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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.
(P)2003 Meem Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"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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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.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Bebers
  • haledon, NJ, USA
  • 01-30-08

Excellent

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

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Y.
  • 06-24-12

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Jacobus
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 10-27-11

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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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A short biography with inaccurate accounts

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • zunaid
  • United States
  • 04-16-12

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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Was looking for more.

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Al
  • San Francisco, CA
  • 03-20-10

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?

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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very greatest and marvelous personality only

Where does Muhammad rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

whole story.

Which scene was your favorite?

all of them.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

we don't make a any film about this story .This is a blasphemy.

Any additional comments?

nice person who interduced the people.What is a Status Of Prophet PBUH.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Glowing hagiography by a modern Islamic apologist

Is there anything you would change about this book?

A selective and whitewashed biography of Muhammad to make him and Islam more appealing to Western or non-Muslim readers. If you want an unvarnished recounting of the life and times of Muhammad, I recommend you consult the primary sources [available in English translation] such as the various Hadith, Sirat (particularly Alfred Guillaume's 1955 translation of the "Sirah Rasul Allah" (Life of Muhammad] by Muḥammad ibn Isḥāq written in the 8th century only a century after Muhammad's death), and of course, the Qur'an itself.

Any additional comments?

A selective and whitewashed biography of Muhammad to make him and Islam more appealing to Western or non-Muslim readers. If you want an unvarnished recounting of the life and times of Muhammad, I recommend you consult the primary sources [available in English translation] such as the various Hadith, Sirat (particularly Alfred Guillaume's 1955 translation of the "Sirah Rasul Allah" (Life of Muhammad] by Muḥammad ibn Isḥāq written in the 8th century only a century after Muhammad's death), and of course, the Qur'an itself.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • 1234
  • 04-19-11

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!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Shofiqul
  • 02-25-09

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.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Zyshan Ali
  • 12-05-15

Fantastic Quality and Great Overview

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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)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • rofiqul
  • 03-08-15

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • dale de burgh
  • 09-21-15

inspiring story

Great insight into a spiritual man, listened a few times now and the story gets better every time

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • ferzana yeasmine
  • 06-09-15

Great👍👍👍👍👍

The ending brought tears into my eyes. Highly recommend it to anyone interested to read the book but finds reading rather daunting!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • ibs
  • 10-23-14

Brilliant

Would you listen to Muhammad again? Why?

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!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Muhammad?

Really hard to choose one.

What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

Great narrator I liked listening to him.

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

Yes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Doc Sajad
  • 05-26-13

A five stars book

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

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Riaz
  • 04-07-13

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!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • NinjaStealth
  • 12-21-17

Caution

This book gives a good general idea of the biography of Muhammad peace be upon him, although it contains weak narration which give the wrong idea at times.