First Impressions on Majidi's Film

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

First Impressions on Majidi's Film

The long-awaited film by renowned Iranian director Majid Majidi, Muhammad: The Messenger of God came out on 28 October, 2016, in Turkey. Members of team were among the first viewers. As a brief reminder, the film is the second ever made movie concerning the life of Prophet Muhammad after the Message of 1976 by Moustapha Akkad. The production of the film took more than seven years including two years of research prior to shooting. It is the most expensive film in Iran with a cost of approximately $40 million. Filming took place in Iran and South Africa.

As for the reactions, the movie received both positive and negative comments from its first viewers. Regarding the technical aspect, the visual effects and soundtracks by Le Trio Joubran and A. R. Rahman were particularly found impressive. Choices of the cast, costumes, and the set created were successful to reflect the reality of the time period narrated. Nevertheless, in terms of the religious content, the validity of certain narrations is open to debate: For instance, the place of miracles in the period of Prophet’s childhood and many fictive elements that take place in the film... Besides, viewers with lack of background knowledge about the life of the Prophet may encounter difficulties to follow the chronology of the events due to the way of narration based on flashbacks.

In any case, Muhammad: The Messenger of God is expected to be viewed by a high number of spectators, and a more detailed evaluation is soon to follow at

عن أبي هُرَيْرَةَ ـ رضى الله عنه قَالَ:
قَبَّلَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم الْحَسَنَ بْنَ عَلِيٍّ وَعِنْدَهُ الأَقْرَعُ بْنُ حَابِسٍ التَّمِيمِيُّ جَالِسًا‏.‏ فَقَالَ الأَقْرَعُ إِنَّ لِي عَشَرَةً مِنَ الْوَلَدِ مَا قَبَّلْتُ مِنْهُمْ أَحَدًا‏.‏ فَنَظَرَ إِلَيْهِ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ثُمَّ قَالَ ‏"‏ مَنْ لاَ يَرْحَمُ لاَ يُرْحَمُ ‏"‏‏
God's Messenger kissed Al-Hasan bin Ali (his grandchild) while Al-Aqra' bin Habis At-Tamim was sitting beside him. Al-Aqra said, "I have ten children and I have never kissed anyone of them", God's Messenger cast a look at him and said, "Whoever is not merciful to others will not be treated mercifully." (Bukhari, Good Manners and Form (Al-Adab), 18)

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