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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 67 pages
  • Publisher: Abdullah ibn Abi Sarh; 1ST edition (June 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982964307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982964309
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,480,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mihir Shah on July 13, 2011
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Abdullah ibn Abi Sarh's Biography of the Prophet Muhammad - Illustrated is an aesthetically appealing and easy to comprehend biography that unearths the real history of the legendary Prophet Muhammad. While there are many scriptures of Islam (e.g., Qur'an, Hadith, Siras, etc.); examining them either requires extensive amounts of time, or they are often too complex and sometimes prone to misconceptions. Abi Sarh addresses these issues in order to make the history of Islam easier to understand for Muslim youth, educators, and anyone interested in learning more about the lore of the Prophet Muhammad.

While this text touches on extremely sensitive global and national topics of terrorism, Biography of the Prophet Muhammad - Illustrated is thoroughly educational. Following the September 11th attacks, there has been a constant dichotomy facing Islam and its followers. For example, some Muslims state that Islam is a peaceful religion, yet there continues to be bloodshed in the name of Islam and jihad.

Abdullah ibn Abi Sarh's purpose in writing this book is three-fold: "First, because there is so much persecution and suffering in the name of Islam, the second reason is because there is no other illustrator who dares to create a biography of Muhammad," and finally, "this illustrated book will help people to understand Islam quickly, accurately, and without spending too much time reading the whole Islamic main literatures that are hard to understand." Essentially, the author is trying to portray Islam as it was perceived through the unfiltered eyes of the Prophet Muhammad.

The book is fascinating because of the creativity that Abdullah utilizes in developing the structure of the text.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Truth-seeker on February 18, 2011
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This book is a very excellent one, portraying Mohammed, the founder of Islam. No political correctness in this book. If you want to know Islam quickly yet still quite accurately, read this book. Had it not been for a too dark background in the pictures, I will give this book a 5-star.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Trinitarianism on April 19, 2011
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The virtues of this book are many, but its historic feat is to be the first illustrated life of Muhammad. And luckily for us it comes in English. Other languages must suffice with the electronic version for now.

One can tell a good amount of research went into this book. While it is very informative, the story line and pictures transition smoothly and logically, making it an easy read.

Some might say it has a comic book format, for lack of better terminology, but graphic novels are becoming more common, and this would be a graphic history with footnotes, a format quite suited to informing the reader of early Islam's graphic violence. With so much misinformation out there, and with Muslims and Islam no longer just on the other side of the wide ocean, this book comes at a good time to help set the record straight about Islam.

One Amazon commentator gave the book only four stars, but would have given it five stars if the background weren't so dark in places. The online electronic version of the book shows the original is lighter colored and brighter, and the next printing will no doubt address that technical printing glitch. Anyway, considering how inexpensively priced the book is, and how much thought and talent it took to prepare, it deserves nothing less than five stars, and it deserves to be in your hands, and in your library now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Original Spin on April 17, 2013
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I eagerly await the second volumn. I have known a number of the stories presented in this book for some time now. But the subjects come to life with this book.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tahir Shaikh on April 17, 2012
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Caveat Emptor: Most muslim's will find this work to be highly insulting to their faith and beliefs. I would not purchase this book with the expectation of an unbiased illustrated biography of the prophet (peace be upon him). This work is meant to be a apologists view of the history of islam up until the Hijra (migration). It casts the prophet in a very negative light, depicting him is a liar, a sadist, a criminal, an epileptic, a pedophile, a male gold-digger, sexually deviant, and possessed by the devil.

That being said, I would not recommend this book to someone who want's to genuinely learn about Islam. Reading this book to learn about islam would be akin to reading Richad Dawkin's "The God Delusion" to learn about theology. The book is not really a biography. It is essentially a series of highly selected chronological events from the birth of the prophet up until the migration from Mecca to Medina. The event's that the author chose to illustrate do have some basis in islamic history and literature. However, most of these events are not slam dunk historical events. Most are either highly disputed, or require further reading to understand the background. The biography is loaded with controversial (i.e The Kiling of Umm Qirfa), disproved (the moon god theory), or apocryphal accounts (i.e the Satanic Verses). The list goes on and on.... Most of these 'events' are footnotes in the true biography of the prophet (PBUH).

Bottom Line: Staunch Muslims will not enjoy this book. However, open minded muslims who can go beyond the negative depictions of the prophet (PBUH) will see this book as platform for further reading, which is essential to put the events into proper historical context. It is a short read.
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