As the saying goes “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one,” George RR Martin once said.

It is obvious that the person who reads gets to know many life experiences through various books. On the other hand, the person who does not read experiences from his life only which is quite less to live a good life.

What would be the better life than Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) to learn life experiences from. I happened to read the book named ‘The Messenger: The meanings of the life of Muhammad‘ authored by renowned personality Dr. Tariq Ramadan. He is a Muslim academic, philosopher, and writer and Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at St Antony’s College, Oxford.

Reading the life of Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) is a great opportunity to learn. In this book, the author talked about Muhammad’s (Peace Be Upon Him) life from his birth to his last breath. The book talks about many events that teach all mankind how a life should be lived

What surprised me while reading the book that there was a time after migration of Muhammad and his companions from his birthplace Mecca to Medina that Muslims named as ‘Hegira’. The migration was determined because there were some people who were against Islam plotted the assassination of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).


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After few years of Hegira, when Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) visited Medina for pilgrimage with his companions they were refused to perform pilgrimage though he has the right to perform the pilgrimage. He would not force the clans who refused them. Moreover, the clans asked Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) to sign a covenant where few things mentioned that were seems beneficial for only those who were against Islam but, Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) signed to maintain peace. Even though, the covenant says that the Muslims allowed to perform pilgrimage after a year.

On the other place in the book, it is said that Muhammad would always suggest his companions to not harm any animals, nature, children, poor, women and those who are not involved in war. This is the proof that Islam and Muslims never wanted a war and havoc.  However, it was necessary to attack back when attacks approach them.

The book not only talk about purpose and meanings of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) life but, it also talks about character and conduct of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) that a person needs to live a happy and acceptable-to-Allah life till the last breath.

The writer of the book has the profound knowledge of Islam that is why he managed to put Prophet Muhammad’s (Peace Be Upon Him) meanings and purpose of life in this book. The sequence and the connection between events and lessons from the events portrayed in such a way that the book has a power to intrigue readers from beginning to the end.

In the end of the book when it was the time for Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) to leave this world, my eyes really moistened thinking a person who tolerated so much for the mankind is now leaving the world.


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