In his Facebook post, double Grammy-winner Rahman writes: "I didn't direct or produce the film I just did the music. My spiritual experiences of working on the film are very personal and I would prefer not to share these. My decision to compose the music for the film was made in good faith and with no intention of causing offence."
Addressed to those who "have been aware of the recent events concerning" Rahman, the post says: "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."
Variety reports that a group called Raza Academy has objected to the film using the word Muhammad in its title, as criticism of the film could be misinterpreted as criticizing the Prophet Mohammed.
Muhammad: The Messenger of God, an Islamic epic film, is the first in the trilogy.
On Twitter, messages of support have been trickling for AR Rahman.
@arrahman i stand in solidarity with you.Raza Academy has no locus standi.They issued a fatwa against me too and i just ignored them— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) September 14, 2015
SUPPORT A R Rahman, facing a fatwa for his music in Iranian Majid Majidi's respectful "Muhammad: The Messenger of God". Jai ho, @arrahman!— KABIR BEDI (@iKabirBedi) September 14, 2015
Read AR Rahman's entire post here: