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Al-risâlah (1976)

The story of prophet "Muhammad" and the delivery of the message of God "Allah."


Moustapha Akkad


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Abdallah Gheith Abdallah Gheith ... Hamza
Mona Wassef Mona Wassef ... Hind (as Mouna Wasef)
Hamdy Gheith ... Abu Sofyan (as Hamdi Ghayth)
Ali Achmed Taram Ali Achmed Taram ... Bilal
Mahmoud Said Mahmoud Said ... Khalid
Ahmed Marei Ahmed Marei ... Zaid
Mohamed Larbi Mohamed Larbi ... Ammar
Ronald Chenery Ronald Chenery ... Mosaab
Michael Godfrey ... Barra
Mohammed Tawfik Mohammed Tawfik ... Toothless Man
Habib Ageli Habib Ageli ... Hudayfa
George Camiller ... Waleed
Mounir Maasri Mounir Maasri ... Jaafar
Bruno Barnabe Bruno Barnabe ... Umaya
John Humphry John Humphry ... Ubada


The story of prophet "Muhammad" and the delivery of the message of God "Allah."

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The story of Islam


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Libya | Egypt


Arabic | English | Hindi

Release Date:

1976 (Egypt) See more »

Also Known As:

Al-Risalah See more »

Filming Locations:

Libya See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Cast and crew consisted of 28 nationalities and cultures. See more »


Jaafar: And Allah said: "Allah does not change the state of people, that if it changes what there is in itself.
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Referenced in The Making of an Epic: Mohammad Messenger of God (1976) See more »

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Well made and quite engaging, even for non-Muslims.
24 April 2018 | by grantssSee all my reviews

(Based on the English version).

A highly ambitious film, capturing the life of Muhammad. Due to the nature of the subject, director Moustapha Akkad had to thread his way between many restrictions. Not only did the film have to be accurate in its depiction of Muhammad, as anything short of this would be sacrilegious, but, in order to reach a wider audience, it had to appeal to non-Muslims too. Furthermore, his main character could not be shown at all!

Despite these requirements and limitations, Akkad ultimately made a fine movie. Epic in scale, lavish in production and engaging in plot. It clocks in at a touch under three hours but doesn't feel like it, it moves along so smoothly.

Akkad gets around the inability to show Muhammad through some clever devices, often concentrating on his senior aides rather than the man himself, and when he does have to have him present, doing it from a first person perspective. Not as engaging as if we actually had the main character visible, but I can't think of a better way he could have made the film, given that restriction.

As a person who does not know much about the history of Muhammad and Islam, quite edifying.

Good cinematography and battle scenes. Decent performances too.

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