Cineworld withdraws film about Mohammad’s daughter after protests

Cineworld has removed plans to show a film about the daughter of the prophet Mohammad after hundreds of protesters gathered outside of U.K. theaters.

The Lady of Heaven film is being removed as protesters have called it blasphemous in its portrayal of the child of Islam’s leader.

The controversy

“The British-made epic tells the story of an Iraqi boy who is orphaned when his mother is executed by ISIS militants,” according to the Telegraph. “The child is adopted by a woman who comforts the youngster with the story of saintly Fatima, and the viewer is transported back to the seventh century.”

It added, “Islamic tradition forbids the direct portrayal of religious figures and the film’s director Eli King depicts Fatima as a faceless character, shrouded by a black veil.”

Opposing the protesters

Not everyone agreed with the protesters. Others have expressed concern with how easily Cineworld gave in to the protests over the film.

“We must stop surrendering to the Muslim mob,” one critic wrote.

“Protect free speech, individual liberty, and liberal democracy,” he added.

The film also pushes against blasphemy laws, a part of the culture in Islamic societies that legally oppose speaking against Islam or its prophet.

The controversy has brought more attention to the film than it would have otherwise had, but it’s unclear what the end result will be for the film and its desire to portray the story of Mohammad’s daughter.

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