One leads an organization that poses as a mainstream civil rights organization, defending individual rights and fighting discrimination. The other is an influential cleric who has repeatedly expressed his wish to kill Jews before he dies.
Together, they are promoters of a new film venture about the Muslim prophet Muhammad.
Nihad Awad, co-founder and executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), shared a stage with Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader, during a news conference in Qatar earlier this week.
The Muhammad movie project carries an estimated $1 billion price tag. It will be produced in in English to appeal to non-Muslim audiences and is backed by the al Noor Holding Group, Qatar’s al-Sharq newspaper reported.
During the news conference, Awad complained that the American film industry had generated 750 movies “in which Islam and Muslims were noted in a negative way,” the article said. The seven-part Muhammad film was an important step in countering the resulting image, Awad said.