Muslims urged to use movies for propagation of Islam

A notable Nigerian actor and movie producer, Mr Lawal Abiodun Mukaila (aka, Biodun Lawal) has charged the Nigerian Muslims and Muslim organisations to explore and view movie making as a veritable instrument of religious propagation.

Mr Salahudeen K.A. NiMAH President (Middle) and some TAMPAN executives

Mr Salahudeen K.A. NiMAH President (Middle) and some TAMPAN executives

Mukaila said this at a one-day workshop on Script Writing & Film Production organised by Nigeria Muslim Association of Humanities (NiMAH), held in Ibadan, Oyo State.

According to the film producer, Muslims, unlike other religious groups have failed to explore the potentials and power of the movie as well as the immense benefits of the entertainment industry, as means of passing their message in the modern times.

This he said could be attributed to insensitivity, nonchalance or stinginess.

Going down the memory lane, Lawal noted that motion pictures, films or cinema that is stylishly embellished with the teachings of the Qur’an and the noble practices of Prophet Muhammad, had been well explored in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s by Nigeria Muslim actors and producers as Alhaji Fatai Oloyede, Alhaji Busari and Islamic Organisations like NACOMYO.

He made particular reference to Islamic movie like ‘Islamic festival’ that was performed by veteran Nigerian Muslim actors in Atlanta, Georgia, USA in 1974, ‘Shadow of Faith’ in 1982 by Young Muslim Brothers, ‘Irawo Osan’ by NACOMYO in 90″s, ‘Eje Iyonu’, ‘Oyigiyigi’ and ‘Omo Eleha’ among others.

The actor spoke extensively on the nitty-gritty of script writing and means of generating ideas for the script.

“While script writing starts from conceptualisation to stages of development, including outline, synopsis, the treatment, the master screen script, the shooting script, the outline features, tenses, styles and screenplay format to camera angles.

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“Sources of an idea for script writing involves the Qur’an, Hadith, Seerah (history), personal inspiration (dreams), current affairs, book adaptation, biography, autobiography, and research.”

Lawal stressed that in film production, there could be no bad story, but there can be bad treatment.

The second speaker, an Associate Professor of Islamic Thoughts & Civilization in the Department of Religions, University of Benin, Dr Lateef Kayode Adeyemo discussed the “Fundamentals of Movie Production in Islam”.

He challenged Muslims to reverse the status quo and rise up to providing viable alternative Islamic-oriented movies with a view to salvaging the humanity from the soul-corrupting and morally bankrupt movies.

Adeyemo reiterated that movies with Tawhidic (monotheistic) episteme (Islamic touch) remain an indispensable tool for Islamic propagation that could be used “to entertain, teach, guide, educate, purify, revive, re-orientate and transform the Society positively.”

He observed that modern film production is based on Zionists’ and Masonic ideology of a Godless Society.

“”This is why they promote and encourage the production of soul-killing and morally corrupting movies.

“It is therefore not surprising that modern films are characteristically devoid of spirituality, promotes materialism and atheism, causes moral and ethical degeneration, corrupts the mind and aggravates crimes and criminal tendencies.

“It also reduces man to ordinary beasts and returns him to Jahiliyyah (the Age of Ignorance) practices of the yore, such as superstitions, internecine, warfare, brigandage, anarchy and wanton conviviality.”

Adeyemo asserted that movies in the modern times have been well deployed to fight and batter the image of Islam and stigmatise Muslims through Islamaphobia, profiling of Muslims, identity theft, misrepresentation and misconception.

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He, however, emphasised that lying, religious innovations, prohibitions (haram), open demonstration of scenes of love-making (Zina), and all forms of indecencies are prohibited and are strongly against the spirit of Islamic movie production.

The two lecturers quoted copiously from the Qur’an and Hadith to underscore the fact that movie is Islamic, stressing that it is all about creativity.

In an address, the President of NIMAH, Mr Qamarudeen Salawudeen said since entertainment has become an integral part of the society, it is imperative for contemporary Muslims to traverse entertainment industry and explore its potentials to contribute their quota by rescuing humanity from spiritual and moral degeneration the present-day movies have plunged people into.

He said the era of “Sidon Look” and unending complaint had gone, adding that It was time for action and the creation of Islamically acceptable and moral regeneration movies.

From Biodun Adebayo, Ibadan

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