6 Best Muslim Movies of All Time
Cinema is a prolific medium that can be used to disseminate lasting messages and enduring insights regarding disparate cultures and traditions. Over the years, Hollywood along with film industries based in a number of Muslim countries have produced spectacular movies that have succeeded in portraying the diverse aspects of Islamic beliefs as well as Muslim cultures all over the world. This article takes a look at the all time best Muslim movies that in addition to their entertainment value, kept the audience glued to the silver screen owing to their realistic and thought-provoking messages and depicted the true spirit of Islam.
6 – Osama
Set in an era when Afghanistan was ruled by the Taliban regime, Osama is an intriguing yet extremely pessimistic story of a little Afghan girl who is left all alone to support her mother and grandmother after all the male members of their family are dead. Her mother, though a practising doctor, is not allowed to work by the rulers. It all comes down to the little girl to sustain her family and so she disguises herself as a young boy: Osama. As fate would have it, all the young boys of the city are sent to a religious seminary where the true identity of Osama gets revealed and the girl is sentenced to marry an old man with three wives. The movie is a brilliant effort on part of Siddiq Barmak who has marvelously displayed the issues faced by the women in the Taliban era. The film was made with a budget of $46,000 and amassed a whopping sum of $3,888,902 in the box office.
5 – The Kite Runner
A cinematic adaptation of the novel written by Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner is a splendid yet harrowing depiction of an Afghan boy in his preteens who grows up in the streets of Kabul. The relationship between the parents and their children features prominently in the movie which endeavors to view the lives of Afghans residing in the United States strictly from their own perspective. The movie has been able to highlight some really controversial yet irrefutable themes of which friendship, betrayal, guilt and redemption are the most noteworthy.
4 – Mooz-lum
In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, Mooz-lum focuses on the life of an American Muslim family, their internal dynamics and their experiences with the fellow Americans enslaved by irrational concepts about Islam. Mooz-lum is a magnificent film in all aspects that is much about Islam as it is about the emphasized family. The son gets enrolled in the local community college where he comes to grips with his faith, its practice, his strict uncompromising father and his fellows at the college. The motion picture aims to underscore the undeniable transformational effects on the Muslims after the cataclysmic 9/11 debacle.
3 – Turtles Can Fly
Filmed against the backdrop of American invasion on Iraq, the magnificent Turtles Can Fly is set in a Kurdish refugee camp at the Iraqi-Turkish border. The protagonists in the film emerge as products of divisions on the basis of language and race. The movie highlights some really heart-rending and disturbing realities and presents an egregiously harrowing perspective of the adversities faced by the migrants in refugee camps. The film introduces the audience to the exceptionally gruesome crossroads that the young characters find themselves at and the unimaginable choices they have to make in order to get rid of the ghosts of their past that seem to haunt them forever.
2 – The Clay Bird
The Clay Bird is set at the time of Bangladeshi war of independence from Pakistan and focuses on a family headed by a staunch obdurate patriarch who refuses to permit her daughter from taking western medicine or his son from going to a formal school. He coerces his son to get admission in a religious school where the local teacher exorcises a student by making him to duck into a lake of cold frigid waters. The film aims to address the misconceptions and rigid dogmas associated with the religion and the resultant exploitations perpetrated by the clerics.
1 – The Message
Made twice, once in English and then in Arabic, The Message is prolific film that highlights the life of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and the rise of Islam. A number of crucial events, such as the Battle of Badr and Battle of Uhud are depicted in the movie. The movie was released in 1976 and was made with a budget of $10 million while succeeded in amassing $15 million. It is still considered as a must watch among the Muslim families during the Holy month of Ramadan. Shot in the days when CGI was not part of the film production technology, the production stands and cinematography still comply to extremely high standards and remains as one of the most quintessential Islamic motion pictures ever made.