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The Messenger: The Meanings of the Life of Muhammad [Paperback]

Tariq Ramadan
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28 Feb 2008

In The Messenger: The Meanings of the Life of Muhammad, leading Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan considers the ways in which the Prophet's actions, words and teachings can guide us in the modern world.

The life of the Prophet Muhammad, to whom the Angel Gabriel revealed the verses of the Quran, has provided inspiration to Muslims for hundreds of years.

Interspersed with spiritual and philosophical meditations, this profound and stimulating biography shows how Muhammad's message can be used to address some of today's most controversial issues - from the treatment of the poor and the role of women to the interpretation of jihad and relations with other religions. It offers Muslims a new understanding of Muhammad's life and introduces non-Muslims to the story of the Prophet and to the riches of Islam.

'Fascinating ... punctuated by spiritual reflections, it tells Muhammad's life from orphaned childhood to his death, with Islam dominant across Arabia'
  The Times

'Draws lesson that are crucial for Muslims and non-Muslims alike'
  Financial Times

'Communicates a sense of spiritual transcendence'
  Guardian

'Important, readable and intelligent ... an eloquent account of the religion's founder and his core teachings'
  Scotland on Sunday

Tariq Ramadan is Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at the Faculty of Oriental Studies and St Antony's College (University of Oxford). He is the Director of the Centre for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (Doha) He is the author of The Quest for Meaning and The Messenger, and has been described as one of the 'most important innovators for the twenty-first century' by Time magazine.


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (28 Feb 2008)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0141028556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141028552
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 12.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Communicates a sense of spiritual transcendence (Guardian)

Draws lessons that are crucial for Muslims and non-Muslims alike (Financial Times)

About the Author

Tariq Ramadan is Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at the Faculty of Oriental Studies and St Antony's College (University of Oxford). He is the Director of the Centre for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (Doha) He is the author of The Quest for Meaning and The Messenger, and has been described as one of the 'most important innovators for the twenty-first century' by Time magazine.

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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a biography but a work of theology 27 Aug 2007
By M. Amin
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Many biographies give excellent and full details of the Prophet's life. This book is different. Tariq Ramadan looks at how the Prophet dealt with unbelievers, backsliding Muslims, Jews and Christians, war captives, women etc, and what he said about them. From this he draws out universal lessons regarding how Muslims should conduct themselves. The book is short, easy to read and accessible without any past knowledge of Islam. I would recommend it to Muslims and non-Muslims alike as an exposition of what the Prophet believed and practiced.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning book 9 July 2012
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This was the first ever biography I had read about the Prophet (pbuh) and as someone who is looking deeply into Islam and, iA will convert, I have gotten much out of it.

Tariq Ramadan writes clearly and in "layman's" terms so anyone whether Muslim or non-Muslim can understand the history of the beloved Prophet (pbuh) from his beginnings up until his passing and beyond.

This book has given me a solid foundation upon which to research and learn more about the beautiful and sadly misunderstood Way of Life that is Islam.

I look forward to reading more of Tariq Ramadan's work, may Allah reward him.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting theology on Muhammad and Islam. 13 Mar 2012
By T. S. C. VINE VOICE
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Having studied Islam at university, I bought a number of books about Islam and Islamic thought and culture, and this is one of the books I bought. Some of the books have been negative in nature, often by Muslim and Arab writers, but this book by Mr Ramadan is a positive book about Muhammad and what he means to Islam, and perhaps to the wider world.

It isn't so much the history of Muhammad but more the understanding of Muhammad's life and teachings and the theology and meanings that come from Muhammad's life, teachings and experience. However, I enjoyed reading it and I think it would be valuable for non-Muslims like myself as well as Muslims. I do get a little tired of the constant stream of bad press Islam gets and feel that even if there are negative aspects to Islamic culture and society, we need someone to look at it positively, for balance. Not every Muslim is a terrorist anymore than any Christian or Buddhist or Orthodox Jew.

As a Christian, I don't have to believe in Islam or Judaism or Buddhism, or anything other than Christianity; I am a Christian after all. However, I think I can respect another person's belief and their right to be whatever they want to be and whatever they want to believe in; if I respect a Muslim, he or she might respect me as a Christian. If we want to live in a world of tolerance, we have to learn to be tolerant. Religion should be summed up in four letters: L O V E!

If I have one criticism of the book, it is that it is often uncritical of certain things that are purported to have happened in the development of Islam, and Islamic theology and Islamic culture. No culture is perfect, West or East, Islamic or Christian; there are warmongers and extremists on all sides. Perhaps the moderates, the true believers in a merciful and compassionate and loving God, who truly wants the best for all of us, can claim back some of the territory we so often cede to the haters? I pray for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional 11 Aug 2014
By Salma
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I was in search of a book about the Prophet Muhammad pbuh that was concise and written in a way that would engage me from start to finish and I was happy to have been recommended The Messenger by a friend. Tariq Ramadan did not disappoint, it was a pleasure to have learnt things about the Prophet that I had no idea about, like how he was depressed during the period of silence when revelations ceased for up to 2 years.

Ramadan's book was a breath of fresh air, for once I had come across a book stressing how the Prophet was just like us, he got sick like us, he worked for a living like us, he fell in love like us, he hoped for children like us, he was bereft of people he had loved all his life just like ordinary human beings. Ramadan reminds us that it was because of his duty to set an example to the people as a Messenger, that he encouraged us to struggle in the way of righteousness

An exceptional read suitable for even complete beginners in learning about Islam, if offers both a historical and spiritual insight into the life of an exceptional man.
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34 of 42 people found the following review helpful
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I'm always on the lookout for new material about the final messenger.

This book is deliberately short and focusses on key incidents or situations affecting the prophet and his community, from his birth and to his death. The factual detail will be well known to readers of standard biographies e.g. Adil Salahi's excellent book from the Islmaic Foundation. But Ramadan's prose adds to the historical facts by bringing out the extraordinary humanity and humility of the man. His portrait is of a deeply committed and passionate person who came from tragic circumstances but yet went on to change world history without becoming embittered or resentful.

Ramadan's writing can be a little philosophical or spiritual at times but he explains how the story of Muhammad has lessons for 21st century citizens. There is much to emulate in our own lives and educate both muslims and non-mulsims about misperceptions of Islam.

The ending of the book describing the prophet's last and dying days is particularly moving. I was left to cry and to follow his high example.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 28 Aug 2011
By Slima
Format:Paperback
Ramdan manages to encapsulate history, philosophy, peace and compassion for the prophet in a brilliantly written book. His ability to draw upon the life of the prophet and extrapolate the teachings and experiences into modern day lessons enables the reader to share the passion, respect and love for which the prophet stood for. A fantastic read for anyone who has a limited understanding of Islam and the prophet. A recommended read for all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A spiritual book
This book does very well in focusing on the sometimes overlooked spiritual aspect of Islam. It tries to incorporate that spirituality into our modern Islamic lives. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Imran Najafi
5.0 out of 5 stars Review on "the Messenger"
This Book was better then i expected .
Concise and detailed just enough to capture ones attention.
Well written and a comprehensive account of Arabian History.
Published 3 months ago by ALBADRI Zuckaa
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Guide
Tariq Ramadan shows, with the simplicity of knowledge, the meanings within the life of the Prophet Muhammad. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Brian Pizarro
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow life of the last prophet
This is an insight into the life of the prophet and the vision for Islam and Muslims.
As a western Muslim a helpful aide when reading the Qur'an and placing the very... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ummay Karim
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This is a brilliant book, very well structured, thorough, a smooth read and very engaging, I very much recommend it
Published 6 months ago by riad
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read to understand Islam in contemporary European times
Great writing style, deep content often missed out by other writers. Hard back is a bonus as is the price. Read more
Published 9 months ago by SHREK
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
Loved this book so much, the last chapter made me cry & I'm not a softie, I gave this to my young cousin to read and she now has a better insight into our prophet's life :)
Published 10 months ago by Abidha
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Biography of the Prophet
A must retread in Ramazan! Spiritually uplifting and has now become an essential part of my Ramzan ritual. Thoroughly enjoyable....
Published 14 months ago by Shuja Baig
4.0 out of 5 stars A different book
A good and different read for the biography of our Prophet. I like the fact of political angle and explanation it provides for the various known facts.
Published 18 months ago by S. Faizi
3.0 out of 5 stars A sweetened biography for a Western readership
Tariq Ramadan is in love with Muhammad and his message and wants the reader, Muslim and non-Muslim, to love Muhammad and his message too. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Graham Hunt
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