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The Message (originally known as Mohammad, Messenger of God) is a 1976 epic historical drama film directed by Moustapha Akkad, chronicling the life and times of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Released in Arabic (1976) and English (1977), The Message serves as an introduction to early Islamic history.

The film was nominated for Best Original Score in the 50th Academy Awards, composed by Maurice Jarre, but lost the award to Star Wars (composed by John Williams).


The film follows Muhammad starting with Islam's beginnings in Mecca in which the first Muslims are persecuted for their beliefs, the exodus to Medina, and ending with the Muslims' triumphant return to Mecca.

A number of crucial events, such as the Battle of Badr and Battle of Uhud are depicted, and the majority of the story is told from the point of view of peripheral individuals such as Hamza ibn `Abd al-Muttalib (Muhammad's uncle) [who, in this movie, is a composite of not only Hamza, but the Prophet's cousin Ali and Umar ibn al-Khattab], Bilal and Zayd (two of the Muhammad's closest companions), and on the other side Abu Sufyan (the leader of Mecca) and his wife Hind bint Utbah (initially enemies of Islam who later become Muslims themselves).

If only people could live in peace. The message has to be to love one another not kill one another. The faiths agree that that is a mortal sin. Why do we do it? Satan agitates us to hate and we listen. 

Posted by George Freund on April 27, 2018 at 2:46 AM 185 Views