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Celebrating the essence of Islam

An artistic epic biography perpetuating the history of Islam, and commencing the ceremony of Sharjah Islamic Culture Capital 2014 (SICC 2014). Only a glorious image is worthy of Sharjah, and the only work that is befitting to represent Sharjah is the work that draws on Islam’s principles. Capital of Islamic Culture Sharjah celebrates its selection as the capital of Islamic culture for the Arab region in 2014 in many forms and with a variety of programmes and activities which reflect its intellectual richness and social affinity, and express its cultural project and civilised identity which derives from the essence of Islam and its sublime spirit. The Executive Committee of the celebrations of (SICC 2014) has chosen the epic artwork "The Clusters of Light" to launch the celebration which is hosted on the Al Majaz Island. This work will be presented in five epic theatre performances during the period from March 26 until April 5, 2014 in response to the instructions of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. His Highness’ keenness on presenting an exceptional work came from the wish to reflect the values of Islam that find expression through love, justice and tolerance. His Highness insisted on presenting a work that remains alive in the memory of coming generations due to its high-level technical and innovative standards. Hence came the selection of the epic poem, “The Clusters of Light” , which combined the radiant words of Saudi poet Dr. Abdul Rahman Ashmawi, with the great talent of Bahraini musician and composer Khalid Sheikh, along with four stars from the Arab world: Hussein Al Jasmi, LotfiBouchnak, Ali al-Hajjar, and Muhammad Assaf. These artists lead a cast of 200 actors in an innovative approach which simulates the glorious dawn of Islam, and tell the biography of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, since his birth until his death. 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Muhammad Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. His Highness’ keenness on presenting an exceptional work came from the wish to reflect the values of Islam that find expression through love, justice and tolerance. His Highness insisted on presenting a work that remains alive in the memory of coming generations due to its high-level technical and innovative standards. Hence came the selection of the epic poem, “The Clusters of Light” , which combined the radiant words of Saudi poet Dr. Abdul Rahman Ashmawi, with the great talent of Bahraini musician and composer Khalid Sheikh, along with four stars from the Arab world: Hussein Al Jasmi, LotfiBouchnak, Ali al-Hajjar, and Muhammad Assaf. These artists lead a cast of 200 actors in an innovative approach which simulates the glorious dawn of Islam, and tell the biography of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, since his birth until his death. wanted to commission an artwork celebrating Islam, clarifying its tolerance and promoting its human values. This is to be an artwork recorded for posterity and engraved in the memories of coming generations. We wanted to commence our festivities with this great theatrical artwork re-telling the tale of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him; a tale which shows how Islam was involved in moving the world out from the Middle and Dark Ages before it. The story of the Prophet also shaped the first milestones of the Islamic Civilization that was characterized, back then, with respect for reason and a love of culture, science and prosperity. We have insisted on making this artwork monumental in its equipment, details, expertise and energies, so as to befit our Glorious Prophet (peace be upon him) and the religion in which more than a billion people around the world believe. This show will be the talk of the Islamic world for months and years to come. With this oratorio production, we worked with a large number of global and Arab technicians and cinematographers, as well as the historians and scholars of the story of the Prophet, peace be upon him. We worked with people with international reputations in theatre, to ensure it would be as technically exceptional as any telling of any other story. From Sharjah, the Islamic Capital of Culture, we dedicate this artwork to the entire world, with its various nationalities and ethnicities, doctrines and affiliations, and invite them to hear the story of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, and about Islam. We wish to enrich the global intellectual system by promoting the intellectual achievements of Islam all those centuries past, which serve and highlight the Islamic Culture, in order that present and future generations can draw reason, passion, and inspiration from a proud past.