Islam began in the early 7th century. Originating in Mecca, it quickly spread in the Arabian peninsula and by the 8th century the Islamic empire was extended from Iberia in the west to the Indus river in the east.
Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world and in America. Every tenth child in the New York School system is Muslim. Abraham's Children tells the stories of some of these children through their own voices. The film follows the daily routines of six children from diverse Muslim families as they search for their identity and challenge the stereotypes of a race and religion.
"You choose your way into yourselves," is a most apt description of how two widowers manage their lives in the years following their husbands' deaths on planes that crashed into the World Trade Center on 9/11. They end up traveling to Afghanistan, where they meet with Afghani widowers. Both sides reach easily across the cultural barriers to share their similarities and, far more frequently, the vast cultural differences and inequities that often bring discord but, between these women, bring peace.
Palestinians and Israelis come together in a nonviolent movement to protect the olive tree fields belonging to residents of the West Bank town of Budrus from the Separation Barrier under construction by the Israeli government. The wall is under construction to wall off the state of Israel from the West Bank.The Separation Barrier would cut Budrus off not only from its ancient olive groves, but also from neighboring Palestinian villages. Men and women of all factions and countries unite to wage an unarmed struggle to preserve these lands.
The Muslim call to prayer has been reduced in Cairo to a single recording of one muezzin reciting the adhan, which is broadcast using wireless receivers. The filmmakers documented the tradition of the adhan before it ceased to exist.
An observant Muslim girl, a refugee from Aleppo, Syria, attends an all-girls Catholic high school and is ollowed as she and her mother negotiate family, faith, adolescence, immigration and identity in the U.S.
A young college-aged woman takes off to travel the U.S. after 9/11 to document hate and violence against her religious community. Valerie Kaur is a Sikh. She starts her journey in the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and roves the U.S. for five years, documenting stories in the Sikh, Muslim, and Arab American communities.
With 1.3 billion believers, Islam is the world's fastest growing religion. Each year adherents from throughout the globe converge on Mecca for Hajj, the world's most dramatic display of religious fervor. As Muslims ask pardon for their sins and renew spiritual commitments, director Anisa Mehdi and National Geographic take cameras inside Mecca to capture the exclusive story of rites, rituals, vigils, and holy places closed to other faiths.