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Some of the best books in English on Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

1. Muhammad the Perfect Man – Shaykh  Muhammad Ibn Alawi Al-Maliki

This book is considered one of the best about the sublime perfections of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. Written by the leading Islamic scholar of recent times – Sayyid Muhammad ibn Alawi al-Maliki al-Hasani of Mecca, it is presented in English for the first time. The author writes with great erudition and love about the perfection of the last of the Messengers, Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him, sourcing every point from careful exegesis of ayat of the Quran, well known hadith and episodes from the Sirah. The book starts with the perfection of the noble lineage of the Prophet, followed by the perfection of his physical form and discusses in detail the perfection of the Muhammadan heart. In the 300 pages that follow the Perfection of the Prophetic attributes are listed in great detail – ranging from the perfection of the Prophetic knowledge, justice, mercy, humility, leadership, courage, generosity, patience, loyalty, wisdom, oratory and forbearance to name but just a few.

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2. Our Master Muhammad (pbuh) The Messenger Of Allah – His Sublime Character & Exalted Attributes –  Imam Abdallah Sirajuddin Al-Husayni

Modern times have made it even more important that Muslims acquaint themselves with their Prophet (asws), not only for the sake of their personal spiritual development, but also for the sake of the religion as a whole. There has perhaps never been a time when the world was more in need of an authentic depiction of the Best of Creation (asws). Our Master Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah (asws) is a unique work discussing the noble qualities and characteristics of the Final Prophet (asws) in a way that is infused with love and devotion. In the first volume of this book, the author depicts all the fine attributes of our Prophet (asws) with respect to his physical beauty, his eloquence and wisdom, his exalted status, his sublime character and his mercy (asws). This incredible expression of Prophetic love was written by the scholar of Aleppo, Imam Abdallah Sirajudd n al-Husayni (ra), who was not only a Hafiz, a leading scholar of Hadith and exegete of the Quran, but also a true Saint, referred to by scholars as The Pole of Prophetic Love of our Times. His book is the product of true scholarship and virtue. It is as though the Shaykh (ra) was looking directly at the Messenger of Allah (asws) before him as he wrote, deriving his beautiful expressions from the light of his (asws) countenance, so that by divine providence his insight was opened, and he grazed in the pastures of subtle secrets, uncovering the beauty and perfection of the Messenger’s (asws) character, imbibing the fragrance of the Prophetic Sunnah, bathing in the light of the Muhhammadan reality and its meanings, and tasting of its fruits, and then gathering all of these illuminations in a work so noble and rarefied that it would not be surprising if it were to be read to a sick person and so cure him. – Shaykh Muhammad b. Yahya al-Ninowy

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3. The Mawlid – The Blessed Birth of the Prophet – Imam Ibn Kathir

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4.Muhammad – The Perfect Teacher – Sheikh Abd al-Fattah Abu Ghuddah

Muhammad (may Allah bless him and grant him peace), The Perfect Teacher – An Insight Into His Teaching Methods. A study of the teaching methods of the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace), the effectiveness of which can be gauged by the tremendous impact he had on his companions. His methods incorporated analogies, similes, anecdotes, diagrams, interactive dialogue, humour, repetition, continuous evaluation, physical contact, gestures, and customisation, amongst others. A fascinating analysis, as the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) was unlettered, and yet could be called the perfect teacher.

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5. Muhammad His Character and Beauty : Wasa’il Al-wusul Ila Shama’il al-Rasul- Shaykh Yūsuf b. Ismāīl al-Nabahānī

The best way to approach studying the Prophet’s life is through the lens of his character traits. In this work, Shaykh Yusuf al-Nabahani masterfully weaves the longstanding Shama’il tradition into an accessible read that combines both the erudition of a scholar and the love of a mystic. The auspicious arrival of this work in English is a blessing the magnitude of which cannot be expressed in words – and what a better a translator to present it than Sidi Abdul Aziz Suraqah. Yahya Rhodus Al-Maqasid As a traditionally trained calligrapher I have the honor of writing the description of the Messenger Muhammad. Each time I pen his hilye I am overwhelmed with a renewed sense of love and appreciation for him. This work of Shaykh Yusuf al-Nabahani eloquently explores the persona of our Prophet and will engender all readers with a deeper love and admiration of him. Ayman Hasan Master Calligrapher Having authored many works centered around the Prophetic persona, Shaykh Yusuf al-Nabahani was known for his immense love and admiration of the Messenger. He once described himself in poetry as the “Servant of the Master of Prophets” yearning to be the Anas bin Malik of his time. His deeply rooted affection is felt in the work before you and serves as a springboard for seekers attempting to walk the path of loving the Messenger of Allah. Moutasem Atiya Al-Madina.

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6. The Clarification of Noble Character – Al-Habib Umar bin Hafiz

If Allah wishes to bestow His grace upon someone, He places in their heart the desire to travel the path towards self-purification and gives them the ability to rectify the attributes of their soul. Allah decreed that success in this life and the next be judged according to the degree to which people purify their souls and attain noble character. It is thus the duty of every believer to seek to attain noble character and emulate their Prophet SAW who said: I was only sent to perfect noble character. In a series of thirty lessons, al- ab b Umar bin af discusses the importance of character refinement and focuses on the traits and qualities that every believer should strive to acquire. He demonstrates how the Prophet SAW and the pious people of his nation embody each character trait and shows the reader how to emulate them. In our times we have never been more in need of improving our character and rectifying ourselves. This is a book for every seeker, every believer and every family. May it be a source of light for every heart and the catalyst for moral transformation.

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7. Prophetic Grace: The Qur’anic Merits of the Prophet Muhammad – Shaykh Ahmad bin ‘Ajiba

Renowned for its unique style, Ibn ¢Ajiba’s commentary of the Qur’an, Al-Bahr al-Madid (The Vast Ocean) combines traditional exegesis with spiritual contemplation, exploring the inner meanings of the sacred text. The genius of his work is especially clear in his commentary of the Qur’anic verses which highlight the nobility and exalted rank of the Prophet Muhammad s . In these selected commentaries, the reader can begin to appreciate both the depth of divine revelation and the grace and countless merits of the Messenger s. ‘Love is an indispensable part of faith in Allah and His Messenger, peace be upon him. This is the difference between the philosophy of theological faith as a logical conclusion and Islamic faith as an act of the heart. Ibn Ajiba’s commentary on the Qur’an demonstrates this in an excellent manner. It is a must-read to understand how a Muslim should believe in the Messenger of Allah with his whole heart.’ Recep Senturk, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Waqf University in Istanbul ‘Al-Madina Institute’s excerpts from Ibn ¢Ajiba’s Al-Bahr Al-Madid provide an exceptional explanation on the modes of expression as well as the subtle symbolic insights that provide layers of meanings to the Qu’ran and the spiritual legacy of the Prophet of Islam.’ Imam Mohamed Hag Magid, Imam of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society ‘Ibn ‘Ajiba’s explanation of the Qur’an brings together the three core components of Islam: submission, faith and spirituality. Al-Madina Institute is to be commended for rendering this important work into English. I strongly recommend it to anyone seeking an intimate relationship with the Qur’an.’ Suhaib Webb, Founder Ella Collins Institute.

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