The Life of Muhammad

(Rochester, New York) – Taking a journey that is both historical and relevant today, acclaimed journalist and author Rageh Omaar documents Muhammad’s life from his humble beginnings in Mecca, to his struggles with accepting his prophetic role, his flight to Medina, the founding of the first Islamic constitution and his subsequent military and political successes and failures — and to his death and his legacy.

The three-part series The Life of Muhammad, airing Tuesday, August 20, 2013 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on WXXI-TV, charts the extraordinary story of a man who, in little more than 20 years, changed the world forever. Along with the historical narrative, the film addresses Islam’s role in the world today and explores interpretations of Islamic attitudes toward money, charity, women, social equality, religious tolerance, war, and conflict, providing a fascinating, timely, and unique insight into the Islamic faith. 

The first episode, “The Seeker,” examines the world into which Muhammad was born, his marriage to his first wife, Khadijah, as well as his first revelations and the profound impact they had on his life and on the lives of those closest to him. “Holy Wars,” the second episode, focuses on key events in Muhammad’s life, including the Night Journey to Jerusalem, his departure from Mecca and the eight-year war with the Meccan tribes. The third and final episode, “Holy Peace,” analyzes events during his later life, including the introduction of the moral code known as Shari‘a and the concept of jihad. 

In line with Islamic tradition, the program does not depict any images of Muhammad or feature any dramatic re-constructions of his life.

Pictured: Journalist and author Rageh Omaar in Medina, Saudi Arabia
Credit: Courtesy of Crescent Films Ltd. 



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