Islamic scholars demand re-editing of a children's cartoon
The Egyptian higher committee of culture, headed by Dr. Abdul Azim Ramadan, permitted yesterday the screening of the new cartoon movie, “Mohammed Khatam Al Mursaleen” (Mohammed The Seal of the Prophets), after the omission of 50 seconds of footage.
According to the Qatari daily, Al Raya, the head of the Egyptian censorship department Mr. Madkour Thabet had assigned the committee earlier this week to review the movie, after the objection of the Egyptian Islamic Research Academy on some of its scenes.
The committee ordered the omission of five scenes, where Muslims appear as Pharaohs smashing pagan idols. “We told the production company about the omission, and for its part, the company accepted and respected the committee’s will and is working on the re-editing,” Thabet said.
Earlier in September, the Egyptian Islamic Research Academy, headed by Sheikh Said Agour, sent a letter to the censorship authority objecting to the appearance of the Prophet Mohammed's uncle Hamza, and gave a list of Islamic symbols, which he deemed not appropriate for screening or hearing in any work.
The 150-minute movie depicts the period of the emergence of Islam in the Arabian Peninsula, and all events ensuing upto the final chapter of his 'message' in Madina. – Albawaba.com
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