In this book, the stories of the prophets have been compiled from 'Al-Bidayah wan-Nihayah' (The Beginning and the End) which is a great work of the famous Muslim exegete and historian Ibn Kathir and has a prominent place in the Islamic literature. The stories of the prophets and all the events in their lives have been supported by the Qur'anic Verses and the Sunnah (traditions) of the Prophet (S). The systemic narratives of the Stories of the Prophets have been written in chronological order which renders a historical style to the book.
Allah the Most Exalted says in the Qur'an
'We are relating unto you the most beautiful of stories in that what We have revealed to you from the Qur'an, though before it you were from among those who were not aware of them.' (12:3)
'We have indeed sent afore-time Messengers before you, of them there are some whose stories We have related to you, and whose stories We have not related to you...' (40:78)
'We relate to you the important news of their story in truth...' (18:13)
'And all that We relate to you of these stories of the Messengers, We strengthen with them your heart. Through them there come to you the truth as well as admonition and reminder to all those who believe.' (11:120)
There is, indeed, in their stories lessons for people endowed with understanding. It is not any invented tale, but a confirmation of what went before it, and a detailed exposition of all things, and a guide and a mercy to the people who believe.' (12:111) ..so relate the stories, perhaps they may reflect.' (7:176)
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.
The book was published by the Muslim World League and then many other organizations gained the honor of publishing this masterpiece.
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
He passed away in Riyadh, 2006, after having suffered a stroke in the previous year.
He is popularly known for his award winning work on the Seerah of the Messenger of Allah entitled Ibn Kathir ( Full 10 Vol HB Set) -Darussalam
The shaykh authored or worked on many books many of which have been translated in English, a selection of which is listed below:
History of Makkah Mukarramah; Shaykh Safiur-Rahman MubarakPuri
Ar-Raheeq Al Makhtum;] The Sealed Nectar, Darussalam
Great Women of Islam Who were given the good News of Paradise
In Reply to the Mischief of Denial of Hadith;]Shaikh Mubarakpuri
Tafsir Ibn Kathir Abridged;] Full 10 Vol HB Set -Darussalam
Tafsir Ibn Kathir;] Juz Amma/Part 30, Abridged (Darussalam)
When the Moon Split;] A Biography of Prophet Muhammad [SAW]