Expressing regret over the report of building of 10 cinemas in Medina, one of the holiest cities of Islam, Shaykh al-Hadith and Darul Uloom Karachi Vice President Mufti Muhammed Taqi Usmani said Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un, (Verily we belong to Allah and verily to Him do we return).
“Now there are plans to set up ten cinema halls in Medina too,” Mufti Taqi Usmani tweeted adding that words failed to express shock at the news. “Is no one of you a rational man?,” he wondered.
28 shops, 10 cinema halls, 32 restaurants, two locations for entertainment, 19 open areas are among the nine projects which are planned to be built on King Salman Road.
It was announced in the end of November last year that the projects would be completed in 14 months, till January 2022.
In response to Mufti Taqi Usmani’s tweet, Member of Sindh Assembly from the opposition’s Grand Democratic Alliance Nusrat Sehar Abbasi said, “Opening a cinema itself is not bad. But it is bad when it is used for bad purposes.” She said films related to Islamic history and science could be projected in cinemas.
Nusrat recently started wearing veil saying that she had been guided by the faith in this regard.
On July 30 this year, Muhammed Taqi Usmani had expressed concern over Saudi Arabia’s changing attitude.
In a statement, the Islamic scholar of international fame had said that the ruling government of Saudi Arabia was going astray from the path of founder of the kingdom, Malik Abdul Aziz. He had also expressed reservation over restrictions on Hajj and Umrah.
“We have always been fans of Saudi Arabia because of the unparalleled service of the two holy sites and the pilgrims, but now the sad news that are coming through social media and direct as well are against the traditions of Islam and Malik Abdul Aziz himself,” he had said.