German Muslims refuse to attend offensive opera

Another German Muslim leader rejected an invitation to the re-staging of Mozart's "Idomeneo", an opera that includes an offensive scene featuring the severed head of Prophet Muhammad.

German Muslims refuse to attend offensive opera

In September, the director of Berlin's Deutsche Oper called off the opera, which also features the severed heads of Jesus and Buddha.

Leaders of Germany's three million Muslims welcomed the cancellation, but top German officials condemned the decision, forcing the opera company to reschedule the show for December 1 and 29.

Aiman Mazyek, the Secretary-General of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, said he wouldn't attend the performance because he did not want to be used for political purposes.

"I go to the opera to relax and not to be thrown into the same pot with religion, art and politics," he told Sunday's Tagespiegel newspaper. "I am a member of a religious community, not an arts critic or responsible for matters of taste."

Last month Ali Kizilkaya, chairman of the Council of Islam, rejected an invitation from Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble to attend the show.

Schaeuble himself plans to be at the next performance along with Berlin's governing Mayor Klaus Wowereit and the federal minister in charge of cultural affairs, Bernd Neumann.

The anti-religion scene, which wasn't included in Mozart's original opera, was devised by director Hans Neuenfels and shows the hero laughing at the severed heads.

Hans Neuenfels' interpretation of "Idomeneo" was met with public protests when it was staged at the Deutsche Oper in 2003.

Germany's most senior Lutheran bishop, Wolfgang Huber of Berlin, criticised the decapitation scene as 'not ideal.'

Islam bans any depiction of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) or Allah (SWT).

It isn't only Muslims who have been angered by the depiction of religion in art.

In August, Madonna sparked criticism from Roman Catholics for a show that staged a mock crucifixion.

Mel Gibson's 2004 movie, "The Passion of Christ", was also condemned by both Catholics and Jews.

Also in 2004, a theatre in England canceled its run of "Behzti" after a violent protest by members of the Sikh community.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16