The Message: A Historical Epic on the Birth of Islam
The Message is a 1976 film that tells the story of the Prophet Muhammad and the origins of Islam. The film was directed by Moustapha Akkad and written by H.A.L. Craig, A.B. Jawdat al-Sahhar, Tawfiq al-Hakim and A.B Rahman el-Sharkawi. The film was produced with the approval of Al-Azhar University, the highest religious authority in the Islamic world.
The film features an international cast of actors, including Anthony Quinn, Irene Papas, Michael Ansara, Johnny Sekka and Michael Forest. The film was shot in two versions: one in English and one in Arabic. The film was banned in some Muslim countries for its depiction of the companions of Muhammad, but it was widely praised by critics and audiences for its respectful and accurate portrayal of Islamic history.
The Message is available to watch online for free on YouTube[^1^]. The Bangla version of the film has over 3 million views and thousands of positive comments from viewers who appreciate the film's message of peace, tolerance and faith.The film follows the main events of Islamic history, such as the migration to Abyssinia, the boycott of the Muslims by the Quraysh, the pledge of Aqaba, the battles of Badr, Uhud and Khandaq, the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah, the conquest of Mecca and the farewell pilgrimage. The film also depicts the lives and struggles of some of the prominent companions of Muhammad, such as Abu Bakr, Umar, Ali, Bilal, Hamza, Zayd, Khalid and Ammar.
The film is notable for its respectful portrayal of Muhammad and his companions. According to Islamic tradition, Muhammad and his wives are not depicted or heard in the film. Instead, their presence is suggested by music, light or the reactions of other characters. The film also uses authentic costumes, sets and locations to recreate the historical atmosphere of 7th century Arabia.
The film was a major production that involved thousands of extras, hundreds of horses and camels, and a large budget. The film was shot in Libya and Morocco with the cooperation of the local governments. The film was also made in two versions: one in English and one in Arabic. The Arabic version has a longer running time and some different actors.
The film faced some controversy and opposition from some Muslim groups who objected to its depiction of the companions of Muhammad. The film was also banned in some Arab countries for political reasons. However, the film received positive reviews from critics and audiences who praised its epic scope, historical accuracy and artistic merit. The film is widely regarded as a classic of Islamic cinema and a powerful introduction to Islam for non-Muslims.The film had a significant impact on the perception and understanding of Islam among both Muslims and non-Muslims. The film was praised for its respectful and authentic portrayal of Muhammad and his companions, as well as for its epic and artistic qualities. The film also inspired many people to convert to Islam or to learn more about it. The film was shown in many Islamic countries and institutions, as well as in some non-Islamic ones. The film also received some awards and nominations, such as the Best Original Score nomination at the 50th Academy Awards.
However, the film also faced some challenges and controversies. The film was opposed by some Muslim groups who considered it blasphemous to depict the companions of Muhammad, even though Muhammad himself was not shown or heard. The film was also banned in some Arab countries, such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt, for political reasons. The film also faced some violent attacks from some extremists who tried to stop its release or screening. The most notorious incident was the 1977 Hanafi Siege in Washington, D.C., where a group of armed men took over three buildings and held 149 hostages, demanding that the film be destroyed.
Despite these difficulties, the film remains a landmark of Islamic cinema and a powerful message of peace, tolerance and faith. The film is widely regarded as one of the best films ever made about Islam and its history. The film is also a testament to the vision and passion of its director and producer, Moustapha Akkad, who devoted his life and resources to make this film. Akkad died in 2005 in a terrorist attack in Jordan, but his legacy lives on through his films. ec8f644aee