Winged Migration

Have they not looked at the birds above them, with wings outspread and folded back? Nothing holds them up but the All-Merciful. He sees all things. [Mulk 67/19]

Narrated ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab: I heard Allah’s Messenger peace and blessings of Allah be upon him saying. “If all of you relied on Allah with due reliance, He would certainly give you provision as He gives it to birds who issue forth hungry in the morning and return with their belly full at dusk.” [At-Tirmidhi]

If you like March of the Penguins, you’ll like Winged Migration. There is a soundtrack, not overbearing but you may want to watch it on mute. The film chronicles the huge distances different species of birds fly in their annual migration and some of their unique behavior.

How amazing is the Creator of the created beings. You can find many clips on YouTube from the film but it’s best to watch the documentary as a whole. I’ve included short clips on the Northern Gannets and Geese.

Northern Gannets:



  1. This is one of the very few movies I’ve actually seen in the theater since I’ve been Muslim. Masha’Allah, on the big screen it was especially amazing (I saw it at home later, and it was great, but not the same). One of my absolute favorites.

  2. I loved Winged Migration! Much more than March of the Penguins. The soundtrack is very nice too, very relaxing. David Attenborough (sp?) has a DVD set out called “The Life of Birds,” produced by BBC, that is very good if you are interested in learning more about birds. He also has one called “The Life of Mammals.”

  3. Zaynab: yeah it’s like IMAX films, to truly appreciate them you need to see it on a massive screen.

    MusicalChef: I’ve heard about those films but I haven’t seen them, perhaps I’ll have to check them out.

  4. تُسَبِّحُ لَهُ السَّمَاوَاتُ السَّبْعُ وَالأَرْضُ وَمَن فِيهِنَّ وَإِن مِّن شَيْءٍ إِلاَّ يُسَبِّحُ بِحَمْدَهِ وَلَـكِن لاَّ تَفْقَهُونَ تَسْبِيحَهُمْ إِنَّهُ كَانَ حَلِيماً غَفُوراً

    The seven heavens declare His glory and the earth (too), and those who are in them; and there is not a single thing but glorifies Him with His praise, but you do not understand their glorification; surely He is Forbearing, Forgiving. Surah Al-Israa, 44

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