BY | February 2, 2013

A US based Muslim scholar of Indian origin has asked demonstrators to stop demanding the ban on Vishwaroopam. Meanwhile its box office collections are going up

By Syed Ubaidur Rahman

Vishwaroopam has been released in North India in Hindi language, despite the film being banned in Tamil Nadu. Reports suggest that the film has been doing reasonably well in different parts of North India, notwithstanding the fact that there were some protests against the film in which Kamal Hassan also acts as the main actor.

The security was kept tight in most metro cities including Delhi, Kolkata, Noida, Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi and Patna besides other smaller cities including Bareilly and Moradabad. In state capital of Uttar Pradesh Lucknow, the film couldn’t be released in the morning, so its show began in the afternoon, amidst protests by several Muslim organizations.

Muslims not just in state, but in Tamil Nadu have been demanding that the film be banned and have asked the producer, director and actor Kamal Hassan to delete some parts of the movie that make the film controversial. Though initially Kamal Hassan flatly refused to hear Muslim leaders’ views, but when court asked him to sit with state government and seek solution, he showed the film to Muslim leaders and government officials. Following the screening of the film Muslims have made some suggestions to sort the issue out.

Meanwhile All India Sunni Board leaders who organized protests in Lucknow have asked the state government to ban the film in the state till controversial parts are deleted from the film. Maulana Mushtaq Nadwi of the Board asked Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav not to allow the screening till Kamal Hassan deletes controversial parts of the movie.

In the meantime a USA based Islamic scholar of Indian origin Aslam Abdullah says, “Do we Muslims want to stifle any opposition or criticism against Islam and force people to stop questioning our faith? If this is the case, then we should ignore the Quran that respects the right of people to be critical of God and those who believe in him. Why do we Muslims think that a movie would destroy our religion? Why do we want to silence all those who do not agree with us. The irony is that none of our protests have ever silenced anyone so far. So our protests are meaningless and out of Quranic thinking”.  This seems to be the first positive reaction about the film, though many other Muslim scholars have been asking the demonstrators to stop becoming

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