Monday, November 14, 2005

The Message

One of the victims of the Jordan blast was Hollywood producer and director Moustapha Akkad. He died on Friday from the injuries sustained in the attack while attending his daughter's wedding.

An American national living in Lebanon, Akkad was born in Aleppo, Syria in 1935.

He was the executive producer of the horror movie Halloween (1978) and its seven sequels.



He directed a movie about Prophet Muhammad and the early spread of Islam, Mohammad, Messenger of God (retitled The Message in the US)(1976) starring Anthony Quinn as the Prophet's uncle Hamza.

I first saw this movie just before I converted to Islam and had quite an impact on me.

Another famous movie which he also directed was the Lion of the Desert (1981) again starring Anthony Quinn in the lead role as Omar Mukhtar, the Bedouin Hero of Libya.

Akkad was in the process of producing a movie about Saladin and the Crusades.

A sad loss.

6 comments:

Lucia Lai said...

yes sad loss indeed... and so were all the other innocents unknown too. whenver i heard of bombing, esp. suicide bombing, it get me so mad!!!

Jen said...

Yet another needless death!

Vanathi said...

sad loss...

madder said...

whatta lost. I hope someone else would continue his work on the crusades. Salahuddin is my favourite muslim warrior.

Adam said...

Thanks for your comments guys. Hope there are more people like you.

BabyPink said...

aaaww, sad... that saladin movie would have been something to look forward to.

inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raaji'uun.

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