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"Prophet Mohammed": Hollywood, Arabs versus Iranian director

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

With the historical representation 'Prophet Mohammed' in its post-production stages, some Arab countries and Hollywood has launched the production of a movie on the Prophet Mohammed to bring the rivalry of Iran and Arab countries to a new spectacular highs.

A Scene from 'Prophet Mohammed' by Majid Majidi

The news of the grand project of 'Prophet Mohammed', a historical feat by Majid Majidi, famous Iranian director, created a great tide in the media, and reactions to it was as expected, since the production had an international scale.

Such media attention was expected due to large and ambitious plan like 'Prophet Mohammed' which created many side events, some finding national and some global dimensions.

But international dimensions were more heated. Along with Arab countries' adventurism on the issue of Persian Gulf Iranian isles, their media hosted Wahhabist anti-Iranian propaganda, focusing on 'Prophet Mohammed'.

In one of such measures, last year, a Wahhabist daily published in Medina had claimed that 'Prophet Mohammed' to have been filmed over. It also had an account of actor casting as the Prophet Mohammed and the complaint by one Al Azhar mufti. Arab, and especially Wahhabist websites and newspapers have been demonizing the film openly and ready to launch baseless propaganda against the movie.

Apart from media shenanigans, 'Prophet Mohammed' proved crucial in providing solace to hearts in the Muslim world, damaged by the fanatic filmmaker's desecration of the Prophet Mohammed.

Perhaps it was for this damage that Al Azhar Sheikh Yusuf al Qaradawi, President of Global Association of Muslim Scholars, in consort with other Sunni clerics, has issued a decree that Hollywood make a film about the Prophet's life!

According report by Aljazeera, al Qaradawi provides apology for his decision: "after desecration of the Prophet Mohammed, Muslims of the world should brings the life and the message of the Prophet to non-Muslims."

At the same grounds, Ahmed al Hashemi, chairman of Qatar-based Alnoor Company, who is one of sponsors of the Hollywood project, hoped that the movie on the life of the Prophet Mohammed is the best media to convey the Islamic message and introduce the true religion.

Osborne to make 'Life of the Prophet Mohammed'

Shafaqna news website had it that Qatar-based Alnoor chain companies had had a decision on production a film of the Prophet's life in 2009. At that time, Alnoor had communicated with US and British studios to negotiate the project.

Qatar-based Alnoor Chain Company contacted Hollywood's Barrie M. Osborne, producer of Lord of the Rings series and Matrix, to produce 'Life of the Prophet Mohammed'. Osborne attended a press conference in Doha and described the production as 'not a very easy job', "although we do not display the Prophet's face, we can at the mean time, render a breath-taking narration of his life."

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