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The 2nd Caliph, Omar Ibn al-Khattab, to appear on the Arab silver screen

The 2nd Caliph, Omar Ibn al-Khattab, to appear on the Arab silver screen

(Dp-News - Forward )

In what has been described as a revolution in fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) and television drama, the Saudi channel MBC and Qatar have teamed up to produce a 30-episode epic on the life of Omar Ibn al-Khattab, one of the most powerful and influential Muslim leaders in world history. The work is being written by the Jordanian Walid Seif and will be crafted by the popular Syrian TV director, Hatem Ali, who a few years back, made a groundbreaking TV biography of Farouk I, the last King of Egypt. According to sources close to production, the work will feature Syrian star Taim Hasan—who played Farouk and Nizar Qabbani in the past—as the Caliph Omar.

A frenzy of debate has already ripped through political, religious, and cultural circles throughout the Arab and Muslim world. Many are asking how producers make an entire work about Omar, who according to Islamic norm, cannot be shown on screen—as the case with the Prophet Mohammad and all his companions. One cannot see them or hear their voice, so as not to associate their name with the actor who depicts them on screen, and additionally, one cannot draw their image or make a statue out of their likeliness. Audiences remember that back in the 1970s, Hollywood based director Mustapha al-Akkad made his classic, Mohammad: Messenger of God without ever showing the Prophet—only his cane and camel. This time, sources add, if objections snowball about bringing Omar to the silver screen, director Hatem Ali might satisfy himself by showing blurred shadows of the Caliph and not his full face.

Iranian sensitivities
Politically, the upcoming TV series (earmarked for the summer of 2011) will undoubtedly enrage the Shiites of Iran, who hold very negative views of Omar and his predecessor, Abu Bakr al-Siddiq. Shiites claim that the two men hoarded the caliphate for themselves after Prophet’s death in 632, threatening to assault and burn down the house of his daughter Fatima (wife of Ali) if she did not endorse Abu Bakr’s caliphate. Omar’s assassination at the age of 58 in 644 is another controversial juncture that the TV series will have to deal with, since he was stabbed at the mosque in Medina by a Persian (Abu Lu’lua) in revenge for his invasion and occupation of the Persian Empire (present-day Iran). His son, Ubaidullah Bin Omar, pledged to kill all the Persians in Medina in revenge—and actually managed to hunt down accomplices of the man who killed his father. Earlier this year, the Supreme Leader of Iran, Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered that Iranian media and culture refrain from insulting anyone who had been close to the Prophet. Theoretically, this applies to Omar who accompanied Mohammad for 16-years, during all his wars, and both within Mecca and Medina. Centuries of indoctrination against the Caliph (who Sunnis call Prince of Believers) will undoubtedly prevent hardliners in Iran from being quiet about Omar revisiting them next Ramadan—made all the more notorious, perhaps, thanks to Saudi and Qatari funding of the TV drama

Highlights in the Life of Caliph Omar
1. Officials under his reign were required to come to Mecca during the annual pilgrimage where people were free to present complaints against them.
2. Omar paid high salaries to his staff—up to 7,000 dirhams annually—in order to minimize chances of corruption.
3. Omar was the first to introduce the public ministry system, where records of officials and soldiers were kept.
4. He was the first to appoint police forces to keep civil order.
5. He was the first to discipline the people when they became disordered.
6. He was the first to order a census of all Muslim territories.
7. He issued orders that these Christians and Jews should be treated well in the Muslim Empire
8. Omar was founder of Fiqh, the Islamic jurisprudence.
9. He established Bayt al-Mal in 641, for annual allowances to Muslims.
10. In 639, his fourth year as Caliph and the seventeenth year since Hijra, he declared that the Islamic calendar should be counted from the day of the Hijra of Mohammad from Mecca to Medina.
11. During the Great Famine, he froze implementation of Quranic verses related to cutting a thieves’ hand if caught stealing and exempted poverty-stricken citizens from paying the zakat for 3-years
12. 4050 cities came under Muslim rule under Omar’s reign, scattered across Syria, Egypt, Libya, Anatolia, Persia, Armenia, and the Caucasus

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alqaisi            7/26/2012 10:35:13 PM
why you dont have sub tittle it should be done
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