'Azaan' Movie Name Hurts Muslims : SP

Mumbai, Oct 12 (IANS) Bollywood movie "Azaan", scheduled to be released Friday, has run into rough weather after a Samajwadi Party leader from the city approached the Bombay High Court, saying the film's name hurts Muslim sentiments.

The case was filed after Naeem Akhtar Azmi, the mufti (chief priest) of Sunni Darul-Uloom Mohammediya Minara Masjid, Wednesday issued a 'fatwa' that no film can be named after 'azaan' -- the auspicious call to prayers to Muslim faithful.

The 'fatwa' came in response to an open query posed by Mumbai Samajwadi Party vice-president Farookh Ghosi.

"Following the fatwa, I have filed a writ petition in the high court seeking the court's directions to file an FIR (first information report) against the movie producers, director and actors for abusing and exploiting the holy name of 'azaan' for commercial gains, which has hurt Muslim sentiments," Ghosi told IANS.

The petitioner has also demanded a stay on the global release of the film Friday and a ban on the movie till the producers change its name.

The petition is expected to come up for hearing in a day or so, and Ghosi said he has written to the state government seeking its urgent intervention in the matter.

"If the state government fails to respond within the next 24 hours, over 10,000 Muslims along with muftis and maulanas shall stage demonstrations after the Friday afternoon namaaz all over Mumbai," Ghosi warned.



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  • Syed waseem, Shopian,Kashmir

    Sat, Oct 15 2011

    This is another way of hurting muslims.i think the name of this movie should be changed &strong action should be taken against the respected producers &other bodies of the movie,so that in future sch type of activities should be repeated.

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  • Majeed, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    Fri, Oct 14 2011

    I strogly oppose this name for movie,surely this is hurting muslims sentiments they should change this movie name.

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  • Hamid, Darwin

    Thu, Oct 13 2011

    @azra from bangalore - who says 'it's better to stay away from anything that hurts sentiments'!
    Oh really??? What about laws saying that it is illegal to marry 9 year olds - won't that 'offend' sexual deviants who like very, very young girls?

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  • Azra, Bangalore

    Wed, Oct 12 2011

    Why name azaan? Why not something else?? It's better to stay away from anything that would hurt sentiments

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