SHAFAQNA -Â Prominent Egyptian novelist Ibrahim Abdul Majid supported Iranian filmmakerâ€™s movie â€œMuhammad (PBUH): Messenger of Godâ€, saying it is a precious work for promoting Islam in the West.
He rejected calls by some Egyptian clerics for banning the movie, stressing that it is not insulting at all but is a positive step for promoting Islam, Akhbarak.net website reported.
â€œI cannot see why al-Azhar is opposedâ€ to the film, he wondered.
Iranians welcomed the first screening of the movie â€œMuhammad (PBUH): Messenger of Godâ€ by Oscar-nominated Majidi Majidi.
The film, the first part of Iranâ€™s big-budget trilogy on the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), also opened the 39th edition of Montreal World Film Festival (MWFF) on Thursday, August 27.
Some scholars in Egypt, however, have been opposed to screening of the movie. They say picturing the Holy Prophet (PBUH) is Haram (religiously forbidden).
This is while Majidi has reaffirmed time and again that the Holy Prophet (PBUH) has not been pictured in the movie due to the sanctity of the sublime character of Godâ€™s last messenger.