Cinescape Stops Movies for 10 Minutes During Maghrib Prayers.

OK. This is rant worthy. Lets imagine how it’s going to turn out now shall we?

So it’s the middle of a movie in 360. People are lost in the plot. Suddenly the screen goes dark and the lights go on and it’s time for the viewers to go pray?!

Seriously? Now how many viewers will actually go pray? There are non muslim Expats watching the movies. There are maids watching the movies. There are Kids watching the movies. There are women on their period watching the movie. All of those people would put their hands on their cheeks waiting for the people who will actually go out and pray. for ten minutes?!

and the Chaos! People getting out. Not finidng a place to pray. Waiting for the prayers to end which might very well take more than 10 minutes. People streaming in and stepping on other peoples toes during the movie which has been stopped for 10 minutes already!

and what about the women who do not go out to pray? Will they have to go out and walk around just for the sake of “pretending” to pray or something? Instead of sitting in the theater and staring at each other?

and why only Maghrib prayers? Why not Thuhur and Asur and Aisha? They are all important prayers!

What kind of idea is that?

I for one will not go into a movie if it’s running time intersects with a prayer time. Period. I know the prayer times and i check the movie times and do the maths. Prayer times are precious to me and i respect them. What Cinescape could have done is make sure that no movie time intersects with maghrib prayer if it’s becoming very religious concious. Either all evening movies start right after Maghrib prayers or end just before. It’s not that hard to do. But cutting the movie mid way or maybe in the last moment and causing a huge scene is totally unacceptable. It is bad enough that the movies are shredded and that the audience is too noisy and you cannot enjoy your self!

What do you think?

P.S. Two more points to add: What if a person requires wuthoo2 before the movie’s start time? will people be fighting over bathrooms to squeeze their prayers in that 10 minute window? Do you really think that people will perform their prayers with khushoo3 while the clock is ticking for 10 minutes? O what about the She3i timing of maghrib prayers? She3a Maghrib prayers start 15 minutes after Sunna Maghrib prayers meaning that their prayer time will start 5 minutes after the prayer break’s end. Hence less people getting out at the begining of the prayers interval and more pandemoneum at the resumption of the movie!!!

The only solution for a really prayer concsious timing is to redesign the movie times around the maghrib timing and not cut anything out. Let people pray and then watch movies. Mo tharoory they do both… elee 7aree9 3la 9alatah will not go into a movie that cuts through 9alat time at the first place.

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33 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Q80BOY on September 30, 2010 at 9:37 AM

    ^^ thats what I thought about this extravaganza!


  2. yep thats actually a very stupid thing to do , who ever wants to pray will just go pray after or leave in the middle of the movie and pray without the 10 min break , although all cinema’s used to have a bathroom break but no 1 complained 😛


    • Posted by danderma on September 30, 2010 at 11:43 AM

      I used to hate that stupid break before cause malha ma3na asasan. I was glad it was taken away. I understand a break if it’s a 3 hour long movie but 3la 1.30 hours malah da3i
      b3dain during the old break there were no expectations. If no one moved from their chairs no one would think anything about them.

      If it’s a prayer break and someone doesn’t get up… that’s another story all together!


  3. Posted by noora on September 30, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    “What Cinescape could have done is make sure that no movie time intersects with maghrib prayer”
    I agree with you, actually not only maghrib but all prayers..


    • Posted by danderma on September 30, 2010 at 11:47 AM

      Exactly! I always wanted to go to this movie or that movie but i coudln’t because i wouldn’t be able to pray if i did… why don’t they make life easier on every body and make a wise decision instead of implementing this fiasco?


  4. I totally agree with everything you said. Its hard enough to get everyone to settle down and shut up at the beginning of a movie, let alone to have to do it again during the movie. I will also not be going to showing that coincide with prayer time.


    • Posted by danderma on September 30, 2010 at 11:49 AM

      Babies screaming… kids fighting… women talking… phones ringing… people getting up every moment for more food o bel zoor we watch el movie

      hal door prayer break? Welle ma ygoom y9alee shloon? Eyeroonah min sha3rah? Esh hal isloob!?

      I never ever go to a movie that coincides with a prayer time 3la gooltich… never… o from now on i will double check because i do not want to witness chaos.


  5. Publicity.. ya3ny e7na il dayneen. If they were seriously religious they should work around the prayer time, or cut for all the prayers, or heck maybe even stop robbing uswith their insanely high prices


    • Posted by danderma on September 30, 2010 at 11:50 AM

      Eshdarane… nazla 3lehom il dyana il7een… ele dayen sejj min zman ya7seb 7sab il 9alat o awqat il salat fe mawa3eed il 3arth… yaw beyka7loonha 3amooha!


  6. Posted by Better_Than_You on September 30, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    It would be interesting to see if this policy still be applied in 1 year. Also, religiously speaking, why draw the line at stopping the movie during all prayer timings, including tarawee7 and jyaam, but why should opposite genders be in the same movie hall? And why should etc.etc…. They should call themselves sharee3a-scape and be my religious police and I will pay them for this?.


    • Posted by danderma on September 30, 2010 at 2:22 PM

      Thats the next step. People with a club hitting anyone who doesn’t pray without an excuse and not allowing them inside the theatre.

      I understand the Movies off during tarawee7 and jyam cause literally no one goes. So it’s a big loss for them to operate the cinemas + workers do want to pray.

      I understand caring so much about prayer times that you design the movie times around them.

      But cutting a movie in half or at the end or at the begining for 10 minutes and creating a fuss so ppl can go pray? Who wants to pray shouldn’t be in that movie. Who doesn’t care about prayers well it’s his personal choice mayeb they have an excuse. Forcing all people to wait and not watch the movie because SOME of the audience cannot make up their minds between praying and watching a movie and want both at the same time?

      That’s unfair.


  7. Prayer time = Religiousness
    Increasing ticket prices = More Profits + Robbing People of their money when they are paying for censored movies

    More Profits = Devils
    Devils DOES NOT EQUAL Religiousness 😛

    Sort of the same thing with Zain and their Ramadan TV Ads right? 😛


  8. Inshalla ya rab she gets all better and gets to come back very soon! She deserves to be happy and rest for once.

    3ad I think since she’s all popular now her homecoming will be like a Star Academy winner coming home LOL! With hoards of fans in the Airport… That would be cool hehehe it would certainly lift her spirits up to the sky mo?! 😛


    • Posted by danderma on September 30, 2010 at 6:46 PM

      LoooL i guess so… but then her identity will be revealed :p i don’t know how she would feel about that! Still i guess her arrival to Q8’s airport will be epic


  9. Posted by golnar on September 30, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    Anyone who is that sensitive to MAghrib prayer should either not come to the movie at at time that the showing conflicts with the prayer time, or pray later. It is ridiculous to stop a movie for this purpose. And imagine if this is a test to do it for the other 5 prayer timings.. going to movies in Kuwait which is already ridiculous due to all the cuts will now even become less appealing. Personally, I prefer to watch uncut movies at home or when I go to the US.


    • Posted by danderma on September 30, 2010 at 6:47 PM

      Exactly! The movie watching experience in q8 is already bad… it doesn’t need to go one step downhill with added chaos!


  10. Posted by you go girl on September 30, 2010 at 6:37 PM

    10 days in ramadan no screenings
    increased censorship
    no rating systems

    if the owners of cinescape are soooo religious and pro islamist then why did they invest in a movie company???? i mean seriously, get ****out**** of the movie business and let people who love and enjoy and understand movies invest and run it

    we go to movies to have a uninterrupted fantasy escapism, why are you interrupting us??

    danderma great article, all the points you made were valid 🙂


    • Posted by danderma on September 30, 2010 at 6:57 PM

      beats me. i am sure that praying for 10 minutes in the middle of a dance and song filled movie is not very Islamic y3ni.

      a movie is a movie. It should shouldn’t not be cut for any reason, not even for a concession break. If prayer times are “suddenly” that important, not to mention the fact that prayer times have been important for the past 1400 year, then they should work AROUND the prayer times not stop the movie like it’s some ones tv in some ones living room!


  11. Easy. Tadreen shnou my solution? I don’t go to the cinema in Kuwait. The tickets are overpriced considering the movie is censored, and old. The food tastes bad too.

    Plus, laysh mako ratings? 3adi yhaal 9’3aar yd5loon movies not for their age.

    The last thing they need to fix is the magraihb prayers. Its gaining them good PR. Lama they fix all of the above, then I’d suggest they reschedule their timings so they don’t coincide with prayers.

    To be honest I have a slight incentive to go because now I can go out to pray.

    BTW I think its because theres new competition for Cinescape. Not because 9araw religious 😉


    • Posted by danderma on October 1, 2010 at 2:05 PM

      There is a new competition for Cinescape? I wish! O soon… their service is becoming worse and worse!


      • Yes. I read somewhere that the owners of Hamra tower have the license bas na6reen till the building is complete.


  12. Posted by Amy on October 1, 2010 at 5:37 AM

    It just doesn’t make sense!!! It’s like when they had that crappy 15 minute interval between every film a few years ago -.-


    • Posted by danderma on October 1, 2010 at 2:04 PM

      Exactly! Useless intervals would get you out of the mood. Religious Intervals with people expecting you to get up and pray is uncalled for!


  13. Its absurd! I am shocked honestly I don’t know why we even have a movie theater in Kuwait, half the movie is censored even if its animation (i think they want to squeeze in more screening in one day), the concession stand sucks! I personally felt there was no need to shut down the theater during the last days of Ramadan, because if someone wants to pray trust me they won’t be tempted to go see a movie especially at prayer times…I don’t get it, and now this! You can’t force people to pray, like you said you either work around the prayer times or just don’t even try…and please someone explain to me why “Almaghreb” prayer? What about the rest of the prayers?


    • Posted by danderma on October 1, 2010 at 2:10 PM

      I understand the need to shut the cinema during the last ten days. Not because they want people to pray but because there is no one who is coming to the cinema during that time fa they would lose money by operating empty movies with no attendance.

      and exactly. If i cherish my prayer times i would not, not in a million years, go to a movie where the running time cuts through the prayer time. and i would have appreciated it very very much if they could have the movies rescheduled around ALL prayer times so i would have more option for viewing movies. and even with this new rule it will not make me go see a movie where it would stop like i am watching it in my own living room so i can get up and step on peoples feet to try and fight people to find a place to pray and hurry back before the movie starts again…


  14. Posted by Summer on October 2, 2010 at 12:05 AM

    9a7 il sanich!! I don’t get why its only 360! and why only ma’3arib??
    and guess what cinescape will do when we come back after praying.. they will probably cut a few minutes of the movie because we’ll probably not remember what happened before the break and we might not notice. Hence we would be deceived with loss of content from the movie..

    oh and what about the sina prayers.. the ones that r either before or after most prayers? 10 minutes wouldn’t be enough!!


    • Posted by danderma on October 2, 2010 at 3:31 PM

      lool hon i doubt they would care much for nawafel… unless some one decides to pray all and hold up the prayer room to pray that’s another story… though if someone loves to pray that much i don’t see why they would come to a movie in the first place…


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