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The best biography of prophet muhammad in the english language,
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This review is from: The Messenger: The Meanings of the Life of Muhammad (Hardcover)
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.