The Life of the Prophet Muhammad
by Leila Azzam & Aisha Gouverneur
This children’s seerah book on the Life of the Prophet Muhammad is taken from traditional Muslim biographical literature, including hadith. Passages from the Qur’an are used throughout to reinforce the stories. The material is authentic and the style lively and attractive.
As a tribute to this work’s accuracy and clarity, it has been honored by Al-Azhar University in Cairo, the centre of Islamic learning in the world, who has chosen to use it as a classroom text.
The book was written at the same time and with the aid of Dr. Martin Lings as he wrote his acclaimed biography of the Prophet (which The Islamic Quarterly called “easily the best biography of the Prophet in the English language.’ ) and is thus a condensed version drawing directly on Dr. Lings’ book and extensive early Islamic manuscript research.
Although written for a younger audience, it can be usefully read by anyone as an introduction because of its completeness and clarity. The work has been assigned frequently to university students in world religion courses requiring a quick and accurate account of the subject.
There are 32 color illustrations although there has been no attempt to portray either the Prophet or his Companions. The illustrations are representative of traditional Islamic life as lived in many Arab countries and portray scenes that have occurred in those countries for over a thousand years.
Although written for Muslim children, it has found its greatest audience among adults, who appreciate the simple presentation.
‘At long last a definitive children’s version of the life of the Messenger of Allah has appeared in English.’ -Arab News
‘The book is a great success and should be widely used by Muslim and non-Muslim children alike.’ -Centre for the Study of Islam & Christian-Muslim Relations
‘...an excellent work; it reflects not only the knowledge of the two writers but also their depth of commitment to Islam.’-Link International
'This is an excellent book for children and youngsters, based on Martin Lings' famous "Muhammad: His Life.." Printed on high quality glossy paper with colorful illustrations.' -iKitab.com
Aisha Gouverneur was born Virginia Gray Henry in Kentucky, USA, and became a Muslim in 1968. She took a BA in comparative religion from Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York, and has an MA in Education from Michigan University. Aisha Gouverneur also studied at Al-Azhar University, Cairo.
This authentic and accurate biography is taken from the translation of the ninth-century CE Sirat Rasul Allah by Ibn Ishaq and from the manuscript prepared from all the earliest Arabic sources by Dr. Martin Lings for his monumental English masterpiece, which was translated into 17 different languages.
Format: Paperback, 136 pages