Scholars slam Iranian movie on Prophet

Updated 05 September 2015

Scholars slam Iranian movie on Prophet

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Council of Senior Scholars has denounced the release of the Iranian movie ‘Muhammad, Messenger of God’ which has scenes showing representations of the body of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
In a statement, the organization said that any representation of the Prophet (peace be upon him) in this manner showed little reverence for him and a disregard for Islamic law.
Earlier this week, the Kingdom’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh said the film “is a mockery of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and a degradation of his status.” The Muslim World League and Al-Azhar scholars have slammed the decision to release the film. Al-Azhar University said “it is not permitted under Shariah to embody the prophets.”
Nearly 140 cinemas in Iran began showing the $40 million film, the most expensive in Iranian history, this week. According to the film’s director Majid Majidi, the 171-minute production is “to promote Islamic unity.” Majidi said the aim of his work, the first part of a trilogy, is to reclaim the rightful image of Islam, which he said extremists have distorted.
While Iran has denounced cartoons depicting the Prophet (peace be upon him), such as those published by French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Shiites are generally more relaxed than Sunnis about depiction of religious figures.


Saudi Arabia reports 32 new COVID-19 deaths

Updated 03 August 2020

Saudi Arabia reports 32 new COVID-19 deaths

  • There have been a further 1,972 recoveries from COVID-19

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Monday announced 1,258 new coronavirus cases and 32 new deaths from the disease.
The new cases reported in the Kingdom increase the total number of people who have contracted the virus to 280,093. 

The recent fatalities raise the Kingdom’s virus-related death toll to 2,949. 

According to the Ministry of Health, 89 of the newly recorded cases were in Riyadh, while there were 75 reported in Al-Hufoof and 65 in Dammam.

There have been a further 1,972 recoveries from COVID-19, taking the total number of recoveries to 242,053.