CAIRO - Iranian plans to produce a film on the life of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) are inviting opposition from Muslim scholars, amid calls for the Shiite country to stop the screening.
It is the responsibility of Tehran to stop such acts, which are contrary to the principles of the Islamic Shari`ah, occurring in its territory, the International Organization for Islamic Scholars, an affiliate of the Makkah-based Muslim World League (MWL), said in a statement cited by Saudi Gazette on Tuesday, February 19.Iran has been busy with producing a 30-million-dollar film about the childhood and life of Prophet Muhammad.
Titled Muhammad (S), the movie is a three-part epic that narrates the Prophet's childhood before the revelation and his life after revelation and the spread of Islam.
Muslim scholars warned that the depiction of the Prophet and his companions violates Islamic principles.
This is the unanimous view adopted by the Islamic scholars, experts in jurisprudence and top bodies representing them, the statement said.
MWL had made authentic studies on the issue of making films on the Prophet (PBUP) and his companions about 40 years ago (in 1391H) and came to the conclusion that this was not permissible.
The planned Iranian movie has earlier invited opposition from Al-Azhar, the highest seat of learning in the Sunni Muslim world.
We demand that Iran refrain from releasing this movie," Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayyeb said in a statement.
Muslim scholars in the past and the present agree that it is forbidden to depict the Prophets in films.
The reason behind this is that depicting Prophets would in fact humiliate their noble and dignified status by showing them in the form of an actor that could play various roles; good or bad, in different movies.
"The prophets and the messengers, as well as the revered companions, must not be depicted in any art form with a view to maintaining and respecting their sanctity," Azhar scholar Hassan Wl-Shafaei, had said.
"This film will cause a rift and 'fitna' in the Islamic world."
The planned Iranian movie is not the first to spark debates.
In September, a US-made film defaming Prophet Muhammad triggered massive protests across the Muslim world.Scores of people were killed in protests against the film, including the US ambassador to Libya.