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Named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most important innovators of the century, Tariq Ramadan is a leading Muslim scholar, with a large following especially among young European and American Muslims. Now, in his first book written for a wide audience, he offers a marvelous biography of the Prophet Muhammad, one that highlights the spiritual and ethical teachings of one Named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most important innovators of the century, Tariq Ramadan is a leading Muslim scholar, with a large following especially among young European and American Muslims. Now, in his first book written for a wide audience, he offers a marvelous biography of the Prophet Muhammad, one that highlights the spiritual and ethical teachings of one of the most influential figures in human history. In the Footsteps of the Prophet is a fresh and perceptive look at Muhammad, capturing a life that was often eventful, gripping, and highly charged. Ramadan provides both an intimate portrait of a man who was shy, kind, but determined, as well as a dramatic chronicle of a leader who launched a great religion and inspired a vast empire. More important, Ramadan presents the main events of the Prophet's life in a way that highlights his spiritual and ethical teachings. The book underscores the significance of the Prophet's example for some of today's most controversial issues, such as the treatment of the poor, the role of women, Islamic criminal punishments, war, racism, and relations with other religions. Selecting those facts and stories from which we can draw a profound and vivid spiritual picture, the author asks how can the Prophet's life remain -- or become again -- an example, a model, and an inspiration? And how can Muslims move from formalism -- a fixation on ritual -- toward a committed spiritual and social presence? In this thoughtful and engaging biography, Ramadan offers Muslims a new understanding of Muhammad's life and he introduces non-Muslims not just to the story of the Prophet, but to the spiritual and ethical riches of Islam.


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Named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most important innovators of the century, Tariq Ramadan is a leading Muslim scholar, with a large following especially among young European and American Muslims. Now, in his first book written for a wide audience, he offers a marvelous biography of the Prophet Muhammad, one that highlights the spiritual and ethical teachings of one Named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most important innovators of the century, Tariq Ramadan is a leading Muslim scholar, with a large following especially among young European and American Muslims. Now, in his first book written for a wide audience, he offers a marvelous biography of the Prophet Muhammad, one that highlights the spiritual and ethical teachings of one of the most influential figures in human history. In the Footsteps of the Prophet is a fresh and perceptive look at Muhammad, capturing a life that was often eventful, gripping, and highly charged. Ramadan provides both an intimate portrait of a man who was shy, kind, but determined, as well as a dramatic chronicle of a leader who launched a great religion and inspired a vast empire. More important, Ramadan presents the main events of the Prophet's life in a way that highlights his spiritual and ethical teachings. The book underscores the significance of the Prophet's example for some of today's most controversial issues, such as the treatment of the poor, the role of women, Islamic criminal punishments, war, racism, and relations with other religions. Selecting those facts and stories from which we can draw a profound and vivid spiritual picture, the author asks how can the Prophet's life remain -- or become again -- an example, a model, and an inspiration? And how can Muslims move from formalism -- a fixation on ritual -- toward a committed spiritual and social presence? In this thoughtful and engaging biography, Ramadan offers Muslims a new understanding of Muhammad's life and he introduces non-Muslims not just to the story of the Prophet, but to the spiritual and ethical riches of Islam.

30 review for In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons from the Life of Muhammad

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rebekka Steg

    In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons from the Life of Muhammed by Tariq Ramadan is very well written. It is so easy to dig into, read and understand. It is beautifully written and was honestly a joy to read. In addition to its accessibility and beautiful language, the biography comes with an extensive list of references making it a highly educational and authoritative work. I greatly enjoyed learning more about the Prophet (pbuh) and his lives, and how his actions and ways of dealing with si In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons from the Life of Muhammed by Tariq Ramadan is very well written. It is so easy to dig into, read and understand. It is beautifully written and was honestly a joy to read. In addition to its accessibility and beautiful language, the biography comes with an extensive list of references making it a highly educational and authoritative work. I greatly enjoyed learning more about the Prophet (pbuh) and his lives, and how his actions and ways of dealing with situations can (and very relevantly I might add) be applied today. It really is lessons from the life of the Prophet (pbuh) that are highly relevant to us all, even today, and that we should all do our best to incorporate into our lives. I would highly recommend this book to muslims and non-muslims alike - it is highly relevant to us all.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I think reading about any prophet will endear you to the principles and ideas of the spiritual path their teachings laid before us. This is no exception, and I found it insightful into the life of the Prophet and the Muslim faith, especially with both being so maligned. Some of my favorite quotes from the book / Quran: In the creation of the heavens and the earth; in the alteand day; in the sailing of the hsops through the ocean for the profit of humankind; in the rain that God sends down from t I think reading about any prophet will endear you to the principles and ideas of the spiritual path their teachings laid before us. This is no exception, and I found it insightful into the life of the Prophet and the Muslim faith, especially with both being so maligned. Some of my favorite quotes from the book / Quran: In the creation of the heavens and the earth; in the alteand day; in the sailing of the hsops through the ocean for the profit of humankind; in the rain that God sends down from the skies, and the life with He then gives to the earth after it had been lifeless; in the beasts of all kind that He scatters through the earth; in the change of the winds, and the clouds that run their appointed courses between the sky and the earth; [here[ indeed are signs for a people who are wise. "You will not be able to guide [toward faith:] everyone whom you love; but God guides those whom He will, and He knows best those who receive guidance." "To you be your religion, and to me mine." Overall, wonderful reflections and meditations on living a life of charity, equality, companionship, worship, and prayer. I'm also particularly delighted to hear that Muhammad was fond of cats.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    I started reading this book immediately after finishing Martin Lings' excellent biography of the Prophet (pbuh), and I highly recommend reading the two together. Lings told the history of the Prophet in a way that made him human. Ramadan's book tells HOW the Prophet was human, and focuses in on selected incidents from the life of Muhammad to show how we can pragmatically learn from lived experience. As a Muslim, that's invaluable to the deepening of faith as we are required to learn from and fol I started reading this book immediately after finishing Martin Lings' excellent biography of the Prophet (pbuh), and I highly recommend reading the two together. Lings told the history of the Prophet in a way that made him human. Ramadan's book tells HOW the Prophet was human, and focuses in on selected incidents from the life of Muhammad to show how we can pragmatically learn from lived experience. As a Muslim, that's invaluable to the deepening of faith as we are required to learn from and follow the Prophet's example . For anyone, the lessons Muhammad lives out are eloquently yet simply stated here, and they present universal truths - as in the end all truth is universal. The events in Muhammad's life have lessons for almost every level of existence from integrity in military campaigns and politics to the respect for all living beings, including animals, plants and how we are to are to treat the environment around us (as a manifestation of the divine). Ramadan's works are excellent at pulling out the meaning behind the form, and attempting to answer the "why?" of the seeker.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lizzy

    Tariq Ramadan paints a thoughtful, careful picture of the Prophet (pbuh) in this biography. As stated in the beautiful introduction, this is not intended to contain all of the information about the Prophet (pbuh). Rather, the intent of the author is to highlight certain events in the life of the Prophet (pbuh) that illustrate his character, beliefs and ethics. This biography is timely, reminding both Muslims and non-Muslims of the forbearance, peacefulness and gentleness of the Beloved of God (p Tariq Ramadan paints a thoughtful, careful picture of the Prophet (pbuh) in this biography. As stated in the beautiful introduction, this is not intended to contain all of the information about the Prophet (pbuh). Rather, the intent of the author is to highlight certain events in the life of the Prophet (pbuh) that illustrate his character, beliefs and ethics. This biography is timely, reminding both Muslims and non-Muslims of the forbearance, peacefulness and gentleness of the Beloved of God (pbuh) in a time when hardliners and crazies seem to be coming out of the woodwork and stealing the soptlight every single time. Ramadan takes the time & space to look into the intentions behind the actions of the Prophet (pbuh). The book isn't as complete as Martin Lings' wonderful biography, but it's far more accessible. With Ramadan, we learn not only what the Prophet (pbuh) did, or what happened to him, but we're also invited to think about why he behaved the way he did. Thus he asserts, in a very balanced way, that it is not enough to have knowledge; the ability to derive wisdom from knowledge is what actually renders it precious.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    I know a lot of other people loved this book so take my comments with a grain of salt...I just wasn't too impressed, and still greatly prefer to read "Muhammad" by Martin Lings. But I think for non-Muslims this is a very good, clear book that's a great introduction to someone not as familiar with the Prophet Muhammad's life, peace be upon him

  6. 4 out of 5

    Hasham Rasool

    The life of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W), to whom the Angel Gabriel revealed the verse of the Quran, has provided inspiration to Muslims for hundreds of years. In The Messenger, leading Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan considers the ways in which the Prophet's actions, words and teachings can guide us in the modern world. Interspersed with spiritual and philosophical meditations, this profound and stimulating biography shows how Muhammad's message can be used to address some of today's most controversia The life of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W), to whom the Angel Gabriel revealed the verse of the Quran, has provided inspiration to Muslims for hundreds of years. In The Messenger, leading Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan considers the ways in which the Prophet's actions, words and teachings can guide us in the modern world. Interspersed with spiritual and philosophical meditations, this profound and stimulating biography shows how Muhammad's message can be used to address some of today's most controversial issues - from the treatment of the poor and the role of women to the interpretation of Jihad and relations with other religions. It offers Muslims a new understanding of Muhammad's life and introduces non-Muslims to the story of the Prophet and to the riches of Islam. I love this book wholeheartedly. I would recommend anyone to read this book Muslims and non Muslims.

  7. 5 out of 5

    ShriDurga

    For Christians the story of Jesus amounts to more than just the facts. The same is true for Buddhists of the Buddha, and Muslims of Mohammed. Believers affirm the uniqueness of the lives of their founders as proof that his way is divine, or in the case of Buddhists enlightened. But in their ardor to be worthy followers, they burnish the founder's image to such a degree that he is no longer interesting. There is no drama in his life because the founder is incapable of error. If he does err he doe For Christians the story of Jesus amounts to more than just the facts. The same is true for Buddhists of the Buddha, and Muslims of Mohammed. Believers affirm the uniqueness of the lives of their founders as proof that his way is divine, or in the case of Buddhists enlightened. But in their ardor to be worthy followers, they burnish the founder's image to such a degree that he is no longer interesting. There is no drama in his life because the founder is incapable of error. If he does err he does so only marginally and only so it can be shown what a humble and down-to-earth person he really was. The outcome, though, is never in doubt. If this is the kind of treatment of Mohammed you are looking for, then you won't be disappointed by Tariq Rammadan's "In the Footsteps of the Prophet." The great value I see in this approach is to make non-Muslims familiar with the ways in which Muslims understand the story of their founder. Those looking for something meatier are likely to be disappointed by Ramadan's sentimental hagiography, similar to what you might find in the Islamic equivalent of Sunday Bible School lessons. To alleviate the tediousness of the story I found myself halfway through looking for alternate lessons, different ways of interpreting Mohammed's life. The prophet is said to have respect for animals, saving a litter of puppies, but engages in animal sacrifice. The prophet has respect for the religious practices of others, but goes about smashing the art of unbelievers and blackmailing his adversaries into converting to Islam. He preaches love and forbearance, but orders the execution of 600 captives. He abhors slavery, but on capturing a city doles out the women as loot to his army. Perhaps the greatest lesson from Mohammed's life is that if you want to unite disparate illiterate tribes into a state, you need a charismatic leader with a unifying theme. #

  8. 4 out of 5

    asra

    While based on traditional sources, this isn't your typical biography of Muhammad. It differs in that Ramadan often comments on the prophet's spiritual motivations. This is an absolutely refreshing angle. For example, the way Ramadan speaks of the prophet's proximity to nature (eg: the cave, the desert, trees, animals, etc.) reveals the absolute necessity of observing, understanding, respecting, and appreciating nature as an avenue towards knowing God and drawing closer to Him -- before the reve While based on traditional sources, this isn't your typical biography of Muhammad. It differs in that Ramadan often comments on the prophet's spiritual motivations. This is an absolutely refreshing angle. For example, the way Ramadan speaks of the prophet's proximity to nature (eg: the cave, the desert, trees, animals, etc.) reveals the absolute necessity of observing, understanding, respecting, and appreciating nature as an avenue towards knowing God and drawing closer to Him -- before the revelation of the Qur'an, nature and its phenomena were the "signs" (ayat if you will) that God used to manifest Himself to Muhammad. This perspective alone makes the biography priceless.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This simply told tale of the Prophet of Islam is beautiful to read and easy to understand. Instructive and educational, and evocative in its ability to penetrate the motivations and personality of Mohammed, it takes the reader on an emotional journey, if not a spiritual one, in which we can feel we begin to understand an outstanding person, and the lessons of humility and wisdom which made him such an example that his message spread to the world. No need to be a moslem to feel you can gain somet This simply told tale of the Prophet of Islam is beautiful to read and easy to understand. Instructive and educational, and evocative in its ability to penetrate the motivations and personality of Mohammed, it takes the reader on an emotional journey, if not a spiritual one, in which we can feel we begin to understand an outstanding person, and the lessons of humility and wisdom which made him such an example that his message spread to the world. No need to be a moslem to feel you can gain something valuable and meaningful by reading the life story of such an exemplary person.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    My second reading of this book brought me even more joy and insight than the first. I deeply appreciate Ramadan's attention to equality, freedom, reason, and love throughout the life of the Prophet (PBUH). I recommend this book for personal and small group use and especially for multifaith/interfaith groups that seek greater understanding and appreciation of each other's faith traditions. Ramadan treats many of the "difficult" texts and hadith (traditions passed down of the life of the Prophet [ My second reading of this book brought me even more joy and insight than the first. I deeply appreciate Ramadan's attention to equality, freedom, reason, and love throughout the life of the Prophet (PBUH). I recommend this book for personal and small group use and especially for multifaith/interfaith groups that seek greater understanding and appreciation of each other's faith traditions. Ramadan treats many of the "difficult" texts and hadith (traditions passed down of the life of the Prophet [PBUH]) that are used to justify inequality, intolerance, and war. Particularly important, given contemporary events and uses of the term, are how Tariq Ramadan gives context and greater meaning to shura (consultation - democracy is one way of practicing shura) and jihad. One of Tariq Ramadan's finest and most accessible works, and required reading for people committed to living in a peaceful pluralist world.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shaimaa Ali

    This work is a real Masterpiece!! Not only Ramadan managed to illustrate Prophet Muhammad's life in a page-turning book, but he also did commented on certain events with words of wisdom that reflected his deep understanding. For me reading lots of books in Arabic & by lots of famous writers & learning 'Sirah" through my whole life, I was thinking what new this book will bring? ..but it did brought me sincerity, spirtualit and even more .. His writing was amazing, it really reflects his love & his This work is a real Masterpiece!! Not only Ramadan managed to illustrate Prophet Muhammad's life in a page-turning book, but he also did commented on certain events with words of wisdom that reflected his deep understanding. For me reading lots of books in Arabic & by lots of famous writers & learning 'Sirah" through my whole life, I was thinking what new this book will bring? ..but it did brought me sincerity, spirtualit and even more .. His writing was amazing, it really reflects his love & his profound insights into prophet Muhammad's life ... A highly recommended read for Muslims & Non-muslims alike, but the style & writing is dedicated more for the non-muslim reader .. Which is really needed. Comparing this book to a short introductory to Islam by Sayyed Huessen Nasr, Nasr book was full of Arabic words & lots of notes that would distract foreign reader, while Ramadan's style was flawless & easy to follow, as if I was reading it in Arabic! طبت حيا وطبت ميتا سيدى يا رسول الله

  12. 4 out of 5

    susan

    This is a beautifully written biography of the Prophet (PBUH) of Islam. I don't know quite how to describe the tone of the author - sad, reflective, pensive - but it is one of the most beautiful biographies I have ever read. I've been told that when the Quran is read in Arabic it has a tone that is of this nature. The most useful aspect of the narrative is in how he links various revelations in the Quran to the events in the Prophet's life. I certainly have a new appreciation for certain passages This is a beautifully written biography of the Prophet (PBUH) of Islam. I don't know quite how to describe the tone of the author - sad, reflective, pensive - but it is one of the most beautiful biographies I have ever read. I've been told that when the Quran is read in Arabic it has a tone that is of this nature. The most useful aspect of the narrative is in how he links various revelations in the Quran to the events in the Prophet's life. I certainly have a new appreciation for certain passages, now that I understand their context. This book is very readable and very approachable; no previous knowledge of Islam is necessary to appreciate this book to its deepest of levels.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ayesha

    An easy read compared to most books like these, but as you study the seerah in depth, you're left feeling unsatisfied by this book. Perhaps my error was to read it at the same time as studying. It serves well as an introduction and I love the way Ramadan writes, but if your intention is to learn seerah, then would recommend additional sources. I will try his other works. There are some very beautiful passages in this book and I have been brought to tears many times. The conclusions Ramadan draws An easy read compared to most books like these, but as you study the seerah in depth, you're left feeling unsatisfied by this book. Perhaps my error was to read it at the same time as studying. It serves well as an introduction and I love the way Ramadan writes, but if your intention is to learn seerah, then would recommend additional sources. I will try his other works. There are some very beautiful passages in this book and I have been brought to tears many times. The conclusions Ramadan draws are worth pondering upon and bring the seerah to life. It is very beautifully described and not bogged down with details so I can see myself re-visiting this book every few years to re-connect with the seerah after my in-depth studies, Insha'Allah. I would recommend the book for Ramadan's unique style but also advise the use of additional sources to study the seerah in depth.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lubna

    I know I have been giving an awful lot of 5 stars out lately but really, I have been reading such great stuff. This is a great analysis of the life of the Prophet - its not a traditional biography but rather it goes over the events in the Prophet's life and derives various ethical and moral lessons from his experiences. Its a great introduction to the life of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) for both non-Muslims seeking to learn more about Islam and Muslim's seeking greater understanding I know I have been giving an awful lot of 5 stars out lately but really, I have been reading such great stuff. This is a great analysis of the life of the Prophet - its not a traditional biography but rather it goes over the events in the Prophet's life and derives various ethical and moral lessons from his experiences. Its a great introduction to the life of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) for both non-Muslims seeking to learn more about Islam and Muslim's seeking greater understanding of their faith. Highly recommend it to all.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ade Bailey

    I like it so far. It is written in short chapters. The history is from classical sources, orthodox, and a space is given for reflection in each section. Ramadan writes well, and his expressive form carries the sense (I mean sense in the sense of sense, bodily incorporation) of what I find has often been expressed in a castrated form, such as, for instance, the idea of submission.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Muhamed

    This must be one of the better books on the history of early years of Islam and the life of the Prophet. What makes it unique is that it includes many teachings and saying of him too and it's not merely a narration of life events. This adds life to the book and gives a taste of prophet's character too. I truly like this book for this reason. Like many other books it did disappoint me with regards to neglect of the role of Ali especially in the event of prophet's speech in their farewell hajj pil This must be one of the better books on the history of early years of Islam and the life of the Prophet. What makes it unique is that it includes many teachings and saying of him too and it's not merely a narration of life events. This adds life to the book and gives a taste of prophet's character too. I truly like this book for this reason. Like many other books it did disappoint me with regards to neglect of the role of Ali especially in the event of prophet's speech in their farewell hajj pilgrimage. But I am starting to get used to this as many other new authors are doing the same following a certain sect's view o history. However, this did not stop me from enjoying the book at all and would recommend it to others for sure.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nabilah M.

    This is the first Ramadan’s book that I ever read and considering his background as the grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, I have preconceived high expectation on his writing and I am not disappointed a tad at all. One of the striking differences that this book has offered is that instead of writing narratives or listing down all the important events that had occurred throughout the beloved Prophet Muhammad’s life, he chooses to write dissections of those events. In another word, This is the first Ramadan’s book that I ever read and considering his background as the grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, I have preconceived high expectation on his writing and I am not disappointed a tad at all. One of the striking differences that this book has offered is that instead of writing narratives or listing down all the important events that had occurred throughout the beloved Prophet Muhammad’s life, he chooses to write dissections of those events. In another word, this is a very reflective book whereby he takes another way of approaching the seerah – he talks about the underlying messages enshrouding each event. For this, I am impressed. For this, this is one of my favourite books that tells about the prophetic life of Prophet Muhammad. Prophet Muhammad as some books have falsely allegedly portrayed him as feeble and wrongly gave the idea that he wasn't an idealist. However, this book sheds another light in which I believe that’s how Prophet Muhammad’s life should be viewed, by not merely literally taking into account his life without considering the hidden messages of his so-called unconventional method. For instance, Ramadan’s portrayal of Prophet Muhammad as an excellent murabbi (teacher) who used paradoxical statements and invoked questions that stimulated his companions’ criticality and went beyond mere blind obedience. Again and again Rasulullah reminded his companions:do we seek wealth in this world or peace in the hereafter? As such, us remain human beings, with weaknesses n temptations, we need reminders, spiritual education and patience. Additionally, the blending of sorrow and joy reminded us of the fragility of life and of our relationship to the One. Nothing was ever acquired to last. Thus, these are the footsteps of Rasulullah. This is how we should have viewed the seerah – to walk in the shoes of Rasulullah.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Serene

    Perhaps me giving this book 3 stars has more to do with my expectations than with the book itself. I prefer writers on the life of the Prophet to take one of two approaches: either relate his life simply and directly, with only enough analysis to explain the background and significance of events to a modern audience (my favorite in this field is still Martin Lings _Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources_), or to make the analysis the focus of the book and not try to stick to a chronolo Perhaps me giving this book 3 stars has more to do with my expectations than with the book itself. I prefer writers on the life of the Prophet to take one of two approaches: either relate his life simply and directly, with only enough analysis to explain the background and significance of events to a modern audience (my favorite in this field is still Martin Lings _Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources_), or to make the analysis the focus of the book and not try to stick to a chronological telling. Ramadan takes a middle road, relating the biography chronologically but frequently interjecting with his interpretation of events, which I found jarring and repetitive. On the one hand, it was hard to immerse myself in the story. On the other hand, I was reading the book for mainly for Ramadan's analysis and found I had to skim through event descriptions to get to his interpretations. Perhaps someone coming to the biography for the first time wouldn't have such problems, but I think lots of analysis isn't too good for the first-time reader either. Now all that said, I did enjoy Ramadan's insights. He focuses particularly on issues relevant to modern Muslims living in the West -- the Prophet's dealings with non-Muslims, his practice of "shura" (analogous to democracy), his notes on the Prophet's spiritual relationship with God. They made the book worth reading. It would have been nicer, though, if he'd organized the book on the points he wanted to make rather than chronology.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mehwish Mughal

    “In the hours of dawn when the book was written, there was silence, meditative solitude, and the experience of a journey, beyond time and space, toward the heart, the essence of spiritual quest, and initiation into meaning, Moments of plenitude, and often of tears; of contemplation and vulnerability. I needed this.” – Tariq Ramadan I needed this too. I found that the best time to read the book was when it was written – in the early hours of dawn. The silence and peace helped me contemplate and fa “In the hours of dawn when the book was written, there was silence, meditative solitude, and the experience of a journey, beyond time and space, toward the heart, the essence of spiritual quest, and initiation into meaning, Moments of plenitude, and often of tears; of contemplation and vulnerability. I needed this.” – Tariq Ramadan I needed this too. I found that the best time to read the book was when it was written – in the early hours of dawn. The silence and peace helped me contemplate and face my own fears. The dried up tears on the pages of this book provide a testimony to my inner struggle and outer gratitude. I was able to retreat into the deepest part of my heart. This book is a spiritual journey cutting through time and space and gently providing a platform to stand on and witness the most epic unfolding of the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). Humility, love, affection, firmness, gentleness, righteousness, justice, forgiveness, sincerity, honesty, truthfulness, politeness, patience, tolerance, generosity, kindness, compassion, cooperation, modesty, humbleness are but a few noble characteristics of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), who through his teachings and life set an example for humanity to follow. A must read for Muslims and Non-Muslims who desire to understand the early days of Islam and the exemplary life of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bruce

    Tariq Ramadan’s “In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons form the Life of Muhammad” is a discussion of events in the life of the Messenger of God. Comparisons can be made to other Prophets in the Abrahamic faiths and those of other cultures. Ramadan points out that Muhammad was kind, gentle and patient. He forgave his enemies and laid down rules to be followed by Muslims. The author does not make any mention the current factions within Islam. However, reading this work with general background k Tariq Ramadan’s “In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons form the Life of Muhammad” is a discussion of events in the life of the Messenger of God. Comparisons can be made to other Prophets in the Abrahamic faiths and those of other cultures. Ramadan points out that Muhammad was kind, gentle and patient. He forgave his enemies and laid down rules to be followed by Muslims. The author does not make any mention the current factions within Islam. However, reading this work with general background knowledge of various claims by allegedly religious sects one can see the disparity between ‘faith’ and action. The book is written in short chapters that concentrate on various events in the Prophet’s life while intermixing history and philosophy to provide a context to Muhammad’s actions and ‘sayings’. In his conclusion, Ramadan notes Muhammad had the ‘freedom of a being who loves justice and does not allow himself to be entrapped by passions springing from his race, nation, or identity.’ It is unfortunate that, as with most religions, a small group have hijacked the name and warped the message by picking and choosing phrases to support their parochial views. If you are interested in some of the differing views within Islam I recommend “The Great Theft” by Khaled Abou El Fadl and “Heart of Islam” by Seyyed Hossein Nasr.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Emina

    If you have never read the seerah of the prophet and are intending to read one to understand what kind of a person he was, this is the book for you. If you have read other seerahs' then you will really appreciate the style of this book due to its beautiful descriptions, essential and analytical notes and comments articulated through the most poetic flow of words, and last but not least; the inevitable feeling and realizations within yourself that this book brings to the table. I thought I knew t If you have never read the seerah of the prophet and are intending to read one to understand what kind of a person he was, this is the book for you. If you have read other seerahs' then you will really appreciate the style of this book due to its beautiful descriptions, essential and analytical notes and comments articulated through the most poetic flow of words, and last but not least; the inevitable feeling and realizations within yourself that this book brings to the table. I thought I knew the prophet by now. I knew I loved, respected and followed him. But this book reaches beyond those feelings and thoughts as mere aspirations and simple efforts. It made me weep, smile and feel his struggles and psycological battles. Tariq ramadan has by no means rejected or ignored any fact nor has he fabricated any scenarios, but it is most clear that the author has put his heart and soul into this book and wrote out of love about his love. I could feel every word. For sure my fav so far. So what are you waiting for?

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jehan

    Such a refreshing account of the life the Prophet (SAW). I was hoping for a more intimate account of his daily life though, however, there were some lovely anecdotes that inspired so much awe. For example, the way he treated his wives, his love for animals, and his excellent skills as a leader and negotiator. The last few paragraphs, which details the Prophet's last concerns for the future Ummah, were especially poignant. His primary concern was that people will fall for the riches of this world Such a refreshing account of the life the Prophet (SAW). I was hoping for a more intimate account of his daily life though, however, there were some lovely anecdotes that inspired so much awe. For example, the way he treated his wives, his love for animals, and his excellent skills as a leader and negotiator. The last few paragraphs, which details the Prophet's last concerns for the future Ummah, were especially poignant. His primary concern was that people will fall for the riches of this world (and indeed they have). That had me reflecting for a while after completing this book; in fact, I still ponder about it. Throughout this book, I found myself questioning and trying to be a better person as a result of the events related in The Messenger. Tariq Ramadan is a master at creating Islamic conversation for an audience that is intrinsically more modern, liberal, open-minded and critical of everything, not just religion.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ali

    This was a quick read, and while I can't compare it to the other books on the life of the Prophet (peace be upon him), I'd say it's very good. It reads like a novel, and it's not a dry text. On the contrary, it paints a vivid picture of his life, what he faced, the trials he went through, etc, but without going into extreme details. It gives you the highlights, along with the author's own interpretation and present-day application of the trails and lessons learned some 1400 years ago.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Hafsa

    This book does two things in a beautiful historical and spiritual narrative: 1. Increase your love, appreciation,and awe of the Prophet (peace be upon him). 2. Apply the themes from the life of the Prophet (PBUH) to modern-day issues, not so much on a societal level, but more on an individual level, looking into the character of the Prophet (PBUH)and how he truly serves as a model for humankind. Tariq Ramadan is great--I am looking forward to reading more from him.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Asmaa Kamel

    Definitely worth reading and I guess I'll read it again! The idea of coming up with reflections on the different aspects of the Prophet's life (peace be upon him) is new and rather interesting compared with the mere narrative of the events of his life found in most other books. I guess this is an open invitation for everyone to write their own reflections on the Prophet's life and use them as a way to converse with the thoughts in the book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dominic

    If you want to understand Islam this is a very good book to explain its origins.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Yorgos

    The book is very good and written with care and heart. I gave only three stars because i wanted it to be more detailed and analytical. But may be it was not meant to be that way, by its author.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sadia

    In the footsteps of the Prophet (lessons from the life of Muhammad) By Tariq Ramadan Genre: Non-fiction, Biography, Religion. Rate: 4.8/5 💚💚💚💚💛 This book is written precisely but with vivid details on the learning from the major incidents of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw). Tariq Ramadan has not focuses on the story of the Prophet's life to explain or describe it like a biography, rather his focus was what that story or event taught us and how its relevant and applicable in this days too. In th In the footsteps of the Prophet (lessons from the life of Muhammad) By Tariq Ramadan Genre: Non-fiction, Biography, Religion. Rate: 4.8/5 💚💚💚💚💛 This book is written precisely but with vivid details on the learning from the major incidents of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw). Tariq Ramadan has not focuses on the story of the Prophet's life to explain or describe it like a biography, rather his focus was what that story or event taught us and how its relevant and applicable in this days too. In this book author have not turn down any facts of the Prophet 's life but added his own interpretations and learning out of that facts. To me, it is kind of reflecting and pointing out the learning from the Prophet's biography which is a unique approach. As reading biography not always make you reflect on the learning from it, but this book definitely instills the urge of looking over one's own life and how to implement the lessons, which is one of the of the many asperitions of this book and that purpose served very well for me! This book seems to me like a catalyst. Make my seerah readings more persuasive and compelling. I will suggest, while reading an inclusive detail biography of Prophet Muhammad (saw), read this book as supporting one, thus it will increase the efficiency of learning from the biography and make the reading more delectable. (I read 'ar raheeq al makhtum' and this book together). In a nustshell, in this Ramadan, aforemnetioned books gave me incredible good times. And this excellent, intriguing book is my first reading of this author and looking forward to read few more of his writing.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nausheena

    Beautifully written. Not just a biography. I drew lessons from his leadership style. Even though you know the Prophet Muhammad S has passed away, I still cried my heart out at the end. It's like being on a journey.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nayyer Rahman

    One of the best books on the life and teachings of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

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