Cineworld Bolton pulls Our Lady in Heaven movie after protest

KINEMA in Bolton drew a movie, described as “blasphemous”. after protests.

Bolton Cineworld will no longer take a reservation for Our Lady in Heaven after shouting at some Muslims in the town.

More than 100 people came to protest yesterday afternoon against the screening of the film.

And Bolton Council of Mosques sent an e-mail to the cinema, based in The Valley.

Signed by the president, Asif Patel, it stated: “Many of you are well aware of the recently released film‘ Lady of Heaven ’which has caused a lot of misery to Muslims around the world.

“It is supported by sectarian ideology and is blasphemous in nature to the Muslim community.

“It greatly disrespects the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in many ways and deeply worries every Muslim.

“It also misrepresents orthodox historical narratives and disrespects the most esteemed individuals of Islamic history.

“The plot begs the question of how much the producers have considered the huge impact of this film on the Muslim community and the notions of holiness they hold dear.”

It adds: “At Bolton, we are a very diverse community and have a strong respect for each other’s culture and honor for community cohesion.

In a statement, Cineworld said: “Due to the protest outside the Bolton Cineworld, we will close the doors of the cinema and only allow those to enter with proof of ticket purchases.

“We shot the film and it will no longer be shown in this cinema.”

But some people were unhappy with the protest.

Susan Shaw said she and her mom missed a movie because of the protests.

Susan said: “It was absolutely ridiculous and scared my old mom.

“There were more than 50 people there and they were shouting and swinging around. I had to call the police, but I went home because my mother was very pregnant.

“This is not acceptable; you can’t decide what other people can watch in a movie theater. ”

She added: “I have lived everywhere in the Middle East, I would never do anything like that there.

Susan continued: “We were going to watch Top Gun but didn’t look at it because my mother didn’t want to come in.”

It is the first time that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is featured in a film and follows the story of his daughter Fatimah.

It was directed by Eli King and written by Sheikh al-Habib, who wanted to bring the story to life and show the life of Fatimah.

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Made in Britain, The Lady of Heaven is directed by Eli King and written by cleric Yasser Al-Habib. Filming began in 2019 and production was delayed due to the Covid pandemic.

The independent film had already garnered great controversy in construction until its release and was banned in Shia-majority nation Iran, where it was believed it could cause “divisions among Muslims”. Other countries such as Pakistan, which called it “sacrilegious” and Egypt, also pursued a ban on the film.

Some Shiite scholars have also condemned the plot for its “historical errors”.

The Lady of Heaven was released in theaters in Britain on June 3. The plot revolves around Laith, an Iraqi child in the middle of a war-torn country after the loss of his mother, finds a new home with an elderly woman who tells li. the story of Fatima, whose face is never shown, the daughter of Muhammad.

The face of the Prophet Muhammad is a mixture of computer generated and illuminated images. The film said sacred personalities were not represented by “any individual” and consisted of computer-generated images.

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Critics say it also looks to compare an ISIS attack on a woman with that of an inaccurate account of how two of the Prophet’s close companions were responsible for an assassination attempt on his daughter Fatima to the fourth caliph Ali, who is highly respected by both Shiites and. Sunnis.

Other critics said the depictions of caliphs Abu Bakr, Umar, the Prophet’s wife, Aisha and other negative characters were black because it “stems from racial bias against darker-skinned people”.

Roshan Muhammed Salih of 5 Pillars was a sound critic of the film had watched the film.

He felt, “there is no doubt that Lady of Heaven will create sectarian tensions between Sunnis and Shiites in Britain.”

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He adds: “Lady of Heaven is two hours plus the most extreme Shiite sectarian stories about how the caliphate was supposedly” usurped “by the Ahl ul Bayt.

“And most Muslims will find the invective against three of the Prophet Muhammad’s most beloved companions (PBUH) shocking and disgusting.”

He admitted that there were calls from some Shiite spokesmen to distance themselves from this film and also urged “all major Sunni scholars to dismiss this story as a complete lie.”

A New York Times review says the film is hardly about Fatima, whose face is covered everywhere, while The Guardian says “for a film that aims to promote religious diversity and freedom of thought, its metronomic alternation between time frames, narrative slavery and ridiculous code. a sense of orthodoxy. ‘

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