RNA – In an exclusive report for Rasa News Agency, Hujjat al-Islam Aref Ebrahimi, a researcher in the Islamic Seminaries of Qom, said that the Egyptian television series “al-Nihayah” (The End) is a series that draws Egyptian audiences every night during the holy month of Ramadhan for 45 minutes on the networks of “ONdrama” and “ON E.”
The subject of the series:
Writer Amer Samir Atef brought the characters of his screenplay to 2120 AD, 100 years from now, and in addition to showing the dominance of technology in the world, he described the issue of the complete destruction of the Zionist occupation regime and the liberation of Palestine by the Arab countries.
In this series, the 48-year-old screenwriter discusses the use of nuclear weapons and cleverly goes beyond naming the country that used weapons of mass destruction.
Yusuf al-Sharif plays Zayn, the protagonist of Atef’s story, who creates special effects among the modern skyscrapers shown by the director, Yaser Sami.
Amr Abdul-Jalil, Muhammad Lutfi, Sarah Adil, Nahid al-Sabaei, Suhr al-Sayegh, Muhammad al-Amrousi, Ahmad Wafiq and Susan Badr are among the other stars of the series.
Reactions to the series
In a statement released on May 3rd, the Israeli Foreign Ministry condemned the series’ broadcast on Egyptian television saying, “This is unfortunate and totally unacceptable, especially between two countries that signed a peace agreement 41 years ago.”
Afterwards, Avichay Adraee, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Zionist Occupation Forces, wrote on Twitter: “What is my position on the al-Nihayah series? This series doesn’t deserve comment. Since the founding of Israel, there has been talk of its end. They talk and make fantasy films, and we work miracles day by day and Israel will remain generation to generation forever.”
Despite Israeli protests, Hamas officials praised the series, with Hamas spokesman Hazem Qasim saying:
“The widespread acceptance of this series, which predicts the destruction of the Israeli occupation regime and the liberation of Jerusalem, on social media by Arabs emphasizes the that all nations stand by their principles, won’t forget their sanctities and that the Israeli occupiers will remain as their main enemies.”
The Egyptian government hasn’t yet commented on the series.
A few points:
1. al-Nihayah has been produced in the style of Hollywood movies and those who have even the slightest knowledge of the cinema of Arab countries, especially that of Egypt, know very well that such styles, with these vast possibilities, are beyond the scope of the ability of such cinemas and studios and there has been no such precedent so far.
2. Egypt and the Zionist regime had close ties after the Camp David Accords signed by then-Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and then-Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin on September 17, 1978, such that Egypt is involved in many Israeli projects and plans against Palestine or has remained silent or actively participated.
3. Many Egyptian analysts see Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi as a dictator who severely represses his opponents and certainly can’t exercise a policy of silence over the series, which would have had widespread repercussions in his country. Even if he opposed the series, he wouldn’t have even allowed its name to remain.
4. After the beginning of the Deal of the Century, the Arab states lost their prestige among the Islamic ummah and were doomed to normalize relations with the Zionist regime. They have now taken two approaches – they either protect their outward appearance and show themselves as supporters as Palestine or they publicly hide their secret relations with Israel and severely suppress the opposition. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates fall into this category.
Now, despite the above, can we be optimistic about the anti-Israeli trend in the Egyptian series al-Nihayah? Certainly, we should wait for the series to reach its final stages and it’s a little counter-judgemental but the believer should be shrewd such that the Messenger of God, the Prophet Muhammad said in a hadith: “A believer is shrewd, careful and cautious.”
Rasa News Agency