Saudi Arabia’s move to open Cinema Halls in Madinah sparks anger in India, Pakistan

Saudi cinemas were in third place for ticket sales in the Middle East in the second quarter of 2019. (Photo/Social media)

By Muslim Mirror Desk

New Delhi: Saudi Arabia’s approval of cinema halls and entertainment centres in Madinah al Munawwarah – the Prophet Muhammad’s final resting place – has sparked outrage in India and Pakistan.

Angry reactions and articles have flooded social media sites and Urdu newspapers in response to the Saudi government’s decision to allow the construction of “Marakaz e Shayateen” and “Be hayai ke adde” – “centres of satan” and “hubs of vulgarity and nudity” in the holy city.

On September 3, 2021, Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani, a prominent Pakistani Islamic scholar, former judge, and current Vice President and Professor of Hadith at Darul Uloom Karachi, retweeted an old tweet from the Madinah al Munawwarah civic body, starting the discussion on the issue.

In a tweet dated November22,2020, the Madinah Regional Municipality shared info-graphics of the plans by Arabian Centres, a leading owner, operator, and developer of contemporary lifestyle centres in Saudi Arabia, to build an outdoor shopping centre, Boulevard U Walk, in a prime location in Madinah city.

Later reports in the media claimed that Arabian Centres had signed a 25-year lease and investment agreement with the Madinah Regional Municipality for the purchase of a vacant plot at the intersection of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Road and King Abdulaziz Road for SR1.07 million ($268,150) per year. The location is outside of the Haram’s Hudood e Haram, according to the reports.

The new mall is expected to be built on the foundations of its successful predecessor, the U-Walk Centre in Riyadh, which opened in September 2019. The project’s infographics listed six components, including shops, restaurants, and ten cinema halls and two entertainment sites.
The project is part of Saudi Arabia’s ambitious Vision 2030 – a strategic framework to reduce Saudi Arabia’s dependence on oil, diversify its economy, and develop public service sectors such as health, education, infrastructure, recreation, and tourism.
Muslims in India and Pakistan are enraged by the construction of cinema halls and entertainment venues. Mufti Taqi Usmani’s tweet sparked a barrage of criticism against the Saudi government, particularly the Kingdom’s Crown Prince, Muhammad bin Salman, as the project is part of his ambitious Vision 2030.

A Twitter user, Ibn E Shafee ابنِ شفیع
wrote , “Muslims, you used to say that you love the prophet more than your life and property, but today the city of the same prophet is being destroyed, the Saudi govt has a plan to set up 10 nefarious cinema halls on the holy land of Madina. and your mouth wont open!”



  1. Converts more interested than originals 🤭🤭.
    These people who take money from the Arabs and grovel and prostrate at their feet have the cojóñes to tell them what to do.
    This is what happens when loyalty to a faraway regime transcends loyalty to a culture or loyalty to a country.
    Try going to an Arab country and see how they treat many Non-Arabs, even though they may be fellow Muslims.
    The Arab heirarchy is simple : 1) Arabs > 2) Turks and Persians > 3) Southeast Asian Muslims > 4) Indian Subcontinent Muslims
    Instead of grovelling before Arabs at every issue, hope Indian Muslims take pride and own the Sufi brand of progressive Islam which is Indian to its core and found a second home in India as it denotes Indic values i.e. nondogmatic, flexible and peaceful.

  2. I never thought that obscenity would come to the motherland of our Prophet. If Allah does not guide them, destroy them, Amen.🤲Pharaoh could not stand before Allah, nor could MBS. Because who is greater planner than Allah.Did our prophet open a nightclub for money?

  3. I never thought that would come to the motherland of our Prophet. If Allah does not guide them, destroy them, Amen.🤲Pharaoh could not stand before Allah, nor could MBS. Because who is greater planner than Allah.Did our prophet open a nightclub for money?

    • You are an Andd Bhakt, there is no concept of planned marriage (i.e. start date of marriage and end date of marriage) in Islam. You are just telling what you have been thought by evil mongers. You too are an Islam hater its clear by your words. Instead of spending your time for defaming Islam better is that you get to know the religion so that you can get guided by the one who created you else you already knew Islam says you will go to hell.
      Check that out once you die for spreading false accusation against Islam.

  4. MBS is on right path. His vision for 2030 promotes pluralism. Saudi has understood that their community will turn into Kabila once oil is finished. Calling cinema halls as “hubs of vulgarity and nudity” is a backward mindset. Muslims allow polygamy.. isn’t it vulgarity? Asking muslims to participate in Jihad at the cost of getting 72 virgins in Heaven.. isn’t it vulgarity?

    • Who in heavens name are you to come up with your corrupt version of Islam. The purity of Islam cannot be debated. Yes there are individuals who carry the Muslim name but act contrary to Islamic principles and your lopsided version of interpretation of Islam shows your anti Islamic nature and it seems you are part of the worldwide Islamphobia brigade


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