Synopsis: Abu Sufyan informs Abu Taleb, Muhammad's uncle, that he plans
to kill the Holy Prophet of Islam. Upon hearing this, Abu Taleb remembers the
earlier years of their struggles.
As recounted in the Quranic chapter of al-Fil (105), by the order of Abraha,
King of Habasha, one of his army commanders launches an attack on Mecca in order
to destroy the Kaaba in the year 570 AD. He leads a well-equipped force
comprised of thousands of soldiers, horses and elephants. As the army approaches
Mecca, the elephants respond to divine order by halting and refusing to
continue. Millions of small birds then release a hail of stones onto Abraha’s
forces and the army is annihilated. A month later, Muhammad is born. This film
depicts the pagan age with all its tyranny and oppression as seen through the
eyes of Muhammad from birth to the age of 13.
First in a trilogy of films about the life of Prophet Muhammad [s] directed by
Majid Majidi and produced in the Islamic Republic of Iran.