The first animated movie of Prophet Mohammed will finally be screened in
North America after being delayed by the September 11 tragedy, which
sparked off unprecedented anti-Muslim sentiment, its distributor said today.
Mohammed: The Last Prophet, will premiere in theatres in 37 US and Canadian
cities for one week beginning November 14 on Eid Al Fitr, a Muslim holiday
marking the end of fasting in the holy month of Ramadan.
Oussama Jammal, president of the film's distributing company Fine Media
Group, said it was ironic that Americans would be able to watch the
US-produced movie after much of the world had already seen it.
It was completed just before the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United
States by the al-Qaeda terror network of Osama bin Laden.
"The film was scheduled to be released in the United States around 2002 but
(was put off) because it was just after September 11 and people were not in
the mood to go to the movies," Jammal told AFP...
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 an historic figure like
Prophet Mohammed and events that shaped today's world".
"It ... is a creative and non-political way for the people to know about
the history of Islam and the prophet's message," council spokeswoman Rabiah
Ahmed told AFP.
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