Life of the Prophet in Makkah

 Life of the Prophet in Makkah : New,
*[A5] Paperback - 240 pages, Revised Edition,
*by Zakaria Bashier,
Published by the Islamic Foundation.



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This book is based on original Arabic sources and modern writings on the Sirah, is a powerful restatement of the Makkan life of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and a searching analysis of the Jahiliyah environment in which the blessings of Islam produced a generation of people who not only became the finest embodiment of human conduct but typified the highest virtues of faith and endurance.



The author has not only breathed a new freshness into the subject but has focused on the Sirah in the context of the Prophet's, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, mission as reflected in the Qur'an. The focus moves beautifully and meaningfully from man to mission, from individual to movement, from past to present and the future, from chronicle of events to ethos of society and history. In paying homage and showing reverence to the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, some authors have exceeded proper limits while others have not been able to adequately highlight the multi-dimensional aspects of the Prophetic life. Dr. Zakaria Bashier however has succeeded in striking a balance and presenting in the book a graphic and inspiring picture of the Sirah of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace.





Dr. Zakaria Bashier was born in Sudan and educated at the Universities of Khartoum, Durham (UK) and Pittsburgh (USA). He was appointed a lecturer at Khartoum University in 1973. He served at King Abdul aziz University, Jeddah, as Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies and the Islamic Foundation as senior Research Fellow. In 1982 he was elected to parliament of Sudan, and subsequently appointed as a State Minister and Chairmen of the Parliamentary Committee for Higher Education and Scientific Research. At present he is teaching at the University of Al-Ain, UAE. His publications include: Islamic Path to Social Change, Jeddah, 1977; The Hijra, Story and Significance, Leicester, 1983; Philosophical Aspects of Ibn KhaldunÆs Prolegomena, Khartoum, 1985; Al-Gahzali on the Quranic Philosophy Al-Ain (UAE) 1989; he Methodology of Jabir ibn Hayyan, AL-Ain (UAE), 1989, Sunshine at Madinah, Leicester, 1990.





Table of Contents :


---Acknowledgements,
---Preface,
---Preface to Revised Edition,


Chapter [1]. Pre-Islamic Arabia,
---The Bedouin Mode of Life,
---The Town Dwelling Folk,
---Characteristics of the Pre-Islamic Arab,
------Karamah,
------Karam,
--------(i). Jud,
--------(ii).Muruwwah,
--------(iii). Najdah,
---Outstanding Individuals.

Chapter [2]. Makkah and the Quraysh,
---The Ancient Sanctuary,
---The Tribe of Quraysh,
---Qusayy and the Building of Makkah,
---The Conflict between the Descendents of Qusayy,
---The Feud between 'Abd Shams and Hashim,
---The Animosity between Umayyah and Hashim,
---The Emergence of 'Abd al-Muttalib,
---The Prophet's, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, Father,
---The Year of the Prophet's, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, Birth
------(i). The invasion of Makkah by the Abyssinians,
------(ii). The short-lived 'Abd Allah,
---The Birth of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace,
---The Death of Amina,.

Chapter [3]. The Search for God,
---The Trip to Syria with Abu Talib,
---The Fijar War,
---Hilf al-Fudul (Alliance of the Virtuous),
---Khadijah al-Kubra,
---The Quraysh rebuild the Ka'bah,
---Social Disorder in Makkah,
---Meditation at Mount Hira.

Chapter [4]. Prophethood
,
---Divine Election and Education,
---Ibn Khaldun's Theory of Prophecy,
------The Nature of Prophetic Experience,
------Criteria for Recognising a Genuine Prophetic Experience,
---The First Revelation,
---Deceit, Sincere Illusion or Authentic Inspiration,
---The Significance of the Hira Experience,
---The Second Coming of the Archangel Gabriel,
---Chronological Order of the First Qur'anic Revelations.

Chapter [5]. The Call to Islam in Makkah - The Private Stage,
---The Early Doctrines of Islam,
------The Call to Monotheism,
------The Affirmation,
------Social and Economic Implications,
------Eschatological Reckoning,
---Chronological Order of the Early Surahs,
---The First Converts to Islam,
---Observations Concerning the First Muslim Converts,
---The First Muslims - Aspects of their Character and Achievements.

Chapter [6]. The Call to islam in Makkah - The Public Stage,
---The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, as a Warner,
---Condemnation of Quraysh Attitudes and Institutions,
---Quraysh pressure on Abu Talib,
---The Quraysh seek a Compromise,
---Islam Continues to Spread - Quraysh Persecution,
---The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, Leads the struggle,
---Abu Talib's Protection,
---The Conversion of Hamzah, may Allah be pleased with him,
---The Conversion of 'Umar, may Allah be pleased with him.

Chapter [7]. Persecution,
---The First Hijrah to Abyssinia
---The Second Hijrah to Abyssinia
---Rumours about Mass Conversion of Makkah (or the Satanic Verses),
---The boycott of Banu Hashim,
---The Year of Grief,
---The Trip to at-Taif.

Chapter [8]. The Tide Turns
,
---The Isra and the Miraj,
---The Winning of Yathrib,
------The First 'Aqabah Pledge,
------The Second 'Aqabah Pledge,
---The Hijrah to Yathrib.



---Appendix I : The Isra and Miraj : A Fuller account of an Epoch-making event,
---Appendix II: The 'Satanic Verses' and the Orientalists,
---Index.





NB:*

Although there are better Sirah books on the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, this book contains some aspects and details uncovered by the others. Ideal for historians, for reference and for chronological details.






*Dimensions : 21 x 14.9 x 1.8cm.








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