Publisher: Anchor Bay Entertainment, Trancas Films (2005) Voice: Anthony Papas, Irene Quinn, Michael Ansara, Johnny Sekka, Michael Forest (stars); Moustapha Akkad (director); H.A.L. Craig (screenwriter); Maurice Jarre (compose) Media: DVD (2, in single case) Total running time: English 178 minutes, Arabic 198 minutes (both rated PG)
Perhaps the single greatest motion picture ever made dealing with Islam. The Message (Al-Risala) is now available in a new digitally mastered version, presented in widescreen with optimized picture and sound.
"It is the 7th century in Mecca, where powerful leaders are in conflict with the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) who attacks their way of life and the injustice it produces. After seeing a vision of the Angel Gabriel, the Messenger calls the people of Mecca to cast aside the 300 idols of the Kaaba and worship only one God. Despite bitter opposition from the leaders of Mecca, the Prophet and his faithful followers meet secretly to listen to the revelations of the word of God. The leaders respond with persecution, forcing the Muslims to leave Mecca and take sanctuary in Medina.
After a revelation from God, the Prophet agrees to take arms against Mecca and battle until justice reigns. The idols of Kaaba are destroyed and the holy place is dedicated to the worship of one God."
This is the stunning epic of Islam produced and directed by Moustapha Akkad. Includes the one hour documentary The Making of an Epic, plus the English and Arabic theatrical trailers. This classic has inspired thousands of Muslims throughout the world, and should be a part of every home video library. Makes a great gift!
IslamicBookstore.com Exclusive Commentary
The Message movie, or "Mohammed: Messenger of God" as its sometimes is called, is at once a magnificent epic motion picture, and at the same time, a very good introduction to the Islamic faith, both from its historical roots, and various elements of the faith itself (worship-wise). The Prophet is never depicted in the movie (his presence is indicated by the characters looking into the camera), along with the 4 khalifas and most of the known sahaba are also not depicted. Hamza (a.s.) and certain other sahaba are depicted.
This movie was also approved by Al-Azhar University.