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Book: THE MESSENGER OF GOD: MUHAMMAD (SAW)
Author: Fethullah Gulen
Publishers: Adam Books, Delhi

About the Book:
The Life of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW), peace be upon him, has been a topic for many books and studies. Gülen's approach to the life of Rasulullah,(SAW) "the pride of humanity." is not cronical biography. It differs from other books on the Prophet in the sense that Gülen assumes a psychological and sociological analysis on the various aspects of the Prophet's (SAW) life portraying him as a compassionate father, a profound spiritual leader, a wise statesman, a courageous commander, a loving husband, a most reliable and trustworthy person.

About the Author
Known by his simple and austere lifestyle, Fethullah Gulen, affectionately called Hodja Efendi, is a scholar of extraordinary proportions. This man for all seasons was born in Erzurum, eastern Turkey, in 1941. Upon graduation from a private divinity school in Erzurum, he obtained his license and began to preach and teach about the importance of understanding and tolerance. His social reform efforts have made him one of Turkey's most well-known and respected public figures during the 1960s. Though simple in outward appearance, he is original in thought and action. He embraces all humanity, and is deeply averse to unbelief, injustice, and deviation. His belief and feelings are profound, and his ideas and approach to problems are both wise and rational. A living model of love, ardor, and feeling, he is extraordinarily balanced in his thoughts, acts, and treatment of matters. Turkish intellectuals and scholars acknowledge, either tacitly or explicitly, that he is one of the most serious and important thinkers and writers, and among the wisest activists of twentieth-century Turkey or even of the Muslim world. But such accolades of his leadership of a new Islamic intellectual, social, and spiritual revival—a revival with the potential to embrace great areas of the world—do not deter him from striving to be no more than a humble servant of God and a friend to all. Desire for fame is the same as show and ostentation, a "poisonous honey" that extinguishes the heart's spiritual liveliness, is one of the golden rules he follows. Gulen has spent his adult life voicing the cries and laments, as well as the beliefs and aspirations, of Muslims in particular and of humanity in general. He bears his own sorrows, but those of others crush him. He feels each blow delivered at humanity to be delivered first at his own heart. He feels himself so deeply and inwardly connected to creation that once he said: "Whenever I see a leaf fall from its branch in autumn, I feel as much pain as if my arm had been amputated."
Review
The author has written the work with deep love for the Messenger of God, a love which suffuses every line. --Ahmed Bahgad, Al Ahram, Egypt
I believe, when a Christian reads the book thoroughly, he will also realize the true wisdom of Christ. --Huiqiu Huang, Dept. of Religion Chair, Fu-jen, Catholic University, Taiwan

Lastupdate on : Wed, 23 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 23 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 24 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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