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Named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most important innovators of the century, Tariq Ramadan is a leading Muslim scholar, with a large following especially among young European and American Muslims. Now, in his first book written for a wide audience, he offers a marvelous biography of the Prophet Muhammad, one that highlights the spiritual and ethical teachings of one ...more
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Published January 6th 2009 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published December 11th 2006)
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Rebekka Steg
Dec 05, 2012 Rebekka Steg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons from the Life of Muhammed by Tariq Ramadan is very well written. It is so easy to dig into, read and understand. It is beautifully written and was honestly a joy to read. In addition to its accessibility and beautiful language, the biography comes with an extensive list of references making it a highly educational and authoritative work.
I greatly enjoyed learning more about the Prophet (pbuh) and his lives, and how his actions and ways of dealing with si
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Jennifer
Feb 18, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jennifer by: TTBOOK
Shelves: 2009
I think reading about any prophet will endear you to the principles and ideas of the spiritual path their teachings laid before us. This is no exception, and I found it insightful into the life of the Prophet and the Muslim faith, especially with both being so maligned.

Some of my favorite quotes from the book / Quran:

In the creation of the heavens and the earth; in the alteand day; in the sailing of the hsops through the ocean for the profit of humankind; in the rain that God sends down from t
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Lizzy
Apr 29, 2007 Lizzy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: non-muslims who'd really like to know what the Prophet (pbuh) was really like, muslims
Shelves: nonfiction, history, islam
Tariq Ramadan paints a thoughtful, careful picture of the Prophet (pbuh) in this biography. As stated in the beautiful introduction, this is not intended to contain all of the information about the Prophet (pbuh). Rather, the intent of the author is to highlight certain events in the life of the Prophet (pbuh) that illustrate his character, beliefs and ethics. This biography is timely, reminding both Muslims and non-Muslims of the forbearance, peacefulness and gentleness of the Beloved of God (p ...more
Tim
Nov 07, 2013 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: islam, islam-muhammad
I started reading this book immediately after finishing Martin Lings' excellent biography of the Prophet (pbuh), and I highly recommend reading the two together. Lings told the history of the Prophet in a way that made him human. Ramadan's book tells HOW the Prophet was human, and focuses in on selected incidents from the life of Muhammad to show how we can pragmatically learn from lived experience. As a Muslim, that's invaluable to the deepening of faith as we are required to learn from and fol ...more
Ruba AlTurki
Dec 10, 2012 Ruba AlTurki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
المراجعة قريبا إن شاء الله,وحتى ذلك الحين لا تفوتوا فرصة قراءته فهو غاية في الروعة وأكثر من ذلك, إنه كتابي المفضل الجديد :)

بالرغم من إنتقاد البعض لإختياري هذا الكتاب كـ كتابي المفضل الجديد وذلك لتحفظاتهم الشخصية على الكاتب، إلاأن ذلك لم يغير شيئاًفلايزال كتابي المفضل الجديد.. بغض النظر عن الكاتب أنا أقرأ الكتاب وليس الكاتب بل وغالباً ما أجهل إسم الكاتب عند اقتنائي لاي كتاب. قد يكون للكاتب تأثير أحياناً على موضوعية البحث أو تحيّزه لرأي أو توجه معيّن لكن من الصعب أن يكون لك اهداف تغرسها "بين السط
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Chris
Mar 27, 2008 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know a lot of other people loved this book so take my comments with a grain of salt...I just wasn't too impressed, and still greatly prefer to read "Muhammad" by Martin Lings. But I think for non-Muslims this is a very good, clear book that's a great introduction to someone not as familiar with the Prophet Muhammad's life, peace be upon him
ShriDurga
Jun 17, 2010 ShriDurga rated it it was ok
For Christians the story of Jesus amounts to more than just the facts. The same is true for Buddhists of the Buddha, and Muslims of Mohammed. Believers affirm the uniqueness of the lives of their founders as proof that his way is divine, or in the case of Buddhists enlightened. But in their ardor to be worthy followers, they burnish the founder's image to such a degree that he is no longer interesting. There is no drama in his life because the founder is incapable of error. If he does err he doe ...more
asra
While based on traditional sources, this isn't your typical biography of Muhammad. It differs in that Ramadan often comments on the prophet's spiritual motivations. This is an absolutely refreshing angle. For example, the way Ramadan speaks of the prophet's proximity to nature (eg: the cave, the desert, trees, animals, etc.) reveals the absolute necessity of observing, understanding, respecting, and appreciating nature as an avenue towards knowing God and drawing closer to Him -- before the reve ...more
Naomi
May 14, 2013 Naomi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My second reading of this book brought me even more joy and insight than the first. I deeply appreciate Ramadan's attention to equality, freedom, reason, and love throughout the life of the Prophet (PBUH). I recommend this book for personal and small group use and especially for multifaith/interfaith groups that seek greater understanding and appreciation of each other's faith traditions. Ramadan treats many of the "difficult" texts and hadith (traditions passed down of the life of the Prophet [ ...more
susan
Apr 18, 2007 susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for an approachable introduction to Islam in its beginnings
Shelves: islamichistory
This is a beautifully written biography of the Prophet (PBUH) of Islam.

I don't know quite how to describe the tone of the author - sad, reflective, pensive - but it is one of the most beautiful biographies I have ever read. I've been told that when the Quran is read in Arabic it has a tone that is of this nature.

The most useful aspect of the narrative is in how he links various revelations in the Quran to the events in the Prophet's life. I certainly have a new appreciation for certain passages
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Halah
Aug 12, 2012 Halah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
هو بالأساس كتاب أجنبي نقله إلى العربية: د.زهير السمهوري. لا يحكي سيرة النبي عليه الصلاة و السلام بالتفصيل، إنما هو عبارة عن دروس من حياة النبي محمد عليه الصلاة و السلام موجهه للمسلمين و غير المسلمين. الكتاب بشكل عام رائع جدًا جدًا. بأبي و أمي يا رسول الله! اللهم أجمعني بحبيبك عليه الصلاة و السلام في الفردوس الأعلى، اللهم آمين!
Ayesha
Jan 31, 2016 Ayesha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An easy read compared to most books like these, but as you study the seerah in depth, you're left feeling unsatisfied by this book. Perhaps my error was to read it at the same time as studying. It serves well as an introduction and I love the way Ramadan writes, but if your intention is to learn seerah, then would recommend additional sources. I will try his other works. There are some very beautiful passages in this book and I have been brought to tears many times. The conclusions Ramadan draws ...more
Husam
Sep 24, 2012 Husam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
دائماً ما يجول بخاطري سؤال عن من يعيش خارج البلاد في أوروبا مثلا، كيف يبني هؤلاء الآباء المراقبة الذاتية في أبناءهم و هم في مجتمع متحرر، و نحن هنا لم نستطع أن نفعل ذلك إلا في ما ندر!! هذا التساؤل دفعني لقراءة هذا الكتاب حيث أن مؤلفه يعيش هناك و كتبه باللغة الانجليزية فقلت لابد انه يعرف الطريقة والأسلوب التي يصل بها لمن هم لا يدينون بالإسلام أو الأبناء الذين يعيشون في مجتمع متحرر لا يدرسون السيرة ولا يعرفون الكثير عن جوانبها، فوجدت في هذا الكتاب سلاسة في السرد بأسلوب جميل يلامس المشاعر بدون التقع ...more
Arief Bakhtiar D.
Jun 16, 2016 Arief Bakhtiar D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
CERITA-CERITA LAMA YANG MENGGUGAH KITA

TARIQ Ramadan tak punya pretensi berlebihan ketika menulis biografi Nabi Muhammad yang kemudian diberi judul The Footsteps of the Prophet. Sejak awal, ia menegaskan bahwa bukunya tidak ditulis untuk menyaingi buku-buku sejarah klasik tentang Nabi seperti yang ditulis Ibnu Ishaq atau Ibnu Hisham. Tariq juga menyatakan bahwa ia tak bermaksud menyediakan ruang yang akan menunjukkan pada kita, yang mungkin berharap, suatu interpretasi baru yang revolusioner tent
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Ebrahim Abdulla
لا يوجد في الكتاب بحوث جديدة أو نظرة مختلفة لسيرة الرسول الكريم تعتمد على مصادر مختلفة وما شابه، بل اعتمد بشكل رئيسي على مصدر كلاسيكي واحد تقريبًا (سيرة ابن هشام)، وقُدمت فصول الكتاب قصيرةً ومُكثفةً. الكتاب موجه للمسلمين الغربيين ولغير المسلمين بالدرجة الأولى، لكن ما يميزه بالنسبة لي هو أنه سرد سلس لأهم أحداث السيرة بشكل مُختصر وواضح، بالإضافة إلى مزج هذا السرد التاريخي بتأملات ذاتية وتعليقات تُركز على التربية الروحية، والدروس المُستفادة من بشريّة الرسول ونبوتِه في نفس الوقت. أحد أهم هذه "الدرو ...more
Lubna
Sep 15, 2009 Lubna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know I have been giving an awful lot of 5 stars out lately but really, I have been reading such great stuff. This is a great analysis of the life of the Prophet - its not a traditional biography but rather it goes over the events in the Prophet's life and derives various ethical and moral lessons from his experiences. Its a great introduction to the life of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) for both non-Muslims seeking to learn more about Islam and Muslim's seeking greater understanding ...more
Fuad Syazwan Ramli
Oct 25, 2015 Fuad Syazwan Ramli rated it really liked it
Jika dilihat pada fakta sejarah, tiada yang baru dalam buku ini melainkan fakta-fakta dan kisah-kisah klise yang kita pelajari sejak dari tadika lagi.

Kekuatan buku ini bukanlah pada perincian fakta sejarah, melainkan pada huraian pengajaran yang boleh diambil dari kehidupan Nabi Muhammad SAW dan manusia di sekelilingnya, tidak kira keluarga, Sahabat, atau musuh.

Dengan bahasa yang mudah dan boleh dikatakan ringan, Tariq Ramadan menghuraikan peristiwa yang berlaku dengan penuh menarik dan pengajar
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Bruce
Mar 04, 2009 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tariq Ramadan’s “In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons form the Life of Muhammad” is a discussion of events in the life of the Messenger of God. Comparisons can be made to other Prophets in the Abrahamic faiths and those of other cultures. Ramadan points out that Muhammad was kind, gentle and patient. He forgave his enemies and laid down rules to be followed by Muslims. The author does not make any mention the current factions within Islam. However, reading this work with general background k ...more
Ali M
Nov 18, 2007 Ali M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick read, and while I can't compare it to the other books on the life of the Prophet (peace be upon him), I'd say it's very good. It reads like a novel, and it's not a dry text. On the contrary, it paints a vivid picture of his life, what he faced, the trials he went through, etc, but without going into extreme details. It gives you the highlights, along with the author's own interpretation and present-day application of the trails and lessons learned some 1400 years ago.
Hafsa
This book does two things in a beautiful historical and spiritual narrative:

1. Increase your love, appreciation,and awe of the Prophet (peace be upon him).
2. Apply the themes from the life of the Prophet (PBUH) to modern-day issues, not so much on a societal level, but more on an individual level, looking into the character of the Prophet (PBUH)and how he truly serves as a model for humankind.

Tariq Ramadan is great--I am looking forward to reading more from him.
Minci (Ayurveda) Ahmetovic
Poslanikov život je poziv ka duhovnosti koja ne izbjegava pitanja i koja nas uči - kroz različita dogadjanja, iskušenja, poteškoće i naše traganje - da su pravi odgovori na egzistencijalna pitanja češće oni koje daje srce nego oni koje daje razum. Duboko i jednostavno: onaj ko ne može voljeti, ne može ni razumjeti.

Pita, povjeruje, prihvata i tako slijedi stope produbljenog "aktivnog prihvaćanja" Božije volje: preispitati umom, razumjeti razumom i prihvatiti srcem.Tokom ovih kušnji, iza svoje lju
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Nabilah M.
Jul 14, 2014 Nabilah M. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bahan2-tarbiah
This is the first Ramadan’s book that I ever read and considering his background as the grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, I have preconceived high expectation on his writing and I am not disappointed a tad at all.

One of the striking differences that this book has offered is that instead of writing narratives or listing down all the important events that had occurred throughout the beloved Prophet Muhammad’s life, he chooses to write dissections of those events. In another word,
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Serene
Jun 07, 2009 Serene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
Perhaps me giving this book 3 stars has more to do with my expectations than with the book itself. I prefer writers on the life of the Prophet to take one of two approaches: either relate his life simply and directly, with only enough analysis to explain the background and significance of events to a modern audience (my favorite in this field is still Martin Lings _Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources_), or to make the analysis the focus of the book and not try to stick to a chronolo ...more
Emina
Jan 07, 2016 Emina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you have never read the seerah of the prophet and are intending to read one to understand what kind of a person he was, this is the book for you. If you have read other seerahs' then you will really appreciate the style of this book due to its beautiful descriptions, essential and analytical notes and comments articulated through the most poetic flow of words, and last but not least; the inevitable feeling and realizations within yourself that this book brings to the table. I thought I knew t ...more
W.B. Abdullah
Beautiful portrait of the Prophet (saws). Made me feel that I knew him...one gets a deep understanding for him as a person...his personality, his character, his ethics, his joys, his sorrows...this book has brought me closer to loving RasulAllah (saws). I felt joy when he (saws) felt it, and sorrow when he lost someone. And in the ending pages of this seerah, I mourned his passing along with Abu Bakr, Aisha, and Fatima (ra). Definitely a great read for Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Tariq Ramada ...more
Hadeel
Jan 25, 2014 Hadeel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I highly recommend the book for non-muslims if they want to know about Muhammad the leader, the bearer of the message, the human-being, the husband , the father and the companion, its immaculately written and draws details of his life and dealings with people especially in the battles, Tariq Ramadan's commentary on specific events deriving teachings to learn from a certain moment that the prophet peace be upon him endured such as the way he gave advice, his creative intelligence in dealing with ...more
kisa
Jan 03, 2014 kisa rated it it was amazing

"There are too many autobiography about prophet Muhammad pbuh written, but this one is my personal favourite. It is hard to find an autobiography that you can read with joy. Some seerah books (not to bilittle this kind of books because anyway they are the references for this book) play with your intelligent faculty, giving facts and chronology of the life of Prophet Muhammad pbuh, but this book has successfully involved both the intelligent and emotional faculty while narrating the life of the p
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nanto
May 02, 2008 nanto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buku bagus! Begitu saya bilang ketika selesai membaca buku terjemahan ini. Ketika bertemu kawan lain yang "lebih beragama" :D, saya tanyakan dia apa sudah membacanya, dan saya bilang buku itu bagus. Dia malah bilang, "oh iya?! Belum dengar komentar seperti itu sebelumnya tentang buku itu!"

Tidak berdebat kami. Saya juga malas menguraikan apa yang ada dalam buku itu yang membuatnya jadi bagus di mata saya. Akhirnya saya hanya bilang, banyak penilaian yang dibuat Tariq Ramadan yang saya sepakati! K
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Faqihuddin Ghazali
Jul 09, 2016 Faqihuddin Ghazali rated it it was amazing
Hampir semua superhero kematian mak ayah masa kecik-kecik macam Batman, Spiderman, Superman. Even Boboiboy tak pernah tunjuk mak ayah dia.

Nabi Muhammad pun? Apa hikmah membesar tanpa mak ayah?

Buku ni banyak hurai dari perspektif pengajaran, kenapa itu ini berlaku, bukan sekadar cerita semata-mata. Mungkin kat sekolah kena pakai cara penulisan camni lak, baru boleh hayati sirah betul-betul, bukan sekadar cerita yang diulang-ulang tanpa dicerna hikmahnya.

A very good book indeed.
thoughtsattack
May 31, 2012 thoughtsattack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best Islamic book I've came acrossed so far ! Definitely a must have for all Muslims beginner like me. This is very different from Sealed Nectar(another famous book about the Prophet) because Tariq Ramadan has spelled out to you the wisdoms and the lessons behind the history. So it was sort easy to just read ans digest, rather than having to think.

When reading this, it was like a journey back to the Prophet's time. Just amazing.
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Tariq Ramadan is the son of Said Ramadan and Wafa Al-Bana, who was the eldest daughter of Hassan al Banna, who in 1928 founded the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Gamal al-Banna, the liberal Muslim reformer is his great-uncle. His father was a prominent figure in the Muslim Brotherhood and was exiled by Gamal Abdul Nasser[3] from Egypt to Switzerland, where Tariq was born.

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“الإسلام لايقيم عالما مغلقا للمرجعية بل يعتمدعلى مجموعة من المبادئ الشمولية التي يمكن أن تتطابق مع أسس وقيم معتقدات وتقاليد دينية” 16 likes
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