Iran threatens 'serious action' over BBC plans to screen documentary series on Muslim prophet Muhamm

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The BBC is courting controversy with its plans to broadcast a documentary series about Muslim prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
Three-part series The Life of prophet Muhammad (pbuh) has already been blasted by officials in Iran, who claim the country will take 'serious action' if it is screened.
The Iranian minister of cultural and Islamic guidance, Mohammad Hosseini, who has yet to watch any of the series, has branded the film an attempt by the 'enemy' to 'ruin Muslims' sanctity'.
'The BBC's decision to make a documentary on the life of [the] prophet Muhammad (pbuh) seems dubious and if our suspicions are proved to be correct, we will certainly take serious action,' he told Iran's Fars news agency.
The documentary, to be broadcast in mid-July, just ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in August, will see journalist and TV presenter Rageh Omaar travel to the place of prophet Muhammad's (pbuh) birth, Mecca, to re-trace the footsteps of the prophet.
However, the series will feature no visual images of prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in a bid not to offend Muslims, whose religion forbids depiction of the prophet.
Instead, a spoken description of prophet Muhammad (pbuh) will be given, making this the first biographical documentary not to feature visual images of the subject.
The documentary-makers claims the film will raise questions about Islam's role in the world today and explore 'where Islam's attitudes towards money, charity, women, social equality, religious tolerance, war and conflict originate'.
Mr Omaar, the Middle Eastern correspondent for Al Jazeera English, said: 'I am extremely pleased to be presenting this exciting and groundbreaking series.
'The details of prophet Muhammad's (pbuh) life really are little known, and I hope that my series will for many shine a light on the very beginning of Islam, taking viewers to the heart of this faith, illustrating just how prophet Muhammad's (pbuh) life and legacy is as important today as it was a over a thousand years ago.'
The show was commissioned by the BBC's first Muslim head of Religion & Ethics, Aaqil Ahmed.

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Politcal Worker (100+ posts)
making this the first biographical documentary not to feature visual images of the subject.

Who writes this stuff?? A child who was locked in him room 20 years ago?
There are dozens of documentaries on the life of the prophet in many languages including english.
I have little confidence or trust in BBC and this series seems to be part of a definitive agenda that has been in execution for the last 6-8 months. To clarify, there has been a move on the western media from saying 'muslims are bad' to saying 'islam is bad'. The next step in propoganda against Islam and religion at large.
This started with a widely telecasted debate conducted in new york titled 'Is Islam a religion of Peace?'. In essence bringing the religion in question itself. From that day onwards, I have noticed that most programs now question the sanity, validity of Islam.
The obvious objective is to cultivate hate against religion in common people and ultimately de-humanize those who practice it. This seems to be a precursor of something larger they are planning. It seems like a stage is being set.


whats the big deal.there have been many documentaries abt our beloved prophet not to forget the great film the messenger. iranians full of hot air..and who made them our mouth peice..infact a good documentary will no doubt be intriguing and fascinating to non muslims . applauad the bbc.
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