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Controversy over ‘Oru Adaar Love’ song about Prophet Muhammad – A lateral perspective

The Malayalam song ‘Manikyam Malaraya Poovi’ that talks about the Prophet (Sallallaahu ‘Alaihi Wasallam) and Khadijah (RadhiyAllaahu ‘Anhaa)’s marriage is in the news. The viral song from the movie ‘Oru Adaar Love’ has garnered people love across country. Some Muslim residents in Hyderabad have lodged a case against the song and the actress Priya Prakash Varrier. Let’s see what’s so objectionable in that song?

The strange part is that Muslims in Kerala who can understand the meaning of the song have not lodged any complaint. In fact the Director of ‘Oru Adaar Love’ is a Muslim, his name happens to be Umar Lulu. The Music Director Shaan Rahmaan happens to be a Muslim. Moreover the lyrics were written by another Muslim PMA Jabbar in 1978.

It appears to me that it is an effort by some modernist Muslim who wanted to introduce the Prophet through the song. The liberal Muslims won’t have any problem and even Kerala Muslims who speaks Malayalam have not objected to it.

The only thing that seems to be objectionable for orthodox Muslims will be the background music and the picturization of the song which has the winking scene portraying the adolescent romance in a campus but the song per se, I mean the lyrics is harmless.

In my humble opinion, let’s not over-react to this. In case anyone wants to oppose the song, let them do it with their intellectual capacity backed by proofs and evidences. Also one should keep in mind that there are many factions of Muslims in India who don’t have any objection to the song so we should not make ourselves a laughing stock in the media.

Let’s deep dive into the history of the song. It was penned four decades ago by PMA Jabbar, and is famously included within the Mappila Paattu that is more of traditional Muslim songs that are sung in Kerala during festivals and marriages. The song was also composed in various styles and even produced in an album in 1992. This song is not new to the people of Kerala, in fact it is even accepted by the predominant Muslim community there.

The director has even said that it is a traditional song of the Kerala Muslims, and it was revisited again through his movie Oru Adaar Love.

The lyrics of the song are only presenting the context of the marriage of Khadijah (RadhiyAllaahu ‘Anhaa) with the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu ‘Alaihi Wasallam) and that too in a highly respectable manner. I can vouch for that. The translated lyrics go as below,

A women like Pearl Flower

Her highness Khadija Bibi

In the holy land of Makkah

She lived like a queen


She called the Last Prophet

And sent him for trade

At the first sight of him

Desire enveloped her heart


When the trade mission was completed

The blessed messenger of Allah returned

To marry the Prophet

Was the Bibi’s desire


A women like Pearl Flower

The great lady Khadija Bibi

In the holy land of Makkah

She lived like a queen

It is known fact that our sensibilities are of various wavelengths. Some people accept the song to be within the respectable domain, some reject the notion and some just comment about their observations. I’m glad that I’m the third kind.

(Umar Shariff is President of Discover Islam Education Trust whose primary aim is to provide essential information about Islam)

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