This biography of Prophet Muhammad sallalahu ‘alayhi wassalam is the first written by a contemporary Muslim scholar. It includes complete coverage of the Prophet’s life, a detailed analysis of pre-Islamic Arabia, the situational context of revelation and a comparative study of the basics of Islamic and western civilizations.
Muhammad Husayn Haykal is well known to the Arabic readers; his many books obviate the need for a lengthy introduction. Having studied in Egypt and France, Haykal mastered the technique of historical research and scholarship. Although at first he was carried away by the tide of westernizing modernism, after two decades of involvement in Egypt’s struggle for liberation from colonial Britain and a prodigious amount of literary output, Haykal’s Islamic roots drew him back to Islamic studies. He devoted the rest of his career to the study of the life of the Prophet and his companions, may Allah be pleased with them all. Four masterpieces were the result: The Life of Muhammad, The Life of Abu Bakar, The Life of ‘Umar al-Faruq and The Home of Revelation.
The late Ismail Raji al Faruqi (1921-1986) who translated this work, was recognized as an authority on Islam and comparative religion. A Palestinian by birth, Prof. Faruqi was the author of several books, among them: Al-Tawhhid: It’s Implications for Thought and Life, Trialogue of the Abrahamic Faiths, Christian Ethics and Historical Atlas of the Religions of the World. His other monumental works, The Cultural Atlas of Islam, was co-authored with his wide Dr. Lois Lamya Faruqi. The Faruqis fell victim to an assassin’s knife in the early hours of May 27th, 1986 in their house in Philadelphia, U.S.A.