Omar bin El-Khattab

OMAR, MBC 36 episode TV series

#مسلسل_عمر – الحلقة الأولى – الحلقة 1

2012
Samer Ismail as Omar bin El-Khattab in MBC’s “Omar” series.

Filming Locations: Morocco

Farouk Omar is a historical Arab series co-produced by MBC1 and Qatar TV and directed by Hatem Ali, which is based on one of the best companions of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and the 2nd Caliph of the Islamic state, Umar Ibn Al-Khattab (May Allah be pleased with him).

A 30-episode series showcasing the various events during the life of Umar Ibn Al-Khattab (May Allah be pleased with him) from his pre-Islamic days till his assassination. The series depends solely on established historical facts hence didn’t face criticism in terms of its content as past movies on similar subjects did. The series commences with the 23 year of Hijra at Makkah, where the Muslim pilgrims have come together for the Hajj.

In midst of them, we can see Umar Ibn Al Khattab (May Allah be pleased with him) supplicating to the Lord while doing the Tawaaf around the Ka’abah. On the return journey to Medinah from Makkah, they pass by a group of people tending to their camels in the desert.

Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) reminisces his past days, when he used to tend to his father Al-Khattab’s camels in the desert, and how his father used to work him to exhaustion and beat him up if he slackened. However, now after his embracing Islam how life has changed for him with no one to stand between him and his Lord.

The series then takes you on a historical ride as memories come gushing back to Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) about the various events that happened during his lifetime.

Full Cast & Crew
Series Directed by
Hatem Ali … (unknown episodes) Series Cast
Samer Ismail Samer Ismail …
Farouk Omar (4 episodes, 2012)
Hazem Zedan Hazem Zedan …
Salamah (4 episodes, 2012)
Ghassan Massoud Ghassan Massoud …
Abu Bakr (2 episodes, 2012)
Zied Touati Zied Touati …
Wahchi (1 episode, 2012)
Jay Abdo Jay Abdo …
The Emporio Messenger (1 episode, 2012)
Mehyar Khaddour Mehyar Khaddour …
Khalid Ibn Al-Waleed (1 episode, 2012)
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Series Cinematography by
Mohamed Maghraoui … (4 episodes, 2012) Series Casting By
Salah Benchegra … (4 episodes, 2012) Series Production Design by
Jalil Fotouhinia … (4 episodes, 2012) Series Art Direction by
Naser Jalili … (4 episodes, 2012) Series Set Decoration by
Jalil Fotouhinia … (4 episodes, 2012) Series Costume Design by
Azar Mohammadi … (4 episodes, 2012) Series Makeup Department
Abdollah Eskandari … makeup designer (4 episodes, 2012) Series Production Management
Aziz Rafiq … unit manager (4 episodes, 2012) Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mustapha Grumij … assistant director (4 episodes, 2012)
Chadi Abo … associate director (2 episodes, 2012) Series Visual Effects by
Chadi Abo … visual effects supervisor (4 episodes, 2012)
Nasser Abo … visual effects supervisor (2 episodes, 2012)
Robert Altbauer … digital artist (2 episodes, 2012) Series Stunts
Farouk Omar … stunt performer (3 episodes, 2012)
Younes Afroukh … stunts (2 episodes, 2012)
Benamara Azeddine … stunt performer (2 episodes, 2012)
Mohamed Attougui … stunts (1 episode, 2012)
Brahim Boukhizzou … stunts (1 episode, 2012)
Youssef Marchouki … stunts (1 episode, 2012)
Abdellah Oukseh … stunts (1 episode, 2012) Series Casting Department
Mourad Barouche … casting assistant (4 episodes, 2012)
Saad Fekhari … extras casting director (4 episodes, 2012) Series Other crew
Khalid Asmour … location manager (4 episodes, 2012)

L'affiche de la série "Omar" diffusée pendant le Ramadan<br /><br /><br /><br />

 


EPISODE ONE (of 37)

 

“Omar”, la série tv sur un compagnon du prophète Mahomet fait

polémique

Publié le 23/07/2012 à 11H55, mis à jour le 10/12/2012 à 15H16

L’affiche de la série “Omar” diffusée pendant le Ramadan

© Middle East Broadcasting Centre (MBC)

Une série télévisée diffusée par une télévision à capitaux saoudiens sur le deuxième calife de l’islam provoque les critiques d’instances religieuses et de spectateurs qui désapprouvent la représentation figurée du prophète Mahomet et de ses compagnons.

“Omar” est une super-production historique qui raconte la vie de Omar Ibn al-Khattab, un des compagnons les plus illustres de Mahomet et deuxième calife sous lequel l’islam connaît une expansion rapide au VIIème siècle.

Mais la série, diffusée à l’occasion du ramadan, mois de jeûne pour les musulmans au cours duquel les télévisions connaissent des pics de record d’audience et une multiplication des spots publicitaires, est au centre d’une controverse opposant religieux conservateurs et réformistes.

Selon ses créateurs, la chaîne Middle East Broadcasting Centre (MBC), il s’agit de la plus grande production arabe, avec 30.000 acteurs et techniciens de 10 pays, ses 31 épisodes ayant été tournés en 300 jours.

Deux fatwas contre la série

Al-Azhar, principale institution religieuse de l’islam sunnite, basée au Caire, a émis un édit religieux (fatwa) affirmant que les représentations figuratives des prophètes et de leurs compagnons étaient interdites. Une fatwa similaire a été émise par Dar al-Ifta en Arabie saoudite (le Comité Permanent des Recherches Scientifiques et de la Délivrance des Fatwas).

Si la représentation figurée n’est pas explicitement interdite dans le Coran, les théologiens sunnites s’accordent sur le fait que la représentation des figures religieuses est interdite car susceptible selon eux de conduire à l’idôlatrie, une pratique strictement interdite.

Des milliers de personnes se sont exprimées sur les réseaux sociaux pour dénoncer la série télévisée et appeler à ce qu’elle soit retirée du petit écran. “Les symboles de la nation (de l’islam) sont une ligne rouge”, estime ainsi un internaute sur Facebook sur une page intitulée “Non à la diffusion d’Omar”. Les acteurs “vont ternir l’image (des prophètes et des compagnons) en jouant d’autres rôles dans d’autres films, séries ou pièces de théâtre”, a jugé un autre. Sur une autre page, on voit les portraits des acteurs avec les inscriptions “Honte aux musulmans!” en gros caractères rouges.

OMAR, MBC 36 episode TV series
30 000 acteurs ont participé aux tournages des 31 épisodes de “Omar” © Middle East Broadcasting Centre (MBC)

Mais les producteurs de la série disent avoir reçu le soutien de plusieurs dignitaires religieux qui ont également examiné la véracité des faits historiques évoqués dans la série, notamment celui de l’influent théologien égyptien cheikh Youssef Al-Qaradaoui.

Pour le critique de cinéma égyptien Tarek al-Shennawi, la représentation de Omar par une société de production saoudienne est le signe d’une défaite des institutions islamiques officielles comme Al-Azhar et Dar al-Ifta en Arabie saoudite. “Beaucoup de ces institutions campent sur leurs positions, alors que d’autres ont depuis longtemps approuvé la représentation figurée”, a-t-il expliqué à l’AFP.

Sanaa Hashem, professeur à l’institut de cinéma du Caire, souligne qu'”en islam, il n’y a pas de sanctification. Représenter ces figures (à l’écran) est en accord avec cela (…) et favorise la discussion sur ces personnages, leurs rôles religieux et historique (…) ainsi que le développement intellectuel”.

“Omar”, the TV series about a companion of the Prophet Muhammad

is controversial

Published on 23/07/2012 at 11:55, updated on 10/12/2012 at 3:16 p.m.

Poster of “Omar” series broadcast during Ramadan

© Middle East Broadcasting Centre (MBC)

A television series broadcast by a television Saudi capital on the second caliph of Islam provokes the religious authorities and spectators who disapprove of figurative depiction of the prophet Muhammad and his companions criticism.

“Omar” is a historical super-production which tells the story of Omar Ibn al-Khattab, one of the most illustrious companions of Muhammad and the second Caliph of Islam under which expanded rapidly in the seventh century.

But the series, released on the occasion of Ramadan, the fasting month for Muslims in which televisions are experiencing peak audience record and an increase in commercials, is the center of a controversy between religious conservatives and reformists .

According to its creators, the channel Middle East Broadcasting Centre (MBC), it is the largest Arab production with 30,000 actors and technicians from 10 countries, with its 31 episodes were shot in 300 days.

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Two fatwas against the series

Al-Azhar, the main religious institution of the ‘MUSLIM’ BROTHERHOOD  WAHABI-Islam, based in Cairo, issued a religious edict (fatwa) saying that the figurative representations of the prophets and their companions were prohibited. A similar fatwa was issued by Dar al-Ifta in Saudi Arabia (the Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta).

If the pictorial representation is not explicitly prohibited in the Qur’an, ‘MUSLIM’ BROTHERHOOD / WAHABI and SALAFI theologians agree that the representation of religious figures is forbidden because according to them could lead to idolatry, a practice strictly forbidden. (STUPID!)

Thousands of people have expressed on social networks to denounce the television series and call for it to be removed from the small screen. “The symbols of the Nation (of Islam) are a red line” and said a surfer on a Facebook page titled “No dissemination of Omar.” Actors “will tarnish the image (of the prophets and companions) playing other roles in other movies, TV shows and plays,” ruled another. On another page, we see portraits of actors with the inscriptions “Shame on Muslims!” in big red letters.

THE ‘MUSLIM’ BROTHERHOOD DID THE SAME THING TO “THE MESSAGE”, produced by

Mu’ammar al-Qathafi,—which has now resulted in the conversion of almost a million faithful to Islam.

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30,000 players participated in the filming of 31 episodes of “Omar” © Middle East Broadcasting Centre (MBC)

But the show’s producers say they received support from several clerics who also examined the accuracy of the historical facts of the series, notably the influential Egyptian theologian Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi.

To Egyptian film critic Tarek al-Shennawi, the representation of Omar by a Saudi production company is a sign of defeat of official Islamic institutions like Al-Azhar and Dar al-Ifta in Saudi Arabia.”Many of these institutions are sticking to their positions, while others have long endorsed the figurative representation,” has he told AFP.

Sanaa Hashem, Professor at the Institute of Cinema in Cairo, said that “in Islam, there is no sanctification. Representing these figures (on the screen) is in agreement with this (…) and promotes discussion of these characters, their religious and historical roles (…) as well as intellectual development. “

 

 

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