The first animated movie depicting the life of the Prophet Muhammad will be screened in North America after delays due to 9/11.
Muhammad: The Last Prophet will premiere in cinemas in 37 US and Canadian cities for one week from 14 November on Eid al-Fitr – a Muslim holiday marking the end of fasting in the month of Ramadan.
The 90-minute film that chronicles the early life and teachings of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad was produced for Badr International by RichCrest Animation Studios, the creators of animated classics such as The King and I, and The Fox and the Hound.
Because of Islamic traditions prohibiting the visual representation of religious figures, no images of Prophet Muhammad appear in the film.
The Council on American Islamic Relations, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, said the movie was an excellent opportunity for parents and children of all faiths “to learn more about a historic figure like Prophet Mohammed and events that shaped today’s world”.
John Voll, director of Georgetown University’s Centre for Muslim-Christian Understanding, said: “The movie is especially relevant in the current time when so much of the media presentations of Muslims and Muslim life is so negative.
“And this provides an alternative perspective,” said Voll, among a group of academics consulted about the movie, budgeted at more than $10 million.
[Source: Al Jazeera]