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Omar (TV series)
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Omar (Arabic: عُمَرْ‎) or Farouk Omar (Persian: عمر فاروق‎) is a historical Arab television drama series that was produced and broadcast by MBC1 and directed by Hatem Ali. Co-produced by Qatar TV, the series is based on the life of Omar, one of the Prophet Mohammad's best companions and the second Caliph of Islam.[1] The series had to face large controversy due to its depiction of Omar, Abu Bakr, Osman and Ali, the four Rashidun Caliphs, along with other characters, who some Muslims believe should not be depicted much like the Prophet Mohammad. The series consisted of 30 episodes and was originally aired in the month of Ramadan since July 20, 2012.[2] It was made at a cost of 200 million Saudi Riyals (SAR) and filmed in Morocco, mostly in Marakesh, Tangiers, El Jadida, Casablanca and Mohammedia. After the series was broadcast on MBC, dubbed into several languages and subtitled in English on youtube, it received great support from many different scholarly bodies and people watching it. As the series depended solely on reliable historical established facts, the series did not face criticism in terms of its content, as past movies and films faced.


Omar ibn al-Khattab TV series raises controversy

Al-Masry Al-Youm

Controversy has erupted over the yet-to-be-broadcast TV series "Omar ibn al-Khattab." The series portrays Omar, Abu Bakr and Ali Ibn Abi Taleb, three of the Prophet Mohamed's Righteous Caliphs.

Hundreds of people joined a Facebook campaign demanding the show not be broadcast, under the title, “No to showing Farouk Omar series”

The series is to be aired on privately owned Saudi satellite channel MBC during the holy month of Ramadan, which starts within the next two weeks. The trailer, which has been aired extensively, stirred up a wave of anger in Islamic circles.

Mohamed Othman, a member of both Al-Azhar's Islamic Research Academy and the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America, told Al-Masry Al-Youm that the series has not been referred to the academy for approval.

Traditionally, works of art related to Islam have been summited to Al-Azhar, the world’s chief Sunni learning institution, before being shown.

“If the series was submitted to us at the academy, as it includes personifications of the four Righteous Caliphs we wouldn’t have hesitated to prohibit showing it. That is our firm stand, which we won’t change,” said Othman.

“Both Al-Azhar and the academy stick to forbidding the personification of prophets, members of Prophet Mohamed’s household, and [his] ten companions that were promised paradise.”

Al-Masry Al-Youm said it contacted the headquarters of MBC Group in Dubai to ask about its position after both the grand mufti of Saudi Arabia and Egypt's Islamic Research Academy released fatwas against the show, and rumors circulated that the network is under pressure to refrain from airing the series in Ramadan. The MBC administration, however, refused to comment, saying it would issue a statement explaining its position soon

MBC has said the series is the biggest drama production in the history of modern television. It has been marketed globally and the rights to broadcast it have been granted to several television networks around the world, including the Turkish ATV network, which will show it dubbed into Turkish.

Two months ago, Al-Azhar, which is located in Egypt, denounced Iran’s intention to produce a movie recounting the Prophet Mohamed's life story. Al-Azhar scholars and Sunni communities rejected the work and demanded Iran ban screenings of the film.

A series depicting the life of Hassan and Hussein, the Prophet Mohamed’s grandsons, was also met with staunch criticism from Al-Azhar, mainly due to the characterization of the Prophet's companions and family members.

However, it was encouraged by a group of intellectuals, jurisprudents and enlightened religious scholars who are generally described as modernists.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm


The Omar Series

Posted by Kashif Zuberi on May 10, 2013 in Religion

The Omar series,  produced and broadcasted by MBC1 and directed by Hatem Ali and Co-produced by Qatar TV, is based on the life of Umar Ibn Al Khattab (RA), the companion of the prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and the second Caliph and one of the 10 who have been promised paradise. The series is in Arabic, and is available with English subtitles on Youtube.

The series consists of 30 episodes and was originally aired in the month of Ramadan since July 20, 2012. It was made at a cost of 200 million Saudi Riyals (SAR) and filmed in Morocco, mostly in Marakesh, Tangiers, El Jadida, Casablanca and Mohammedia.

The series fell into controversy, due to its depiction of Omar, Abu Bakr, Osman and Ali (may Allah be pleased with them), with some scholars issuing fatwa, that it is not permissible to depict the close companions of the prophet (PBUH). However, there were other scholars who said that it is permissible to depict the companions in a drama as this one, as there is no Quranic verse or Hadith prohibiting it.

One of the objections raised was that the people who play the roles of the companions in the series may not be practicing muslims in real life, and come nowhere close to the companions themselves and that images of these actors may come to the minds of the audiences, whenever the name of the companion is mentioned, and therefore it is not permissible to watch this series. However, this argument is not valid, because, logically speaking; the audience know very well that these actors are not the companions, but just actors. No sane person would come to think that these actors were the companions or are like the companions of the prophet (PBUH).

I saw this series on youtube, and I personally feel that it is one of the best Islamic productions ever made. The series starts with the life of Umar (RA) in the pre-Islamic Arabia, and then continues with his life at the time of the mission of the prophet (PBUH), his conversion to Islam, the caliphate of Abu Bakr (RA) and finally, the Caliphate of Umar (RA) himself. The series is as accurate as it was possible without showing the prophet (PBUH), in a 30 episode drama.

The series is very well made. One of the most positive points of the series is that it lays great emphasis on the teachings of Islam, and how they changed the society of the time from the days of ignorance and injustice to the justice of Islam. It shows the efforts and the sacrifices of the companions of the prophet in spreading the message of Islam.

The Series really touches the heart. It increases the love of the companions.

In the end, all that I would like to say is that, although the series may not be perfect in every sense, it is a source of a lot of good. It is a series not to missed. So if you have not seen it already, then please click here to watch it on Youtube.


Saudi scholar slams critics of MBC’s Omar ibn al-Khattab TV series
Sunday, 22 July 2012

The TV series, currently being aired on MBC, depicts the life of Islam’s second Caliph Omar ibn al-khattab. (MBC)

By Al Arabiya

Professor of Islamic law at Saudi Arabia’s al-Qassim University, Khaled al-Musleh, lashed out at critics of the TV series depicting the life of Islam’s second Caliph Omar ibn al-khattab and accused them of agitation.

“The issue of impersonating the prophet’s companions has always been controversial with some scholars sanctioning it and others considering it prohibited,” Musleh was quoted as saying by the Saudi newspaper al-Hayat.

Musleh cited the example of prominent preacher Sheikh Abdul Rahman bin Saadi and who attended a reenactment of one of the prophet’s battles, namely the Battle of Badr, at the Scientific Institute of Riyadh.

“That was 50 years ago and he did not see a problem with that.”

Musleh also explained in an interview with al-Safwa TV channel that the crew of the series, currently aired on MBC, had every right to choose one of two stances on the impersonation of revered Islamic figures and act accordingly.

“They choose to go for the opinion that it is religiously permissible to impersonate them. That does not give those who adopt the opposite view the right to start slandering them.”

The war waged by critics of the series against those who took part in it, Musleh noted, is like promoting sedition.

“Those who slam the series and its team are inciting hatred and creating an atmosphere of hostility and conflict.”

Musleh argued that instead of attacking people who believe impersonating the prophet’s companions is not against Islam, it is better to set the criteria that determine how they are impersonated.

“Strict rules should be imposed on the way those figures are presented to the audience in order to avoid any possible mistakes that could provoke the other side.”

For Musleh, Muslim figures can also be impersonated by non-Muslim actors as long as the intended message is still conveyed in the same way.

“Take the example of the film about Libyan freedom fighter Omar al-Mukhtar and you will realize that there is no problem if non-Muslim actors play the role of Muslim figures,” he concluded.







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