Assalamualaikum warahmatullah wabarakatuh.
Salawat and salam to our beloved prophet, Muhammad s.a.w.
Dear friends and readers,
Do you know that we do not have a movie cinema/theater in Kelantan? Actually there were a few cinemas 18 years ago but after the Islamic Government took over the running of the State, the cinemas cease to exist. They are allowed to be in business but they need to follow certain rules which were set up by the current Islamic Government of Kelantan. Among the rules is the need of separating male and female viewers in the cinemas which is not very likable by the operators. I think the only cinema left was closed down a few years ago.
Another reason is, I think most Kelantanese is fond of religious lecture and Islam itself and watching movies in cinemas with the normal conditions like everywhere else in this country does not suits the Islamic teaching. That's why there are many person like me who has never have experience watching movies in cinemas. I do not envy people who can go to cinemas at all but if there is a chance of watching an Islamic movie in a cinema-like place like Dewan Balai Islam, I would give it a try.
Because I know, the organizer will be organizing the screening by following the rules of the Islamic State Government. Because I know, the movie that was chosen to be shown is an Islamic one, selected carefully to obtain certain objectives such as teaching Islamic values in muamalah (relationship, communication) between man and woman, the importance of family's blessings, the importance of knowledge especially Islamic knowledge and so on.
Image source: Saifudin Ibrahim
And this month, while others in this world are celebrating valentine's day, we in Kelantan celebrate the month of the Islamic Entertainment. As part of the program, selected movies are shown in a cinema-like hall. The first screening was done on the night of 14th. Feb at Kelantan Trade Center and the film chosen was Ketika Cinta Bertasbih 1 which my husband and I had our first experience of watching movie in a theater.
Since this movie has 2 episodes, the organizer has planned to screen the Ketika Cinta Bertasbih 2 on 28th. Feb at Balai Islam Lundang. Entry is FREE. If you are in Kota Bharu on that day, please give yourself a chance to experience the movie with us at the hall.
Image Source: Saifudin Ibrahim
The films are based on the novels with the same titles authored by Habiburrahman el-Shirazy or well known as Kang Abik (pic above) from the neighbouring country, Indonesia. He is the author of the bestseller novels like Ayat-Ayat Cinta, Ketika Cinta Bertasbih, Di Atas Sejadah Cinta on a few more. He was invited to Kelantan by the State Government to be a panelist for the special Forum on Islamic Entertainment and also give a talk about his book and the movie. I have a chance to have a photo with him, so happy.
After the movie with Kang Abik, the author.