The British government deemed his Facebook post “incompatible with the government’s advisory role”. On Saturday, he dismissed Qari Asim, a Muslim official, from his duties as head of an official working group, amid controversy over the film “La Dame du Paradis” (“The Lady of Heaven”).
Deprogrammed by the Cineworld cinema chain, the feature film, released in theaters in early June, is the first to address the character of Fatima Zahra, the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad and wife of the first Shia Imam Ali. This had given rise to several demonstrations of Muslims “blaspheming” the work, in front of the group’s rooms.
incitement to religious hatred
Qari Asim, an imam and lawyer in Leeds in the north of England, himself posted a comment on Facebook on Monday accusing the film of “deeply hurting Muslims” and coordinates a performance in Leeds for the same evening. were published. Alert, British officials terminated his actions by mail and “with immediate effect”, noting that the campaign against the film had “led to demonstrations that incite religious hatred”.
“This participation in a campaign to limit freedom of expression is inconsistent with the government’s advisory role”, justified officials, for whom the campaign against the film also encouraged hostility between Shia and Sunni communities.
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