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Four of The Best Prophetic Biographies To Read This Rabi al-Awwal

The month of Rabi al-Awwal is already upon us! Not only was this the month in which the Prophet ﷺ was born, but he also passed away in this month. The month is a reminder to all Muslims to express gratitude for the blessing of being sent such a prophet. One of the key ways to do this is by exploring the sirah (prophetic biography). Sadly, the reading of the sirah is becoming scarce, so, to better reconnect with his tradition and life events, we’ve listed five books that will rekindle your love for the beloved Messenger ﷺ:

The Sealed Nectar

The Sealed Nectar (Raheeq al-Makhtum) is one of the most outstanding works on the topic of sirah (prophetic biography), which is why it’s studied by Muslims and non-Muslims around the world. Originally written in Arabic by Safiur Rahman Mubarakpuri, the book authoritatively discusses pertinent matters related to the life of the Prophet ﷺ.

Prophet of Mercy

The Prophet of Mercy is a translated copy of al-Sirat al-Nabawiyyah written by Shaykh Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi. As the Shaykh was a profound historian, the book is extremely credible and provides a wonderful yet academic insight into the life of the Prophet ﷺ. With detailed analysis, readers will be well informed about some of the finer details and nuances surrounding the life of the Prophet ﷺ.

Noble Life of The Prophet

Not only is this one of the most well-researched sirah books in English, but it also comes fully equipped with references for every narration used. Providing readers with an in-depth study of the sirah, this book is great when used as a reference point when teaching. Authored by Ali Muhammad As-Sallaabee, the book is split into three volumes and is packed with references, footnotes, anecdotes and additional notes. 

Muhammad [PBUH]: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources

Written by the late Dr Martin Lings, this internationally acclaimed prophetic biography is the most comprehensive available. With high-quality English translations of excerpts from Arabic biographies, the author does great justice in keeping intact the proper meaning. The narrative is clear, comprehensive and fast-paced, which is convenient for many. Did you know that the author accepted Islam whilst writing this book?

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