24.10.2013, Thursday

Book on Prophet as Social Reformer by Sarah Conover

Conover, author of multiple religion books including the prize-winning Ayat Jamilah: Beautiful Signs: A Treasury of Islamic Wisdom for Children and Parents, adds herself to the growing list of biographers of the Prophet Muhammad.

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Lesley Hazleton on What You Might Not Know About the Prophet

Seerah / Seerah studies / Lesley Hazleton

[The Prophet] was, and still is, one of the most influential figures of all time, yet most of us have little real sense of the man himself

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1 - Makka before Islam

Prophet Muhammad, God’s Messenger and the last prophet, was born in the city of Makka. Makka is in the west of the Arabian Peninsula, lying between Asia, Europe and Africa, within the Hejaz region. It is important to be aware of the history of Makka, the Ka’ba and the Quraysh tribe in to understand the life of the Prophet.

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2 - Lineage of the Prophet

The lineage of Prophet Muhammad can be traced back to Prophet Ishmael, the son of Abraham, through Adnan, a descendent twenty-one generations removed.

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3 - The Birth of Prophet Muhammad

Prophet Muhammad was born in the city of Makka, which is located in the Hijaz region on the western part of the Arabian Peninsula.

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4 - The Prophet's Childhood and Adolescence

After his birth, Prophet Muhammad stayed with his mother Amina for a while and then, as per tradition, was handed over to his wet-nurse.

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5 - Marriage to Khadija

Khadija was the daughter of Khuwaylid ibn Asad, a prominent member of the Quraysh. Her grandfather Qusay was related to ancestors of Prophet Muhammad. Khadija, who was married twice before marrying the Prophet, was a noble, beautiful and rich woman.

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6 - The Ka'ba Arbitration

The Prophet Muhammad’s arbitration between the major clans of the Quraysh tribe during the renovation of the Ka’ba, when he was thirty-five years old carries great importance.

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7 - The First Revelation

In the year 610, during the last ten days of the month of Ramadan, when Prophet Muhammad was in Hira, Archangel Gabriel appeared to him.

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8 - Interruption in the Course of Revelation

A break in revelation occurred for some time following the first revelation. The interruption that Divine revelation underwent when the gravity and difficulty of the first revelation had scarcely passed caused Prophet Muhammad great anxiety.

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