Maulana

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS - By Dr Ner­min Al-Houti

Maulana is the ti­tle of an Ara­bic movie which cre­ated much ar­gu­ment among crit­ics and an­gered many schol­ars. But de­spite that, I will dis­cuss the theme and dra­matic plot with­out any sec­tar­ian ex­trem­ism or fol­low­ing any per­sonal mood. “Maulana” is orig­i­nally a novel writ­ten by me­dia man Ibrahim Essa, then when it was se­lected to be made into a movie, the writer par­tic­i­pated with the film’s di­rec­tor Dr Ma­jdji Ah­mad in re-writ­ing the di­a­logues and scenes se­quence and other ba­sics to be­come a cin­e­matic sce­nario that has the name “Maulana”, which was re­leased in Jan­uary 2017.

It is a re­flec­tion of a re­li­gious per­son­al­ity that car­ries much psy­cho­log­i­cal and re­li­gious strug­gles within it. The char­ac­ter who’s name is Maulana does not only emu­late re­li­gious per­son­al­ity, but also analy­ses the hu­man in­tel­lect and what it car­ries in the form of in­ter­nal strug­gles and in­tel­lec­tual tur­moil, be it re­li­gious, sec­tar­ian or po­lit­i­cal, and who is the vic­to­ri­ous at the end; the author­ity. That is the main as­pect around which the film events re­volve, and de­spite the pres­ence of a ba­sic plot, there was a sec­ondary im­por­tant as­pect which hap­pened since the start of the movie un­til the end, which is the me­dia and its im­por­tance in this era.

The film’s is­sue was not built on the main per­son­al­ity ‘Maulana’ in it­self, and did not di­rectly fo­cus on a cer­tain group or sect, but it pre­sented many re­li­gious, sec­tar­ian and class groups. It also por­trayed the me­dia as the sec­ondary as­pect that pushes the strug­gle be­tween the movie’s events and char­ac­ters to show us how ex­treme a ter­ror­ist can be and the ex­tent of the me­dia’s role in that. The me­dia brought ‘Maulana’ to light by ac­ci­dent and made him a bea­con of knowl­edge and fiqh (knowl­edge of Is­lamic ju­rispru­dence) though he lacks much of the re­li­gious and life’s knowl­edge. And de­spite that, the me­dia and state in­stilled him in the so­ci­ety to speak what the state wants and not with what he has. That is the dif­fer­ence be­tween the me­dia and ad­ver­tise­ment.

Maulana has to­tal obe­di­ence to­wards the or­ders he re­ceives for ma­te­rial gains at the be­gin­ning, but when finds out that what he is do­ing may be­come a main tool in the col­lapse of his so­ci­ety, he re­jects the me­dia, and de­mands on the sus­pen­sion of the politi­cized me­dia. We have reached the end of the story, but it is still be­ing lived in our so­ci­eties be­cause there are still many of those like ‘Maulana,’ who are still pro­mot­ing in our so­ci­ety while ig­nor­ing the so­ci­ety’s in­ter­est. Rather, they seek destruc­tion, ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism in or­der to be on the me­dia and for ma­te­rial gains, but the hu­man en­tity is not in the pro­mo­tional dic­tionary of ‘Maulana.’

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