UPDATE: Qaradawi to oversee – Producer of Movies, “The Matrix” and “The Lord of the Rings” in discussions for a movie about Prophet Muhammad (s)

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UPDATE: Sh. Yusuf al-Qaradawi will be overseeing the filming. (source)

Here is a list of Barrie Osborne’s movies he was part of.

The only other movie I can think of was the old school 70s movie, “The Message” (or “Muhammad: The Messenger of God”) by Moustapha Akkad. I liked it and it does a good job with respecting the teachings of Islam as well as the historical accounts. I hope this one goes in to a bit more detail

A film about the Prophet Mohammad backed by the producer of “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Matrix” is under discussion, a Qatar media firm said on Sunday, aiming to create an English-language blockbuster for the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims.

Filming of the $150 million movie is set to start in 2011, with Barrie Osborne as its producer, Alnoor Holdings said.

Alnoor said the film – in which the Prophet would not be depicted, in accordance with Islamic strictures – was in development and talks were being held with studios, talent agencies and distributors in the United States and Britain.

The company launched a $200-million international film fund on Oct. 31 to invest in film projects amid tight financing in the wake of the financial crisis and plans to focus on Hollywood.

Alnoor said it aimed to attract the “best international talent” to star in the motion picture.

The company was set up this year to take advantage of economic opportunities in the entertainment industry, focusing on international film production, Arabic production and animation.

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21 Replies to “UPDATE: Qaradawi to oversee – Producer of Movies, “The Matrix” and “The Lord of the Rings” in discussions for a movie about Prophet Muhammad (s)”

  1. “The Message” was ok but histrionically inaccurate in some places. Hamzah ibn abdul muttalib and Zayd ibn harith both portrayed as white Arabs when is well known they were black arabs. And why no actors portraying the four khalifahs?

    As long as the wachowski brothers aren’t directing this new film it should be a good movie. I’m won’t be happy if a rumored transsexual would be involved in movie about the Prophet.

  2. I’m pretty sure Zaid ibn al-Harith was not a black arab. He was a slave, but he wasn’t black. His wife, umm Aiman, was ethiopian though, and his son Usamah ibn Zaid looked black.

  3. If any Muslim sees this, please don’t go ballistic when this move comes out. I will 100% agree that some of wacko Muslims tend to not bode well with stuff like this. If this film has a part that is not to our liking, PLEASE don’t kidnap a bunch of innocent people and then cry foul when somebody makes fun of us. I’m sorry but a lot of people went ballistic when the message came out. These people mean well and I trust them. Some of us really need to take a chill pill once in a while.

  4. (sorry for the double post but i just read about this on the link provided by MW) I agree with (Muslim to another Muslim) and hope that no extremist will do something stupid, nor the Pakistanis. InshAlla God will protect Muslims.

  5. this should be entertaining no matter how good or bad it turns out lol.
    BTW in the movie the Message Bilal was played by an actor that looked like he was south Sudanese but in real like he was half arab half Abyssinian. There is no way Bilal looked like that, and there is no way any of the actors will look even close to what they actually looked liked. So as far as historical accurateness goes… forget about it.

    Its like in black hawk down when they got all the west Africans to play Somalis…anyone who doesn’t think all black people look alike would have been distracted by that the whole time.

  6. @ MW_M

    “I’m pretty sure Zaid ibn al-Harith was not a black arab. He was a slave, but he wasn’t black. His wife, umm Aiman, was ethiopian though, and his son Usamah ibn Zaid looked black.”

    If Um Ayman was black (Ethiopian) wouldn’t that make her son Usama black?

    Moreover Al Jahiz in his book “Risalat mufakharat al-sudan ‘ala al-bidan (Superiority Of The Blacks To The Whites)” written in 9th century (3rd century AH) wrote that Zaid ibn Harith was black as well as Abdul Muttalib and all his sons, including the Prophet’s father Abdullah. Those claims and that book til this day has not be refuted.

  7. Mmm now am reassessing this, maybe qaradawi is there as an moslem seal of approval for film so that any potential encitement to riot or anything else deemed obnoxious would be discouraged. …Tsk tsk tsk, brahzer, Matrix Effigy* makroo.

    if u turn it around, would we be equally comfortable in learning lets say, a action movie was being made -religious in orientation, endorsed by I dunno, billy graham or pat robertson? Aren’t people who are supposedly intended to watch this gonna feel icky as a result? Oh, and the audience is not western but eastern. I Dunno man. Was the question ever asked as to Who was really meant to ‘know’ that sheikh qaradawi is envolved.

    I can see the fineprint now,

    “This film has the official seal of approval by…..”

    I kid I kid people, relax.

  8. “I’m pretty sure Zaid ibn al-Harith was not a black arab. He was a slave, but he wasn’t black. His wife, umm Aiman, was ethiopian though, and his son Usamah ibn Zaid looked black.”

    From Wikipedia:

    “Zayd was the natural son of a man named Harithah and was adopted by Muhammad. Many years later Harithah found Zayd and asked if his son wanted to go home with him. Zayd said no and that he would stay due to the great love that Muhammad had shown him. Little is known of Zayd’s natural father. Some sources say that Harithah was descended from the Arab poet Imru’ al-Qais. One or more of his ancestors may have been of African descent, as he is said to have had very dark skin.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zayd_ibn_Harithah#cite_note-0

  9. hmm, don’t know how accurate Montgomery Watt is as a reference, but I do know that Zaid ibn al-harith would grow upset by people making allegations that Usama was not his son due to him being much darker than Zaid. Anyways, I prefer to take my knowledge from the Quran, Sunnah, and the actions of the Sahabah rather than a Mu’tazilite who writes a book on how blacks are superior to whites.

    “A white has no superiority over a black nor a
    black has any superiority over a white except by piety and good action”

    Guess who said that?

  10. Reply to Smith
    Are you saying that the world will be in peace if you take out all the religions? Cause if you are, then you do not have “reason” nor “logic” and without those i think it will be extremely hard for you to perceive almost anything.But for Islam, the minimum requirement is a brain, because everything is so simple and smart and common sense.
    Anyways, even if people don’t fight over religions then they will fight over money.

  11. I couldn’t agree more with zookeeper. Anyone who knows the difference between africans would be disturbed and think about that during the whole movie.
    Just because they put west africans as somalis i couldn’t finish watching the movie because it disturbed me so much in “black hawk down”.

    And in the message bilal was very dark but ethiopians(habashis) have light brown skin.

    Doing a mistake like that is like portraying a french guy as a Indian (if you know what i mean).

  12. Actually agreeable even though Ethiopians have light skin, such as the Habesha (tigrigna, tigray, amhara etc) they were usually never sold as slaves.

    Most of the so called “Habesha” slaves from Ethiopia were actually not from the ruling class of ethnic Habesha of the Axum kingdom but from the wild Nilotic tribes that would be enslaved. The name Habesha stuck on them for the sole purpose that they originated from the land of the Habesha or ardul Habesha.

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