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Book of the week: Muhammad: Seal of the Prophets

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Montgomery Watt calls Muhammad, one of the Greatest sons of Adam. The expression, seal of the Prophets means the Greatest Prophet!

According to Karen Armstrong, “Mahound’s fictional status in the West has perhaps made it even more difficult for people to see him as an historical character who deserves the same serious treatment as Napoleon, or Alexander the Great. The fictional portrait of Mahound in The Satanic Verses resonates deeply with these established Western fantasies.”

At another place she writes, “If we could view Muhammad as we do any other important historical figure we would surely consider him to be one of the greatest geniuses the world has known.”

Every human should have genuine curiosity to know more about this man, the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad, may peace be upon him.


Muhammad: Seal of the Prophets is a biography of the Prophet Muhammad, may peace be upon him by a believer.  Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, if that be true, one needs to carefully pick the hero but also the biographer or the writer.  Many non-believing biographers of the Prophet, only reveal themselves, rather than the Prophet by what they write.  However, there is a group of fair minded Christian biographers also and I have an article here about Thomas Carlyle, Karen Armstrong and Prof. Laura Veccia Vaglieri.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR SIR MUHAMMAD ZAFRULLA:

Sir Muhammad Zafrulla Khan

“Sir Muhammad Zafrulla Khan was a Pakistani politician, diplomat, and international jurist, known particularly for his representation of Pakistan at the United Nations (UN).

The son of the leading attorney of his native city, Zafrulla Khan studied at Government College in Lahore and received his LL.B. from King’s College, London University, in 1914. He practiced law in Sialkot and Lahore, became a member of the Punjab Legislative Council in 1926, and was a delegate in 1930, 1931, and 1932 to the Round Table Conferences on Indian reforms in London. In 1931–32 he was president of the All-India Muslim League (later the Muslim League), and he sat on the British viceroy’s executive council as its Muslim member from 1935 to 1941. He led the Indian delegation to the League of Nations in 1939, and from 1941 to 1947 he served as a judge of the Federal Court of India.

Prior to the partition of India in 1947, Zafrulla Khan presented the Muslim League’s view of the future boundaries of Pakistan to Sir Cyril Radcliffe, the man designated to decide the boundaries between India and Pakistan. Upon the independence of Pakistan, Zafrulla Khan became the new country’s minister of foreign affairs and served concurrently as leader of Pakistan’s delegation to the UN (1947–54). From 1954 to 1961 he served as a member of the International Court of Justice at The Hague. He again represented Pakistan at the UN in 1961–64 and served as president of the UN General Assembly in 1962–63. Returning to the International Court of Justice in 1964, he served as the court’s president from 1970 to 1973.

He was knighted in 1935. He is the author of Islam: Its Meaning for Modern Man (1962) and wrote a translation of the Qur’an (1970).” [Encylopaedia Britannica]

Khan belonged to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.  Here is the link to the book.

Sir Zafrulla Khan and President John F Kennedy

The featured picture is of cave of Hira, where the Prophet Muhammad received his first revelation.

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8 Responses to Book of the week: Muhammad: Seal of the Prophets

  1. Zia H. Shah

    December 13, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Prophet Muhammad, may peace be upon him, only condoned defensive wars
    Muslim Sunrise issues of December, 2009 and March 2010 are on this issue.

    Muslimsunrise.com

    Ruth Cranston wrote:

    “Muhammad never instigated fighting and bloodshed. Every battle he fought was in rebuttal. He fought in order to survive…and he fought with the weapons and in fashion of his time… Certainly no ‘Christian’ nation of 140,000,000 people who today dispatch (this is a book written in 1949) 120,000 helpless civilians with a single bomb can look askance at a leader who at his worst killed a bare five or six hundred. The slayings of the Prophet of Arabia in the benighted and bloodthirsty age of the seventh century look positively puerile compared with our own in this ‘advanced’ and enlightened twentieth. Not to mention the mass slaughter by the Christians during the Inquisition and the Crusades -- when, Christian warriors proudly recorded, they ‘waded ankle-deep in the gore of the Muslim infidels.’”

    (Ruth Cranston ‘World Faith’. Page 155. Ayer Publishing. (1949).

    Read an article:

    http://www.alislam.org/library/articles/War-and-Peace-in-Islam-20080402MN.pdf

  2. Zia H. Shah

    December 13, 2011 at 8:59 am

    The Holy Prophet Muhammad – The Torchbearer of Humanity
    This is an article by Dr. Ijaz Ahmad Qamar -- Canada:

    He was born in 570 AD in the town of Makkah. At the time, every region of the world was steeped in moral degradation. Christianity’s original teachings were on the wane. In India, idol worshipping and hundreds of “isms” were flourishing. Racial and caste-based discrimination and the dogma of “untouchability” were rampant. In the Qur’an this is depicted in the following words:

    Corruption has appeared on land and sea because of what men’s hands have wrought… (Ch.30:V.42)

    Even the so-called civilised nations were at the lowest rung of the religious, moral and spiritual ladder. In fact, in the 5th and 6th centuries, the civilised world was standing at the precipice of moral annihilation. People in general were ill-mannered, unlettered and ignorant. The vices of alcoholism, gambling, oppression, tyranny, violence, cruelty and various other wrongdoings were the order of the day. It was because the Holy Prophet(saw)’s personality was naturally imbued with auspiciousness, obedience to his Creator and the inner-light of Prophethood that he was never affected by the aforementioned ills of society. He was an embodiment of purity, chastity and piety.

    It was under these circumstances that Allah the Almighty commissioned the Holy Prophet, at the age of 40, to lead mankind in the year of 610 AD.

    For the rest of the story go to:

    http://www.reviewofreligions.org/2143/the-holy-prophetsaw-%e2%80%93-the-torchbearer-of-humanity/

  3. Zia H. Shah

    December 13, 2011 at 9:00 am

    The Holy Prophet: A Messenger of Peace and Reconciliation
    This is an article by Tommy Kallon – UK published in the Review of Religions.

    The Holy Prophet of Islam – the perfect exemplar, the prince of peace, the pride of the universe – whose life was immaculate and whose character unimpeachable, came into the world as a mercy for all mankind. Yet, for centuries, the opponents of Islam have consistently ignored all that was patently good, noble and beneficent in his life, example and teachings and have attempted to portray him, God forbid, as blood-thirsty and violent. Crude and offensive caricatures and cartoons have been produced in books and newspapers to demonstrate their malice and brazen attitude towards the Holy Prophet.

    De Lacy O’Leary, for example, writes:

    “History makes it clear, however, that the legend of fanatical Muslims sweeping through the world and forcing Islam at the point of the sword upon conquered races is one of the most absurd myths that historians have ever repeated.”

    Karen Armstrong, when suggesting how the West could understand Islam, writes:

    “Perhaps one place to start is with the figure of Muhammad: a complex, passionate man who sometimes did things that are difficult for us to accept, but who had genius of a profound order and founded a religion and a cultural tradition that was not based on the sword – despite the Western myth – and whose name ‘Islam’ signifies ‘peace and reconciliation.’”

    The great British playright and author, George Bernard Shaw, concluded:

    “…far from being an anti-Christ, he must be called the Savior of Humanity. I believe that if a man like him were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bring it much needed peace and happiness.”

    For the whole article go to:

    http://www.reviewofreligions.org/168/the-holy-prophetsaw-a-messenger-of-peace-and-reconciliation/

  4. Zia H. Shah

    December 13, 2011 at 9:01 am

    The Prophet Muhammad in the eyes of the Messiah of this age
    Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad wrote in his book the Blessings of Prayers:

    “Have you any notion what was the strange event that occurred in the wasteland of Arabia when hundreds of thousands of the dead were revived within a few days, and those who had been misguided through generations exhibited Divine complexion, and those who were blind began to see, and those who had been dumb began to utter words of Divine wisdom, and the world underwent a revolution which no eye had seen before and no ear had heard of. Do you know how all this came about? It was the supplications during dark nights of one who had lost himself in God which caused a revolution in the world, and showed such wonders as could never have been expected from that Unlettered and Helpless one [the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of God be upon him].”

    http://www.alislam.org/library/books/Blessings-of-Prayer.pdf

  5. Zia H. Shah

    December 13, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Wisdom of The Holy Prophet
    This is a short booklet about the character of the Holy Prophet by Sir Zafrulla Khan. The first chapter is on Family relationships.

    http://www.alislam.org/library/books/WisdomOfHolyProphet.pdf

  6. Zia H. Shah

    January 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    My quotes from Karen Armstrong in the beginning of the post are from her first biography of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace be on him, Muhammad: A biography of the Prophet.

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