Two years after airing the Iranian historical/religious TV series Yousuf Payambar, which was a huge hit and lots of people around the Arab world watched it and fell in love with Mostafa Zamani, the Iranian actor who portrayed the leading role of Prophet Yousouf in the series, Al Azhar suddenly noticed that such kinds of series should not be allowed to be aired! Hello, almost nobody left who hasn’t heard about it or even watched at least an episode or two!
In the beginning of the 80s, Al-Azhar had a problem with the famous movie ever made until this day about the first days of Islam ‘The Message’ (الرسالة), Mustafa Al Akkad had to struggle with Al-Azhar for years to get their approval to air the movie … it was only aired in Egypt a few years ago after Al-Azhar gave its ok after a second thought! Keep note that a similar movie that was directed by Youssef Shaheen in the 70’s got Al-Azhar’s approval despite it being very cheap and lousy! I personally believe it was a very poor movie that wasn’t based on facts – you should watch the movie to understand what I mean –
Anyway, Al-Azhar now has a problem with the Iranian series about the Prophet Yousuf because according to Al-Azhar, faces of prophets should not be allowed to be personated by actors … (FYI: The face of Prophet Mohammad and The Khulafa Rachideen weren’t portrayed in The Messenger …!) … My point is, where was Al-Azhar 2 years ago when the series was first aired on TV??? Why are they making a fuss about it now and its Facebook page has huge fan base especially from the Arab world???
What do you think about Al-Azhar’s sudden interest in the series and what do you think about not allowing prophets to be impersonated?