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ISBN-13: 978-0892591374 ISBN-10: 0892591374

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: American Trust Publications (June 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892591374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892591374
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Muhammad H. Haykal was one of the most renowned Islamists in 20th century Egypt, and an accomplished scholar and writer. Having studied in Egypt and Paris, Haykal mastered the techniques of historical reasearch and scholarship. At first, he was a vocal protagonist of Westernizing modernism, and authored a prodigious amount of literary production. Two decades of involvement in Egypt's struggle for liberation from colonial Britain, however, caused him to gravitate to Islamic studies. He devoted the rest of his career to the study of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and of his Companions. Five masterpieces were the result: The Life of Muhammad, The Islamic Revolution, The Life of Abu Bakr, The Life of "Umar al Faruq, and The Home of Revelation.

About the TRANSLATOR: and Prof. Isma'il al-Faruqi, 1921-1986, was a pioneer of Islamic studies on the North American continent. He was widely recognized by Muslims and non-Muslims as an authority of Islam and comparative religion. Prior to the creation of Israel, he was governor of Galilee. He received his M.S. degree at Harvard, and his Ph.D. in Western philosophy at Indiana University, Bloomington. He taught at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, International Islamic University in Pakistan, and at many universities in North America. Dr. al-Faruqi authored a large number of scholarly articles and books, including The Cultural Atlas of Islam, Islamic Dawah: Its Nature and Demands, Tawhid: Its Implications for Thought and Life, Islamization of Knowledge: General Priniciples and Work Plan, and Christian Ethics.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
i've read some of books about mohammed, but this one is the most comprehensive one. even reading the preview made me fall in love with this book. it put mohammed just as a human being, not put him as a holly creature or full of magic things. the writer described and told the story about mohammed with a deep and wide research. he used different resources and gave very rational reasons for everything he presented by using arguments and comaprisons. this book also very good to understand mohammed and islam. it presented mohammed strategies on spreading islam on a rational way. excellent!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Rasheed on December 8, 2004
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This book is extremely important in these modern times, where so many Muslims erroneously hold the hadiths up higher than the Glorious Qur'an. Over the years all kinds of nonsense involving the supposed mystical practices and miracle workings of the Prophet were subscribed to hadith and taken as gospel, despite the many, MANY things Allah said in the Qur'an about the Unseen being quite limited in our lives... even the Prophet's life.

I'm glad Haykal put together a real biography of Islam's founder in which he cut out all the very un-Islamic, superstitious nonsense the "Hadithians" have inserted into the Faith. This is the second-best book in Islam after the Qur'an itself, and does a much better job of showing how Muhammad "walked the Qur'an" than the whole lot of so-called authenticate mystical hadith.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Samuel on April 24, 2001
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This book explores the life of The Prophet in amazingly deep detail. The author does more than just explore religious ideas. It gives great insight into the historical context that led to the rise of Islam. It sheds light into Christianity and Judaism of the day and how they influenced and even provoked the atmosphere of the Arab nations. The author present Islam as a faith that is based upon pure logic and reason, thus the author does not stoop to the level of needing to convince people through signs and wonders. Haykal contends that the Qu'ran and the powerful rise of Islam's influence and reason is proof enough. A western reader might say that this work proud and boastful, but so for on Haykal has had enough chutzpah to present Islam and the life of the Prophet with passion and full conviction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abrar Maqsood on December 31, 2013
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You have to read this book to understand the life of Muhammad(PBUH).Written very beautifully.I would recommend this book to all non-muslims as well as muslims
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mojo on October 29, 1999
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This is a wonderful reasource for anyone seeking Islam, and researching the Prophet (pbuh). The end summary is also very helpful in explaining the basic teachings of Islam.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 22, 1998
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I have read this book, and I give it a rating of four stars out of five. It is extremely well written, and the translation is excellent. The book is a level above good basic biographies like "Muhammad For Beginners," but below intensely scholarly biographies like "The Seerah of the Prophet" by Ibn Kathir. I would recommend this book for readers like myself, who are beyond the basics in terms of knowledge, but not quite at the level in which one could describe himself as being extremely knowledgeable person.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Grand Sen~or on April 12, 2005
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Haykal tries to reflect on the political acts of the Prophet (s.a.s) and early Muslims. Unfortunately, he uses Nasser Era socialist socio-political concepts to do this job, rather than using socio-political concepts of the Qur'an, like "Ummat/Mellat/Deen/Qawm/Shae". In general it is worthy to read the book up to the last few chapters for its collection of historic facts. Haykal in his last chapters tries to philosophize about the history, present and future of Islamic Civilisation, still using socialist socio-political concepts. He erroneously thinks that the owner and founder of the Western Civilisation are Chiristians such that Islamic Civilisation has to challenge it. Haykal also puts all the blame of the degeneration of Islamic Civilisation to non-arabs, so-called converts to Islam. Although he is right to say Muslims are not living Islam as it was conceived by Early Muslims, he should not exclude Arabs from the responsibility of the degeneration of the religion. He shouldn't forget that others learnt this religion from Arabs. In fact, they are the first to degenerate this religion like the Jews did it. In Haykal words now we cannot see any difference between Jews and Ourselves. I wish this book to be re-written using the non-polluted socio-political concepts which we have been thought by the Prophet of the God (s.a.s) via the Qur'an - to reflect the real glory of his efforts.
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By Fraidoon Sarwary on July 8, 2014
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Read it and have your soul wake up to realization of truth!
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