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Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources

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If you are told by someone that Muhammad was a peaceful man, consult this review or book immediately. If you have forgotten, your idea of Muhammad was that he did this mainly for economical and political reasons rather than any spiritual reasons. This book has many sections that have very weak sources that contradict the very nature of what we are taught about the personality of Muhammad pbuh, without explaining why those contradictions occur. The book also includes excerpts from original English translations of speeches by men and women who lived close to Muhammad, heard him speak, witnessed his actions, witnessed the way he interacted with situations and witnessed events he encountered throughout various stages of his life.

Muhammad’s life from start to finish gives examples in every area of the spiritual and profane and his passions are sanctified in every circumstance. I can't comprehend how anyone with an objective mind could ever praise this book to an English non-Muslim audience living in the 21st Century. I really liked the narrative structure of this book, as well as the relative wealth of information included for a single volume, but I did have a few nitpicks about it.You will remember the treatment Muhammad gave Al-Nadr, the poet who accused Muhammad of retelling ancient tales and who mocked him. I was curious to read it but I heard 2-3 stories in it were very inaccurate, which I found interesting and makes me want to read it more.

The book has been published in twelve languages and has received numerous awards, including acknowledgment as best biography of the Prophet in English at the National Seerat Conference in Islamabad.He translated these works from the original Arabic, many for the first time, using his unusual gift for narrative in a style, which is fresh and direct. The trials and tribulations of the early Meccan period followed by the triumphs of the first Islamic state in Medina are told in a manner, which engage the emotions of the listener. If you're still not convinced of how megalomaniacal you thought this man was, dear me, read on, for I further describe some of these actions for your failing memory.

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