Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet

Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet

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Muhammad - Legacy of a ProphetFourteen hundred years ago, a humble merchant who could not read or write changed the face of Arabia. Today, his influence has spread to every corner of the world including the United States. This is the story Muslims have passed down from generation to generation for 1400 years. It is a story about the merchant, husband, father, statesman and warrior whom they consider the final prophet…, the main whose legacy continues to shape their lives today.

His father died before he was born, and his mother died when he was only six. But sheltered by a powerful uncle, he made a good start in life, established himself in a profitable business and married well. And then, at the age of 40, he was transformed. A man who could not read or write, he announced that he was the prophet of God. His name was Muhammad, and in the next 23 years he would bring peace to the warring pagan tribes of Arabia and establish the new religion of Islam, which today has 1.2 billion followers.

Three years in the making, Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet travels in the footsteps of the prophet to the Arabian desert and the holy city of Mecca where much of Muhammad's story unfolded. "There are six to seven million Muslims here in America, where Islam is the country's fastest growing religion, but many Americans are completely unfamiliar with the life story of the remarkable man who founded this religion 1400 years ago," says producer/director Michael Schwarz.

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Steve
Steve
4 years ago

Wow, this convo is still going!

Tyler
Tyler
6 years ago

Muhammad was a mass murdering war lord. He gain recognition through rape, murder and deception. The Quran encourage Muslims to lie and hurt the none believers. (All facts) Islam is evil and Mohammed was a pedophile.

Wayne E
Wayne E
8 years ago

@Yavanna

Enjoyed reading your point of view. I had an upbringing like you and Vlatko - thank god (pun intended.)

To the indoctrinated: Religion is a personal thing and should be kept that way. Stop shoving it in our faces.

David
David
8 years ago

How does one massacre people in Muhammad's name? Is there a How to Jihad for Dummies book? Also I lovingly beat my wife almost to death for showing her ankle when she knelt down after I slapped her for serving me food. Stupid woman.

TheLeader
TheLeader
8 years ago

Wow quite a debate going on here. If you need to choose a religion than choose between Buddhism and Jainish. Both are very similar. These are mostly about promoting pacifism, love and compassion. Regardless of how much you try you cannot state that Islam is a religion of Peace go read the Quran in your own language. It teaches intolerance and divided the people of the world between Muslims and Non-Muslims. If you have a logical mind than eventually you will find out the fallacy of the religions of the book. I urge you to educate yourself and compare these religions with an objective perspective.

kraljica
kraljica
11 years ago

I am bosnian ''muslim''. In my country we drink, smoke, dance with friends and family. My grandmother is a feminist and my grandfather's idol is nietzsche. Every night girls and boys go in bars, caffee and flirt. Yes we had a war and yes thousands of us were killed by serbian ''christians'' but that has nothing to do with religion and croates christian too were killed by them and by us. We are all blood brothers and sisters. It was a political war because they didnt want bosnia to be independant, it wasnt a religious war.

Usman Mohammed Bande Chiroma
Usman Mohammed Bande Chiroma
11 years ago

Masha ALLAH, Am very happy to hear that islam is the fastest growing religion in america,May ALLAH cont to spread it to cover the whole world insha ALLAH.

lmo7
lmo7
12 years ago

When Muslim terrorists throw bombs at crowds the say " Allah Ali Akbar" is it an act of God. All the world problems are coming from one religion and that is Islam.

lmo7
lmo7
12 years ago

These are all man made religions. This is the time any god should come down to earth and talk because it has become a murderous wild world. All these have happened because of religions but not for lack of them. It is so easy to say god used a messenger a few thousand years ago because you are able to create many stories which you don't have to prove. Jews robbed Palestinian land and say god gave it to them 2000 years ago.Unfortunately you can't do your research in the land registry. This is all nonsense of stupid and selfish bunch of people. Religions are the biggest problems which exist in today's world. BE A A GOOD CITIZEN THAT'S ALL YOU NEED

oumou
oumou
12 years ago

If u took time to understand instead of judging, you would understand the beauty of this religion, it's about the love we have for God and how we show it by treating each other with love. there is an end to this life and unless you don't believe it keep on acting the way you do, we will be held accountable for our words, Peace be upon you and may Allah forgive us for our sins

DaveJay
DaveJay
12 years ago

From Muhammad's first "revelation" from Allah (which filled him with terror that he was demonpossessed) to his deathbed (from which he called down curses upon Jews and Christians)Muhammad's developed from a preacher of hellfire and damnation into a political and military leader who expanded his rule by force of arms, promising his warriors luridly physical delights
in Paradise if they were killed in his cause.

The Quran's teaching on warfare against unbelievers developed —with constant war to establish the hegemony of Islamic law as the last stage.

Muhammad had convenient "revelations" justifying his own licentiousness; his joy in the brutal murders of his enemies; and above all, his clear marching orders to his followers to convert non-Muslims to Islam—or force them to live as inferiors under Islamic rule.

Muhammad had multiple marriages (including one to a nine-year-old)

Muhammad set legal standards that make it virtually impossible to prove rape in Islamic countries

Muhammad's example justifies jihad and terrorism

Muhammad had faulty- knowledge of Judaism and Christianity which has influenced Islamic theology—and colored Muslim relations with Jews and Christians to this day.

The Truth about Muhammad.

freenimal
freenimal
12 years ago

I Respect others beliefs. There are Muslims, Christian, Jew, Hindus and there are non-Believers of any religion, and among them there are good honest people and very evil mad People. Religions are judge by the discipline of that particular person in that religion. I wish all non-Muslims to be Muslims. You may think its cruel. But if you learn to be a true Muslim You will understand.

There is Nothing Mentioned in Qur'an about cutting of the clitoris In Islam.

What i Believe....
First human Being name is Adam, a Muslim and the First Prophet. And Noah, Abraham(pbuh), Moses(pbuh), David(pbuh), Jesus(pbuh) and Mohamed(pbuh) was the last Prophet of Allah. Like that there are 25 Prophet mentioned in the Qur'an.

The Greatest Gift given to human is there Brain.It is so Perfect that yet scientist were unable to find all the knowledge about brain. We are given choice to believe what ever we want. In other word the choice to the Correct path or the wrong one. And i am in correct path way. And I believe it.

As a Muslim I believe, There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of God. And the Last Prophet.

In My religion, i have to respect other religion and other believes. If a Non-Muslim comes to my house in peace, I will Welcome non less than a Muslim.

Dear All be a Muslim. Be free of evil thoughts.

El Mastapha
El Mastapha
12 years ago

these is the butty of Islam live of Mohamed salla Allah a laihe wa salaam a thank you every one who is in serve a allah and rasole allah
el mastapha el yaouti Virginia

NONE
NONE
12 years ago

Absolute ****.. muhammed was a rapist and allowed his "soldiers" to rape foreign women.. not much has changed.

Maruf Morshed rownak
Maruf Morshed rownak
12 years ago

please dont show or indicate Muhammad pbuh in a picture. it is Haram(forbidden)...may Allah show the right path who are sinking in a sea of sin....

Joao
Joao
12 years ago

This is bullshit. God and Muhammad are no moderates. This is pure propaganda. Islam out of all the Abrahamic religions is by far the most violent.

Estarnan1
Estarnan1
12 years ago

Wonderful film full of love and respect.
I learned so much. THANK YOU.

Fouad Loucif
Fouad Loucif
12 years ago

@0zyxcba1 you are out of context please contest against Iran in a documentary about iran.
I hate those who make ultimate conclusions to claim that they found the truth. Please be humble.

Fareeh
Fareeh
12 years ago

excellent documetry...but islam prohibits to art any picture of men. & in this documentry there are numerous photographs of painted human that need to exclude..for the pleasure of Allah.
otherwise excelent

Abdulghadir Farax Aden
Abdulghadir Farax Aden
12 years ago

maasha ALLAH

Angela Allen
Angela Allen
12 years ago

Fantastic. Thank you. _/_

Kathleen Murphy
Kathleen Murphy
12 years ago

mohammed pbuh is the last prophet of God, believe it, dont believe it. Its your choice. But dont judge others that do believe it. And there are as many different kinds of muslims as there are jews, christians, hindu, etc.

AsaIsrael
AsaIsrael
13 years ago

How can Mohamad be the "propeht", be a prpohpet when Mohamad is an Ishmaelite and God chose Israel to be his priest. God told Abraham to put Ishmael and his mother a bondmaid away, he told Hager that he would bless Ishmael and that he would give him 12 princes and that his hand would be against his brother and every mans hand against him and the he would be a wild man. When Mohamd was visited by this evil spirit he did not know what it meant or was so he went to an uniformed christian and that christian told him that he must be a prophet and thats how he became a prophet. Nonesense.

AsaIsrael
AsaIsrael
13 years ago

the only thing that was correct is that Muslims and Jews, the real ones, the fake ones too, are from the lieniage of Abraham.

AsaIsrael
AsaIsrael
13 years ago

How can Mohamad be a prophet when God choseIsrael to be his priest? All the prophets, apostles and priest even the Mesiah Jesus Christ were Israelites. Mohamad was an Ishmaelite and had more than one wife God said a prophet should only have one wife. Mind you I am speaking of the Israel of God and not the converted Jew-wish people. God said that he would make Ishameal twelve princes and his hand would be against every man and every mans hand would be against him even his own brother and that he would be a wild man.

alenajoy
alenajoy
13 years ago

In watching this film, I have to question a squeezing spirit, which Mohammed first encountered in the cave. This does not sound like an angel of the Lord that I have read about in scripture. This doesn't sound like the nature of God to me. Angels do not force themselves. God does not force himself, as the commentator Ms Armstrong suggests here.

Guest
Guest
13 years ago

Well. well... Another one who had a weird extra-sensorial trip figuring out his own view regarding the presence of the homosapien specie on planet earth as to why were we abandonned, here on our own!
Observing the world as it is, back to some 3,000 years, maybe we shall admit that we may well have deserved to be abandon?

I feel I am a litle of the same, not remembering anything at the time I was born. Thank God, my mum didn't run away!
She told me of how it went when I came to life, otherwise...

Not one but all religions have obviously been manipulated by weirdoe's and obsessed for their own end-use or profit.
So many passed by within the recent 3,000 years!
Even the books that date back to these times should not be trusted.

At most as "0zyxcba1" said: -Not bad poems, both in the Bible and the Koran to inspire the beasts as they're close to frenzy.
But for the real thing, the real explanations, no one even has a bit of an answer among so many other questions.
It just ought to be a secret only a few, a very few have access to when they isolate themselves on a montain for instance.
No more of these guys in now days?
Why? Reserved to anciant time maybe?
I'm for decency and good will inspiration found in all religion as long as it ain't segregationist. Segregation is the prime filth of the homosapien specie.

Whenever I see segregationisme, it disguss me and I run away.
I'd even abandon my stupied child if he'd or she'd be stucked by that pleague.

That is the answer.
So, sit on it and have a good life.

massamba
massamba
13 years ago

how can a get a copy of this movie

Road Hammer
Road Hammer
13 years ago

simply good film, sun reason for the sun.

Endhin
Endhin
13 years ago

Muhammad is the prophet of the end times. Read the Al-Qur'an, all have answers about any problems there.

spacedust
spacedust
13 years ago

All religion is imperfect as people are imperfect.
Tell me then, u great scholars; where will god be when all life on earth is long dead due to our slowly dying (changing) sun? When there is not a single consciousness left to construct a concept of a god. I mean a lovely ending for all from a "loving" god. Not that I'll be here to worry about it.

Sulaiman
Sulaiman
13 years ago

@Sux,
Ah, 666 lol. As it is written in the bible, the number of the beast 666 (or number 616) or the mark of the beast which will be used to buy and sell goods, without it people will not be able to do so. Ah, read the Bible with context, don't be like those who quote blindly from Quran without the context and lie. Islam has it's roots in peace, it has developed through peace. One more thing, I will give you something to think of, according to the Quran, the beast will be one eyed. Now, combine the Bible's info and Quran's about antichrist, which country's money will have the one-eye mark in their currency? Love thy neighbor, love thy enemy, I'm an atheist but I want people to be theist because religion preaches discipline, moral values. If you talk about hate, hate will grow, if you talk about peace and harmony, peace and harmony will grow. Cheers, have a nice day.

Achems Razor
Achems Razor
13 years ago

@john:

So, Muhammad is the most peaceful man on earth was he?

Check out..."the end of god; a horizon guide to science and religion" here on TDF

Read blog #529 attributed to @jolulipa:

You may reply to the commentors, not to me, am not in the discussions.

john
john
13 years ago

Dear friends in humanity , from all creeds and faiths . I do love you all . We are human and we should tolerate each other. Besides , we should tell facts and not lies . If some body has bad feelings in his heart , he should be reasonable and think twice before he writes his statement . If you people read the scriptures wisely and with open heart , you will definitely realize that , many of you are wrong . The scripture of each religion tells the correct answer. There are many misconceptions have been written about Islam and all of them are wrong . Human behavior is different from the actual scriptures of any religion .For example , Christians have killed tens of thousands of Muslims in Bosnia in 1994 , This does not mean that Christians are bad . Christians in Russia killed thousands of Chechens in Chechnya . Christians killed millions in Iraq and Afghanistan and Vietnam . Till this moment they are still killing . Why they are killing ? What do they want ? Are they killing by Christ order ? What type of religion is this , which is allowing people to massacre day and knight . Killing is carried out daily and it is being practiced till this moment .
Muhammad is the most peaceful man on earth . His motto is peace . The greeting of Muslims to each and every human being is PEACE . The only documented holy scripture on earth is Quran . It is the last testament . It is the guidance for all humanity . Muslims love Christ , Moses and Mary and they respect them profoundly . The Quran says : if any one kills a human being , he is like killing the whole humanity . Killing is not allowed in Islam at all except for defending the self .

john
john
13 years ago

Dear friends in humanity , from all creeds and faiths . I do love you all . We are human and we should tolerate each other. Besides , we should tell facts and not lies . If some body has something in his heart , he should be reasonable an think twice before he write his statement . If you people read the scriptures wisely and with open heart , you will realize that , many of you are wrong . The scripture of each religion tells the correct answer . There are many misconceptions have been written about Islam and all of them are wrong . Human behavior is different from the actual scriptures of any religion .For example , Christians have killed tens of thousands of Muslims in Bosnia in 1994 , does not mean that Christians are bad . Christians in Russia killed thousands of Chechens in Chechnya . Christians killed millions in Iraq and Afghanistan and Vietnam . Till this moment they are killing . Why they are killing ? What do they want ? Are they killing by Christ order ? What type of religion is this , which is allowing to kill people day and knight . Killing is being practiced till this moment .
Muhammad is the most peaceful man on earth . His motto is peace . The greeting of Muslims to each and every human being is PEACE . The only documented holy scripture on earth is Quran . It is the last testament . It is the guidance for all humanity . Muslims love Christ , Moses and Mary and they respect them profoundly .

Sux
Sux
13 years ago

Guys:

Did you ever think it is coincidence this guy mohammed was born close to year 666 A.D?

Peace

Steve
Steve
13 years ago

@ray,
I'll tell you how. By blindly being steered in the direction they are told like mindless sheep.

ray
ray
13 years ago

do not see how you dumb @sses can believe a murderer was a profet. i know what you dumb @sses belive about the hoopoe bird.poor sick @ss holes

debbye
debbye
13 years ago

"Live Simply That Others May Simply Live" - Mahatma Gandhi

khawar
khawar
13 years ago

Hi,
Nice discussions.
I loved the documentary.
cheers

jack1952
jack1952
13 years ago

@ steve

There have been many atrocities committed under the guise of religious enlightenment. Those who committed these atrocities were encouraged by a leadership who advocated hatred towards those with different ideals.
You may not be religious but you embrace hatred as if you are. Your brand of scientific enlightenment is another form of religion and may well be just as dangerous. Remember the atheists of the Soviet Union. Stalin was just as dangerous as any religious zealot. Hatred and violence should be discouraged whether atheist or theist. Keeping score only legitimizes your own intolerance.

Sulaiman
Sulaiman
13 years ago

@Mo,
Yeah, you are right. But about the end of the world, no one knows exactly what will happen. cheers.

Mo
Mo
13 years ago

hahaha.. Osamabinladenismyhero guy is hilarious.. Are you for real dude??.. I have a feeling it's some jack ass just wanting to stirr up more ridiculous conversation.

So many things wrong with all of the commentary on this page, that I wouldn't know where to start.. So I won't :)

Just be good people, it doesn't matter what your religion is, you'll all be dead before this century is over. In the end, who really cares or who really knows anything? Respect and love for humanity is more important than any religion. The funny thing is that the view of love and compassion is supported by religions. I don't think it has anything to do with religious affiliations, it has to do with level of intelligence.

Sulaiman
Sulaiman
13 years ago

@Osama Bin Laden is my hero,
If Allah is watching all of this, I'm confident that he will punish you. You know whoever you maybe, if you're a muslim you got a duty to do, which is to safeguard islam. But you're not doing it. You know that Islam is being under attacks from claims that it propogates violence, crimes, brutality. But it is not true, you get angry and react in a way that you make their claims to be true. At first you are not a muslim. Surprise, it doesn't matter man, even if you worship 5 times a day, it doesn't matter. The thing that matters is you're not safeguarding islam which is the duty of muslims. Instead you are killing it by earning ill-will of non-muslims towards islam. If you want to safeguard Islam, stop acting like this and behave like a human, behave like a human being. I bet you can't even understand this, if you do I'll be very happy.

Sulaiman
Sulaiman
13 years ago

@Steve,
No wonder Steve you are so angry with religious fanatics, see the last comment by the "Osama Bin Laden is my hero". This guy doesn't know the real tolerance and peace of Islam. Ah, but Steve, if you say that science can solve these social problems, I would be happy if it does, but how can a person be persuaded to be just even when he/she not being watched. Don't you see people will be criminal by opportunity. A very few handful of people, hmmm I think they will be good humans. What is your idea to replace the psychological "police" called God? I'm waiting for your reply.

Sulaiman
Sulaiman
13 years ago

@Steve,
Man you are right about theory of evolution and religion. I've heard religious fanatics of Christianity, Jewish, Hindus, Muslims all say the same as Muslims. But I am clear now that you are frustrated about the religious fanatics but not the real religion. I repeat "I am an atheist" but I will not keep quiet when people just get opinionated because of their easy and lazy incomplete analysis and ascertain something which is not a complete truth. Steve there is a difference between truth and half-truth. According to you, your standpoint is correct but you might have half-truths which you think is the complete truth. I appreciate your courage to speak up against these fanatics but you can't slam each and every Christian or Muslim or Jew with the claim of yours. Just a few questions to you this time Steve, Do you think that even a newly born Muslim baby should be penalized for the atrocities of these fanatics? Do you think that the entire population of the earth is ready to throw out religious belief, which has been the tool for keeping the moral values? Do you believe without a entity like mysterious God to be afraid of people would behave properly, without theft, murder, rape? Can you guarantee or prove that in this world without the phenomenon called God people would live peacefully, not doing crimes when not under the eyes of law?

Steve
Steve
13 years ago

@Sulaiman,
Hi, I'm fine no thanks to God. I have read the entire Koran before coming to my conclusions. Though this verse doesn't seem evil at first but it has a very misleading nature, like a lot of other Koranic passages. Who is to tell a 16 year old fresh from a Islamic militant camp who does he have to fight? He is brainwashed into believing the killing of innocent souls is allowed in jihad. Osama bin laden himself said in an interview that it is allowed in Islam to kill anyone, while in the Koran the killing of the old, weak, children and women is strictly forbidden. You're right about one thing though, Man does not need religion anymore. The world would be a much more peaceful place without the racism of religion. People ask me: "Hey, are a Moslem? Are you Sunni or Shi'tte?"
What happened to Salman just proved that there is no free will in Islam now a days. When Islam first started, I have come to the conclusion that there were no sects and Moslems wouldn't behead you for rejecting their ideology. Nowadays, say one word against Islam and you won't live to see the next day. I've heard Moslems say that Christians shouldn't be allowed to even live in Pakistan. Why so much hate from a religion which preaches so much peace?
Moslems don't believe evolution happened, instead believing in the childish fairytale of Adam and Eve.
Have a nice day, "friend".

Sulaiman
Sulaiman
13 years ago

@Steve,
Hi, How are you Steve? I hope all is well with you. All I'm trying to do is to stop victimization of innocent people no matter from which ethnicity they are. You have quoted from Koran 2:191, but unfortunately you have missed the line just before what you have quoted. I hope that you have not purposefully did it. When we read something we should read with context. When you read the man killed the man, it will seem very obvious that the killer is person who is a unjust person, but if it comes like this "The man was about to be shot, to defend himself the man killed the man". You see I will give you your own example but this time with context you can check the authenticity of it. "Fight in the cause of God those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for God loves not transgressors. And kill them wherever ye catch them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out; for persecution and oppression are worse than slaughter; but fight them not at the Sacred Mosque, unless they (first) fight you there". Ah Steve, you see if somebody wants to fight you and slaughter you Koran says to fight them. Let go off the gut feeling that whatever Koran says will be lie and Muslims are villains. Because this is not good, today it is Islam that bothers, tomorrow it maybe something else like Judaism or Christianity. So, we should have a clear and complete picture first. This is the thing they do in Judiciary systems you know, they investigate, they cross examine and come to a conclusion. Religion is not the problem, I think religion is not necessary for man nowadays after so much development, the problem is that people doesn't have the patience to analyze completely the root cause of problems. What happened in Pakistan, is pure politics, you know, in India in the 80s Prime Minister was murdered in the same way as Salman. There it was a different religion. I can even quote examples from many parts of the world, you know. I think this is a healthy discussion, I think we will get a solution for terrorism, wars, famine and many other social problems. I'll be waiting for your reply Steve. Have a wonderful day my friend.

Steve
Steve
13 years ago

@MOHAMMED KHAJA,
Only compulsory for Moslems like you.

MOHAMMED KHAJA
MOHAMMED KHAJA
13 years ago

Pls add the letters PBUH ( Peace be upon him ) to Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) name as this is compulsory.