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British journalist Rageh Omaar is the presenter in the BBC's three-hour TV documentary, The Life of Muhammad. Omaar opens the first episode by clarifying that, for Muslims, Muhammad is not only the last and greatest of God's prophets, but also the perfect role model on which a person can base his or her life. The documentary uses these two concepts, Muhammad as historical prophet and Muhammad as role model, to structure and define the content of this program.

Because Islam does not allow the impersonation of the prophet, his life must be narrated. This is done by a series of scholars and religious leaders who, in the course of three one-hour episodes, recount the established traditions about Muhammad's birth, life, and death. Striking images drawn from historical documents, works of art and architecture, and scenes of the modern Islamic world elucidate this narration.

The influence of Muhammad as a role model is demonstrated by interviews with modern American Muslims who are consciously acting out their faith, basing their lives on what they believe Muhammad would want from them.

PBS
1 Season, 4 Episodes
August 12, 2013
Documentary & Biography
7.3/10
Cast: Rageh Omaar, Tariq Ali
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The Life of Muhammad Full Episode Guide

  • Rageh continues to learn about the later part of the prophet's life and the introduction of jihad.

  • Rageh explores the accounts of the Prophet's night journey to Jerusalem. He finds out more about his life-threatening departure from Mecca and his establishment of the Constitution of Medina.

  • In the series opener, Rageh explores Muhammad's birth and upbringing. He also interviews different academics and commentators on Islam to learn more about Muhammad's first marriage and how he received the first of the revelations.

  • Get a sneak peek of the extraordinary story of a man who, in little more than 20 years, changed the world. Host and journalist Rageh Omaar travels to the place of Muhammad's birth to retrace the footsteps of the prophet through to his death and his legacy.

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