Ar-Raheeq Al Makhtum (Arabic Only) الرحیق المختوم
By Safiur-Rahman Al-Mubarakpuri Islamic University Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah, Published by Darussalam, Egypt Dar al-Fayha, Damascus. Ar-Raheeq AI-Makhturn is a book of great value and praiseworthy work on the Seerah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad. This book has been written by the Eminent Shaikh Safiur-Rahman Mubarakpuri of Jamiah Salafiyah, Banaras (India). The first Islamic Conference on Seerah (biography of the Prophet) was held in 1976 in Pakistan sponsored by the Muslim World League. The League announced a world contest for writing a book on the life of the Prophet. One hundred and seventy-one manuscripts were received from all over the world. Out of these, eighty-five were in the Arabic Language, sixty-four in Urdu, twenty-one were in English and one in French and Hausa. A board of highly qualified scholars judged the manuscripts and announced the results. The manuscript of Shaikh Safiur-Rahman Mubarakpuri, Jamiah Salafiyah Banaras (India), author of the book in hand received first the grand prize for its authentic and sound collections of the narrations. Dr. Majid Ali Khan, New Delhi, India, placed second. The third prize went to Dr. Naseer Ahmed, Islamic University, Lahore, Pakistan. The fourth prize was awarded to Mr. Harnid Mahmud of Egypt. The fifth and final prize was awarded to Abdus-Salam Hashim of Madinah Munawwarah. A complete authoritative book on the life of Prophet Muhammad (S) by Sheikh Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarkpuri. It was honored by the World Muslim League as first prize winner book. Whoever wants to know the whole life style of the Prophet in detail must read this book. Muhammad (S) is the Messenger of Allah, and those who are with him, are severe against the disbelievers, and merciful among themselves. You see them bowing and falling down prostrate (in prayer), seeking bounty from Allah and (His) Good Pleasure. The mark of them (i.e. of their Faith) is on their faces (fore heads) from the traces of prostration (during prayers). This is their description in the Taurah (Torah). But their description in the Injeel (Gospel) is like a (sown) seed which sends forth its shoot, then makes it strong, and becomes thick and it stands straight on its stem, delighting the sowers, that He may enrage the disbelievers with them. Allah has promised those among them who believe and do righteous good deeds, forgiveness and a mighty reward (Paradise). (Al-Fath: 29) The Prophet Muhammad (S) said: 'The example of guidance and knowledge with which Allah has sent me is like abundant rain falling on the earth. Some of which was fertile soil that absorbed rain-water and brought forth vegetation and grass in abundance. (And) another portion of it was hard and held the rain-water and Allah benefited the people with it and they utilized it for drinking (making their animals drink from it) and to irrigate the land for cultivation. (And) a portion of it was barren which could neither hold the water nor bring forth vegetation (then that land gave no benefits). The first is the example of the person who comprehends Allah's Religion (Islam) and gets benefit (from the knowledge) which Allah (Azawajal) has revealed through me (the Prophet) and learns and then teaches it to others. The (last example is that of a) person who does not care for it and does not take Allah's Guidance revealed through me (he is like that barren land).' (Al-Mukarramah) Someone asked 'Aishah (R) about the noble character and manners of the Prophet (S). She answered: 'Have you not read the Qur'an? His character is a complete explanation of the Qur'an.' It means that whatever is commanded and prohibited in the Qur'an, its practical example is present in the manners of Muhammad In other words, the ideal and perfect example of good manners and character which the Qur'an demands from mankind, was present in the person of Muhammad in its highest degree. Scholars of Ahadith (traditions) and writers of the biography of Muhammad , the Messenger of Allah, have explored his life from every angle and aspect from birth to death. Every event, every incident of his life has been described and narrated, but none had claimed that he has given his life's recording its full rights. Hundreds of books have been written on the life of Muhammad and this endeavor will continue till the Day of Resurrection. Safiur Rahman bin Abdullah bin Muhammad Akbar bin Muhammad Ali bin Abdul Mumin bin Faqirullah Mubarakpuri, Azami. Born in the middle of year 1942, in Husainabad, a village, one mile far in the north side of Mubarakpur (District Azamgarh), a town famous for home industry in the northern province of India. In June 1954 he was admitted to Madarsa Ehyaul Uloom, where he pursued studies in Islamic studies and Arabic literature. Two years later he joined Madaras Faid Aam, in the Maunath Bhanjan District Azamgarh for higher education, from where he received his Fadilat degree five years later. In January 1969, He was appointed as Principal in Madrsa 'Faidul-Uloom' at Seoni. in 1972, He was requested to serve in the Institute 'Madrasa Arabia Dar-ut-Taleem as Principal. After spending two years, He was invited by Jamiah Salafiah Banaras to join as teacher (Ustad). From 1988 until his death, he worked as a scholar at a research institute known as 'The Centre for the Services of the Prophet's Biography' at the Islamic University of Madinah
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