An international Islamic organization has declared war on cinematic depictions of the prophet Muhammad and his companions, arguing they denigrate Islam's most revered characters.

The Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) Council, a body of the Muslim World League, said in a statement issued Sunday that the images not of the prophet himself but of his companions were creeping into films and television series and prompted the new ruling, which was adopted during the 20th conference of the Council in late December.

"The council reiterates its previous decision banning the production, promotion … and viewing of these films and series," the statement read. "These [portrayals] may cause the denigration and devaluation of the figures and be used as an excuse to ridicule them."

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