An IMAM at a Bradford mosque has spoken out about his appreciation of a controversial movie being pulled from cinemas after protests final week.
The Lady of Heaven – a movie that’s mentioned to negatively depict historic figures from the Islamic religion – aired at cinemas throughout the nation on Friday and triggered widespread controversy resulting from its spiritual connotations.
A protest was held exterior Cineworld in Bradford on June 3, the day of its launch, the place folks of all ages gathered – some holding picket indicators studying: “It’s not alright to offend 1.8 billion #handsoffoursuperheroes” and “Stop the screening”.
And yesterday, Cineworld introduced that it was pulling the movie from its schedules.
A Cineworld spokesperson mentioned: “Due to latest incidents associated to screenings of ‘The Lady of Heaven’, we’ve made the choice to cancel upcoming screenings of the movie nationwide to make sure the protection of our employees and prospects.”
It has been mentioned that the movie portrays the life story of Lady Fatima, the daughter of Prophet Muhammad, weaved along with the story of a younger Iraqi orphan within the modern-day, and has already been banned in some international locations, together with Iran and Egypt.
Imam of Haworth Road Mosque, Mawlana Shahid Ali, has mentioned he appreciates Cineworld’s choice to drag the movie, including that it has triggered pointless unrest between two Muslim teams, who’ve been co-existing in peace for years prior.
Mr Ali mentioned: “We have been grateful that Cineworld selected to cease exhibiting the movie as a result of to make our historic figures right into a public film that has damaging connotations has the danger of making hate in the direction of our religion, growing Islamaphobia and is kind of a hazard.
“We don’t need any tensions, however when it crosses that line and has the potential of inflicting group tensions, intolerance and disturbs the peace and concord of society then it must be taken into consideration by organisations.”
“We’ve been peacefully co-existing with different Muslim teams for so long as I can keep in mind. We perceive everybody has their views however there’s a tremendous line which I believe has been grossly misunderstood.”
It’s believed that the movie was resulting from be screened at round 30 cinemas up and down the nation – together with a lot of these belonging to the Cineworld chain – and a few Vue cinemas.
Yesterday, Vue mentioned it is going to be persevering with to point out the movie at some theatres, however it is going to be determined the place on a ‘site-by-site’ foundation.