British film ‘Lady of Heaven’ has been banned by Moroccan cinema authorities after it was condemned by the country’s religious council.
The controversial film tells the story of Lady Fatima, who was the daughter of Prophet Muhammad.
According to the Supreme Ulema Council, the film is a “flagrant falsification of the established facts” of Islam.
The council further accused the film of “loathsome partiality” and accused the producers of wanting “fame and sensationalism” and “hurting the feelings of Muslims and stirring up religious sensitivities”.
As a result, many have gathered around the UK, Egypt, Pakistan, Iran and Iraq to protest against the film.
Aleem Maqbool, BBC’s Religion Editor, highlighted that the criticism centres on how Yasser Al-Habib – the Shia Muslim filmmaker – portrayed prominent figures in early Sunni Islam, in which he draws comparison between their actions with those of the Islamic State group in Iraq.
The film’s producer Malik Shlibak has criticised those who want the movie banned on his social media page, describing it as bigotry and telling them if they did not like the film, they should not watch it, as opposed to cutting it.
The producer also mentioned that not all Muslims want the film banned. However, following protests outside some UK cinemas, the British cinema chain Cineworld has cancelled all screenings of ‘Lady of Heaven’ to “ensure the safety” of their staff and customers.
This has, however, sparked outbursts from some Muslims who wanted to watch the film.