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UK cinema chain cancels screening of Prophet’s daughter amid protests

Among the UK’s biggest cinema chains has actually announced the cancellation of all testings of a controversial brand-new movie claiming to show the story of the daughter of Prophet Muhammad after British Muslim demonstrations throughout various cities.

Cineworld claimed in a declaration on Tuesday that it took the decision to terminate all showings of ‘The Lady of Heaven’ to make certain the security of staff as well as clients. An online petition asking for the film’s elimination from all UK cinemas has actually attracted over 123,000 signatures, with numerous British Muslim teams issuing statements in demonstration.

“Due to the recent events relating to testings of ‘The Lady of Heaven’, we have made the decision to cancel upcoming testings of the film across the country to guarantee the security of our staff as well as customers,” Cineworld claimed in an e-mail to the protesting groups.

“Please approve our sincere apologies for the triggered trouble,” the chain said.

The film, explained on its internet site as a heart-wrenching journey of Lady Fatima – the little girl of Prophet Muhammad.

“In accordance with Islamic practice, throughout the production of this film no private stood for a Holy Personality. The efficiencies of the Holy Personalities were accomplished with a distinct synthesis of stars, in-camera effects, illumination as well as aesthetic results,” the website reads.

Yet the militants and those behind the online application on Change.Org have condemned it for unreliable representations of early Islamic history and declare the movie has been produced to “trigger heartache for all Muslims along with spread incorrect information on Islam”.

“It is underpinned with a sectarian ideology and also is cursing in nature to the Muslim area,” reviews a statement from the Bolton Council of Mosques, which led protests against the screenings in north-west England.

“It blatantly disrespects the Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) in several ways and is deeply troubling to every Muslim. It likewise misstates orthodox historic stories as well as disrespects one of the most renowned individuals of Islamic history. The story begs the question to what level the manufacturers had actually taken into consideration the big impact of this film upon the Muslim neighborhood as well as concepts of sacredness dearly held by them,” it notes.

The film, written by Kuwait-born Yasser al-Habib and also released in the UK on June 3, has actually been banned in Egypt and Pakistan, while in Iran, clerics have actually issued a fatwa versus any person that watches it. In the UK, demonstrations have actually been held throughout movie theaters in Birmingham, Bolton, Bradford and also Sheffield.

Baroness Claire Fox, tweeted to criticise the termination of the testings to advise versus “terminate society”.

“Disastrous for the arts, harmful free of cost speech, a lesson to those who argue identity politics are no threat to freedom,” she claimed.

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