In a world where ignorance of Islam persists, The Message is as timely, necessary and fresh as ever

In a darkened living room, my entire extended family had gathered. I was too young to remember exactly when this was but the scene is sometime in the late 1970s or early 1980s.

My father switched on the VHS player and inserted a video. The 19-inch television screen flickered into life and a grainy version of the film The Message appeared. It was the first ever cinematic production of the story of the Prophet Mohammed. 

The film had a grandiose energy and a drama that reminded me of the snippets I had seen on TV of films like The Ten Commandments and Ben Hur.

I recognised the stories I had been told of the Prophet Mohammed and early Muslim history. I don’t remember much more of the film but it stuck in my mind. It offered something I had not seen on screen before – something that was positive and uplifting about my own story.