Film About Daughter of Prophet Muhammad Pulled From U.K. Cinemas Following Protests
A film about the daughter of the prophet Muhammad has been pulled from the
cinemas of one of the U.K.’s biggest chains following protests accusing the feature of blasphemy.
Cineworld, which also owns the Regal chain in the U.S., said it was canceling all
upcoming screenings of
The Lady of Heaven
“due to related incidents” and to “ensure the safety of our staff and customers.”
Protests erupted in front of cinemas in several U.K. cities after the film,
from director Eli King and writer Sheikh Al-Habibi,
began showing over the bank holiday weekend for the Queen’s jubilee.
Telling the story of Fatima, the daughter of the prophet Muhammad who lived in the 7th century,
The Lady in Heaven
also makes links between the Islamic State militant group and various historical figures in Islam.