The Messenger of God: Muhammad

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A compilation of Fethullah Gulen's sermons on the life of the prophet, the book offers us a deeper understanding of God's Messenger through looking into his exemplary life from different aspects.

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Overview

A compilation of Fethullah Gulen's sermons on the life of the prophet, the book offers us a deeper understanding of God's Messenger through looking into his exemplary life from different aspects.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597841375
  • Publisher: Tughra Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Edition description: Second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 430
  • Sales rank: 1,038,331
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

M. Fethullah G├╝len is a writer, a poet, and a public speaker on issues related to Islam. He is the author of Essentials of the Islamic Faith and Toward a Global Civilization of Love and Tolerance.

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Table of Contents

About the Author xi

A General Introduction xvii

Chapter 1 The Prophet Sent as a Mercy 1

The dark period of ignorance 3

The Prophet's life before his Prophethood 5

The awaited Prophet 9

The Torah and the Psalms 9

The Gospels 12

Many others awaited the Prophet 14

Chapter 2 Why Prophets Are Sent 21

To illuminate humanity's way 23

To guide people to the service of God 25

To teach people God's laws 26

To be examples 28

To establish balance 30

To be God's witnesses 31

Chapter 3 Characteristics of Prophets 33

Total dependence on Revelation and submission to God 35

Trustworthiness and asking no wage 36

Complete sincerity 38

Calling people wisely and with kindness 39

Calling humanity to God's Unity 40

Chapter 4 The Essentials of Prophethood 41

Truthfulness 43

Some of his predictions 47

Trustworthiness 66

The Trustworthiness of God's Messenger 67

Specific events 68

His relations with others 69

Communication 75

A comprehensive invitation to God 76

The method 77

Consistent effort 79

Further remarks 83

Other important points 86

Intellect 91

Examples of his intellectual capacity 92

Concise speech 96

Infallibility 120

Removing doubts 126

Individual examples 128

Prophet Adam 129

Prophet Noah 131

Prophet Abraham 133

Prophet Joseph 140

Prophet Muhammad 142

No bodily or mental defects 154

Job's afflictions 154

Moses' speech impediment 155

Chapter 5 Prophet Muhammad as Husband and Father 157

The Prophet and his wives 159

The Prophet's consultation with his wives 161

The choice God's Messenger gave to his wives 163

God's Messenger and children 165

"You are with those whom you love" 170

Why he had morethan one wife 171

Chapter 6 Prophet Muhammad as Educator 181

The educational atmosphere 183

Islam addresses all human faculties 184

Educating by example 187

Essentials of a good education 188

Further remarks 193

Chapter 7 The Military Dimension 199

Jihad 202

The greater and lesser jihad 203

Jihad's stages and main principles 207

Some rules 211

Military expeditions 216

Expeditions 219

A general evaluation 221

The Battles 222

The Battle of Badr 223

The Battle of Uhud 228

The Battle of the Trench 239

Toward the conquest of Makka 244

The conquest of Makka and its aftermath 246

The Battle of Hunayn 247

The Expedition to Tabuk 249

A general evaluation of his military achievements 250

Chapter 8 A Universal Leader 257

His appointment of competent people 259

He knew his people 260

His wisdom 261

Merging two different communities 262

Consultation 265

A manifest victory: The Treaty of Hudaybiya 267

Ending racism 272

The last word 273

Chapter 9 Other Dimensions of His Prophethood 277

His prayers and supplications 279

The Prophet of universal mercy 283

His mildness and forbearance 289

His generosity 294

His modesty 297

The ethos generated by the Messenger 300

The "Garden" of Muhammad 301

Chapter 10 The Sunna and Its Place in Islamic Legislation 313

The Sunna and its role 315

Categories of the Sunna 316

The Verbal Sunna 316

The Practical Sunna 317

The Sunna Based on Approval 317

The Sunna in the Qur'an 318

The Sunna in the Traditions 320

The Sunna's functions 320

Chapter 11 Establishing the Sunna 325

The Sunna had to be established 327

Other motives 329

The Companions and the Sunna 333

Further remarks on the Sunna's importance 336

Relating the Traditions 337

The Messenger's warning and the Companions' self-control 337

Literal narration 339

Verification 340

Ensuring authenticity 345

Examples 348

The number of authentic Traditions 357

Recording the Traditions 361

Chapter 12 The Companions and the Tabi'un 367

The Companions 369

Factors in their greatness 371

Relation to Messengership 371

The benefits of company 371

Truthfulness 372

The atmosphere created by Revelation 372

The difficulty of the circumstances 373

The Companions in the Qur'an 375

The Companions in Hadith 376

The Companions who excelled in narrating Traditions 379

The Tabi'un 389

Notes 399

The Life of the Prophet in Chronological Order 423

Index 427

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