I had the opportunity to see the movie for myself last night at the newly opened and excellent DHA Cinema in Lahore. Muneeb Ali of the Recommended Movies Blog had kindly written a guest post for this blog and reviewed the movie earlier.
A couple of days ago I came across a Fatwa declaring 'Khuda Ke Liye' unislamic. It was based upon Shoaib Mansoor's comments on the movie's site. I read through the Fatwa and I was not convinced. The reason being that the Fatwa was totally based on the comments of Shoaib Mansoor and not on any watching of the movie. I decided to go ahead and judge for myself.
I have to say that technically and visually the movie is far apart from the regular movies this part of the world produces. Although I felt that the acting and editing could have been snappier in some parts, overall the movie held together.
The movie discusses the following topics:
- Is music not allowed in Islam?
- Can a Muslim girl marry a non-Muslim or a Christian?
- Can a Muslim girl be married off without her consent?
- Parents should lead by example, especially those who live abroad in non-Muslim cultures.
- The indoctrination of youth in Pakistan towards militancy
- Is keeping a beard and wearing shalwar must to be a Muslim?
- How both the Americans and the Taliban can be termed extremists in many ways
The movie discusses all these topics while it follows the story of three individuals in three different cities; Lahore, Chicago and London. The movie does not go all out in one or another direction on any of the topics, but does tend to show opinion from both sides. I thought the movie was good food for thought and layed out the arguments for every one to make their own judgement. It also brings out many points which need to be researched further.
Regardless of what your opinion is on any of the above issues, I suggest that you go and see this movie for yourself. Efforts like these need to be supported and an open debate about all issues needs to take place in this society. Self accountability is the first step towards widespread agreement in the society. If you can, please do not wait for the DVD and go watch this movie for yourself.
As far as the Fatwa is concerned, I urge the Maulana to see the movie before spitting out vindictive judgements. Isn't it time already that our spiritual and religious teachers follow a more systematic process of issuing a Fatwa?
Do not agree with my opinions? Let me know. Leave a comment and I will reply right back.