Books of Seerah (request)

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  1. azizq

    azizq Well-Known Member

    See pages 53 to 59. Shaykh Hamza Yusuf pays tribute to Martin Lings.

    An excerpt:

    He told me that he was greatly struck by the Prophet’s current
    involvement with his community, as Muslims around the
    world saw him in their dreams and derived spiritual sustenance
    from his vision. Moreover, he said that when writing his
    book, Muhammad, he was overwhelmed with the presence of
    the Prophet during the entire time and felt a great blessing in
    having been able to complete it.
  2. abu Hasan

    abu Hasan Administrator

    from the article:

    To make things worse, the natural logorrhea of “the modern mind” is exponentially boosted by the immoral sub-standards of our authors, publishers, and distributors. “This knowledge used to be a noble affair,” al-Awzai said, “until book-writing brought into it those that have no share in it.” That was thirteen hundred years ago. Now, the Tower of Babel is complete. Everyone is a writer, including the business brothers who package bad, semi-bad, and almost not bad products with assembly-line diligence for consumption and propaganda and their accomplices on the distribution end.
  3. azizq

    azizq Well-Known Member
  4. Shaykh Hamza mentioned a few of Sidi Abu Bakr Sirajuddin Ling's abberations while still recommending his book.
  5. abu Hasan

    abu Hasan Administrator

    regardless, the biography by lings is perhaps the best there is in english. barring a few aberrations - as shaykh gibril pointed out somewhere - it is a very good book.

    i recommend the book.
  6. Abu Fadl

    Abu Fadl Banned

    I would also advise against Marting Lings as he was a perennialist.
  7. Wa `alaykum salam:

    The best book in English on Sira is the translation of Shaykh Dr. Sa`id Ramadan al-Bouti's "al-Fiqh al-Seerah". I would highly advise this, along with Sidi Abu Bakr Sirajaddin Lings rahimahullah's book on Seerah. Another good book is Shaykh Muhammad Shafi`i Okarawi rahimahullah's "Dhikr al-Jamal al-Mustafa"

    I would also highly advise against reading Safi al-Rahman al-Mubarakfuri's book "al-Rahiq al-Makhtum" unless you are well-versed in the traditional Islamic sciences according to Ahl al-Sunnah in order to be able point out where Al-Mubarakfuri shows his Wahhabi schooling [being that Al-Mubarakfuri was well known for following the Wahhabi sect]


    - abu abbas
  8. Noori

    Noori Senior Moderator

    also 'jawahir al-ba'h'har' by imam qadhi yousuf bin isma'il an-nabhani. this is a compilation from famous seerat works and a great source of reference. Urdu translation is available.

    also, seerat-e-rasoole-e-'arabi by 'allamah noor baksh tawwakali, which is concise and good for starters.
  9. Aqdas

    Aqdas Staff Member

    is also available in urdu. my friend bought a 3 volume set recently.
  10. shawahid al nabuwwah by mawlana abd al-rahman jami [farsi but an urdu translation is also widely available]

    for a beginner brother, and assuming you can read archaic english, the single best seerah book, imho, for muslims of today is Martin Lings' amazing, Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources.

    For a much more detailed look there is the 7 volume urdu masterpiece Zia al Nabi by Pir Karam Shah Sahib rahmatullah alayhi.

    My recommendation: start with Lings.

    also note that the book Kitab al Shifa by Qadi 'Iyad which sidi AH lists is also available in a great English translation by Aisha Bewley.
  11. abu Hasan

    abu Hasan Administrator

    seerat e Rasul sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam by mawlana `abdul mustafa

    madariju'n nubuwwah by shaykh `abdu'l Haqq muHaddith dehlavi translated in urdu.

    shamayil muHammadiyyah of tirmidhi

    Hayat ar-Rasul wa faDayilihi by yusuf nab'hani [being a abridgement of mawahib al-ladunniyyah]

    kitab ash-shifa by qaDi iyaD

    sharH ash-shifa by
    a)ali al qari and
    b)shihab al-khafaji

    shamayil ar-rasul by ibn kathir

    sirah by ibn hisham

    mawahib al-ladunniyyah by imam qaSTalani and its sharH by zurqani

    sifr as-sa'adah by fayruzabadi

    adab al-mufrad by imam al-bukhari

    khaSayiS al-kubra by as-suyuTi

    Tabaqat al-Kubra by ibn Sa'ad

    rawD al-unuf by suhayli

    al-fuSul fi sirati'r rasul by ibn kathir

    dalayil an-nubuwwah by abu nu`aym
    dalayil an-nubuwwah by al-bayhaqi
  12. Sohaib

    Sohaib New Member


    please could you provide names of books which are on the Seerah of Meetheh Madani AQA (salalahu alaihiwasalam)...preferably written by Shaykh Muhammad Ya'qoubi Al-Hassani ... or Shaykh Yahya Ninawy...... the more higher the scholar the more better. e.g. Imaam Bayhaqi (rahmatullah alai) or Imaam ibn Habaan (rahmatullah alai) (if i am wrong in spelling please correct me)...if you could please provide links as well of the books, and where to buy them online..

    ive already had a suggestion, author name = Martin Lings...

    Jazak ALLAH



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