Coming on the heels of the anger and rage that the caricatures of Prophet Muhammad sparked around the world, this news ought to solidify the image of Muslims as a bunch of intolerant, angry, and violently reactive people who are not only jealously protective of their own dogmas, but that of others as well.
Now before anyone starts on how Jesus is a prophet and holy figure in Islam as well, let me say that while we Muslims understand that, a lot of other people may not, and may well see the reaction and violence as wanton, and interpret it as evidence of Muslims’ inherent nature.
Furthermore, the film is made by a non-Muslim -an Orthodox Christian to be more precise- and in Orthodox Christianity the depiction of Jesus (iconography) is not only persmissible, it is encouraged as an important medium of religious symbolism.
It just looks like we just really, really have to make sure that others have an image of Muslims as an angry mob ready to pour onto the streets in a rampage -on any pretext- and break porcelain and china left and right. While we are at it, we may as well protest those Hindus who not only have many dieties, but depict one of their gods as a human-faced, mutli-limbed elephant with lots of makeup…
Muslims Oppose Planned Film On Jesus
(Courtesy of AllAfrica)
CAIRO: Plans by an Orthodox Christian filmmaker to make the first movie in Arabic about Jesus are receiving opposition from Muslims. Muslims – who consider Jesus a prophet – suggested that screenwriter Fayez Ghali request authorization from Al Azhar, the most esteemed institution of Sunni Islam which adjudicates works of art on religion. “In order for this movie to be made, our position is that the image of the prophet (Jesus) not appear, for it would be impossible to find an actor who could play him, no matter how perfect his work is,” Muslim leader Mohammed Habib was quoted as saying.
Abdel Moti Bayumi, a member of the Academy of Islamic Studies at Al Azhar, said the prophets can not be portrayed, as that reduced their value in the human mind. “Muslims hate seeing Jesus represented in human form and especially if they show him in moments of weakness.”
But screenwriter Ghali said he would continue with the project. “That the depiction of the prophets is forbidden is an issue for our Muslim brothers, not for me.”
He said his production would be in line with the Orthodox Christian teaching, and he would not give in to the Muslims. “It would be understood as an imposition of their power on the church. No human being ought to prohibit the movie, whether it’s Al Azhar, the church or even the state,” he said.