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Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources Paperback – 6 Oct 2006

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  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions International; 5 Revised edition (6 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594771537
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594771538
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Those acquainted with the book will wonder why it has taken so long for a story so graphically told, characters so roundly formed, written in language so accessible to all, to be transferred into an audio book. We have to thank Meem Audio and Sean Barrett for their endeavours and accomplishment of this. Lings' sources have been the words of men and women who heard Muhammad (may God's peace and blessings be upon him) speak and witnessed his life. He translated these works from the original Arabic, many for the first time, using his unusual gift for narrative in a style, which is fresh and direct. The reading by Sean Barrett, although it loses some of the intricate detail, as one would expect from an abridged version, is fluent, lucid and retains one's attention throughout. He begins with the story of Abraham, quoting from the Book of Genesis, and follows the fortunes of Hagar, his second wife, from the expulsion from Canaan with her son Ishmael, to the finding of Zamzam and the establishment of the holy centre in the Valley of Becca (later to become known the world over as Mecca). We are given a brief chronology of the noble ancestry of Muhammad (may God's peace and blessings be upon him), taken through his childhood to the eminent position he held as 'Al Amin' (the Trustworthy), in Meccan society before receiving Prophethood. The trials and tribulations of the early Meccan period followed by the triumphs of the first Islamic state in Medina are told in a manner, which engage the emotions of the listener. The work ends recounting the death of the 'beloved of God' in Medina. Sean Barrett reads with good pronunciation of Arabic. The tone and tempo vary appropriately with the different events being told, giving a sense of urgency at times such as battles and comfortable wellbeing at others. The story is easy to follow partly because of Barrett's clear voice but mostly because of the simplicity of the narrative. --MCBDirect March 2004 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Martin Lings, formerly Keeper of Oriental Manuscript 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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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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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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This is an excellent book for getting to know the prophet Muhammed (Peace be upon him). The book is well written with the simplest of writing which from persons age 14 plus can read. You will learn about history prior to his arrival and his journey thereafter.
The book comes in paperback with font size easy to read, unless you wear glasses this will do too.
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great book that details major events in the life of Muhammad peace be Upon Him!. The book is easy to read and follow and includes respected references. I have read the sealed nectar too and must say that I prefer this one! Please buy and enjoy!
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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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Lings has set out to tell the story of Mohammed as a narrative, which is quite a relief given that so many Islamic texts make references to common knowledge that was prevalent at the time of writing, but has fallen from popular consciousness (the Quran doesn't do a great job of telling stories at all, it just refers people to them and talks about God a lot).
If you've read "The Lord of The Rings" and are thinking "Islam/Mohammed... what's that then?" you'll be capable of dealing with this text and following the narrative style. It's presented in a similar vein to popular fiction, with very little analysis going on, instead we start with the scene being set with a battle featuring an elephant and a water source being found in Meccah. Our reluctant hero is introduced (he's into trade, and reflective sojourns in caves) and then he teams up with a variety of other larger than life characters (including Omar, a ruddy-faced shaven headed giant of a man, various bearded blokes and a freed slave who's extremely special when it comes to throwing spears at people and seems to fill a similar niche in the narrative to that Irish guy in Braveheart). Battles are fought, visions are had and women are romanced. Eventually, following a period of quest and exile, the gang ride back into Mecca... it's kind of a shame there's not a scene with a volcano, but until Hollywood decide to grow a pair and bring Mohammed and his mates to the silver screen Martin Ling's life of Mohammed is the most exciting treatment of the foundation of Islam that you're going to find.
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A really in-depth look into the life of the Prophet (pbuh). It charts the early years and on to the end of his life. A book written by a follower of the religion and one that sets the scene very well of the times in which the Prophet was born.
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