Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Why the big fuss on showing a move about our Prophet?

Why the big fuss on showing a move about our Prophet?

The Prophet Muhammad, on whom be peace, was not skeptical to picture-taking because he was camera-shy but He, owbp, wanted to establish the very key to Islam’s succession- never compromise the Uniqueness of God, called Tawheed in Arabic. Not even a revered Prophet, whose name is remembered almost equally with the mention of Allah within the sacred first creed Laa Ilaha Ilallaah MuhammdurRaasoolullah, could remotely be pictorialised lest the Messenger is worshipped and not the Lord of the Message.

With the challenge to educate a world that is accustomed to learning about other cultures through movie style presentations, this film, Muhammad the Last Prophet, like the earlier Message, have been careful not to depict the Prophet in form nor caricature and similarly some of his very close associates like the Four Caliphs, etc.

“His representation is dealt with through sound and cinematography. We experience his story through point of view shots and through other people's interactions with him.” Badr Corporation of USA contracted Rich Crest media to produce the film on Serah, which could be shown in an event like Ontario place where a movie is part of the package. This film was fist shown in Canada in a Square One cinema, in Mississauga and United Muslims have since then been a supporter of this creative but not UnIslamic initiative.

Al-Azhar University in Cairo was consulted before production began. The movie was approved on October 16th, 2002 by the Al-Azhar's Center for Islamic Research. In North America, the producers formed a film consulting team that included scholars such as Dr. Khalid Abou El Fadl (UCLA).

Respect for Holy prophet and His Companions have been maintained and the theme of the Message is delivered in a unique, mind-capturing form, which adds great value to the dissemination of Islam through modern technology without compromising the very spirit of the religion it dramatizes.

Habeeb Alli

No comments: