The Relevance of Prophet Muhammad’s Life and Teachings in an Insecure,Fragile world
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The late Syed Suleman Nadvi was an eminent scholar of his time who, had owing to his deep and wide knowledge and earnest zeal for religion, made his place in the line of great servants of Islam The present work, which he himself considered to be his best, is a quintessence of his Sirat-un-Nabi, the great work of encyclopaedic sweep which would have done honour to any academy rather than to en individual scholar. The author discusses in it the winsome qualities necessary for any founder of a religion if the way of life taught by him is to attract and inspire the people. Furthermore, such a teacher of humanity should not be a mythical figure, his teachings and conduct should be compre hensive, perfect and practicable if he is to be emulated by the people The author goes on further to show how, of all the founders of religions, the accounts of the life ard character of Muhammad alone are verifiable by methodical records of history: how his teachings are comprehensive enough to brighten the path of all men in varied situations and exigencies of humi n life; how they provide guidance to all, the ruler are the rules, the rich and the poor, the military genius and the administrator and the businessman and the cultivator. The author’s account also establishes beyond and doubt, that Muhammad alone was the symbol of perfection, a paradigm of virtuous and wholesome behaviour whose examples and teachings have lightened the path of humanity for all time to come. Then, again. Muhammad illustrated his teachings by his personal example are never taught any things which he himself did not translate into action. In delineating the distinguishing features of the character of the holy Prophet, the author has also compared his life, canduct and behaviour with that of the other of great religions-all of whom fail to furnish the test of historicity, comprehensiveness perfection and practicability which provide in intrinsic and irrefragable evidence of the Prophet’s Divine Mission for all nations and all ages. The author is inspired and inspires others. The English rendering is by Mohiuddin Ahmad, who has tried to convey the warmth and vigour of the original in his translation, It belongs to the class of books which should not only be gone through by every educated Muslim but should also be made available to all those non Muslims, who are interested in knowing about Team and the Prophet.
Academy of Islamic Research and Publications