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Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources [Paperback]

Martin Lings
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1 Jan 1983
Acclaimed worldwide as the definitive biography of the Prophet in the English language. Martin Lings' life of Muhammad is unlike any other. Based on Arabic sources of the eighth and ninth centuries, of which some important passages are translated here for the first time, it owes the freshness and directness of its approach to the words of men and women who heard Muhammad speak and witnessed the events of his life. Martin Lings has an unusual gift for narrative. He has adopted a style which is at once extremely readable and reflects both the simplicity and grandeur of the story. The result is a book which will be read with equal enjoyment by those already familiar with Muhammad's life and those coming to it for the first time. This book was given an award by the government of Pakistan, and selected as the best biography of the Prophet in English at the National Seerat Conference in Islamabad in 1983. In 1990, after the book had attracted the attention of Azhar University, the author received a decoration from President Mubarak.

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  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: The Islamic Texts Society; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Jan 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0946621330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0946621330
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'An enthralling story that combines impeccable scholarship with a rare sense of the sacred worthy of his subject.' -- The Spectator

'Muhammad is a true work of art, as enthralling as the best novels with the difference that this is not fiction but fact.' -- The Islamic Quarterly

'This is easily the best biography of the Prophet in the English language.' Dr. Victor Danner -- Indiana University

‘An enthralling story that combines impeccable scholarship with a rare sense of the sacred worthy of his subject.’ -- The Spectator

‘This is easily the best biography of the Prophet in the English language.’ -- Dr. Victor Danner (Indiana University)

About the Author

Martin Lings, formerly Keeper of Oriental Manuscripts in the British Museum and the British Library, is the author of four works on Islamic mysticism, 'A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century', 'What is Sufism?', 'Sufi Poems' and 'The Book of Certainty', all published by the Islamic Texts Society.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read with bitesize chapters 23 Dec 2013
By M. Miah
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The start to the book is slightly heavy-going where there is a great deal of focus on ancestry and lineage. However, if you bear with it, you'll find this book an easy read and that the author has a fluent writing style. The bitesize chapters mean it's easy to dip in and out of.
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31 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and moving! 15 July 2005
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is a wonderful book that affords the reader with a unique insight into the life of the prophet Muhammad (May peace be upon him) and of life in Arabia in the middle half of the 1st century CE. The book is well researched, well written and very easy to read. The referencing is unobtrusive allowing the book to flow throughout. It is also well structured providing an easy reference guide to key events in the life of the Prophet (PBUH), his family and his Companions.
Occasionally you can read a book and be truly moved by it. This is such a book and as a Muslim rediscovering his faith this book left me with a feeling of sadness at not having discovered my faith earlier and what can only be described as a feeling of Love for the Prophet.
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52 of 66 people found the following review helpful
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I read Martin Lings' wonderful biography of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam --may Allah bless him and give him peace) for the first time when I was a teenager; what attracted me then was the caption on the cover which said, "based on the earliest Islamic sources"! But I loved the book the very first time I read it and since then I have read it a few times and bought my own copy. It is a book I always recommend to anyone interested in Islam as I believe it is the best introduction one can have to Islam. After all, if one does not know the Messenger, how can one ever accept the Message?
This book is wonderfully written and although the English is slightly archaic, I think that in this instance it actually adds to the books qualities, as such noble language is totally concommitant with the grandeur and theme of the book. The quality of the language used is indeed one aspect of this book which sets it apart from other biographies of the Beloved of Allah (may Allah bless him and give him peace) written in English and for that alone it is superior to the others.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome 20 May 2011
By H7K
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the book is brilliant.. ive only read a little.. but many people have said this is one book that does justice and tells the truth about the great phrophet!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great introductory book to Islam 24 Jun 2010
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This is an amazing book, definitely recommend to anyone wanting to know more about Islam and the prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The book goes through the stages of the prophet's life gradually and includes the right amount of detail. Great author, wonderfully written book, highly recommended to all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 July 2014
By Shak
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Bought as gift - he loved it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 17 April 2014
By aisha
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It arrived the next day!! And it is a brrrrrrillllllliant book.. No words to describe it.. It brings all the characters/people back to life (that's the feeling it gives)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best written book of the prophet 27 Mar 2014
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Purchased this book again as I managed to lose my first copy. A great read for all anyone trying to learn more about the prophet and how Islam began. Extremely we'll written and very informative. The best book I have read relating to the prophet and Islam.
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Published 1 month ago by Latifa
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book about our beloved Prophet SAW.
This book tells you in detail life of prophet MUHAMMAD salialla alahi wali wasalam (SAW), in detail from early resources and you could visual how life was so tough in those days. Read more
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Very easy to read and follow book.
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A beautiful, detailed account story telling the era of the beloved. Wonderfully written and carefully pieced together. Definitely recommend it!
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This book provides the reader with the full life Prophet Muhammad (SAW). It first explains everything that had happened before his birth, to his childhood all the way to his... Read more
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Brilliant book. Recommended. Purchase now. Embrace his (saw) character. Live his (saw) life. Implement his Sunnah (saw). I love it.
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