Martin Lings’ Muhammad

27 Feb

The famous biography (sirah) of Martin Lings (1909-2005) has acquired an excellent reputation due to its lofty English prose, so rare for Islamic works written or translated in English by writers of limited skill. Unfortunately, there are a number of alarming mistakes in the text. The following resources should be utilised when reading the text.

Here are shaykh Hamza Yusuf’s lecture series based upon Lings’ text. He expounds upon the sirah and points out major mistakes in his view, whilst being respectful of Lings’ effort.


Next we have GF Haddad’s critical reading of the text:


The following is a bit of a harsher Salafi criticism, though it does make valuable points:


Lastly, we have a link to the text itself, which after corrections should serve as a wonderful account of the life of our noble Messenger, peace and blessings be upon him!
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Posted by on February 27, 2013 in Books, History


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