LittleBigPlanet, one of the most hyped up titles on Sony’s PlayStation 3, has been given a last-minute, worldwide delay after it was found that one of the song’s lyrics contain lines from the Qur’an, the religious book of Islam.
The story began after an Islamic gamer posted on the official Sony community boards about the song after hearing and verifying with friends.
“While playing your latest game, "LittleBigPlanet" in the first level of the third world in the game (titled "Swinging Safari"), I have noticed something strange in the lyrics of the music track of the level,” he writes. “When I listened carefully, I was surprised to hear some very familiar Arabic words from the Quran.”
He continues on saying that using the words from the Qur’an with music is “deeply offending” and asks that the track should be removed. The offending lyrics were:
The words are:
1- In the 18th second: "كل نفس ذائقة الموت" ("kollo nafsin tha’iqatol mawt", literally: ‘Every soul shall have the taste of death’).
2- Almost immediately after, in the 27th second: "كل من عليها فان" ("kollo man alaiha fan", literally: ‘All that is on earth will perish’).
A statement released from Sony Computer Entertainment has said that “During the review process prior to the release of LittleBigPlanet, it has been brought to our attention that one of the background music tracks licensed from a record label for use in the game contains two expressions that can be found in the Qur’an.”
“We have taken immediate action to rectify this and we sincerely apologize for any offense that this may have caused.”
The game has now been given a release date of October 27, six days later than its original launch of October 21.