Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources Kindle

Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources Kindle

Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources ❤ Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources pdf ⚣ Author Martin Lings – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Martin Lings biography of Muhammad is an internationally acclaimed, comprehensive, and authoritative account of the life of the prophet Based on the sira, the eighth and ninth century Arabic biographi Martin Lings Life Based PDF/EPUB Á biography of Muhammad is an internationally acclaimed, comprehensive, and authoritative account of the Muhammad: His eBook ↠ life of the prophet Based on the sira, the eighth and ninth century Arabic biographies that His Life Based ePUB ☆ recount numerous events in the prophet s life, it contains original English translations of many important passages that reveal the words of men and women who heard Muhammad speak and witnessed the events of his lifeScrupulous and exhaustive in its fidelity to its sources, Muhammad His Life Based on the Earliest Sources is presented in a narrative style that is easily comprehensible, yet authentic and inspiring in its use of language, reflecting both the simplicity and grandeur of the story it tells This revised edition includes new sections detailing the prophet s expanding influence and his spreading of the message of Islam into Syria and its neighboring states It represents the final updates made to the text before the author s death inThe book has been published inlanguages and has received numerous awards, including acknowledgment as best biography of the prophet in English at the National Seerate Conference in Islamabad.


10 thoughts on “Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources

  1. Anti Wibawa Anti Wibawa says:

    i had read 3 of similar books, one of those was written by karen amstrong however, after reading this book, i found my love for Muhammad saw, he is my true love while reading it, i felt so close to him i cried on some chapters i read this book within 3 days.


  2. Tim Tim says:

    Like Abraham, Moses and Jesus before him, the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w came to unite not divide From one vantage point the religion known as Islam is an evolution, culmination or perfection of expression regarding the One essence that is also known as the Real From another perspective it shows how much nothing has changed Islam or submission to God is simply a return to the true nature of who we are Past all the religious externalities that have accumulated over centuries, Submission is Like Abraham, Moses and Jesus before him, the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w came to unite not divide From one vantage point the religion known as Islam is an evolution, culmination or perfection of expression regarding the One essence that is also known as the Real From another perspective it shows how much nothing has changed Islam or submission to God is simply a return to the true nature of who we are Past all the religious externalities that have accumulated over centuries, Submission is nothingthan unity with the only reality there is or ever was It is discovery of the Self at the deepest level Muhammad as a human represents symbolically the perfection of this unity in all aspects of lived human experience As the doctrine of original sin doesn t exist in Islam, the life of the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w is taken as the ultimate example of how everyday activities are sanctified Doctrinally, Muhammad becomes the symbolic Universal Human the single universal exemplar of how to live the good life This is my second read of Lings classic biography, and after reading several other works from the same author, it becomes obvious how the universal essence which he sees also shines through in how he views the life of the Prophet s.a.w Like Islam itself, Lings threads this essence through the various religions back to the primordial reality as expressed in the Qur an delivered by Muhammad s.a.wfor the revealed book itself was the central miracle of the Divine intervention now taking place, just as Christ had been the central miracle of the preceding intervention70 The function of the Qur an and by extension its example in the life of Muhammad was tore awaken in man his primeval sense of wonderment which, with the passage of time had become dimmed or misdirected71 Islam as a culmination and return is circular, unifying and universal Muhammad s life from start to finish gives examples in every area of the spiritual and profane and his passions are sanctified in every circumstance Lings illustrates these examples from the start of Islam, which he states to be foundedon the basis of the ritual purification and prayer47 through the establishment of the ideal community at Medina In between we see Muhammad as a human, a human who loved women, perfume and prayer according to the Hadith and a human who was firm in defending the sacred in his community from those who would seek to destroy it, but who also saw the greatest expansion of Islam in his lifetime through peaceful diplomacy in the truce at Hudaibiyah Lings remains faithful to the classic biographies of the Prophet, dating back to the times of the companions, and incorporates Qur an verses and Hadith seamlessly into his narrative Highly recommended as a readable, authoritative account of the Prophet s life


  3. Nathik Nathik says:

    Muhammed His Life Based on the Earliest Sources is true to its title Martin Lings cleverly describes the social, economic and political aspects of Makkah in the pre islamic times before narrating the life of Prophet Muhammed PBUH.It really helps the reader to understand the people of its age The Book also describes Prophet s earlier times as an orphan under his Uncle s protection Being a muslim, I was brought up listening to Prophet s life struggles and reading this book brings back a lot Muhammed His Life Based on the Earliest Sources is true to its title Martin Lings cleverly describes the social, economic and political aspects of Makkah in the pre islamic times before narrating the life of Prophet Muhammed PBUH.It really helps the reader to understand the people of its age The Book also describes Prophet s earlier times as an orphan under his Uncle s protection Being a muslim, I was brought up listening to Prophet s life struggles and reading this book brings back a lot of memories from childhood where my mother used to narrate me Prophet s Life struggles There are too many secondary characters in this book one must be attentive while reading as each individuals have played a significant role Although one can argue that the author s interpretation isof a work of piety than historical work, it is still a historical work in its own way Like its accurate and detail description about the lifestyle of the Bedouins, their tradition, their ethics and their culture among others.The book not only describes Prophet Muhammed s PBUH role as a religious spirituals figure but also his role as a Statesman, Scholar of jurisprudence, Business Man, Husband, Companion a Father figure Whether you are Muslim, Christian, Jew, Hindu, agnostic, atheist or spiritual without associating with any organised religion you can learn the following from the life of the Prophet PBUH.1 Simple Living.2 Know your self.3 Improve yourself all your life.4 Be Compassionate.5 Each must contribute to the society.6 Being kind In his own words, he says Kindness is the mark of faith.7 Giving alms to the poor and needy.If you have little or no knowledge about the faith, this is not an ideal book to begin However for others it will help to understand the Prophet s life as it describes his life in great detail


  4. Hamidur Hamidur says:

    Dear future me If you are told by someone that Muhammad was a peaceful man, consult this review or book immediately Of course, you should remember that there were many instances when Muhammad s acts impressed you and made you think twice about him In case you have forgotten the instances, remember when he wept while embracing a child of his dead companion, who had recently died Also remember his patience and nonviolence while he was in Mecca and was vulnerable Remember the restraint he showe Dear future me If you are told by someone that Muhammad was a peaceful man, consult this review or book immediately Of course, you should remember that there were many instances when Muhammad s acts impressed you and made you think twice about him In case you have forgotten the instances, remember when he wept while embracing a child of his dead companion, who had recently died Also remember his patience and nonviolence while he was in Mecca and was vulnerable Remember the restraint he showed at times while being mocked and satirized Do not forget how he freed some enslaved people and do not forget the mercy he showed towards some of his bitter rivals, after he had conquered Mecca Those rivals included Hind, a woman who was a stern critic of Islam and who had eaten the liver of a dead companion of Muhammad.However, don t forget to remember the acts of barbarity committed by him the exiles of Jews, followed by the massacre of all the men of an entire tribe named the Banu Qurayza the way he and his companions divided up the women between them, as if they were mere objects the words he had spoken in favor of military actions against nonbelievers his insatiable thirst for wives his even greater insatiable thirst for power and grandiose his behavior which resembled that of a violent cult leader his actions towards the Jews, Christians, and the Arab pagans the Quranic revelations, which onthan one occasion seemed to you to be giving Muhammad exactly what he would want if he was acting out of purely political and economical interests and finally, his marriage with Aisha when she was six years old If you re still not convinced of how megalomaniacal you thought this man was, dear me, read on, for I further describe some of these actions for your failing memory.Before you readabout Muhammad though, I want you to remember some things that I m thinking about this book as I write this review I have already read couple of books on Islam and Muhammad and have a better understand of it than I had had about two years ago that pivotal time of my life when I left this faith But most of those works were from nonbelievers So I could not get rid of the idea that I haven t read works from the Islamic perspective You, dear future me, then read this book, which was positively reviewed by Muslims Also remember that the author, Martin Lings, had converted to Islam while writing this book From his writing, you could easily discern why he had done so You were sure therefore, that this writing by a converted Muslim would make you better understand the faith and its prophet Made you better understand, it did But made you think of it in a positive light, it did not.You liked this book from the very beginning, when it started with the story of Abraham going to Mecca The book was written as if it was an elaborate prose However, the flaws readily caught your eyes Abraham is cited as creating the Kabah, the center of Islamic worship located in Mecca The source for this information that the author cites is the Quran and some Bible verses As you already know, the Bible is hardly ever reliable and not a lot of scholars think that those verses meant Abraham traveled to Arabia And the Quran as the source of this crucial information is not credible at all You should also remember the various other incredible acts described by the author, where he cited Islamic sources or barely cited anything at all The reliability of sources remain a thorny question in Islam, where even the Quran is not perfectly preserved as Muslims and Allah claim You also noticed how the incident of the satanic verses was altogether omitted, as if it was not a significant event in Islam s history Nevertheless, you kept on reading while generally taking the information to be true, unless something supernatural or some extraordinary acts were described, for which you thought the sources were not enough to be taken as evidences.You will remember the treatment Muhammad gave Al Nadr, the poet who accused Muhammad of retelling ancient tales and who mocked him Muhammad killed him after the Battle of Badr fearing that if he was left alive, he might continue his evil actions What evil actions Saying that Muhammad was lying or that he didn t believe Muhammad was a prophet I fail to see which one is evil You should not have forgotten another similar treatment of Ka b ibn Al Ashraf, who was also a poet When he satirized Muhammad to a point when he could not bear it any, Muhammad asked his companions who would like to put Ka b to death One of his companions got his permission and was even given the permission to lie to him in order that he may kill him Muhammad s reaction when Ashraf s tribe complained to him was that anyone who insults him and writes poetry against him, should be put to the sword Muhammad was apparently extremely allergic to satire and mockery H e did us injury and wrote poetry against us and none of you shall do this but he shall be put to the sword Muhammad, in reply to complains about Ashraf s murder.Since this review is becoming extremely long, let me quickly remind you of some other events Muhammad exiled two Jewish tribes named Banu Qaynuqa and Banu Nadir while splitting their wealth among his followers and taking one fifth for himself The third tribe was unlucky, however, for they were not given the luxury of leaving but was massacred and their wives and children distributed among the followers There were couple of reasons given for these actions, but none seemed convincing enough to make you think that about 900 people deserved to die If Allah can let these many people be massacred, then he should immediately revoke his title of Ar Rahman, the most merciful You were pretty certain that the creator of the universe would find a better way to treat treacherous neighbors Remember also how his hair was vigorously collected by his followers Some of them kept the collected hair until they died and some reverently pressed his hair against their eyes and face Does this remind you of anything but the behavior of followers of a cult leader Muhammad was nothing but a cunning, charismatic charlatan Reading through this book and learningandabout Muhammad only made your original ideafirmer If you have forgotten, your idea of Muhammad was that he did this mainly for economical and political reasons rather than any spiritual reasons You also thought that he had some psychological disorder s which caused him to have visions of an angel conversing with him and which his followers took as revelations from the heaven I can remind you ofandthings how he had an Egyptian enslaved girl whom he would visit everyday and for whom he had a Quranic revelation saying that it was okay for him to have sexual intercourse with her But I hope this is enough to remind you of what you thought of Muhammad and Islam after reading this.With that, I end this, future me, hoping that you have learnedas the days passed.Sincerely,your past self.Notes for Personal Use and Future References Abraham built ka bah but cites Qur an 3 Khuzaah brought Hubal but no citation 5 Abd al Muttalib vows to sacrifice one of ten sons Sacrifices camels instead Abolishes human sacrifice Did he really need to think whether he needed to murder his sons or the camels God couldn t have told him no P 12 14 What does St John 16 13 refer to Muhammad Muhammad splits the moon in half p 68 Negus converted P 84 Mentions Nadr of Abd ad Dar mocks prophet p 89 Marries aisha p 105 6 Easily converted in Medina a clan of Aws p 110 Makes covenant with the Jews to help each other Matter of differences should be referred to God through his messenger, giving Muhammad power p 125 No mention of the Satanic verses Marries A isha, nine years old p 133 Raiding caravans God makes exception for the sacred month and Muhammad takes fifth of the spoils p 135 Cousin Umayr 15 fought hoping martyrdom Muhammad denied then let him Glorification of martyrdom P 138 Muhammad encouraged people to fight at Badr Said anyone who s slain will enter paradise p 147 One of the companions disapproved of Muslims bringing captives to the camp Muhammad said he d rather see them slaughtered than alive p 149 Nadr killed after Badr because if left alive he might continue his evil actions p 152 Muhammad afraid of Bani Qaynuqa being treacherous Verses telling him to take actions Uses the insult of a Muslim woman and the ensuing murders of a Jewish and Muslim men as pretext for attack p 161 Kicks out B ani Q aynuqa and takes their possession Qur an tells him to make an example so others wouldn t dare to break treaties p 162 Married H afsah Not a widow Already good relationship with Umar p 164 Ka b ibn al A shraf wrote poems against Islam and satirized Muhammad Muhammad ordered companions to kill him and also allowed lying to him Then told Jews that he was killed because he did great injury and wrote poetry against him and anyone who does that will be put to sword p 171 Muhammad insists on giving a sword to someone who will use it on an enemy until it s blade is bent p 178 Gabriel tells Muhammad that the Jewish tribe of Bani Nadr is planning to kill him Muhammad gives the Jews ten days to leave or he ll cut their heads off p 203 Muhammad lets the dying sa d ibn mu adh decide the fate of about a thousand Jews Men are slaughtered, women and children captive Women divided among Muslims, Muhammad takes Rayhanah as a slave Muhammad proclaims sad s judgement was the judgement of god p 232 Muhammad marries Juwayriyyah, daughter of a clan s leader Pays her ransom and offers her marriage Her father then pays her ransom, she enters Islam, Muhammad marries her p 242 Muhammad s hair is vigorously collected by his men Cult like behavior P 255 Attacks Jews in khaybar basing their encouragement of the quraysh when they attacked Medina and jews treachery Richest spoils so far Three Jewish regions agreed to pay tribute to Muhammad every year What he needs of earthly goods, that scoundrel Muhammad marries Safiyyah, widow of the leader of the clan p 269 Muhammad jokes about the child of a camel p 276 Muhammad receives Coptic Christian slaves Visits one of them day and night Gives one to another person Treats them as mere objects Tell me about how Islam forbids slavery Qur an allows concubines if the female consents Qur an tells Muhammad to go to mariyah and have sex with her , the enslaved girl, and then rebuffs his wives for being jealous and so on p 277 Surely Allah has got a lot of time on his hands since he can devote a verse of the Quran to tell Muhammad to go have sex with his slave Umar complains about how in Medina the wives have upper hand over men, whereas in mecca, the opposite was true p 279 Jews and Christians pay poll tax p 322 Idolaters should be slain wherever they are found p 323 When companions sold arms and armours, Muhammad said a body of my people will not cease to fight for the truth until the coming forth of the Antichrist p 329 Well, at least he got something right


  5. Chris Chris says:

    Best book I ve ever read in English about the life of the Beloved Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him Based in the earliest classical sources, yet written in beautiful and fluid English To compliment it, listen to Hamza Yusuf s seerah tapes


  6. Diane Diane says:

    I ve had this book 3 times and each time it winds up going to live at someone else s house.That s how good it is


  7. Irving Karchmar Irving Karchmar says:

    Martin Ling s biography of the Prophet Muhammad, based on the earliest available sources, is a masterpiece of engaging writing on a immense topic, and he carries it off beautifully From his birth and early life to his first marriage and the vision in the cave of the angel Gabrial, who ordered him to recite, the Koran, this enthralling life is the best work on the subject so far I loved it, and reread it often Highly recommended to all who wish to know what Islam is about.


  8. Payam Payam says:

    I wonder if the high rating of this book comes from Muslims reading this book and loving how true it must be Or perhaps, people were fascinated by the miraculous nature of Muhammad and his numerous miracles presented in this book I will instead provide you with a separate light to understand this book.Muhammad began his prophetic mission at the age of 40 While he certainly had a positive reputation amongst his people, due to his manners and his tribe affiliation, people began to seriously I wonder if the high rating of this book comes from Muslims reading this book and loving how true it must be Or perhaps, people were fascinated by the miraculous nature of Muhammad and his numerous miracles presented in this book I will instead provide you with a separate light to understand this book.Muhammad began his prophetic mission at the age of 40 While he certainly had a positive reputation amongst his people, due to his manners and his tribe affiliation, people began to seriously take note of him at the age of 40 During the time of Muhammad, people had an oral culture to transmitting knowledge Little was written down, but instead passed onto others via sayings and stories unlike the Roman empire which had codified rules and history books to study from From these two basic arguments, you should then wonder how Martin Ling has began such a vivid story of his life before his birth If you read other books in Islamic history, especially those of Western scholarship, you will notice that the history before Muhammad s mission is vague at best Martin Ling overlooks this fact and instead presents you with plenty of fanciful stories regarding Muhammad during his early years You may beknowledgeable and say, No no, it happened, it is in the Sira, the biography of Muhammad That would be to then overlook the massive amount of false recordings of Muhammad that emerged during and after his death In fact, this is perhaps the greatest problem of Islam in modern times False teachings, false recordings, have becoming so intermingled with the core teachings of Islam, that separating the two has become near impossible Past the Qur an, it is difficult to ascertain the accuracy of any document Yet, Martin Ling goes to vividly into details of miracles that occurred I do not recommend this book to readers if they want to learn about Muhammad and the history of Islam I instead recommend Karen Armstrong s book on Muhammad that focuseson the message and philosophy of Muhammad and its revolutionary nature In comparison, Martin Ling s book is a book of miracles and fantasies that will confuse a Western reader and have them dismiss Muhammad altogether Muhammad s message is beautiful, but that message is not in this book


  9. Nagena Nagena says:

    what a great man Muhammad SAW was and how if people put their egos and prejudices aside they would discover the same..that he truly came as a mercy to makind.


  10. Muhammad Abdullah Muhammad Abdullah says:

    This is one of the best book about the seerat of the Holy Prophet Muhammad Peace and Blessings Be Upon Him I have ever read This book is awarded by both Pakistani and Egyptian governments Martin Lings Abu Bakar Saraj ud Din, a Muslim convert describes the whole life of the Holy Prophet Muhammad PBUH in a beautiful manner In this book, Martin Lings talks about the life,childhood, adulthood, prophethood,difficulties in the early stages of Islam, forgiveness, love, kindness,generosity, con This is one of the best book about the seerat of the Holy Prophet Muhammad Peace and Blessings Be Upon Him I have ever read This book is awarded by both Pakistani and Egyptian governments Martin Lings Abu Bakar Saraj ud Din, a Muslim convert describes the whole life of the Holy Prophet Muhammad PBUH in a beautiful manner In this book, Martin Lings talks about the life,childhood, adulthood, prophethood,difficulties in the early stages of Islam, forgiveness, love, kindness,generosity, conquests, respect, leadership, journey to heavens,journey to Madina, intellect, companions generally known as Sahabas , followers, enemies and almost everything about the Holy Prophet Muhammad PBUH The only person whose life history is too much persevered He PBUH is the most influential person who has ever walked on Earth and has the second largest number of followers throughout the world till date This number is increasing continuously A few glimpse of the book The First Revelation which was sent to Prophet Muhammad PBUH by God through Angel Gabriel is as follows Recite in the name of thy Lord who created He createth man from a clot of blood Recite and thy Lord is the Most Bountiful, He who hath taught by the pen, taught man what he knew not Pg 215 The following incident shows the infinite passion of the Holy Prophet PBUH about his cause Quraysh as whole were disposed to tolerate the new religion, even after the Prophet PBUH had openly proclaimed it, until they saw that it was direct against their gods, their principles and inveterate practices Once they had realized this, however, some of their leading men went in a body to Abu Talib, to insist that he should restrain his nephew s activities He put them off with a conciliatory answer but when they saw that he had done nothing they came to him again and said O Abu Talib, thine is a high and honorable position amongst us, and we have asked thee to hold in check thy brother s son, but thou hast not done so By God, we will not suffer our fathers to be insulted, our ways scoffed at, and our gods reviled Either make him desist, or we will fight you both Then they left him, and in great distress he sent for his nephew, and having told him what they had threatened, and he said O son of my brother, spare me and spare thyself Lay not upon me a burden greater than I can bear But the Holy Prophet PBUH answered him saying I swear by God, if they put the sun in my right hand and the moon in my left on condition that I abandon this course before He halth made it victorious, or I have perished therein, I would not abandon it Then, with tears in his eyes, he rose to his feet and turned to go, but his uncle called him back Son of my brother, he said, go thou and say what thou wilt, for by God I will never forsake thee on any account pg 224 This is how GOD is defined in the Holy Quran, Surat al Ikhlas,the Chapter of Sincerity, which is placed at the end of the Quran say Koran , the third last as mentioned in the book Say, He, God, is One, God, the Self Sufficient Besought of all He begetteth nor, nor is begotten, and none is like Him pg 244 The Holy Prophet Muhammad PBUH forgave his worst enemies at conquest of Mecca by saying Verily I say as my brother Joseph said This day there shall be no upbraiding of you nor reproach God forgiveth you, and He is the Most Merciful of the merciful This shows his kindness for his enemies What about his kindness for his companions and followers Indeed, he is the best among the best for the whole humanity and the most kind hearted His kindness is not only for humanity but for birds, animals and even for the entire creatures of God as well I would like to recommend all the believers and non believers to study the life of the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad PBUH to get complete guidance of life in a very beautiful manner I request to be neutral while reading to get the best out of it


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