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Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources

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Little was written down, but instead passed onto others via sayings and stories; unlike the Roman empire which had codified rules and history books to study from. As soon as the holy city came in Muslim hands, the pagans were banned from visiting the shrine, which continues to this day.

We are given a brief chronology of the noble ancestry of Muhammad (may God's peace and blessings be upon him), taken through his childhood to the eminent position he held as 'Al Amin' (the Trustworthy), in Meccan society before receiving Prophethood. But I hope this is enough to remind you of what you thought of Muhammad and Islam after reading this. After graduating from Oxford Lings went to Vytautas Magnus University, in Lithuania, where he taught Anglo-Saxon and Middle English.You will remember the treatment Muhammad gave Al-Nadr, the poet who accused Muhammad of retelling ancient tales and who mocked him.

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. Acclaimed worldwide as the definitive biography of the Prophet Muhammad in the English language, Martin Lings’ Muhammad: His Life Based to the Earliest Sources is unlike any other. Martin Ling overlooks this fact and instead presents you with plenty of fanciful stories regarding Muhammad during his early years. However, don't forget to remember the acts of barbarity committed by him: the exiles of Jews, followed by the massacre of all the men of an entire tribe named the Banu Qurayza; the way he and his companions divided up the women between them, as if they were mere objects; the words he had spoken in favor of military actions against nonbelievers; his insatiable thirst for wives; his even greater insatiable thirst for power and grandiose; his behavior which resembled that of a violent cult leader; his actions towards the Jews, Christians, and the Arab pagans; the Quranic revelations, which on more than one occasion seemed to you to be giving Muhammad exactly what he would want if he was acting out of purely political and economical interests; and finally, his marriage with Aisha when she was six years old. According to Yahya, Lings successfully presents what most Muslims believe, and have believed throughout history, about Muhammad.

Hamzah’s violent retaliation on Abu Jahl for mocking the prophet assured the Quraysh of the new religion’s proneness to violence. Those rivals included Hind, a woman who was a stern critic of Islam and who had eaten the liver of a dead companion of Muhammad. My experience with books on Seerah in English is that, for all the benefit they provide and the importance they may have, they are sometimes hard to follow and cumbersome to read. This is one of the most detailed Biographies of Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم that I've read so far.

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