‘The Lady Of Heaven’: Morocco Bans Film, UK Dismisses Imam As Government Adviser Following Protests

Controversy continues all around lady of heavenA film about the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad that happened last week Protest In the UK that caused some screenings to be pulled. Morocco has now banned the film, while the British government has dismissed Imam Qari Asim from his role as an adviser, saying that he “made the film in theaters” in a “clear attempt to restrict artistic expression”. encouraged the ongoing campaign to stop the screening of Asim replied that the government’s characterization of his actions was “wrong”.

directed by Eli King, lady of heaven The sacred legend of Arabia centers on the story of Lady Fatima and her message of peace and non-violence told through two different timelines hundreds of years apart.

Some groups have criticized it for portraying the Prophet Muhammad, which is forbidden in Islam, although the film’s website notes, “According to Islamic tradition, during the making of this film any person represented a holy personality.” did not do.”

In Morocco, local media reported that the National Cinema Center said it would not authorize the film to play after condemnation by the country’s religious council. supreme council of ulema to accept The film was “a blatant falsification of the facts of Islamic history”, employing “disgusting partisanship” and accused the filmmakers of seeking “fame and sensationalism…” by hurting the sentiments of Muslims and inciting religious sensibilities. .

Meanwhile, the UK has removed Imam Qari Asim from his role as government adviser, saying he has “condemned the ongoing campaign to stop film screenings in cinemas” in a “clear attempt to restrict artistic expression”. is encouraged”.

Asim, who was made an MBE in 2012, and vice-president of the anti-Muslim hate working group, was sacked from his post. Letter Leveling up, the Department of Housing and Communities said, “We have no option but to withdraw the appointment and terminate your role with the government with immediate effect.”

The letter continues, “Your recent support for the campaign to limit free expression – a campaign that has itself fueled communal tension – means that your work with government in roles designed to promote community harmony It is not appropriate for you to continue.”

Asim has replied that he did not participate in or organize any protests and called the government’s suggestion that he had acted to undermine democratic values ​​”wrong”. In a Twitter post, he wrote that his concern over the film was that it “risks fostering extremism and tension in communities that would undermine solidarity in British society.”

Asim also wrote that the authorities did not contact him before delivering the verdict and said that “there was no opportunity to clarify any misunderstanding.”

Last week, exhibitor Cineworld pulled all screenings of the film to ensure the safety of its employees and customers in the UK after protests in some theatres.