‘are all those glitters gold…?’

As the much anticipated movie “Khuda Ke Liye” is being launched in the theatres all over Pakistan, every one is praising and admiring the movie, the script, the music, etc… They are even linking big hopes with this movie for the future of Lollywood and conditions of Pakistani Cinema.

But apart from all those chaos, there are some people who are critical of the movie and are opposing its launch.

A senior lawyer MD Tahir on Wednesday challenged in the http://www.lhc.gov.pk/Lahore High Court (LHC) the playing of the movie “Khuda Kay Liye” in the cinemas and demanded a ban on this movie.

According to the news in Daily Times, he (Tahir) termed the movie as anti-Islamic and has pointed out many flaws which can boost more frustration among the Muslims and particularly to the Pakistani Muslims which are facing suicide attacks and extremism at their home.

He pointed out that the Naseer-Ud-Din Shah, who is an Indian actor, tells in the movie that music is allowed in Islam because Hazrat Dawood A.S (Prophet Dawood) was a good singer and also he (the actor) has termed it legal that a Muslim girl can marry a Christian boy.


(Naseer-Ud-Din Shah left and Rasheed Naz right in a movie promo wallpaper.)

In another comment, Tahir pointed out that, the movie has been banned in India claiming that the movie can hurt Indian Muslims. He further said that even the USA was not playing it because the script was weak.

Now, “what to think…?” is the question in my mind…

On one side it seems a futile effort to stop the release and create a controversy for the movie to reduce its popularity but… on the other side, if it really is un-Islamic than what would or should be the fate of the movie…?

If we talk about the ban in India, it can be a factor that they don’t want our film industry to compete them but what is the answer to those arguments about the music in Islam and the cross religion marriage of a Muslim girl…? 8-|

I mean, now, a lot of questions would arise in our minds and they could be positive or negative. May be the objection is true or may be not.

Definitely, every one would like to see the movie now; so that one can judge on their own that whether the movie hurts them or not and also to rate it Islamic or un-Islamic. But the greater role is to be played by our scholars having the relevant and credible Islamic knowledge.

Instead of deriving conclusions, we must analyze the facts and the response of the audience. So, I don’t comment or provide allegations on any one right now. The reason and the result could be anything. You just analyze yourself.

I don’t know about the results but still, I pray for the good… for all. Aameen!

33 Comments so far

  1. Opee (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 5:54 am

    Ok, I’ve just gone through half of the story yet but I’m really having a smile which is not fading at all. Did you say MD Tahir a Senior Lawyer. Well, he is senior all right but not a senior renowned lawyer. He has always been nothing but an opportunist (to say politely) who is always in search of such controverseys which he could cash. Ask your parents, they would have a lot to tell about him.

    Secondly, did the news say that USA is refusing to play because the script was weak? – Excuse’moi. I mean. Here if movies like: “No Entry” or “Aap Ka Suroor” can be played in Theatres, do you really think USA (government?) would be least interested to ban a Movie who’s script could be a weak one?

    Thirdly, I would refrain from responding to the comment of Monsieur (so called senior lawyer) Tahir about marriage and singing in Islam. I won’t comment it because everyone has their own opinion. A movie itself is showing different thinking and vast mixture of norms and feelings of a Pakistani Society. It was obvious that these issues would have been talked about in the movie. But opportunists like MD. Tahir, would never stop from using religion as a tool to flare things up.

    Yes, I pray. That people see the movie. Create Opinion. But banning – is not even an option!

  2. >man!< (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 6:09 am

    @ Opee:

    I didn’t know that about MD Tahir.. 8-|
    but if he is, his allegations could be a sort of opportunity seeking case..

    actually, I myself was not convinced and was thinking that it’s a struggle to pull the leg..

    but still I can’t generate my perception coz, I havn’t seen the movie yet..

  3. Jahanara (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 6:36 am

    MD Tahir is a nutcase (politely speaking). I am looking forward to the movie. We are thinking human beings… I think we can decide for ourselves whether we like the movie or not…. and please why do we have to bring Islam into everything….

  4. Babar (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 7:13 am

    @ Mani, please grow up.

  5. babar (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 7:18 am

    If it will be banned how will you see and make “your own ” judgment as you said. Let every one see it and shun it to the utmost if its unislamic.

    By the way this cuts me bad, I assume almost all of us on this forum litsen to some kind of music, but still music is haram. If it realy is haram then music itself should be banned not the movie which discusses this issue. How big hypocrate can we be?

    And just a while ago we were discussing how great the music in the movie is :((

  6. Babar (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 7:29 am

    MD Tahir once even moved the court to ban cricket as it was unislamic. (but that was in the days when boys didnt grow beareds).
    Its strange that living in Lahore, you never heard of MD Tahir. He is one of Lahore’s historical asset :))

  7. Sameer (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 12:00 pm

    I think it should be delay to release jaisay is time halaat chal rahay hain pakistan kah coz time is not suitable to release the movie….

  8. Sameer (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 12:01 pm

    I think they should delay and Postpone to release jaisay is time halaat chal rahay hain pakistan kah coz time is not suitable to release the movie….

  9. suh (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 2:37 pm

    i just started laughting when i came to the bit that the film is banned in india and usa didnt allow it to play

    shoaib monsoor hasnt even pushed the film for its release in these countries yet,

    and if he calls this a weak script then whats a good script?, boy meets girl and falls in love?

    all his rubbish seems to be assumptions.

  10. >man!< (unregistered) on July 21st, 2007 @ 2:11 am

    @ Babar:

    nice to hear…!

    yes you are right..
    we all hear music and also we were praising the music of this movie.

    but I just wanted to show the other side as well..
    running from oppositions is not gonna work..
    we must fully know the oppositions and then we should answer them in appropriate way..

    I just wanted to make it clear at LMB that there is an other picture in the minds of some people..
    now as we know..
    we can better judge what they opposed is true or not..?

    thats it..

    I too am excited to have the movie..

  11. >man!< (unregistered) on July 21st, 2007 @ 2:16 am

    and I really didn’t know about MD Tahir..

    kbhi interest hi nhi liya judiciary mein..
    issi liye..

    pr ab shayad kuch idea ho gya he..
    nxt tym sahi..

  12. Babar (unregistered) on July 21st, 2007 @ 5:14 am

    Dear Mani, I hope you didnt take any offence. I was just having some fun at your expense :)). Whenever I read your posts, I get this feeling that the writer is a young kid and one who is quite inquisitive about the sorroundings. Considering your age, thats not something you wouldnt expect, I was same in your age :(

  13. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on July 21st, 2007 @ 5:18 am

    i guess, we all were same at his age :D

  14. Opee (unregistered) on July 21st, 2007 @ 5:31 am

    Mani is my young emotional brother. And we all at LMB love him! :) Cheers Man! Live your life responsibly.

  15. >man!< (unregistered) on July 21st, 2007 @ 6:21 am

    @ Babar:

    lagta he ke mjhe apni age apne personal blog se ghaayib krni hi parre gi..

    just kidding..

    I don’t have something against you..
    actually, I know that I seem immature…
    but I always try to search information..
    thats why you don’t see most of my posts just pictures..
    I try to write something everytime..

    and InshAllah, slowly and steadily, I’ll try to grow in my thinkings and in my writings as well..

    as I don’t mind the exposition of my mistakes to me.. you are allowed to point out some..
    but there’s a request..
    just try to keep it secret between u n me.. ;)

  16. >man!< (unregistered) on July 21st, 2007 @ 6:24 am

    @ Opee:

    boht shukriya Opee jee…

    and I try my best to fulfill my responsibilities..

  17. Khalid (unregistered) on July 21st, 2007 @ 7:03 am

    @man: Did you drink tharra before writing this “If we talk about the ban in India, it can be a factor that they don’t want our film industry to compete them”.
    Why would Bollywood fear Pak film industry when it is our industry which wants govt to allow bollywood movies to be shown in pakistan to revive theaters. Fact is, our industry will be wiped out if Bollywood movies are shown here. Aren’t you aware of the craze of Bollywood movies and songs here.
    I am not aware of Indian showing any interest in pak movie and I won’t blame them for that.

    Please do not come up with outlandish conspiracy theories.

  18. Babar (unregistered) on July 21st, 2007 @ 9:12 am

    @ Mani, Good luck.

  19. Babar (unregistered) on July 21st, 2007 @ 9:17 am

    And in case you did not notice my last post was appreciative of your efforts, of learning new things, writing about all you see around you and willing to accept mistakes. Good luck again.

    And in general LMB is a great source for first hand info about happenigs in Lahore for people like me who are away from Lahore. Lately it has become too political (and understandably so) but now I again see a lot of posts about cultural happenings. Reduces my bp a lot :)

  20. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on July 21st, 2007 @ 4:25 pm

    @mani and babar: Accepting your own mistakes is the best thing. Usman, i appreciate your efforts too. Abhi polish chal rahi hay :) , sab ke he hoti hay (no one is perfect)….just get goin’.

  21. >man!< (unregistered) on July 22nd, 2007 @ 3:40 am

    @ Babar:

    Thanks a lot for considering all my efforts..

    so, you are not from Lahore..?
    from where do you belong..?

    I mean..
    fer kithon bol de paye oo..?

  22. >man!< (unregistered) on July 22nd, 2007 @ 3:55 am

    @ Pretty:

    Thanks jnab..
    appreciation ka, Cherry Blossom matlb, polish ka and mera real naam btane ka..

    yes I know, no one is perfect..
    pr InshAllah aap jese logon ki sarparasti mein ho hi jaaoon ga kisi din..

    itni umeed to kr skta hun na..?

  23. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on July 22nd, 2007 @ 4:42 am

    Mani: Indeed. Umeed par dunya qayem hay :)

  24. Babar (unregistered) on July 26th, 2007 @ 10:38 am

    Mani, I am from Lahore, just living away from it right now.

  25. Z (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 4:12 am

    Honestly its not about Tahir or anyone else
    Music is HARAM it THAT is a fact.
    a movie made in pakistan no wait The ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN mentioning these 2 factors….
    THE Least they could do was to edit it.
    whats wrong is wrong its not about peoples opinions the 2 statements above are FACTs they are certainly not ambigious.
    the whole point is that people are getting the wrong picture of islam.. saying that A prophet was a good singer…. i mean =@
    how can we as muslims ignore things like these
    we certainly are big hypocrites then.
    This is exactly what the youth of pakistan needed right? An encouragement to keep defying what our elders and our traditions moreover our religion has taught us to do. Youngsters are now going to think that Music IS not forbidden…andthat yea its perfectly okay to marry a christain man,
    no doubt the quality of the movie was superb It is indeed the only movie ever made in pakistan presentable to the international society
    but its shameful how we forget so easily sometimes that we are indeed muslims and that sets us aside from everyone else in the world.
    but nahhh who cares nowadays we tend to want to be just like those from the western society.
    crap my blood pressures all high
    who cares here anyway theres no point
    we’r all going down the way things are going here in pakistan..wev brought this on ourselves the earthquake the floods everything
    we arent even qualified to call ourselves muslims and then we wonder why the world is going to hell.
    honestly i dont think more then 10% of our society even prays 5 times a day. in the end people wave it off by saying its between me and my God
    it is every muslims responsibilty to pass on the knowledge that he has to another.
    these people are going to point to us on the day of judgement and say he never told me.
    movie quality: superb
    but id rather he make movies that reflect onhow a muslims society is actually supposed to operate.

  26. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 11:58 am

    @Z: Point noted!

  27. madiha (unregistered) on August 6th, 2007 @ 12:00 am

    Just one thing i would say
    YOU CAN COME UP WITH A MILLIONS OF THINGS TO JUSTIFY WRONG BEHAVIOUR,A WRONG PERSON, WRONG MOTIVES, but you knw deep within you are wrong, and the harder u try to cover it up, the deeper you fall into the pool of sins.

  28. MADIHA (unregistered) on August 6th, 2007 @ 12:05 am


  29. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on August 6th, 2007 @ 2:21 am

    Do the capital letters SHOUT?

  30. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on August 6th, 2007 @ 4:20 am

    here, seemingly, they are shouting LOUD :)

  31. Z (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 1:36 am

    you know the good point of the movie is that everyone in the cinema felt ashamed when fawad khan goes like merai andar namaz ki kami thee…
    AND when the angraiz dude was shouting at shaan that he didnt understand arabic
    makes sense doesnt it….Why do we learn arabic if we dont want to understand it.
    everyone knows music is haram and then women cant marry christian men and that Astagfirullah Hazrat Dawud was not a singer. He merely had a good voice which he used to praise God etc.not sing!
    maybe its good that it was in the movie this way people ARE pointing out that its wrong so its not going un-noticed which is fabulous.
    ive decided to look for at the positive side =P

  32. Z (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 1:38 am

    ive decided to look at the positive side *

  33. Pretty Simple (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 4:32 am

    @Z: Good for you. B+.

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