SHAFAQNA -Â A prominent Saudi journalist praised Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidiâ€™s movie â€œMuhammad: The Messenger of Godâ€.
Dawud al-Sharyan in an article carried by al-Hayat newspaper wrote that the movie introduces Islam in a beautiful way that preachers and books are not capable of.
He rejected calls for banning the film, stressing that despite some claims, the prophet is not depicted in the movie.
Al-Sharyan went on to say that Majidiâ€™s work beautifully portrays the character of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) until the age of 13.
Majidiâ€™s epic production is the first part of a trilogy on the life of Islamâ€™s holy prophet, which recounts the early years of his prophethood in the city of Mecca.
It took five years for Majidi and his team to produce the 171-minute movie. With a budget of over $55 million, the religious blockbuster is the most expensive film ever made in Iran.
Produced by Mohammad Mehdi Heidarian, the film was shot in Iran and the South African city of Bela-Bela.
The cinematic project has enjoyed the cooperation of renowned international craftsmen and artists such as Italian cinematographer, Vittorio Storaro, Italian film editor, Roberto Perpignani, American special effects artist, Scott E. Anderson, Italian makeup artist, Gianetto De Rossi, and Indian composer, A. R. Rahman.
Some in the Muslim world 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.