Top 10 Books about Muhammad

 

Muhammad, the last prophet and the founder of Islam, is a man of great importance in Islamic history. His existence is believed to be as someone who came down to confirm the teachings of other prophets and leave a final word from the God. It is normal for people to be curious about the life of this great man. This article just serves the purpose, a list of Muhammad books is provided below to enhance your knowledge about the Last Prophet.

 

Prophetic Biography

The book contains a variety of literature, most them being about military expeditions under Prophet Muhammad and his companions. Apart from The Holy Quran and Hadiths, these biographies serve the purpose of deriving information from the early period of Islam.

Read it For:
The book is a must-read for all those who are studying Islamic history or studying about the life of Prophet Muhammad.
Don't Read it For:
The book can be seen as less interesting by those who don’t like reading about military expeditions.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book features written documents, like political treaties, military enlistments, etc. A real difference maker.

Muhammad: A Biography of The Prophet

This book by British writer Karen Armstrong; will educate all the readers about the life of Prophet Muhammad and introduce the concepts of Islam.

Read it For:
This book becomes an essential book for all those who are studying Islamic culture or those who want to learn about one of the greatest religions on earth.
Don't Read it For:
The use of Arabic words is something that can annoy the readers; learn it before you start reading.
What makes this book stand out?:
The way author eases all the readers into Islamic culture is what most of the writers are not able to do. This is a reason why it is one of the best books on Muhammad.

Islamic Holy Books

No one can neglect the importance of Holy Books when it comes to learning about Prophet Muhammad; they provide the actual words of God to the Prophets. Everything is described through stories in these holy books. The major books include – Quran, Tawrat, Zabur, Injil or Gospel, Sahifah or Scrolls. All of these books have words spoken by God to different prophets, in their time. Quran is considered as the last words of God, spoken to Prophet Muhammad.

Read it For:
The variety of books you will get is what will keep you interested in reading.
Don't Read it For:
There are points in almost every book, which is contradicted by the other books. Readers may have a hard time deciding which one they should believe.
What makes this book stand out?:
The books stand out because they offer readers a way to learn through the stories; without being bored.

Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources

As the name suggests, this book will tell you about the life of Prophet Muhammad by using the earliest possible sources as a reference. The book contains information from Sira, the biographies by Arabs from eight and ninth century. The book includes words from those who heard the prophet speak, at that time.

Read it For:
The language used in the book is easy, and anyone can comprehend the things mentioned in this biography.
Don't Read it For:
Those who have studied the Prophet may not find something new in this book, still a book worth reading. Rediscover the life of Muhammad in a different way.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book has original translations of the words spoken by the Prophet; the way everything has been presented without compromising the authenticity is what makes this book one of the popular Muhammad books.
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Muhammad: A Prophet of Our Time

The second book by British writer Karen Armstrong after “Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet” is a short biography in the series of “Eminent Lives.” The book shows how Muslims understand Muhammad.

Read it For:
The book will work as a quick read to understand major points about Prophet Muhammad and the current beliefs of Muslims.
Don't Read it For:
The presentation of Muhammad is not something everyone will agree with, but it is nothing to be bothered about.
What makes this book stand out?:
The depiction of all the phases in his lifetime makes it stand out from other books.

The Sealed Nectar

The book is one of the most popular books on Muhammad because it provides clear and concise knowledge about the life and teachings of Prophet Muhammad.

Read it For:
The book is recommended for all those who wish to learn about Islamic culture, everything is presented in a very simple manner.
Don't Read it For:
The book may not please those who already extensive knowledge about the life of Prophet Muhammad and Islamic culture. The book mainly covers the basic concepts.
What makes this book stand out?:
The way author has presented everything in three categories, makes it easier for the reader to understand.

Muhammad

The book is considered as one of the touchstones when it comes to scholarship on the founder of Islam. Author has presented how Muhammad did everything for the religion while covering a broader range of people in his life and personality.

Read it For:
The book should be read by anyone who is studying Islamic religion, can be for knowledge or educational purpose, etc.
Don't Read it For:
The book is considered as a normal biography, not a scholarly biography by some readers. It depends on the knowledge you already have about the subject.
What makes this book stand out?:
Reading this book will educate you about the history of Muslims and how they covered one of the largest territories, in history.

Sunnah

Sunnah includes the translation of everything Muhammad said during his life. The book contains teachings, deeds, sayings, permissions of the prophet Muhammad and information about his companions.

Read it For:
Reading this book will help you understand how Muslim laws are derived, as most of them are from Quran and Sunnah.
Don't Read it For:
Those who have studied everything (almost) about Islam and its law may not find a lot to learn. The book still is something one should read.
What makes this book stand out?:
The translations of words spoken by the great Prophet himself will educate you about his teachings and provide you an insight on what kind of a person Prophet Muhammad was.

Sahih al-Bukhari (Bukhari Sharif)

This book is one of the six major hadith collections, written by Muhammad al-Bukhari. The book consists of teachings transferred orally for generations, compiled in one book by the author.

Read it For:
Those who wish to learn all the teachings of Islamic religion should consider reading this book.
Don't Read it For:
The book is not for readers who have studied all the Hadiths, as they will not find anything to learn. However, the ones who are at a beginner stage will learn a lot.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book consists of research and work by the author for a very long time. This separates it in terms of research and authenticity of the content.

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