Tuesday, 12 July 2011

My Thoughts on "Life of Muhammad" (SAW) BBC2 Documentary Part 1

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

NOTE: 'SAW' stands for 'sallallaahu alayhi wasallam' which in English means 'may peace and blessings be upon him'.

It was ok, not great. Had it's faults but that is the BBC for you. Covered the basics, so not much was to be learnt for educated Muslims. It was to address the British public and non Muslims, and in some places demonstrated some characteristics of our Prophet SAW by showing that he was a man with feelings as he lost many loved ones in his life. They also go to say how "Muhammad SAW and his followers resisted without resulting to any violence", "a violent confrontation wasn't even feesable", "you have your religion and I have mine", and they address the 'no compulsion in religion' belief that we have from The Quran.

Islam is all about PEACE!

I was surprised about how they described Khadijah - may Allah SWT be pleased with her- and how she proposed to him (SAW) linking how it is still rare for women to do this today. However they didn't mention women's rights and how we could(and still can) marry who we wanted - funny that! I guess it is there for someone to pick up and ponder further though. They also mentioned how she was the first person to comfort him after revelation of the Quran and how she believed in her husband, subhanallah.

A few other points:

They didn't say (SAW) after his name, I think it may have been said once at the beginning but that is it(!)

The twin towers and terrorism were mentioned within the first 5 minutes, oh sorry I meant the first minute, which have nothing to do with his life (but hey why not throw that in there!? Naughty BBC)

Every time he said an Arabic word, it was hard to understand. I knew what he meant but it was said that hurriedly a non Muslim would have no chance. Why not just say it in English next time? As the 'not knowing' is what makes people worried.

There was too much word manipulation which would have gone over most peoples heads, especially the ignorant non Muslim type as I don't remember stabbing a woman to death was according to "Muslim tradition", so next time please make it clear that those sorts of acts were done in the time of ignorance, not under Islam.

Choice of words at times were unnecessary. "an explosive reaction from Muslims" re: the Danish image of the bomb in turban...!!

Next thing you know "The Satanic Verses" were brought up. You have to be kidding me!

When reading a description of the Prophet SAW please do not pan to random Arab men smoking shisha..as people forget to hear and learn but start gawping at the imagery and wonder if it's drugs they are smoking(!)

Also who were those Tom, Dick and Harry's?! They needed more Ibrahim's, Maryam's and Yusef's - actual Muslims, not any folk paid out by the BBC to talk any old tosh, oh hi Robert Spencer! To be fair there were some pleasant surprises others just plain old twoddle, hi Robert Spencer. There was an appearance from Abdur-Raheem Green and Ajmal Masroor for the Muslim corner.

The Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said: "He who tells a lie on me intentionally, let him take his seat in the Hellfire" (Bukhari Volume 1, No 107).

I will be watching the next two parts inshallah as I have it on scheduled on sky+. I will let you know what I think.

If you saw it then please let me know what you thought in the comments below!


  1. nice post!
    you brought up some REALLLY important points. Something to think about, and also things that people don't normally notice...things that are just a game played by the media to fool the viewers.

    Thank you for sharing =] x

  2. You basically said everything I thought about it ! Great post :)

    There definitely should have been more Muslims giving their perspectives, although it was nice to get some views from non-Muslim historians.

    There were some religious inaccuracies- for example they said that the Prophet SAWS didn't have any miracles- when he had countless miracles!

    Looking forward to the next part, please post about that too! :)


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