Book Title: The Life Of The Prophet Mohammad ﷺ – Vol 1
Author: Imam Ibn Kathīr
Publisher: Garnet Pubishing
Published: 2020 New Edition
Format: [A5+] Paperback
The Life Of The Prophet Mohammad ﷺ – Vol 1 Has been compiled in the fourteenth century AD by a prominent Syrian scholar al-Sīra al-Nabawiyya is a full examination, in chronological order, of the background, life and mission of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. Drawn from the earliest and most reliable Arabic sources, it offers the fullest available account of the historical circumstances and personalities most important in the founding of Islam. The quotations and anecdotes that constitute its core are evaluated in terms of the trustworthiness of their sources. Variant wordings that are related through differing lines of transmission are noted, and Ibn Kathīr gives both his own assessments and those of the earliest Islamic authorities concerning the likely authenticity of these records. The comments and conversations, derived from ancient texts, that are quoted in this work constitute the basis of our knowledge of Islam during the lifetime of its founder.
The first volume of this four-volume set relates the history of the Arab tribes who were the Prophet’s forebears, the lives of his parents, and the accounts of unusual events surrounding his birth. It then goes on to relate anecdotes regarding his childhood, the signs of the prophethood, and the first revelations.
About the Author
Ibn Kathīr was born in approximately 1313 in the Boesra district of eastern Damascus, and studied with the many great scholars working in the city during his time. He died in 1374.
Trevor Le Gassick is Professor of Arabic Literature at the University of Michigan. He has devoted himself to the translation and commentary of important works, both contemporary and from earlier eras, that reveal important aspects of the rich texture of Arabic literary culture.
Table of Contents
- About this Series,
- Center for Muslim Contribution to Civilization: Board of Trustees,
- Center for Muslim Contribution to Civilization: Board and Advisors,
- Introduction by Ahmed Fareed,
- Translator’s Preface.
- The Story of Saba’.
- The Story of Rabi’a b. Nasr b. Abu Haritha b. ‘Amr b. ‘Amir,
- The Story of Tubba’ Aba Karib Tubban As’ad, king of Yemen, with the people of Medina; how he wished to raid the Holy Sanctuary at Mecca. Then he dignified and venerated it and covered it with cloth; thus be was the first to do so.
- Usurpation of the throne of Yemen.
- An Account of How Rule of Yemen passed from Himyar and was transferred to the black Abbyssinians.
- An Account of how Abraha al-Ashram rebelled against, fought, and killed Aryat, and so assumed power over Yemen.
- An Account of why Abaraha attacked Mecca with Elephants to put the Kaba towaste and How God Quickly destroyed him,
- An Account of the Reversion of the Kingship from the Abyssinians to to Sayf b. Dhu Yazan the Himyarite, just as the two soothsayers had predecited to Rab’ia b. Nasr, the Lakhmite,
- An Account of how Persian Rule in Yemen ended,
- An Account of the Tawa’if Kings,
- An Account of the Sons of Ishmael who were the Arabs of Hijaz, and of the Events of the Jahiliyya period up to the time of the Mission,
- The Story of Khuja’a and an Account of ‘Amr b. Luhayy and the worship of idols in Arab lands,
- An Account of ‘Adnan, forebear of the Arabs of the Hijaz from whom the line goes down to the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace,
- An Account of the Genealogical Origins of the Arabs of Hijaz up to ‘Adnan,
- An Account of the Quraysh regarding their Genealogy, Etymology, and merit. They are the tribe of Al-Nadr b. Kinana,
- An Account of Qusayy b. Kilab and of his part in regaining Guardianship over the Ka’ba for the Quraysh by taking it from Khuza’a. How the Quraysh gathered together at the Holy place which God secured for the Worshippers, after having lived scattered and fragmented in the mountains and hollows.
- An Account of a Variety of Events that occured in the Jahiliyya period,
- Section: Information about a group of men famous in the Jahiliyya,
- An Account of Khalid b. Sinan the ‘Absite who lived in the inter-Prophet period and who some allege was a Prophet. But God knows Best,
- An Account of Hatim al-Ta’i, a good and generous man of the Jahiliyya period,
- An Account of some matters relating to ‘Abd Allah b. Jud’an,
- An Account of Imru’ al-Qays b. Hujr al-Kindi, author of one of the Mu’allaqat odes,
- Some infomation about Umayya b. Abu al-Salt al-Thaqafi; he was a pre-Islamic poet who lived onto the time of Islam,
- Bahira the Monk,
- An Account of Quss b. Sa’ida al-Iyadi,
- An Account of Zayd b. ‘Amr b. Nufayl,
- An Account of some of the Events that occurred in the time of the Fatra, including the building of the Ka’ba,
- An Account of Ka’b b. Lu’ayy,
- An Account of of the re-digging of the well of Zamzam by ‘Abd al-Muttalib b. Hashim, its whereabouts having been lost from the period when Jurhum filled and levelled it, up to his own time,
- An Account of ‘Abd al-Mutallib’s vow to sacrifice one of his sons,
- An Account of ‘Abd al-Mutallib’s marriage of his son ‘Abd Allah to Amina bint Wahb al-Zuhriyya.
- The Book of the Life of the Messenger of God, may Allah bless him & grant him peace,
- An Account of his Life Story, His Battles and Raids, the Delegations to him, and his Natural Qualities, his Virtues, and the Features Distinguishing him,
- Chapter: An Account of his Noble Ancestry and the Excellence of his High Lineage,
- Chapter on the Birth of the Messenger of God, may Allah bless him & grant him peace,
- A Description of his Noble Birth,
- Section: On the Signs that Occurred on the Night of the Birth of the Prophet, may Allah bless him & grant him peace,
- An Account of the Shaking of the Palace, and the Falling of the Balconies, the Extinguishing of the Fires, the Visions of the Magian Supreme Priest, and Other such signs,
- An Account of the rearing & suckling of the Prophet, may Allah bless him & grant him peace,
- An Account of the suckling of the Prophet, may Allah bless him & grant him peace, by Halima, daughter of Abu Dha’ayb of the Sa’d tribe, and of the signs of the Prophethood and of Blessedness apparent on him,
- Section: The Journey of the Prophet with his uncle Abu Talib away to Syria and on what transpired with the Monk Bahira,
- The Story of Bahira,
- Section: On the Early Upbringing and Raising of the Messenger of God, may Allah bless him & grant him peace, and how God cared for him and protected him, how he had been an orphan and God gave him a home, and destitute and God enriched him,
- An Account of how the Prophet witnessed the war known as Al-Fijar, the sacrilegious war,
- Chapter: How the Messenger of God, may Allah bless him & grant him peace, witnessed the pact of al-Fudul,
- Section: On the Marriage of the Prophet to Khadija, daughter of Khuwaylid b. Asad b. ‘Abd al-‘Uzza b. Qusayy,
- Section: On the Quraysh having rebuilt the Ka’ba five years before the coming of the Prophethood.
- The Book of the Apostleship of the Messenger of God and an Account of some of the Predictive Signs thereof:
- An Account of certain strange events relating thereto:
- The Story of ‘Amr b. Murra al-Juhani,
- The Story of Sayf b. Dhu Yazan the Himyarite and his foretelling the coming of the ummi Prophet, may Allah bless him & grant him peace,
- Chapter: On the cries of the spirits, consisting of what words of inspiration the spirits gave to the tongues of soothsayers, and which were to be heard by the idols,
- Chapter: On the manner of the Beginning of the Revelation to the Messenger of God, may Allah bless him & grant him peace, and an Account of the first Revelation to him from the Glorious Qur’an,
- A Discussion of the age of the Prophet at the time of his Receiving the Mission and the dute thereof:
- Section: On Preventing the Demons and Evil Spirits from Eavesdropping when the Qur’an was revealed, so that none of them would acquire any of it, even so much as a syllable, and deliver it through the speech of his human associates, which could have led to complications and confusion of the truth,
- Section: On the Manner in which the Revelation came to the Messenger of God,
- Section: Concerning the First Persons to Accept Islam: also reference to those of the Companions and others who were early in becoming Muslims,
- An Account of how Hamza, Allah be pleased with him, son of Abd al-Mutallib, the uncle of the Prophet accepted Islam,
- An Account of how Abu Dharr, Allah be pleased with him, came to accept Islam,
- An Account of the acceptance of Islam by Dimad,
- Chapter: God’s command to His Messenger, may Allah bless him & grant him peace, to announce his Mission publicly,
- The Story of Al-Irashi, the man from Irash,
- Section: On the uniting of the Quraysh chiefs against the Messenger of God, and His Companions, and their meeting with his uncle Abu Talib to deliver him to them, and how he resisted them in that objective, through the aid and strength of God,
- Section: Concerning their use of excessive violence against individual powerless Muslims,
- Section: Concerning the Objections presented by the polytheists to the Messenger of God, how they troubled him with their asking of him various kinds of signs and miracles, and how this was due to their obstinacy rather than to their seeking guidance,
- Chapter: The argumentation of the polytheists against the Messenger of God, and the cogent arguments that refuted them: how within themselves they recognised the truth, even though they expressed disagreement out of stubborness, envy, malice and denial.
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