[Reviewer: For more information on this issue, see: AWR, 2007, week 29, art. 23]
A music video that features a love story about a Christian girl and a young Muslim man is believed to have provoked the feelings of both Muslims and Christians, the author says.
Despite the fact that the song ‘Awal mā-Shuftik’ [When I first saw you] speaks about unattractive repetitive themes, the director of its video, Yāsir Sāmī, seems to have chosen to bring it to the screen in a provocative manner in order to win fame for the song.
The video shows a love story involving a Muslim youth and a Christian girl, whose father rejects the relationship and contacts important figures in order to have the youth put in jail. When the man is released, he tries to convince the girl to marry him, but she refuses because a cross-religious marriage is not welcomed by her beliefs.
Sāmī has said that he was inspired by the increasing amount of true stories involving similar situations, adding that the end was properly logical as he did not have them get married because it would have incited the wrath of many Copts.
The same director previously produced a video entitled, ‘Ithajibtī…Bravū ‘Alikī’ [You Wear the Ḥijāb…Well-Done], in which he eliminated the idea that blessings and heavenly rewards go to Ḥijāb-wearing women alone.