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megimoo
11-25-2008, 10:32 PM
Critics Decry Plans for a Movie Depicting Life of Prophet Muhammad

If film producer Oscar Zoghbi has his way, Americans will be soon be flocking to movie theaters to see a film about the Prophet Muhammad and his followers that Zoghbi hopes will clear up misconceptions about Muslims, including what he says is "the understanding that all Muslims are terrorists."

Zoghbi says he hopes to shoot some scenes for his movie in the holy cities of Medina and Mecca, and he predicts his film, "The Messenger of Peace," will rival Mel Gibson's "The Passion of The Christ."

But some critics predict Zoghbi's movie, which is scheduled to begin production early next year, will be a whitewash, and that it won't tell the whole story about Muhammad or Islam.

Nonie Darwish, the author of the upcoming book "Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law," said the film will likely try too hard not to offend.

"The movie will probably avoid or justify Muhammad's violent and unprovoked battling years in Medina, where assassination and mass murder were done by Muhammad in order to spread the religion, take control and silence his critics," Darwish said.

"We will probably see the image of Muhammad that most Muslims were spoon-fed in their religious education."

Robert Spencer, director of JihadWatch.com, said Western audiences looking to learn more about a religion tangled in stereotypes of suicide bombers will be disappointed by "The Messenger of Peace."

"They're already taking a stand on a controversial issue with the title alone, denying and downplaying the manifest fact that numerous Muslims around the world have justified acts of violence by invoking Muhammad's words and example," Spencer said.

But Zoghbi says his film will very deliberately take a moderate approach.

"We are trying to depict the values and teachings of the Prophet. It's not a historical film in any way," he said.

"And it's not a Muslim propaganda film. This film is also for Muslims, and I hope it will encourage them to condemn violence."

One thing Zoghbi hopes to avoid is the violence and outrage in the Muslim world that has followed some recent depictions of the prophet Muhammad.

Islamic conventions forbid the showing of Muhammad in any form, and violence has often followed the release of newspaper cartoons, books and films that criticized or simply depicted the Muslim prophet.

In 2005, the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten ran a cartoon depicting Muhammad wearing a turban with a bomb in it, sparking riots that killed more than 30 people throughout the Islamic world. This year, protests began on news of "Fitna," a film critical of Islam, and Random House cancelled distribution of the widely anticipated book "Jewel of Medina" out of fear of such a reaction.

Zoghbi said that he will make every effort to ensure that "The Messenger of Peace" is in line with Islamic traditions.

"Islam itself doesn't stop you from showing the Prophet," Zoghbi said. "But it is convention and tradition, and we will abide by that. We do not want to offend anyone."

The film will also follow tradition by not portraying various close companions of Muhammad in human form. And the Dubai-based Dar Al Sharia Legal and Financial Consultancy, a branch of the Dubai Islamic Bank, has been hired to make sure the film is in keeping with Islamic standards.

"The Messenger of Peace" has a $130 million budget and is being funded by individual investors located throughout the Middle East -- especially in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt. Zoghbi said that a list of investors is expected to be released next month, unless those involved object.

Cast and crew decisions will also be finalized soon, and Zoghbi plans to use casting agencies in both Los Angeles and Britain. Much of the filming will be done in the United Arab Emirates
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wilbur
11-25-2008, 10:48 PM
I think I can safely say I won't be standing in line to see that one.

marinejcksn
11-25-2008, 11:09 PM
Wait, I thought muslims couldn't show an image of Muhammed. Isn't that what the whole outrage over those Danish cartoons was about? If they can't show it then how are Muslims supposed to go watch this?

Celtic Rose
11-25-2008, 11:11 PM
Wait, I thought muslims couldn't show an image of Muhammed. Isn't that what the whole outrage over those Danish cartoons was about? If they can't show it then how are Muslims supposed to go watch this?

The article says that they will be doing the movie without showing Mohammed or those close to him. Not sure how that works...



"Islam itself doesn't stop you from showing the Prophet," Zoghbi said. "But it is convention and tradition, and we will abide by that. We do not want to offend anyone."

The film will also follow tradition by not portraying various close companions of Muhammad in human form. And the Dubai-based Dar Al Sharia Legal and Financial Consultancy, a branch of the Dubai Islamic Bank, has been hired to make sure the film is in keeping with Islamic standards.

Speedy
11-26-2008, 12:56 AM
This movie will flop just like all the other leftist tripe that has been put out there lately. It is laughable that they compare it to Passion of the Christ. Passion of the Christ was brutally honest in it's depiction of events. From this article alone, it is apparent that honest is not what is going to be portrayed here.

marinejcksn
11-26-2008, 01:42 AM
So:

1. They wont show Muhammad.

2. They wont show the muslims beheading their enemies and enslaving women & children after the Battle of Khandaq.

3. They wont show a man in his 50's consummating marriage to a 9 year old girl.

How long is this movie going to be, 5 minutes? :rolleyes:

I'm just saying; if they're going to cherry-pick facts and show what they want instead of the truth why don't they just get Oliver Stone to direct. :cool:

Zathras
11-26-2008, 04:50 AM
Sorry, I learned all I need to know about Islam in 2001.

FlaGator
11-26-2008, 07:40 AM
Mohammed will be portrayed by Casper the Friendly Ghost.

Sonnabend
11-26-2008, 08:17 AM
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Sonnabend
11-26-2008, 08:18 AM
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