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Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources | [Martin Lings]

Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources

This excellent audiobook is the first of its kind and has been selected by a number of organizations as a worthy introduction to the life of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), including Muslim Welfare House, London, and the Muslim Council of Britain.
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Publisher's Summary

Widely recognized as the best biography of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) in English, Dr. Martin Lings' award-winning book is now available in audio, read by well-known narrator Sean Barrett. This excellent audiobook is the first of its kind and has been selected by a number of organizations as a worthy introduction to the life of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), including Muslim Welfare House, London, and the Muslim Council of Britain.

© and (P)2003 Meem Ltd.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Bebers haledon, NJ, USA 01-30-08
    Bebers haledon, NJ, USA 01-30-08
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    "Excellent"

    An excellent and inspiring account of the life of the Prophet, particularly helpful for non Muslims.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 10-27-11
    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 10-27-11 Member Since 2009

    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.

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    "One of the standard Western works om Muhammad"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    zunaid United States 04-16-12
    zunaid United States 04-16-12
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    "excellent book. clear , concise and gripping"
    What did you love best about Muhammad?

    it was easy to uinderstand.story line was clear, factual an concise


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when muhammed conquered Mecca and embraced the enitre population.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 02-22-12
    Amazon Customer United States 02-22-12
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    "An enjoyable historical account"
    What made the experience of listening to Muhammad the most enjoyable?

    Not knowing any historical information about the subject, this book provided a good base for understanding the origin and life of Muhammad. The narrator has a voice and tone that compliments the subject. The pronounciations in the reading makes it seem more authentic.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    EL SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 02-13-12
    EL SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 02-13-12
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    "AMAZINGLY SURPRISE"
    Where does Muhammad rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    TOP


    Which scene was your favorite?

    ALMOST ALL OF THEM


    Any additional comments?

    ISLAM IS ALL ABOUT LOVE, RESPECT, AND WORSHIP OF GOD THE ALMIGHTY.
    Before judging them we should all read about them.
    big respect

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Redmond 02-12-11
    Redmond 02-12-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Beautiful Account of the Life of Prophet Muhammad."

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Matt MA 09-24-12
    Matt MA 09-24-12
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    "Hate begets hate"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Muhammad to be better than the print version?

    Only had the audio edition


    Would you be willing to try another book from Martin Lings? Why or why not?

    Probably, but his approach seems to be snarky and more concerned with differences than any similarity.


    Have you listened to any of Sean Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no, I had no feelings at all.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tayyab Springfield Gardens, NY, United States 08-13-12
    Tayyab Springfield Gardens, NY, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Nice perspective from another person then follower"
    Any additional comments?

    I just wanted to see a perspective of Prophet by another person instead of follower. This book is worth listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Yinka US 06-24-12
    Yinka US 06-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Moving!"
    What made the experience of listening to Muhammad the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was great


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author tells the story as it is. The story comes across as balanced without being patronizing or apologetic.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Al San Francisco, CA 03-20-10
    Al San Francisco, CA 03-20-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Abridged version does not do justice."

    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?

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Shofiqul
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    2/25/09
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    "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.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • 1234
    4/19/11
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    "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!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    cardiff, United Kingdom
    5/26/13
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    "A five stars book"

    Excellent, A must have book for those wanting to know more about the Prophet of Islam

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  • Riaz
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Excellent"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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