Seeing Islam as Others Saw It: A Survey and Evaluation of by Robert G. Hoyland

By Robert G. Hoyland

This booklet deals a brand new method of the vexing query of the way to write down the early historical past of Islam. the 1st half discusses the character of the Muslim and non-Muslim resource fabric for the 7th- and eighth-century center East and argues that through lessening the divide among those traditions, which has principally been erected through glossy scholarship, we will come to a greater appreciation of this significant interval. the second one half provides a close survey of assets and an research of a few a hundred and twenty non-Muslim texts, all of which offer information regarding the 1st century and a half Islam (roughly A.D. 620-780). The 3rd half furnishes examples, in accordance with the process recommended within the first half and with the cloth provided within the moment half, how one may write the heritage of this time. The fourth half takes the shape of excurses on numerous subject matters, comparable to the method of Islamization, the phenomenon of conversion to Islam, the improvement of suggestions for picking the path of prayer, and the conquest of Egypt. simply because this paintings perspectives Islamic historical past as a result of non-Muslim texts and assesses the latter within the mild of Muslim writings, it will likely be crucial analyzing for historians of Islam, Christianity, Judaism, or Zoroastrianism--indeed, for all people with an curiosity in cultures of the jap Mediterranean in its conventional part from past due Antiquity to medieval instances.

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I call to Allah with inner sight, I and all who follow me. Glory be to Allah! " (Surah Yusuf: 108) As can be seen from the verses of the Qur'an, the Prophet (saas) encountered a number of difficulties when warning people and teaching them about the Qur'an and true morality. Since not everyone was on the true path, people made life difficult for the Prophet (saas), out of jealousy, hatred and envy. Some were slow to understand his words and dragged their feet when they did so, some behaved hypocritically, saying that they believed his words when they really did not.

The words of the Prophet (saas) that have come down to us contain the excellent advice he gave to the faithful. One example is the advice he Sami Efendi (1838-1912). A callighraphic inscription in celi ta'liq script. " 50 The Superb Morality of the Prophet (saas) as Related in the Qur'an gave to his companion Muadh. It is reported that he spoke thus: "O Muadh, I advise you: fear Allah, speak the truth, fulfil promise, pay up trust, give up breach of trust, save your neighbour, show kindness to orphans, be modest in talk, spread peace, do good deeds, stick to faith, earn knowledge about the Qur'an, love the next world, fear rendering of accounts...

Someone who hopes to be rewarded with Paradise will of course have a very different attitude and state of mind than someone who regards those labors as monotonous, or carries them out of habit or a sense of obligation. " (Surat an-Nisa': 84) 57 The Prophet Muhammad (saas) In another verse, Allah says: "Give good news to the believers that they will receive immense favor from Allah" (Surat al-Ahzab: 47). Every believer who abides by Allah's commandments and the morality of the Prophet (saas) is responsible for giving good news to Muslims, and for encouraging them.

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