Iranian Embassy reacts to views on film Mohammad (SAW)

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“No insult has been committed to the Islamic values”

NEW DELHI: Reacting to the adverse news published in a section of the Indian media about the film, Mohammad Rasulallah (PBUH), Iranian Embassy, New Delhi, Monday said the film is an artistic work and any opinion must be expressed only after watching the film.

The Embassy clarified no insult has been committed to the Islamic values. “The system of the Islamic Republic, from the very beginning, has always been the standard bearer in the defense of Islam in different arenas like the resolute and extensive opposition to Salman Rushdie or to certain actions taken in some countries for insulting the Prophet of Islam (PBUH),” a statement from the Embassy’s said.

“Muslims in all their important principles and practices have common views, but there are minor differences in certain interpretations,” it said. “It is natural that difference in understanding can include certain subjects like films, including the film by Mr. Majidi, as well.”

“It is necessary that such things should be subjected to expert discussions and talks. Such issues should not be permitted to create differences and divisions. Regrettably, the Islamic world is paying a heavy price for such differences and divisions,” the statement read.

Majid Majidi (Born 1960) is one of the most respected Iranian film-makers. He is well-known in India by one of his master pieces, Children of Heaven (1997).  This film won the “Best Picture” at Montreal International Film Festival and was nominated for Best Foreign Film Academy Award. Majidi’s other film, The Color of Paradise (1999) has also won the “Best Picture” award at Montreal International Film Festival. This film has been selected as one of the best 10 films of year 2000 by Time Magazine and the Critics Picks of the New-York Times.

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