Ayat-Ayat Cinta (2008)
This is a love story told from the Islamic point-of-view. Fahri bin Abdillah, an Indonesian student, is trying to get a master’s degree in Al-Azhar. Egypt. Surviving by being a translator of religious books; Fahri meets all his goals with enthusiasm except for marriage. He is not familiar when dealing with women. Moving to Egypt changes all this. He meets Maria Girgis, a neighbor who is a Coptic Christian but admires the Qur’an. She also admires Fahri. The admiration turns to love, but her love is only expressed in her diary.
Then there is Nurul, daughter of a religious teacher who is also studying in Al-Azhar. Fahri actually likes the sweet girl. But because of his feelings of inadequacy of being a son of a farmer, he never shows his feelings for her. There is also Noura, another neighbor who is tortured by her own father. Fahri empathizes with her condition and wants to help her. But Noura wants more from him. This later becomes a big problem when Noura accuses Fahri of raping her. Finally, there is Aisha, the one who has enchanted Fahri. Ever since an incident at the metro, where Fahri defended Islam from the accusation of being strict and conservative, Aisha fell in love with Fahri. Meanwhile, Fahri also cannot ignore his feelings for her.