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“Mohammad (peace be upon him), Messenger of God” (retitled The Message” for U.S. release) is a 1977 film directed by Moustapha Akkad, chronicling the life and times of the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (peace be upon him). Released in both the Arabic language and the English language (Arabic name is الرسالة–English: Ar Risalah), “Mohammad (peace be upon him), Messenger of God” serves as an introduction to early Islamic history.

The film follows the years in which Muhammad (peace be upon him) is actively pursuing his role as the Prophet of Islam starting with the early years in Mecca in which the Muslims were persecuted, 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), Abu Sufyan (the leader of Mecca) and Hind bint Utbah (an enemy of Islam).

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