Muhammad: The Last Prophet is a 2002 animated film and quranic epic produced by Badr International and directed by Richard Rich. The movie was released in limited cinemas in the United States and the United Kingdom. The movie focuses on the early days of Islam and Muhammad.
This film has been approved by the Council of Al-Azhar Al-Shareef (Islamic Research Academy) and the Supreme Islamic Shiite Council of Lebanon. Other films have been created by the same distributor and directed by the same person, Richard Rich, as prequels of this film, such as the following: Before the Light (relating to historical events that have taken place in Arabia before the birth of Muhammad, with his grandfather Abdul-Muttalib as the main character), Salman the Persian (film) (pertaining to the story of Salman's journey in seeking true knowledge of His One and Only God), and Great Women of Islam (pertaining to the roles of women in Arabia before and after the birth of Islam, with Nusaybah bint Ka'ab, Asma' bint Abi Bakr, and Hind Bint Utbah as the central characters). In accordance with Islamic law and tradition, Muhammad is not depicted in each of these films, and the same goes for his first four caliphs Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman, and Ali. Every scene where he is present is shot from his perspective, and his words are paraphrased by the narrator.
The film follows Muhammad's first years as a prophet starting with Islam's beginnings in Mecca in which the Muslims are persecuted, the exodus to Medina, and ending with the Muslims' triumphant return to Mecca. A number of crucial events, such as the Battle of Badr, the Battle of Uhud, the Battle of the Trench, and the Conquest of Mecca are depicted.