Circling the House of God
Dir. Ovidio Salazar (2010)
Born in 1909, Dr Martin Lings, also known as Shaykh Abu Bakr Siraj ad-Din, was revered by people all over the world as a ‘Friend of God’: a man whose saintly radiance touched the lives of all those who looked to him for guidance. In 1938, as a young man in his late 20s, he embraced Islam, entering deeply into its spirit; and the books he went on to write bear witness to the profundity and the subtlety of that spirit which he came to embody and exemplify.
In 1948 he performed his first Hajj pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca before returning to complete a second Hajj in 1976. Using unique archive material, Dr Lings recollects the contrasting experiences of the two journeys whilst also providing fascinating insight into its historical background.
Al-Ghazali: The Alchemist of Happiness
Dir. Ovidio Salazar (2004)
Born in 1058 in Tus, Khorasan, in present-day Iran, Abu Hamid al-Ghazali was one of the most original thinkers the world has known. Besides being a major influence in the Muslim world, the West has also felt his effect. He influenced major figures of medieval philosophy such as Thomas Aquinas and Moses Maimonides, who shaped the philosophy of the Latin West.
This film sets out to discover who al-Ghazali was and whether we, living in the 21st Century can still find relevance in his teaching.
The Furthest Mosque
Dir. Ovidio Salazar (2001)
Following the Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) recommendation to journey to three Mosques (Makkah, Madinah and Jerusalem), this film sets out in the company of British bass player, Danny ‘Hamza’ Thompson to discover the reasons why the last of these three, holds such an important place in the hearts of Muslims everywhere.