Egypt`s Sunni Muslim institution issues fatwa over Russell Crowe`s `Noah`

Los Angeles: Egypt`s Sunni Muslim institution Al Azhar has issued a fatwa against the Darren Aronofsky-produced `Noah.`

The fatwa, which is an Islamic ruling by religious scholars is binding on believers, came amid ongoing controversy in Egypt regarding movies and TV productions that depict prophets mentioned in the Koran, the Muslim holy book and Noah is among them.

Al Azhar`s Highest Scholars Committee said in a statement that such productions contradict the higher stature of prophets and messengers, and affect the constants of Islamic law, asserting that they also provoke believers` emotions, according to leading post.

According to Paramount Pictures` website, the Russell Crowe starrer was scheduled to open in Egypt on March 26, and one day later in other countries across the Middle East.