Great historical personalities are inevitably popular subjects for biography and cursory glance at a list of biographies composed about the Prophet Muhammad SAW will confirm him, by universal consensus, as the greatest personality of all time. One whom model Muslims today are commanded to follow and obey.
While other biographical literature varies in regards of authorship, authenticity, length, breadth of detail and historical, cultural and religious perspective, this work attempts to assimilate the most beneficial aspects of all these features.
Both concise and comprehensive, it relies heavily on rigorously authenticated (sahih) and fully referenced sources, and is brimming with knowledge that ‘delights the soul and adorns the pages’.
Its Arabic edition has consequently achieved the deserved status of an indispensable manual for both the adept and budding student of knowledge. We pray that this English version will prove equally beneficial.
About The Author:
Imam Abu’l-Fath Muhammed ibn Muhammad, better known as Ibn Sayyid an-Nas(671-734/1273-1334)was a renowned Egyptian hadith expert.
He devoted his life to the pursuit of knowledge, excelling in many disciplines associated with hadith literature and the Arabic language. Imam Dhahabi said of him:’rarely does one set eyes on his like in terms of his understanding and learning.’
He authored numerous books, the most famous of which is ‘Uyun-al-Athar fi Funun al-Maghazi wa’sh-Shama’il, a comprehensive work of biography(sirah)on the Prophet Muhammed saw,of which this book is a succinct edited version.
Translator: Bilal Patel & Mariam Madge Conlan