This little volume sets forth in a brief compass a simple account in narrative form of the principal events in the life of Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah, the Prophet of Islam, followed by an appreciation of his extraordinarily rich and gracious personality. The book’s chief merit lies in the fact that each incident is authenticated with reference to acknowledged historical sources. It thus fills a long felt need of making a brief, authentic, biography of a great historic personality available to the average Western reader at small cost in time and money.
Except where otherwise indicated, all references are to the Quran. In rendering the Arabic text of the Quran into English the author has kept closest to the English translation by Maulawi Sher Ali published by the Oriental and Religious Publishing Corporation Ltd., Rabwah, West Pakistan, under the title The Holy Quran, and has adopted the method of numbering the verses followed in that translation.
The events of the Prophets’ life and his exposition of Islamic values and principles are based upon authentic and well‑recognized original sources. As, however, English translations of these are not easily available to the average Western reader, it has not been considered necessary to add references which could serve no useful purpose. Orientalists and scholars of Islam will have no difficulty in locating the references in the original biographical works and the six authoritative collections of Traditions
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