The Lady Of Heaven: Morocco Bans British Film About Daughter Of Prophet Mohammed For ‘Flagrant Falsification Of Islamic History’ | world news

Morocco has banned the controversial British film The Lady Of Heaven for its “blatant falsification of established facts in Islamic history”.

British cinema chain Cineworld has already canceled screenings of the film after protests over the depiction of the prophet Mohammed’s daughter, Lady Fatimah.

Now, the Moroccan Cinematographic Center (CCM) has issued a statement saying that no cinema in the country will be licensed to show the film.

The Moroccan Supreme Court of Ulema has strongly condemned the film, claiming that the writer, Shia Muslim cleric Sheikh Yasser al-Habib, has lost his Kuwaiti nationality because of his “extremist ideas”.

It describes the “incarnation of the prophet” as an “abominable act that cannot be accepted by Muslims” and says it “categorically rejects the blatant falsification of established facts in Islamic history”.

The Lady of Heaven is considered to be the first on-screen depiction of Lady Fatimah’s life.

Most Muslims find any depiction of their prophets highly offensive, making efforts to do so extremely controversial.

The filmmakers say they have done everything they can to prevent a saintly person from being played by an actor.

Instead, they chose to convey them through a mix of CGI, lighting, and visual effects.

Film ‘may lead to communal violence’

But Roshan M Salih, editor of the British Muslim news site 5Pillars, warned it could still spark a violent uproar.

He wrote on Twitter: “Let me put it simply – Lady of Heaven should be banned as it could lead to communal violence.

“Muslims love the Prophet and Sahaba [companions of the Prophet] so much so that provocations like this can lead to criminal reactions from some misguided individuals.”

He said the film “could trigger a reaction, even if that reaction itself is wrong”.

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Egypt, Pakistan, Iran and Iraq are among the countries condemning the film.

In the UK, demonstrations have taken place outside cinemas in Bradford, Leeds, Sheffield, Bolton, Blackburn, Birmingham and East London.

It would be seen in Cineworld, Vue and Showcase cinemas.

But after the former screenings were postponed due to safety concerns for staff and customers, only Vue viewings appear to be available to book online.

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