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"This work is widely recognized as the most readable account of the life of the Prophet to date." (The Times, London)
"For those interested in Islam in one way or another, it is mesmerizing." (Parabola)
This book is not a melodramatic or emotional account of the Prophet Muhammad. For that, you have to look elsewhere. It is instead a beautifully composed account of the Prophet Muhammad based directly on some of the earliest sources to the Prophet Muhammad including Ibn Ishaq, Ibn Sa'd, Waqidi, Azraqi, Tabari, and Suhayli.
There are variations of the Prophet Muhammad's biography, depending on what sources are used. This is to be expected. But Martin Lings is a very honest author, and he does little to inject his own opinion into the biography gathered from these sources. That is the true value of this book - composing the traditions about the Prophet Muhammad into a timeline, and helping give the reader a deep and connected context of what caused different events to occur.
The abridged version does not do justice to the book - it leaves out too much. But if you insist on listening to an account of the Prophet Muhammad's life, this is the book to read.
The narrator was great
The author tells the story as it is. The story comes across as balanced without being patronizing or apologetic.
it was easy to uinderstand.story line was clear, factual an concise
when muhammed conquered Mecca and embraced the enitre population.
ALMOST ALL OF THEM
ISLAM IS ALL ABOUT LOVE, RESPECT, AND WORSHIP OF GOD THE ALMIGHTY.
Before judging them we should all read about them.
This is somewhat of a generic biography, I was hoping for more. Possibly because it's an abridged version. I wanted more connection between the prophet's life and revelations. None-the-less I did learn new things and found it worth listening to.
Abridged version probably doesnot do justice, as lots of important reasons for events are left out and the reader who is not aware of some specific events is left wondering and confused that why such an event happened?
When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.
If you want to get to know Muhammad through Muslim eyes, while not being able to read Arabic, this book is just the book. While it incorporates legends and possibly some myths about the prophet of Islam, it does give the reader/ listener an excellent overview of the man Muhammad.
The fact that it is abridged gives some force to the story and helps the listener to understand Muhammad's life as a whole. I've read the book in the past and find that the portrait is much better sketched, with some of the details left out.
I highly recommend this book to anyone that has an interest in Islam and especially its prophet Muhammad. Martin Lings did a great job of helping readers to understand this complex person.
Our Prophet PBUH is a is very greatest and attractive such nicest Prophet.People have no Idea.This world is a only for examination.One day everybody died.Our Prophet PBUH is love everyone it si does not matter who person belong to any religion.
all of them.
we don't make a any film about this story .This is a blasphemy.
nice person who interduced the people.What is a Status Of Prophet PBUH.
I read the The Sealed Nectar - the most authentic biography of Prophet Muhammad - and now after reading this biography I can only say that writer couldn't do justice with the so much profound personality and many missing key facts and inaccurate accounts of some the aspects of life of Prophet Muhammad.
I would not hesitate to say that it feels that the less has been put into research and more has been added by borrowing form different books. Following are some of the key areas where writer has been flawed:
1. Age of Ayesha at the time of her marriage with Muhammad - which according to correct research was between 16-19 years.
2. The allegation that Badr War was resulted from the intention of Muhammad to rob the Quraish trade convoy led by Abu Sufyan - this is totally baseless.
3. He married with the wife of Zaid Bin Harsa because he was impressed with the beauty of the wife this influenced Zaid to divorce her.
4. The revelation of denouncing Zaid Bin Harsa from the name of Muhammad as his son to pave the way to marry his ex-wife.
There are many other accounts where writer clearly fell short of giving essential details, the Quraish boycott, preaching in Taif and Battle of Hunain is among some of them.
I would highly recommend to read The Sealed Nectar instead of the biography by Martin Lings.
"I thoroughly enjoyed this"
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this, so much so that I had to buy the actual book too (which contains a few extra details)! I would highly recommend both!
"A great boigraphy of a great man"
Thouroughly recommended reading, especially for those who want to know more about geniune Islam without having it fed to them by our biased media. This is regarded as the best biography of the great Muslim Prophet Muhammad (upon whom be peace) in the English . It is also in my opinion the greatest biography you will ever read on any historical figure. This is praise indeed, but indisputable for it is the combination of Lings' impressive command of the English Language-sublime, lofty, eloquent; his meticulous research and his honest, truthful, unclouded look at the life of one of the greatest personalities in our history, if the the greatest.
"A five stars book"
Excellent, A must have book for those wanting to know more about the Prophet of Islam
One of the best biographies of the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) in the English language. Very eloquently written by Martin Lings and beautifully read by Sean Barrett. Highly recommended!
"Fantastic Quality and Great Overview"
The book provides a fantastic, brief and concise summary of the life of the prophet (PBUH), I remember hearing a lot of these stories in my childhood but it was nice to get them in a chronological order in such an accurate manner.
I would also highly recommend the" lost history of Islam" for a great overview of Islamic after the time of the Prophet (PBUH)
"Fantastic story telling powers"
The narrator has done justice to a great writing on one of the most decorated figure of history. This biography was written in a way to enable to reader to delve into the life of Prophet Muhammad and not see it as a non-fiction. In comparison to the prophets other biographies, this book reaches a personable and direct understanding of his life. I highly recommend this.
Great insight into a spiritual man, listened a few times now and the story gets better every time
The ending brought tears into my eyes. Highly recommend it to anyone interested to read the book but finds reading rather daunting!
I will listen to it again. A great gift you could give to anyone who is not aware of the life of the prophet. Recommended!
Really hard to choose one.
Great narrator I liked listening to him.
"Muhammad by Martin Lings"
Well written book, serves as a very good introduction to a further reading about Prophet
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