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Iraqi MP: Airing Religious Documentary May Cause Sedition in Islamic Community

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TEHRAN, August 20 (ICANA) – An Iraq lawmaker who has called for banning a religious documentary from being aired on Iraq TV says the move would cause sedition in the Islamic community.
Saturday, August 20, 2011 2:14:33 PM
Iraqi MP: Airing Religious Documentary May Cause Sedition in Islamic Community

Ali Al-Alaq, who heads the Religious Affairs Committee in the Iraq Parliament, was quoted by news agencies on Saturday that the TV series dealt with sensitive issues in the Islamic world, including a historical fight which would cause a lot of division.

The Iraqi parliament voted by majority last week to ban a televised documentary about the lives of the Prophet (S) of Islam’s grandsons, Imam Hassan (AS) and Imam Hussein (AS). The documentary recounts the lives of the Prophet’s (S) two grandsons after his departure, from the time of the third Caliph Othman Bin Affan to the struggle between the first Umayyad Caliph, Muawiyah, and the two Imams.

The struggle ended in martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS) by Muawiyah’s troops in the Iraqi city of Karbala. The shrine of Imam Hussein (AS) in the holy city remains one of the Islamic world’s most important centers of pilgrimage outside Mecca.

The documentary made by some Kuwaiti companies has been slammed by Shia and Sunni authorities who condemn its historic inaccuracy, and warn that it could give rise to a fresh wave of sectarian conflict.

The Iraqi Media and Information Commission called on all TV channels not to air a program that would “harm history and the properties that characterize the family of the Prophet Mohammed (S)”.

Baha al-Aaraji, head of the Ahrar bloc, under the umbrella of the Sadr Current led by Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, told AKnews: “The program twists the truth of Islamic history… It incites sectarian conflict within the Iraqi community”.

Representative of Iraqi Shia religious source in Najaf addressing the Friday prayers last week said the documentary is full of distortions and its directors have ignored many historical facts.

The work has also been banned by the ancient al-Azhar institute in Egypt.

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