Shi’ite Film Shows Muhammad as Child- Cue Sunni Riots

Shi’ite Film Shows Muhammad as Child- Cue Sunni Riots

mo cartoon posterInfidels are well aware that at least one branch of Islam strictly prohibits any visual depiction of the Prophet Muhammad. Recall the Charlie Hebdo massacre earlier this year where Jihadists affiliated with Al Qaeda slaughtered cartoonists for daring to parody Muhammad. Look back also to the Muslim riots over a YouTube movie that the Obama Administration originally blamed for the Benghazi consulate slaughter.  Against this backdrop an Iranian film company is producing a big budget film that portrays the Muslim prophet as a child with the implied consent of the Shi’ite Iranian regime. Why would Iran intentionally inflame Sunni/Shhi’ite tensions with this film?

ALLAHYAR, Iran (AP) — An Iranian film company is attempting to offer the world a literal glimpse of the Prophet Muhammad despite traditional taboos against it.

But by even showing the back of the Prophet Muhammad as a child before he was called upon by Allah, the most expensive film in Iranian history already has been criticized before its even widely released, calling into question who ultimately will see the Quranic story come to life on the big screen.

“How should we introduce our prophet?” asked Majid Majidi, the film’s director. “Many relay their messages to the world through cinema and pictures.”

But in Islam, portraying the Prophet Muhammad has long been taboo for many. Islamic tradition is full of written descriptions of Muhammad and his qualities — describing him as the ideal human being. But clerics generally have agreed that trying to depict that ideal is forbidden.

But while Sunni Islam, the religion’s dominant branch, widely rejects any depictions of Muhammad, his close relatives or companions, Shiite Islam doesn’t.

In the new 190-minute film, the story focuses on Muhammad’s childhood, never showing his face.

So far, the film appears to have the support of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s current supreme leader, who attended an inauguration of the film’s set in 2012.

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