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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.
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.
I just wanted to see a perspective of Prophet by another person instead of follower. This book is worth listening.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
"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 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.
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.
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!
The detail facts and the story telling
his relationship to his 1st wife
he is very good story teller. i felt that i was there witnessing the events.
the story of a haga and her son. her leader ship how all muslim walk on her footsteps from sfa to marwa.
i was like a child who s listing to a story from their elders. child doesn't want to sleep till the story is finished and he doesn't want to the story to end as it is so interested.
Good book. But does only give a brief over view of some key events. Still worth getting as an initial guide.
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