The Sealed Nectar by Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri
Short Description of the book
Scholars of Ahadith (narrations) and writers of the biography of Muhammad, the Messenger of Allâh, have explained his life from every angle from birth to death. Every event and incident of his life has been described and narrated in detail. Still, no one can claim to have rendered the Prophet’s biography its full right. But the sealed nectar is among the best.
The Sealed Nectar Review
The book is among the world most popular book on the biography of the Noble Prophet Muhammad SAW. The cover you see above is the new edition, meanwhile, mine was one of the older ones, with black hardcover and golden ink. I think it looks much more glamorous that way.
The language was a bit dry but the book covers a tremendous amount of details. It gives detailed information on the Prophet’s life from lineage, the Arab geopolitics, his birth and ultimately his death. The book was rather heavy on me, and it took me longer than a typically would have for a book of such size.
Maybe due to the fact that I had to stop at times, and ponder if I were born during that time, would I be a believer, or would I be among those who fought him? That’s why most would say that being born a Muslim is the greatest blessing of all.
By the way, the most memorable part of the book for me was when Umar R.A. didn’t believe that the Prophet SAW is dead until Abu Bakar R.A read the following verse from the Qur’an to him.
وَمَا مُحَمَّدٌ إِلَّا رَسُولٌ قَدْ خَلَتْ مِن قَبْلِهِ الرُّسُلُ ۚ أَفَإِن مَّاتَ أَوْ قُتِلَ انقَلَبْتُمْ عَلَىٰ أَعْقَابِكُمْ ۚ وَمَن يَنقَلِبْ عَلَىٰ عَقِبَيْهِ فَلَن يَضُرَّ اللَّهَ شَيْئًا ۗ وَسَيَجْزِي اللَّهُ الشَّاكِرِينَ – 3:144
Muhammad is not but a messenger. [Other] messengers have passed on before him. So if he was to die or be killed, would you turn back on your heels [to unbelief]? And he who turns back on his heels will never harm Allah at all; but Allah will reward the grateful.
Recommendation for The Sealed Nectar
It is an enlightening read. A must-read for every Muslim and for everyone who seeks to know the glorious details of the Holy Prophet Muhammad SAW.
As the Quran mentioned his,
وَإِنَّكَ لَعَلَىٰ خُلُقٍ عَظِيمٍ – 68:4
And indeed, you (Muhammad) are of a great moral character.
It’s impossible to love someone you don’t know. Hence, for every Muslims, it is imperative that we get to know our Muhammad SAW.
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