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The Messenger: The Meanings of the Life of Muhammad Hardcover – 22 Feb 2007
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Important, readable and intelligent. -- Scotland on Sunday
Named by "Time" magazine as one of the 100 most important innovators of the century, Tariq Ramadan is a leading Muslim scholar , with a large following especially among young European and American Muslims. In his first book written for a wide audience, he offers a biography of the Prophet Muhammad, highlighting the spiritual and ethical teachings of one of the most influential figures in human history. Capturing a life that was often eventful, gripping, and highly charged, Ramadan provides both an intimate portrait of a man who was shy, kind, but determined, as well as a dramatic chronicle of a leader who launched a great religion and inspired a vast empire. Underscoring the historical importance and meaning of Muhammad, "The Messenger" addresses the significance of the Prophet for some of today's most controversial issues, such as the treatment of the poor, the role of women, Islamic criminal punishments, war, racism, and relations with other religions. Selecting those facts and stories from which we can draw a profound and vivid spiritual picture, the author asks how can the Prophet's life remain - or become again - an example, a model, and an inspiration?And how can Muslims move from formalism - a fixation on ritual - toward a committed spiritual and social presence? In this thoughtful and engaging biography, Ramadan offers Muslims a new understanding of Muhammad's life and he introduces non-Muslims not only to the story of the Prophet, but to the spiritual and ethical riches of Islam. See all Product description
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* Each section is thought provoking which encourages you to learn/seek more
* Very well structured and easy to both read and understand
* Has definitely encouraged me and made me question my own characteristics
* In certain chapters its emotional and enables the reader to recognise the sacrifices made
My only criticism is that, certainly in the earlier parts, the book jumps backwards and forwards from various life events. This is absolutely fine if you've read other books on the life of the Prophet beforehand and know the sequence of events, otherwise it can be a tad confusing.
Overall well worth reading, a truly scholarly work which one would expect from Tariq Ramadan.
Thank you Professor Ramadan. May Allah Azzawjuls reward you for this amazing book!!
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