Boxing legend Prince Naseem Hamed presents this beginner's guide to the fastest-growing religion on the planet, shedding light on what it is to be a Muslim and dispelling myths about the Islamic faith.
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[Photo caption] Naseem Hamed helps to explain the nuts and bolts of Islam and dispels a few of the myths about the faith
Prince Naseem's Guide to Islam 7.30pm BBC2
Boxer Naseem Hamed makes an engaging presenter of this beginner's guide to the Islamic faith, broadcast as part of BBC2's Islam UK week.
It's aimed mainly at non-Muslims and at its core is an examination of the five pillars of Islam, the crucial tenets of the religion. The programme is suitably accessible and makes rewarding viewing to anyone with even a passing interest in the Islamic faith, which is the fastest-growing religion in the world.
By 2025 it's likely that one third of the population will be Muslim, but many devotees are even now disturbed by the way the media presents their faith, claiming that it is stereotypical and that it fuels ignorance. Hamed attempts to counter these portrayals in looking, not only at the five pillars, but also at some lesser-known aspects of what it means to be a Muslim. For instance, there is a duty to seek knowledge, which Hamed uses as a way of examining the Golden Age of Learning and its contribution to western life.
Immediately afterwards, and in a marked change of mood and subject, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and Diarmuid Gavin present a one-off Home Front-Islam Special. Naturally the pair rise flamboyantly to the challenge of applying Islamic designs to the home of a couple in north London.
The Islam UK season continues until next Saturday.