Muhammad The Messenger of God: An Analysis of the Prophet's Life

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The message the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, brought in the seventh century did not only change a small community in the Arabian Peninsula. Over one-fifth of the world population today testifies to him as the final Messenger of God. His voice is still heard in the modern age as powerfully and influentially as it was fourteen centuries ago when he emerged as one single man to convey the will of God to humanity. In this book, Guuml;len delves deep into the reasons as to how a single man -- with no means of power -- was able to leave such indelible marks on millions of minds and souls. Rather than listing events in a chronological biography, Guuml;len follows an analytical framework of the Prophet's mission and character, providing numerous accounts from his lifetime. Guuml;len presents the Prophet in the different roles he assumed within his community as a father, husband, statesman, chief of staff, and an individual with utmost compassion, wisdom, grace, humility, and trustworthiness. One of the most celebrated teachers of Islam in Turkey, Guuml;len is outstanding with his double-winged intellectual background that is embedded in traditional Islamic scholarship on the one hand and his progressive vision on the other. "Muhammad: The Messenger of God" is regarded as Guuml;len's masterpiece and has been published in 12 languages.

Author Biography

M. Fethullah Gülen 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.

Table of Contents

About the Authorp. xi
A General Introductionp. xvii
The Prophet Sent as a Mercyp. 1
The dark period of ignorancep. 3
The Prophet's life before his Prophethoodp. 5
The awaited Prophetp. 9
The Torah and the Psalmsp. 9
The Gospelsp. 12
Many others awaited the Prophetp. 14
Why Prophets Are Sentp. 21
To illuminate humanity's wayp. 23
To guide people to the service of Godp. 25
To teach people God's lawsp. 26
To be examplesp. 28
To establish balancep. 30
To be God's witnessesp. 31
Characteristics of Prophetsp. 33
Total dependence on Revelation and submission to Godp. 35
Trustworthiness and asking no wagep. 36
Complete sincerityp. 38
Calling people wisely and with kindnessp. 39
Calling humanity to God's Unityp. 40
The Essentials of Prophethoodp. 41
Truthfulnessp. 43
Some of his predictionsp. 47
Trustworthinessp. 66
The Trustworthiness of God's Messengerp. 67
Specific eventsp. 68
His relations with othersp. 69
Communicationp. 75
A comprehensive invitation to Godp. 76
The methodp. 77
Consistent effortp. 79
Further remarksp. 83
Other important pointsp. 86
Intellectp. 91
Examples of his intellectual capacityp. 92
Concise speechp. 96
Infallibilityp. 120
Removing doubtsp. 126
Individual examplesp. 128
Prophet Adamp. 129
Prophet Noahp. 131
Prophet Abrahamp. 133
Prophet Josephp. 140
Prophet Muhammadp. 142
No bodily or mental defectsp. 154
Job's afflictionsp. 154
Moses' speech impedimentp. 155
Prophet Muhammad as Husband and Fatherp. 157
The Prophet and his wivesp. 159
The Prophet's consultation with his wivesp. 161
The choice God's Messenger gave to his wivesp. 163
God's Messenger and childrenp. 165
"You are with those whom you love"p. 170
Why he had more than one wifep. 171
Prophet Muhammad as Educatorp. 181
The educational atmospherep. 183
Islam addresses all human facultiesp. 184
Educating by examplep. 187
Essentials of a good educationp. 188
Further remarksp. 193
The Military Dimensionp. 199
Jihadp. 202
The greater and lesser jihadp. 203
Jihad's stages and main principlesp. 207
Some rulesp. 211
Military expeditionsp. 216
Expeditionsp. 219
A general evaluationp. 221
The Battlesp. 222
The Battle of Badrp. 223
The Battle of Uhudp. 228
The Battle of the Trenchp. 239
Toward the conquest of Makkap. 244
The conquest of Makka and its aftermathp. 246
The Battle of Hunaynp. 247
The Expedition to Tabukp. 249
A general evaluation of his military achievementsp. 250
A Universal Leaderp. 257
His appointment of competent peoplep. 259
He knew his peoplep. 260
His wisdomp. 261
Merging two different communitiesp. 262
Consultationp. 265
A manifest victory: The Treaty of Hudaybiyap. 267
Ending racismp. 272
The last wordp. 273
Other Dimensions of His Prophethoodp. 277
His prayers and supplicationsp. 279
The Prophet of universal mercyp. 283
His mildness and forbearancep. 289
His generosityp. 294
His modestyp. 297
The ethos generated by the Messengerp. 300
The "Garden" of Muhammadp. 301
The Sunna and Its Place in Islamic Legislationp. 313
The Sunna and its rolep. 315
Categories of the Sunnap. 316
The Verbal Sunnap. 316
The Practical Sunnap. 317
The Sunna Based on Approvalp. 317
The Sunna in the Qur'anp. 318
The Sunna in the Traditionsp. 320
The Sunna's functionsp. 320
Establishing the Sunnap. 325
The Sunna had to be establishedp. 327
Other motivesp. 329
The Companions and the Sunnap. 333
Further remarks on the Sunna's importancep. 336
Relating the Traditionsp. 337
The Messenger's warning and the Companions' self-controlp. 337
Literal narrationp. 339
Verificationp. 340
Ensuring authenticityp. 345
Examplesp. 348
The number of authentic Traditionsp. 357
Recording the Traditionsp. 361
The Companions and the Tabi'unp. 367
The Companionsp. 369
Factors in their greatnessp. 371
Relation to Messengershipp. 371
The benefits of companyp. 371
Truthfulnessp. 372
The atmosphere created by Revelationp. 372
The difficulty of the circumstancesp. 373
The Companions in the Qur'anp. 375
The Companions in Hadithp. 376
The Companions who excelled in narrating Traditionsp. 379
The Tabi'unp. 389
Notesp. 399
The Life of the Prophet in Chronological Orderp. 423
Indexp. 427
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