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The Book of Hadith: Sayings of the Prophet Muhammad from the Mishkat Al Masabih
The Book of Hadith: Sayings of the Prophet Muhammad from the Mishkat Al Masabih
by Charles Le Gai Eaton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.95

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well selected, 30 July 2012
Many collections of ahadith seem to have been randomly chosen, as if the authors thought, I need a few on this, and a few on that. This book, on the other hand, contains a cohesive and wisely selected collections of very reliable hadiths. For all Muslims I recommend this.


What the Bible Says about Muhummed: Peace Be Upon Him
What the Bible Says about Muhummed: Peace Be Upon Him
by Ahmed Deedat
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.82

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good!, 6 May 2012
Many Muslims now only know about the late Ahmad Deedat because Zakir Naik claims to be his successor. Yet they are not similar. Deedat was a humble and humorous man who never belittled Christianity or any other faith. Instead, he tried to win debates through eloquent words and a charitable spirit. Reading this short and easy to read book reminds me of early video tapes of Deedat which still make me smile.


Arab Uprising
Arab Uprising
by Marc Lynch
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.84

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Are these really revolutions?, 5 May 2012
This review is from: Arab Uprising (Hardcover)
I read this book very quickly, which indicates that it is well written and that it is not especially complex. Indeed, although I do recommend this book, it reads as though the author has had little time to reflect on the rapidly changing events that he is observing. Like Ramadan's new work, this rush-to-press book is highly valuable but also rather speculative. Do read it, but don't expect anything more than an expert's FIRST thoughts.


The Meaning of the Holy Qur'an (Pocket Size)
The Meaning of the Holy Qur'an (Pocket Size)
by Abdullah Yusuf Ali
Edition: Imitation Leather
Price: £19.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The footnotes provide a terrific commentary, 1 May 2012
This is the best English-language rendering of al-Qur'an al-Kareem in English. It is true that is is written in "King James" style (thee, thou, etc), but to me that only adds to its grandeur. This is a big, solid edition, with strong paper that won't wear out despite everyday use. Yes ... we should read the Qur'an every day.


Muhammad: Islam's First Great General (Campaigns and Commanders)
Muhammad: Islam's First Great General (Campaigns and Commanders)
by Richard A. Gabriel
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.60

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but uneven, 30 April 2012
This analysis of the battles of the Holy Prophet is flawed in many ways, not least because the author has a poor grasp of the primary sources. Moreover, he is inclined to put a negative spin whenever he can. He repeatedly talks about assassination and, in an anachronistic way, he argues that the Holy Prophet was an insurgent; indeed, history's first insurgent. I look forward to a scholar of war tackling the same subject, without this author's bias.


Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources
Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources
by Martin Lings
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.04

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very reliable biography, 30 April 2012
This is considered a standard, must-read life of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasalam. I'm pleased it is widely read. It is reliable and provides readers with a clear idea of the sources used to reconstruct that fascinating and important life. In terms of Islamic sources, this is one of the best biographies. It does not take into consideration Western critiques of those sources, and it can be a bit dull and plodding in places, but the brilliance of the Prophet's life shines throughout. I recommend this book without hesitation. I also recommend the biography written by Karen Armstrong. Unlike Lings, she is not a Muslim, but she writes with empathy and good judgement.


Muhammed the Last Prophet-Special Edition [DVD]
Muhammed the Last Prophet-Special Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Richard Rich

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for children, 27 April 2012
Perhaps made to emulate the success of Disney's "The Prince of Egypt", this vivid, beautiful and faithful-to-the-sources animated film is a great way to introduce children to the life of the Final Prophet, Muhammad, pbuh. For adults, however, the unsophisticated dialogue and exaggerated intonation in every voice can quickly become a bit grating. Adults will probably watch this once with their children, but thereafter leave the kids to watch it by themselves.


Images of Muhammad: Narratives of the Prophet in Islam Across the Centuries
Images of Muhammad: Narratives of the Prophet in Islam Across the Centuries
by Tarif Khalidi
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening! Fascinating!, 26 April 2012
I could not down put this cleverly conceived, well researched and intriguing book. I had always believed that the basic outline biography of the Prophet Muhammad pbuh had changed little during the last 1400 years. It has actually changed considerably. At various times, and for different cultural or political reasons, particular aspects of his life and character have been stressed (or downplayed). Nothing in this excellent book offended me, and the main thesis does not make me doubt my own understanding of the Holy Prophet life, yet it has certainly made me more aware than I was of my own culture's influence on my views.


The Message [DVD]
The Message [DVD]
Dvd ~ Anthony Quinn
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: £19.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I have watched this five times, 24 April 2012
This review is from: The Message [DVD] (DVD)
Filming key events in the life of the Holy Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wassalam without ever depicting him caused some scenes to be filmed rather oddly or clumsily. Still, I would prefer this situation to having scenes that were either inaccurate or blasphemous. I have no other complaints. It is wonferfully-filmed even if in a '70s way that has dated a bit. The actors are fantastic (even if they are not Arabs in the main roles), and the story is as uplifting and rewarding as you could possibly imagine. The combat scenes are really something.
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The Messenger: The Meanings of the Life of Muhammad
The Messenger: The Meanings of the Life of Muhammad
by Tariq Ramadan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fair narrative description, 24 April 2012
Ramadan is a highly intelligent and philosophical man, so it is surprising that his biography of the Holy Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wassalam is rather pedestrian and lacking in philosophical depth. Perhaps because this is a short biography, and Ramadan wanted to say something about all major events in the Prophet's life, it has a sketchy, fast-moving feel. It seldom pauses to explain the things it describes. Having said that, it is written in an easy, accessible style that allow the narrative to rattle along at a steady speed.


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