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Muhammad: The Ideal Prophet

A Historical, Practical, Perfect Model for Humanity

Man needs a perfect and universal exemplar who could place in his hands a guide-book of practical life, so that every wayfarer may reach his destination safely. And this exemplar did come to the world in the person of the last of the Prophets, Muhammad, on whom be peace and blessings of the Lord...


by Sayyid Sulaiman Nadwi

This volume is a compilation of lectures given by the author in 1925 at Madras, India. In these lectures the author vividly presents the life of the Prophet as an abiding historical model - not a utopian ideal - for all humanity. This book is a must for every student of religion.

Sayyid Sulaiman Nadwi, the author, was the illustrious student of Allama Shibli Nu'mani whose masterpiece, Sirat-un-Nabi (Life History of the Prophet ), he edited and presented to the world after his teacher's death.

English translation by Mohiuddin Ahmad. Reprinted with permission of Academy of Islamic Research and Publications, Lucknow, India. Published by Islamic Book Trust, Malaysia.

Because this book is under copyright, we reproduce only a preview of the introduction here. To read the complete book, subscribe to IQRA or obtain the book from the above publisher.


  • Chapter One: Prophets - The Perfect Model for Humanity
  • Chapter 2: Muhammad - The Ideal Prophet
  • Chapter 3: Historicity
  • Chapter 4: Perfection
  • Chapter 5: Comprehensiveness
  • Chapter 6: Practicality
  • Chapter 7: The Message of Muhammad
  • Chapter 8: Faith and Practice
  • Bibliography
  • Glossary
  • Index

Click here to read Chapters 1 - 6 as a PDF file.