Top 5 Nature Documentaries that will make you go SubhanAllah!

Photo I took in Banff, Canada in 2007

Living in Canada, I’ve had many SubhanAllah moments when seeing Allah’s manificient creations around me. I was lucky enough to see a black bear with her cubs in Banff in 2007. My wife and I stumbled upon them when we accidentally took a wrong mountain road. I snapped some pictures (from the safety of my car).

SubhanAllah or Glory be to God, for giving us the opportunity to see that.

As Muslims, nature documentaries can also give us that same sense of awe and wonder of the Glory that God has created in our beautiful world. There are many great documentaries that have been made. Recently, some deserve special mention for their SubhanAllah-ness.

Here are the top 5 nature documentaries that will make you go SubhanAllah!

5. Life in the Undergrowth

Photo: BBC

How can insects make you remember Allah? Well, the footage in here will.

This documentary is all about insects and lovely little critters you find underneath a dead log. Its fascinating to see how intricate and unique God has made each insect in this documentary series.

I especially enjoyed the spider segment and watching a giant centipede catch bats (!) SubhanAllah!

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4. The Life of Mammals

Photo by esparta

BBC is known for their exceptional nature documentaries and this series continues the tradition. Obviously, this video focuses on mammals.

From lions to tigers to sea mammals and everything in between. Many SubhanAllah moments to be had!

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3. Winged Migration

Photo by Winged Migration

Ever wonder what it is like to fly like a bird? Besides asking Allah to grant you a miracle, this documentary is as close to it as you can get. The film makers had actually developed a bond with baby birds so they wouldn’t be afraid of them when they flew as adults.

The film crew then travelled with these birds as they migrated across vast areas of land. The cinematography and scenery is why this documentary is on the list.

SubhanAllah, may God make us balanced human beings like the way these birds balance on each wing.

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2. Blue Planet

Photo by nestor galina

The ultimate documentary on everything in our waters. Since 70% of our earth is covered in ocean, there is much beauty that Allah has hidden in it.

What you will see in these videos will blow you away! From open ocean feeding frenzies to alien-like creatures in the deep blue to cute penguins waddling, this series will surely make you go SubhanAllah!

One of my favorite moments is the rare footage of the blue whale. It is the largest animal to have lived on our planet (I’m guessing this is probably the whale that had swallowed up Prophet Yunus (alsm) ). AllahuAkbar!

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1. Planet Earth

Photo by digitalART2

We have come to the best documentary that will make you go SubhanAllah. There is nothing better. Period.

This video series will take you across earth showcasing the best (and rarest) scenes of wildlife and landscapes you have ever seen. I guarantee you will be amazed. I guarantee you will feel Allah’s Magnificence after watching this!

There are too many memorable moments to list so I’m including the trailer below for your enjoyment. Glory be to Allah for the beauty He has created all around us!

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If you know of any great documentaries not listed here, please let me know in the comments below!

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Nawaz April 26, 2009 at 7:43 am

There is another BBC documentary out called Nature’s Great Events, similar to Planet Earth and Blue Planet.

Also if you can these shows are immensely better in HD.

Abu Nura April 27, 2009 at 4:18 pm

Salam Nawaz,

Thanks for your comments. InshAllah, I’ll look into Nature’s Great Events.

Yes, HD is much better :D

Puneeth Bhushan July 26, 2009 at 12:48 pm

This is a very nice blog. I liked it and it gave me three other different programs to watch other than Planet Earth and the Blue Planet.

As Nawaz has said, there is this one program called Nature’s Great Events again narrated by Sir David Attenborough. The program tracks down year round specialties of different places in the world, in a series of 6 episodes only. They are available in HD 720p. Amazing series!!

Hail Nature for these beauties.
Cheers! :)

Darwin October 15, 2009 at 12:08 pm

First thing.. if u watch this kinda Documentaires, they were made by scientists and none of them believes in any type of god or something so stop insulting the makers of this films.
Especialy Sir lord david attenborough. Grow up/ Wake up there is no greater kind of life form here. Its an hoax too give humanity a cause.

Puneeth Bhushan October 15, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Hey Darwin,

Its left for people to believe whether these are creations of God or not. So different people have different perceptions. And none of the scientists would have told you that they don’t believe in God.
When the program is called Nature’s Great Events, Nature is nothing but God.
And no one is insulting the makers of this film, instead we are very grateful to all of them for providing us with fantastic documentaries like these. We all respect Sir David Attenborough and I personally think that Sir is the luckiest person on Earth to have witnessed such stupendous miracles of Nature all round the world.

Cheers! :)

Puneeth Bhushan October 15, 2009 at 8:59 pm

And I also think that this discussion would take a turn into being a ‘Do you believe in God?’ one. So it is better we focus more on the actual cause of why this blog was put up and comment about the same.

Lewis April 19, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Hi there,

was looking for other programmes to watch as I love documentaries. I’m not religious in any form but I thank you for letting me know about other programmes that I have not seen. The grandeur of nature and the world around us often makes me wonder how it all came about. I have no questions to that, but it is nice to see the amazing sights that are there around us.


muslimahk October 1, 2010 at 7:03 am

Salaam sister

jazkiAllah this movies are best entertainment and also brings one to know the power of Allah more. The only problem here is the music but overall they are great movies and very nice form of relaxation.

azka March 22, 2011 at 5:56 am

assalamu’alaikum i think this is nice blog, i have searching about snake documentary but i can’t find yet..

Dari May 23, 2011 at 11:54 pm

Thank you for sharing your list of top nature documentaries! I too loved Winged Migration and Blue Planet, so I certainly would trust your judgment on the rest, which I haven’t seen. Though they don’t qualify as documentaries, two of my other favorite nature-themed films are The Bear (from 1988 – I fell in love with this one as a child) and The Story of the Weeping Camel (2003). Both are beautiful films that children and adults can both enjoy. Best wishes to you and yours!

Amit Thakkar June 18, 2011 at 3:46 am

Hey there ! Nice list.!.. i have seen all of them … they are beautiful .
I would like to add some to the list .
Do watch … ” The birds of Paradise” . I know most of you wouldn’t have heard or known about these birds .. but trust me .. They are one of the most beautiful creations of life.

chris manuel November 11, 2011 at 10:43 am

well apart from the above mentioned, and absolutely amazing, BBC’s Natures Great Events – there’s also ‘South Pacific’, ‘Yellowstone’ and ‘Life’ – all from the BBC.

SEKH ABDUL HAMID December 22, 2012 at 12:04 am

Subhan Allah due to which we can able to see such pictures. May Allah fulfill all the desires that such people involved in such pious activity.

Share Good December 22, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Assalamu alaykum warahmatullah wa barakatuh
Dear brothers & respected sisters
It gives me great pleasure to invite you to my new channel, “Right Path”
where I am going to upload all the programs of Huda Tv with a very good quality, starting from year 2005 up to current date.
All the episodes will be arranged in separate playlists for better organization.
Hopefully you will benefit from it and have the chance to share the reward by notifying your friends & colleagues about it.
“The one who directs toward the good is in same level as the one who is doing the good or so”.

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