As we make our way through this auspicious month of Rabi al-Awal, let us remind ourselves of the beloved Prophet ﷺ and his life. Not only was this the month in which the Prophet ﷺ was born, but it was also the month in which he left this world for the next.
For Muslims, the month of Rabi al-Awal is a reminder for us all to not only express gratitude for the blessing of being sent such a prophet but also to do what we can to keep his saga alive.
An ideal way to do this is by exploring the sirah (prophetic biography). Sadly, the reading of the sirah is becoming an uncommon practice, which is why it is more important than ever to better reconnect with his tradition and life events. To simplify things, we’ve listed five of the best books that will rekindle your love for the beloved Messenger ﷺ:
In the Footsteps of the Prophet ﷺ
In the Footsteps of the Prophet ﷺ is a fresh and perceptive look at the Prophet ﷺ. The book captures a life that was often highly charged, gripping and eventful. Author Tariq Ramadan provides readers with both an intimate portrait of a man who was shy and kind, but determined, as well as a dramatic chronicle of a leader who launched a great religion and inspired a vast empire. What’s more, the book presents the main events of the Prophet’s ﷺ life in a way that highlights his spiritual and ethical teachings.
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 ﷺ
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: 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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