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I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this, so much so that I had to buy the actual book too (which contains a few extra details)! I would highly recommend both!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Thouroughly recommended reading, especially for those who want to know more about geniune Islam without having it fed to them by our biased media. This is regarded as the best biography of the great Muslim Prophet Muhammad (upon whom be peace) in the English . It is also in my opinion the greatest biography you will ever read on any historical figure. This is praise indeed, but indisputable for it is the combination of Lings' impressive command of the English Language-sublime, lofty, eloquent; his meticulous research and his honest, truthful, unclouded look at the life of one of the greatest personalities in our history, if the the greatest.
14 of 17 people found this review helpful
This book is not a melodramatic or emotional account of the Prophet Muhammad. For that, you have to look elsewhere. It is instead a beautifully composed account of the Prophet Muhammad based directly on some of the earliest sources to the Prophet Muhammad including Ibn Ishaq, Ibn Sa'd, Waqidi, Azraqi, Tabari, and Suhayli.
There are variations of the Prophet Muhammad's biography, depending on what sources are used. This is to be expected. But Martin Lings is a very honest author, and he does little to inject his own opinion into the biography gathered from these sources. That is the true value of this book - composing the traditions about the Prophet Muhammad into a timeline, and helping give the reader a deep and connected context of what caused different events to occur.
The abridged version does not do justice to the book - it leaves out too much. But if you insist on listening to an account of the Prophet Muhammad's life, this is the book to read.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful
An excellent and inspiring account of the life of the Prophet, particularly helpful for non Muslims.
14 of 16 people found this review helpful