Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources by Martin Lings

By Martin Lings

• this can be the 1st paperback variation of this crucial paintings, which bought 7,500 copies within the textile version• The Muslim inhabitants of the U.S. is on a powerful development curve. it truly is predicted that there are actually among four and seven million Muslims within the U.S.This is the definitive, target biography of the Prophet, drawn from basic Arabic resources of the eighth and ninth centuries, and comprises passages by no means sooner than translated. It owes its freshness and directness of method of the phrases of the boys and ladies who heard Muhammad communicate and witnessed the occasions of his existence.

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XIII The Household T H E bridegroom left his uncle's house and went to live in the house of his bride. As well as being a wife, Khadijah was also a friend to her husband, the sharer of his inclinations and ideals to a remark­ able degree. Their marriage was wondrously blessed, and fraught with great happiness, though not without sorrows of bereavement. She bore him six children, two sons and four daughters. Their eldest child was a son named Qasim, and Muhammad came to be known as Abu l-Qasim, the father of Qasim; but the boy died before his second birthday.

Zubayr and Abu Talib took their nephew with them to one of the first battles, but they said he was too young to fight. ' The war helped to fan the growing discontent which every sedentary community tends to feel with the law of the desert. Most of the leading men of Quraysh had travelled to Syria and had seen for themselves the relative justice which prevailed in the Roman Empire. It was also possible in Abyssinia to have justice without recourse to fighting. H. II9. S. III, 81. 32 Muhammad other conflicts before it, should have set many minds thinking of ways and means to prevent the same thing from happening again.

They were immediately transmitted by the Prophet to those who were with him, then passed from mouth to mouth, memorised and recited - a long and rapidly increasing litany which told of the ephemeral nature of all earthly things, of death and of the certainty of the Resurrection and the Last Judgement, followed by Hell or Paradise. But above all it told of the Glory of God, of His Indivisible Oneness, his Truth, Wisdom, Goodness, Mercy, Bounty and Power; and by extension it continually referred to His Signs, the marvels of nature, and to their harmonious working together which testified so eloquently to the Oneness of their Sole Originator.

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