Professor Guillaume is not merely offering a translation of the received text of the biography of Muhammad, as recorded by Ibn Hisham from al-Bakka’i, from Ibn Ishaq. His work is a translation of his own reconstruction of Ibn Ishaq ….
… one gathers from the concluding words on page v that the translator hopes that his translation will ‘help to further cooperation and friendliness between my country and the Islamic world.’ This is an aim which is, of course, more expedient than academic, but it is nevertheless a commendable one, formulated as it is by a student of Islam who is at the same time an Anglican clergyman. It is difficult, however, to see how a profane transformation of the received text of the life of Muhammad such as is attempted by Professor Guillaume is likely to commend itself to the Islamic world.Read More »
Fārūq, Muḥammad, Janāb Gurū Nānak Jī ؒ awr Islām, Maktaba Maḥmūdiyya, UP (1431/2010), 80 pages, paperback.
Review by Shahin-ur Rahman
Concise and easy to read, this succinct treatise on comparative religion offers a profound insight into the life of Gurū Nānak, who is believed to be the founder of the Sikh religion. Targeting the objective Sikh observer, the author presents a well-referenced Urdu biography of Gurū Nānak, proving him to be not only a Muslim, but a knowledgeable Muslim leader.
It should be known that the objective of the book was not to celebrate Gurū Nānak and boast that he adhered to the same religion as the author does. Rather, quite the opposite is true: the author’s intent behind this work was to bring forth anecdotes of Gurū Nānak’s biography, which can assist the objective researcher in identifying the true teachings of Gurū Nānak as he himself taught. This would, in turn, be a means of guiding the Sikh brethren to reconsider their perception of Sikhism, and, thereby, adopt the religion that Gurū Nānak had truly preached. This is evident from the ‘food for thought’ at the end of the booklet, where the author requests the Sikh brethren to read this book side by side with the original sources and compare the two to reach an unbiased conclusion.Read More »
The much anticipated revised English translation of Saviours of Islamic Spirit (Tarikh-i Da’wat wa Azimat) by Shaykh Abu ‘l-Hasan Ali al-Nadwi (ra) has been released by White Thread Press.
The work was originally rendered into English by the late Mohiuddin Ahmad (may Allah have mercy upon his soul), who has also translated other works of Shaykh Nadwi (ra). The initial publication of that translation was released by the Academy of Islamic Research & Publications (Lucknow, India). A later publication of the same translation – without editing – was done by Darul Ishaat (Karachi, Pakistan). May Allah (SWT) reward them as they were the only conduits through which this highly regarded work was available to the English-speaking audience.
Notwithstanding, some of the language in the translation had become archaic. Also, the original publication’s quality was in much need of revamping in regards to the typesetting, print, paper quality, binding, cover, etc. White Thread Press embarked upon this project some time back, and we had been eagerly awaiting news of its progress.
All praise belongs to Allah (SWT) who brought the project to fruition. Mufti Abdur-Rahman Ibn Yusuf Mangera (may Allah bless and accept him) revised and edited the work, and it has now been released by White Thread Press.
Currently, only the 1st volume is published and available. We pray and hope that WTP continues to pursue the editing and publishing of the remainder volumes to complete the entire series (containing the biographies of Ibn Taymiyya, Nizāmuddin Awliya, Mujaddid Alf-Thāni, Shah Walīullah, Syed Ahmad Shahīd, and more).
Twenty-three years after its first publication in 1983, Muḥammad: his life based on the earliest sources by the late Abū Bakr Sirāj al-Dīn (Martin Lings, d. 2004) continues its lead as the best-written work of Prophetic biography in English and has now been translated into a dozen languages. The readers’ blurbs from distinguished writers on the back cover call it “superb… scrupulous… exhaustive… mesmerising… easy and absorbing… enthralling… engrossing… majestic… gripping… fascinat[ing].” Indeed, Lings’ lofty English, his knowledge of genealogy, his reflexive and worshipful narrative style, and his excellent adab with the Prophet (upon him blessings and peace) all deserve such glowing praise.
Compiled by Mawlana Muntasir Zaman – may Allah (SWT) reward him – this Arabic PDF contains the names, year of birth, year of death, and some major work/s of prominent Hadith scholars from the generation following the Companions till the 15th century Hijri. Included in the PDF is a short intro and 185 footnotes.
A 563-page Arabic biography of Hakim al-Ummah Mawlana Ashraf Ali al-Thanawi (ra), written by Mawlana Muhammad Rahmatullah Nadwi. Contains an introduction by Mawlana Syed Rabi’ Hasani Nadwi (db) [the nephew of Mawlana Abul Hasan Ali al-Nadwi (ra) and his successor as the rector of the renowned seminary Nadwat al-Ulama].