Eshaan Akbar: Prophet Like It's Hot
- Claire Sawers
- 9 August 2018
Poking Islam without jeapordy
Eshaan Akbar is a lapsed Muslim, and brings us a show that seeks to help out Islam during the current PR crisis that he thinks they're going through. He's read the Qur'an back to front (boom! boom!) so is able to dip into his copy and read aloud passages that could potentially be spun, for good or for evil.
As the British child of Bangladeshi-Pakistani parents, Akbar addresses some of the more problematic aspects of the religion he was raised with, or at least the bits that are most open to abuse. So for example, the notion that women are the property of men gets a quick unpacking; he brings up a passage with the message that the onus should be on men to look upon women respectfully, rather than blame them for turning them on.
As he says himself, it's often not about laughing and more about learning. So with that said, Prophet Like It's Hot is an entertaining, if not quite side-splitting chance to find out more about the five pillars of Islam, hear about the point-collecting scheme to get into heaven, and discover Allah's needier, petulant sides without fear of starting any holy wars.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 26 Aug (not 15), 2.45pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).