The lives of Muhammad

The mentioned book, the lives of Muhammad was written by Kecia Ali deals with the prophet’s life story from the earliest days of Islam to the present.

The book starts with the birth of the prophet, Muhammad. He was the son of Abdulah and Amine who was born in Mecca in 570 CE. He belonged to Bani Hashim clan, part of the Quraysh tribe which was one of the Meccas’ prominent families. Most biographers emphasize the miraculous events associated with his conception and birth such as the emerging of light from Amine’s womb. but unfortunately The prophet faced terrible affliction in his childhood His father died while he was still in the womb of his mother, Amine Bint Wahab, a few months later he lost his mother and also his grandfather so the prophet grew up under the true love and care of his uncle, Abutalib. The world shone, the breezes from the mercy of Allah breezed to save man from the woes of ignorance and sins of life. It was great mercy that Allah had endowed his people with to guide them to the best. It was the birth of Prophet Muhammad.
When he was young he accompanied his uncle on Syrian trading journey to gain experience in commercial trade. Meanwhile he married a wealthy woman named Khadija. His life was quite ordinary when at the age of 40 he began having vision and hearing voices while meditating in a cave high in the hills outside of Mecca. Finally Muhammad reported being visited by Gabriel in the cave of Hera and receiving the first verses of Quran from God. In 613 Muhammad started preaching these revelations publicly, proclaiming that he is the prophet and messenger of Allah. Muhammad’s mission also involves preaching monotheism
With the revelation of Quran and invitation of prophet to monotheism and avoiding polytheism, people naturally divided in to two groups some accepted his invitation and the other rejected and lined up in front of him so he faced several battle including Badr, Uhod, Kheybar and etc.
 A few months after the farewell pilgrimage, in which he appointed Imam Ali as his successor, he fell ill and suffered for several days with fever. Finally he died in 632 A.D as a result of being poisoned by a Jewish woman in the battle of kheybar. Muhammad is much more than a man who died more than 1400 years ago; he is the central animating figure of the Islamic tradition. the prophet was a sign from signs of Allah in morals and manners, by his morals he could attracts the hearts even of his opponents and could unite the Arabs and lead them to purify the earth from idolatry and ignorance.

AUTHOR(S):  Ali, Kecia
IMPRINT:  Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press
PUB. YEAR:  2014
 DEWEY NO.:  297 .93 A 398 L

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