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A must read for anyone interested in World HistoryReview by Guest | Date: 10/1/2009 3:23 PM
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The "Life of Muhammad" is the English translation of the earliest biography of Muhammad: the Sirat Rasul Allah by Ibn Ishaq. Ibn Ishaq was a Muslim scholar who was born about 70 years after the death of Muhammad. Seeing as Islam is the second largest religion of the world, and Muhammad was clearly one of the most influential men in world history, anyone who wants to have a well-rounded understanding of world history and the shaping of our modern world must read this. The book is the most valuable resource on both the life of Muhammad, and the history of Arabia leading up to and during the rise of Islam. The book is far more detailed than the various Hadiths such as Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawud, etc. Plus it deals with the events in chronological order which the Hadith collections do not.

Some Muslims today have criticized the work as being "anti-Islamic", but Ibn Ishaq himself was clearly a devout Muslim. Furthermore, the events that would be considered the most "controversial" by modern eyes, such as the massacre of the Banu Qurayza tribe, the destruction of the Pagan temples of Arabia, and the refusal of Muhammad to accept surrender until his opponents accepted Islam are all backed up in the major Hadith collections anyway. The reason why secular historians cite Ibn Ishaq is because it is the most detailed and clearly written source on Muhammad's life, NOT because it differs from what the Hadiths say.

The events of Muhammad's life that are covered by Ibn Ishaq but are not in the Hadith collections are mostly little tidbits of information that are comparitevly less controversial, such as Muhammad's advice on the restoration of the Kaaba prior to recieving his revelations from God, the torture of Kinana ibn al-Rabi, and the execution of Umm Qirfa.

Before buying this book, I had read many excerpts from it in other works and on the internet, so much of the content I was already aware of. But what was a really neat surprise was just how much information there is in it about the history of Arabia prior to Muhammad and Islam. So this is also a great resource for anyone that is interested in studying Arabia in pre-Islamic times. Date: 10/1/2009 3:23 PM
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Excellent for the New MuslimReview by Guest | Date: 10/30/2009 3:20 PM
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This is a wonderful reasource for anyone seeking Islam, and researching the Prophet (pbuh). The end summary is also very helpful in explaining the basic teachings of Islam. Date: 10/30/2009 3:20 PM
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The Life of Muhammad (PBUH)Review by Guest | Date: 3/7/2010 2:37 PM
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This biography or Sira of the final prophet of Islam is a dense and solemn undertaking. It may surprise Western readers to see that there is this much material to be discussed on the life of Mohammed. As such, readers not already acquainted with the background should give themselves plenty of time. The book is rich in detail and takes in a good number of vignettes from others' lives as well. The content is not in the least sanitized, and you will learn much more than you probably heard in history class. It may help to have read the Koran first, or something related in Islamic studies. Nevertheless, this book will widen the perspective of those who are curious about general Muslim culture. Date: 3/7/2010 2:37 PM
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A Throwback to Islam's Golden Age Review by Guest | Date: 12/8/2010 2:19 PM
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This book is extremely important in these modern times, where so many Muslims erroneously hold the hadiths up higher than the Glorious Qur'an. Over the years all kinds of nonsense involving the supposed mystical practices and miracle workings of the Prophet were subscribed to hadith and taken as gospel, despite the many, MANY things Allah said in the Qur'an about the Unseen being quite limited in our lives... even the Prophet's life.

I'm glad Haykal put together a real biography of Islam's founder in which he cut out all the very un-Islamic, superstitious nonsense the "Hadithians" have inserted into the Faith. This is the second-best book in Islam after the Qur'an itself, and does a much better job of showing how Muhammad "walked the Qur'an" than the whole lot of so-called authenticate mystical hadith. Date: 12/8/2010 2:19 PM
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the most comprehensive book i've read about Mohammed Review by Guest | Date: 6/30/2011 3:12 PM
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i've read some of books about mohammed, but this one is the most comprehensive one. even reading the preview made me fall in love with this book. it put mohammed just as a human being, not put him as a holly creature or full of magic things. the writer described and told the story about mohammed with a deep and wide research. he used different resources and gave very rational reasons for everything he presented by using arguments and comaprisons. this book also very good to understand mohammed and islam. it presented mohammed strategies on spreading islam on a rational way. excellent!! Date: 6/30/2011 3:12 PM
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