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Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet

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  • Actors: Michael Wolfe & Alex Kronemer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full length, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Unity Productions Foundation
  • DVD Release Date: December 18, 2002
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EBGF2W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,777 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet tells the story of a seventh century prophet who changed world history in 23 years, and continues to shape the lives of more than 1.2 billion people. Three years in the making, the film takes viewers not only to ancient Middle Eastern sites where Muhammad's story unfolds, but into the homes, mosques and workplaces of some of America's estimated seven million Muslims to discover the many ways in which they follow Muhammad's example. A KQED presentation, Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet is produced by Kikim Media and Unity Productions Foundation.


"...a testimony to the hypersensitivity of our times." -- The New York Times, Alessandra Stanley - Dec. 18, 2002

"...this informative, heartfelt documentary may be a blessed opportunity for rest and reflection." -- Philadelphia Inquirer, Jonathan Storm - Dec. 17, 2002

"Riveting, informative and inspiring, ‘Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet’ should almost be required watching for non-Muslims." -- San Francisco Chronicle, Jonathan Curiel - Dec. 17, 2002

"…an enjoyable and informative film, about a man who did indeed change the world." -- Washington Post, Caryle Murphy - Dec. 14, 2002

"…‘Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet,' is a candid, thoughtful, flowing, visually stunning film …that is as timely as documentaries get…" -- Los Angeles Times, Howard Rosenberg - Dec. 16, 2002

Customer Reviews

Unlike Christianity however, the prophet of Islam insisted that his image not be idolized.
This is a very interesting documentary about the life of the man who created the Islamic religion, the prophet Muhammad.
Later in life he was a trader, in one of his jobs he was working for a wealthy woman on her caravan.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Loaay Ahmed on July 7, 2006
Format: DVD
How do you define the level of success in leadership? This question has been on my mind for sometime. Muslims know that the greatest example of leadership is Prophet Muhammad so I turned to him for inspiration. I searched at amazon and came across this DVD. I won't spoil it for you by telling you too much, but I can categorize my opinion as per two target audiences:

FOR NON-MUSLIMS: You will find this production very informative and non-biased-as the main producers and creators of this production are three Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Americans (strange, but true). The guests who are interviewed also come from different faiths; so this production is not about a group of Muslims going on and on about how wonderful the prophet was. You will learn about how this religion got started, how did Muhammad become the prophet of Islam, and how did he lead Muslims around him and throughout centuries. The production mixes between past life of the prophet and how Muslims behave today. The universality of the production and interviews are very well presented.

FOR MUSLIMS: If you live or lived in a Muslim country and learned about Islam and the prophet since childhood, most likely, you won't find much to learn about the prophet that you didn't already know. However, the examples of Muslim Americans and what they're doing in their daily lives to live the Muslim way of life are truly inspiring and worth seeing. If it's for nothing else, it makes you proud of seeing some good Muslims who are just ordinary people.

The quality of the production is good. There is a good mix between interviews and footage of universal sceneries.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Anyechka on September 13, 2006
Format: DVD
This is a really inspiring, moving, and powerful documentary. Interwoven with the story of Mohammad and the creation of Islam are the stories of modern-day Muslims living in America, a very effective if somewhat nonlinear narrative. It's not just a history of Mohammad and Islam, nor is it a story about modern-day Muslims (both by birth and by choice), but a beautiful interweaving of the two. The subtitle 'Legacy of a Prophet' really says it all, as these people live their lives in accordance with the teachings and examples of Mohammad, still looking to him as a role model and looking at his life for guidance over a thousand years after he walked the earth. I wish more people with open minds would see things like this and come to realise that the majority of Muslims are kind sweet generous peace-loving people like the people in this video, such as Kevin the fireman, Ingrid the professor (she appears in the deleted scenes), and Najah the nurse. As is pointed out in the scene at the Dearborn soup kitchen, the Catholic priest who came there to learn more about Muslims soon found out the truth about the religion and its practioners, and that the extremists in the news are a small minority, the same way that if an outsider to his own faith had asked him about extreme and newsworthy examples of so-called Catholics behaving badly, he'd rightly explain to the person that that's the exception and not the rule. It was also surprising to learn that Dearborn, Michigan has a huge Muslim population; you don't usually think of a city in Middle America as having a large immigrant or Muslim population! After seeing this documentary, now I have even more respect and love for Islam, even though it's not my own personal path to the Divine, and for the prophet Mohammad.

The extras are also great.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Kemestrios Ben on March 29, 2008
Format: DVD
Considering our current imbroglio in the Middle East and most people's astonishing ignorance of Islam, a corrective, educational lens is more important than ever.
Into the void of documentary material steps this excellently made and well researched documentary on the life-and meaning-of the Prophet Muhammad. This documentary covers all of the key points of the Prophet's life: Muhammad's first revelations on Jabal an-Nur, his marrying of Khadija, protection from his Uncle Abu Talib, Khadija's and Abu Talib's deaths in 619, the Hijra in 622, Muhammad's wars with Mecca, the founding of a fledgling theocratic state in Medina (Yathrib), Muhammad's death in 631, questions of succession, and the meaning of Muhammad's life and the Qu'ran to modern Muslims.
In this, the documentary is mostly accurate and up to date with modern scholarhsip. This alone makes the documentary a valuable and worthwhile piece of pedagogy. What is more, the documentary features beautiful cinematography, fluid narration, and touching moments.

However, its revisionist, poliically correct nature, is somewhat meretricious. I realize these are perilous times for Muslims, and that public understanding and empathy for this great faith is at its nadir, but it does not help to whitewash history. Presenting a one-sided, holier than though version of Muhammad and Islam is not what we need. As with all religions, Islam has its core problems and flaws. I wish the film would have dealt with these honestly and openly.

In my opinion, honest, critical dialogue is the best way to educate citizens. Such critical dialogue should be extended to all the great religious traditions.

Alas, this documentary failed to answer some pressing concerns that plague the Islamic community. I understand how hard this task is in the present political climate. However, not doing so raises questions of its own.
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