The Life of Muhammad (Salla Laho Alihe Wa Sallam)
By Muhammad Husayn Haykal
Translator : Ismail Ragi A. al-Faruqi
Paperback 639 Pages
From the 8th Arabic Edition
Publisher : New Crescent Publishing Company, Delhi, India
About The Book
A well-received translation from Arabic, of a classic that was written after examining all the extant Arabic sources on the biography of the Prophet (pbuh), resulting in a work that stands up solidly against modern historical critical methodology.
This biography of the Prophet Muhammad is the first written by a contemporary Muslim scholar. It includes complete coverage of the Prophet's life, a detailed analysis of pre-Islamic Arabia, the situational context of revelation and a comparative study of the basics of Islamic and western civilizations.
Muhammad-may God's peace and blessing be upon him-was indeed prepared to carry the prophetic message unto all the races of mankind. He was equipped to carry the message of the most perfect religion, to be the final conclusion of prophethood, the unique light of guidance for ever and ever.
'Allah and His angels bless the Prophet. O men who have believed: Invoke Allah's peace and blessing upon him'. (TM Al-Qur'an, 33: 56)
About The Author
Husayn Haykal was born in Mansoura, Ad Daqahliyah in 1888. He obtained a B.A. in Law in 1909 and a JD from the Sorbonne University in 1912. After returning to Egypt, he worked as a lawyer for 10 years, then as a journalist. He was elected as editor-in-chief of Al Siyasa newspaper, the organ of "The constitutional Tory party" for which he was also an advisor. In 1937, he was appointed as Minister of State for the Interior Ministry in the Muhammad Mahmoud Pasha's second government.
Then he was appointed as a Minister of Education where he introduced several reforms, including decentralization, by establishing educational zones and making programs and curricula nationally oriented. He was greatly influenced and inspired by the comprehensive reforms of Mohammad Abduh, Ahmad Lutfy El Sayed and Qasim Amin. Haykal is the father of Fayza Haykal who teaches Egyptian language courses at the American University in Cairo. He died in 1956.
His almost scientific approach to his subject and sticking to the historical facts available renders a powerful image of both Islam & Muhammed (S).
This book is a must read for both muslims and non-muslims, especially in the current intolerant climate of the world. Haykal destroys the centuries of lies written by various western Orientalists, who showed an almost pathological hatred of the man and his faith, through sound reasoning and argument. Yet, he also shows Muslims the kind of tolerance that was shown by the Prophet towards both his own and non-Muslims and the true meaning of his message.
The way brother Haykal opens his arguments and challenges the western orientalists views with reasoning and a scientific approach gives the reader a broader view and continued interest in the Life of Muhammad (pbuh).
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