THE MESSAGE The only Movie made about life of Last , Perhaps the Greatest and Final Messenger of God Prophet Muhammad (s) and the beginning of Islam in ArabiaStarring :Anthony Quinin as the Uncle (Hamza ) of Prophet Muhammad (s)
A critic review and views of this movie is given below http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074896/
This is a great film. I’m a history major who took several courses in the history of the Middle East and Islam, so nothing is going to be good or accurate or trivia filled enough for me, but it certainly didn’t contradict anything I’d learned (for cinematic purposes or otherwise), and that’s more than I can say for any historical epic I’ve seen in several years.This film starts with Muhammed receiving the Koran from the angel Gabriel and ends at his death. It was filmed in accordance with Islamic political correctness, so The Prophet himself is never depicted, visually or vocally. While this is well affected, it unfortunately removes him from a lot of the story. I would like to have known a lot more about his life from the film, not his mannerisms or speech as depicted by a particular actor, but at least the major events of his life, his children, his wives, and so on. Having said that, however, the film is still a very good depiction of the birth of Islam. The plot focuses on the historical events rather than the Koran itself, which contains almost no history from its own period, and is therefore different from a lot of Biblical epics which present the historical events IN the Bible. It’s accurate in that it tries to present the birth of Islam as most people today probably learn it. Definitely not a propaganda piece, but it’s not a movie filled with facts, truth or fiction, more a movie of character and tone. It’s more similar to Braveheart than it is to Ben Hur or the Gospel of John. The movie presents a decent snapshot of the times and the attitudes and lifestyles under which Islam developed.
The acting is fantastic, the music is good (won an academy award), and the cinematography, filmed in Morocco and Libya, is beautiful. Costumes are cool, and there’s a few scenes with a set of ancient bagpipes for you Celtic history buffs.
What famous Non-Muslims said about Muhammad (sallallah-o-alaih-e-wassallam):“….. A mass of detail in the early sources shows that he was an honest and upright man who had gained the respect and loyalty of others who were likewise honest and upright men…..” – Encyclopaedia Britannica, Vol. 12 “My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world’s most influential persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular level.” – The 100: Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History, Michael H. Hart, 1978, page 33
“Philosopher, orator, apostle, legislator, warrior, conqueror of ideas, restorer of rational dogmas, of a cult without images; the founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire, that is Muhammad. As regards al standards by which human greatness may be measured, we may well ask, is there any man greater than he?” – Histoire De La Turquie, Lamartine, Paris, 1854, Vol. II, pp. 276-277
“…he must be called the Saviour of Humanity. I believe that if a man like him were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bring it the much needed peace and happiness” – The Genuine Islam, George Bernard Shaw, Vol. 1, No. 8, 1936
“The personality of Muhammad, it is most difficult to get into the whole truth of it. Only a glimpse of it I can catch. What a dramatic succession of picturesque scenes. There is Muhammad the Prophet. There is Muhammad the Warrior; Muhammad the businessman; Muhammad the Statesman; Muhammad the Orator; Muhammad the Reformer; Muhammad the Refuge of Orphans; Muhammad the Protector of Slaves; Muhammad the Emancipator of Women; Muhammad the Judge; Muhammad the Saint. All in all these magnificent roles, in all these departments of human activities, he is alike a hero.” – Muhammad The Prophet of Islam, Professor Ramakrishna Rao
“I wanted to know the best of one who holds today undisputed sway over the hearts of millions of mankind… I became more than convinced that it was not the sword that won a place for Islam in those days in the scheme of life. It was the rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement of the Prophet, the scrupulous regard for his pledges, his intense devotion to his friends and followers, his intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and in his own mission. These and not the sword carried everything before them and surmounted every obstacle. When I closed the 2nd volume (of the Prophet’s biography), I was sorry there was not more for me to read of the great life.” – Young India, Mahatma Gandhi
“How one man single handedly, could weld warring tribes and wandering Bedouins into a most powerful and civilised nation in less than two decades” – Heroes and Hero Worship, Thomas Carlyle
“Muhammad was the soul of kindness, and his influence was felt and never forgotten by those around him” – The Prophets of the East, D.C. Sharma, Calcutta, 1935, pp. 12
“It was the first religion that preached and practiced democracy; for, in the mosque, when the call for prayer is sounded and worshippers are gathered together, the democracy of Islam is embodied five times a day when the peasant and king kneel side by side and proclaim: ‘God Alone is Great’… I have been struck over and over again by this indivisible unity of Islam that makes man instinctively a brother.” – Ideals of Islam, vide Speeches and Writings, Sarojini Naidu, Madras, 1918, p. 169
“The league of nations founded by the prophet of Islam put the principle of international unity and human brotherhood on such universal foundations as to show candle to other nations.” He continues, “the fact is that no nation of the world can show a parallel to what Islam has done towards the realization of the idea of the League of Nations.” – Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje
“‘I BELIEVE IN ONE GOD, AND MAHOMET, AN APOSTLE OF GOD’, is the simple and invariable profession of Islam. The intellectual image of the Deity has never been degraded by any visible idol; the honor of the Prophet have never transgressed the measure of human virtues; and his living precepts have restrained the gratitude of his disciples within the bounds of reason and religion.” History of the Saracen Empires, Edward Gibbon and Simon Ockley, London, 1870, p. 54
“He is a prophet and not a poet and therefore his Koran is to be seen as Divine Law, and not as a book of a human being made for education or entertainment.” – Noten und Abhandlungen zum Weststlichen Dvan, Johann Wolfgang Goethe, WA I, 7, 32
“But do you mean to tell me that the man who in the full flush of youthful vigour, a young man of four and twenty (24), married a woman much his senior, and remained faithful to her for six and twenty years (26), at fifty years of age when the passions are dying married for lust and sexual passion? Not thus are men’s lives to be judged. And you look at the women whom he married, you will find that by every one of them an alliance was made for his people, or something was gained for his followers, or the woman was in sore need of protection.” – The Life and Teachings of Muhammad, Annie Besant, Madras,1932, p. 4.
“Head of the state as well as the Church, he was Caesar and Pope in one; but, he was pope without the pope’s claims, and Caesar without the legions of Caesar, without a standing army, without a bodyguard, without a palace, without a fixed revenue. If ever any man had the right to say that he ruled by a Right Divine, it was Mohammad, for he had all the power without instruments and without its support. He cared not for dressing of power. The simplicity of his private life was in keeping with his public life.” – Mohammed & Mohammedanism, Bosworth Smith, London, 1874, p. 92
“…He had achieved a great deal. To the pagan peoples of western Arabia he had brought a new religion which, with its monotheism and its ethical doctrines, stood on an incomparably higher level than the paganism it replaced. He had provided that religion with a revelation which was to become in the centuries to follow the guide to thought and count of countless millions of Believers. But he had done more than that; he had established a community and a well organized and armed state, the power and prestige of which made it a dominant factor in Arabia…. The modern historian will not readily believe that so great and significant a movement was started by a self-seeking imposter. Nor will he be satisfied with a purely supernatural explanation, whether it postulates aid of divine of diabolical origin; rather, like Gibbon, will he seek ‘with becoming submission, to ask not indeed what were the first, but what were the secondary causes of the rapid growth’ of the new faith…” – The Arabs in History, Lewis, p.45-46