Mon 27 Oct 2008
As most of you have undoubtedly already known for a week now, my most anticipated game of this year has been delayed 1 week due to a couple of Qur’anic verses found within one of its songs. Being a Muslim who has been absorbing every little bit of information about Little Big Planet since its announcement, the delay was almost surreal to me.
The one game I was truly excited about this year is unintentionally going to hurt Islam’s image. No, Islam’s image isn’t going to be hurt because of the inclusion of the verses, it’s hurt by the removal of said lyrics by Sony.
Now, before I open up that can of worms, I would like to start by thanking Sony and Media Molecule for their immediate action in this situation. It shows a deep sensitivity to other cultures and religions and they should be commended for it.
That said, I also believe they over-reacted. A simple patch could have accomplished almost the same results without aggravating many and depriving me from my game for a week. In the end, it’s true that it is forbidden in Islam to sing the words of the Qur’an in a song, but this is neither unprecedented nor a major issue in and of itself, especially when said quotes are not taken out of context or used in a negative light. Still, better safe than sorry is a good motto to follow and Sony should not be rebuked for that.
What I find totally unacceptable is how a delay of a measly week (and less in most cases) could cause so many people to cry foul and curse Islam until their fingers got blisters. This isn’t the first time this happens and won’t be the last but I find it sad that Sony has given Muslim-haters yet another baseless argument, even though they did act in good faith and did so unintentionally.
In the end Little Big Planet was released, the song was edited in the new shipped disks and by a patch, the game is a true masterpiece, all those Muslim-haters are still out there hating, and I’m here left wondering when I’m going to see a story related to Islam that isn’t going to make me cringe…
- SOCOM: Two weeks later…
- Call of Duty 4: A Muslim Point of View.
- The Iron Man Movie: A Muslim point of view.
- Little Mario Planet, Beaten to the Chase!
- Little Big Planet: Mario Style?