious freedom and tolerance. He wrote: "What if I had the good fortune of meeting Allah and he asked me on the Judgement day, 'I gave you faith, talent, money, fame and health... why did you not do music for my beloved Muhammad (sals) film? A film whose conception was to unite humanity, clear misconceptions and spread my message." (Also Read: AR Rahman Dismisses Fatwa Against Him in Strongly-Worded Facebook Post)
Surendra Jain, joint general secretary of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, suggested that it was time for Rahman, who converted to Islam in 1989, to do a 'ghar-wapsi' and re-convert to Hinduism. "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," Mr Jain told the press on Wednesday, says news agency PTI. (Also Read: AR Rahman Should do Ghar-Wapsi, Says VHP After Fatwa Row)
Several of the double Grammy-winner's colleagues were outraged by the fatwa. Actors like Shabana Azmi and Kabir Bedi responded on Twitter. South star Prakash Raj said in an interview to NDTV, "The country is getting intolerant, ask them to go to hell." (Also Read: After Threats to Rajinikanth and Rahman, Prakash Raj Says "Go to Hell")
Meanwhile, it's now business as usual for A R Rahman, who is currently working on the music for Tamasha, directed by Imtiaz Ali, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone, and scheduled for November.
Read Rahman's latest Facebook post here: