As-Salamu ‘Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh,
Below is a short list of books on the life and character of the Beloved Prophet ﷺ, that I have either personally read and recommend or have been recommended to me by others.
This being the blessed month in which so many great events in the life of the Beloved Prophet ﷺ took place, in particular his ﷺ noble Birth, which was a source of guidance and pleasure for all creation. Truly, feeling pleased and honoured at his ﷺ noble Birth is a sign of faith. This is not to say that anyone who does not take part in celebrations of Mawlid/Meelad is not from amongst the Muslims. He may not choose to express his love in this manner, but through other means and that is fine – as we accept the valid difference of opinions.
Indeed true feelings manifest as actions, and the greatest way to show love for the Beloved Prophet ﷺ is to follow and obey Him ﷺ.
اللهم صل و سلم على سيدنا محمد مفتاح باب رحمة الله، عدد ما في علم الله، صلاة و سلاما داءمين بدوام ملك الله، و على آله و صحبه عدد كل ذرة ألف مرة
Allāhuma salli wa sallim ‘alā Sayyidinā Muhammadin miftāhi bābi rahmatillāh, ‘adada mā fī ‘ilmillāh, salātan wa salāman da’imayni bi-dawāmi mulkillāh wa ‘alā ālihī wa sahbihi ‘adad kulli dharratin alfa marrah.
[Oh Allāh send your salutations and blessings upon our Master Muhammad (ﷺ) , the key to the door of Your Mercy, the amount that which is in the Knowledge of Allāh, salutations and blessings forever continuing with the Dominion of Allāh, and upon His (ﷺ) family and His (ﷺ) companions; equal to the number of every atom a thousand times.]
Recommended books on the Life and Character of our Master Muhammad ﷺ:
– The Sealed Nectar (Al-Rahīq al-Makhtūm) – al-Mubarakpuri
– Muhammad: The Perfect Man – Al-Sayyid Muhammad ibn Alawi al-Maliki
– Shama’il al-Tirmidhi – Mawlana Zakariyyah Kandehlawi
– Ash-Shifa – Qadi Iyad al-Maliki
– The Jurisprudence of the Prophetic Biography – Shaykh Ramadan al-Buti
– Prophet Muhammad and His Miracles – Said Nursi
– Provisions for the Hereafter – ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah
– The Prophet’s Night Journey and Heavenly Ascent – Al-Sayyid Muhammad ibn Alawi al-Maliki
– The Life of The Messenger – An-Nawawi
– Bidayat as-Sul Fi Tafdil ar-Rasul – Imam Izz ibn Abdassalaam
– Muhammad: His Life based on the Earliest Sources – Martin Lings
– Our Master Muhammad: Volumes 1& 2 – Imam Abdullah Sirajjudin al-Husayni
– The Mawlid: Blessed Birth of the Prophet – ibn Kathir
– Seeratul Mustafa – Mawlana Idris Kandehlawi
– The Life of the Prophet Muhammad – ibn Kathir
– Seerah of the Final Messenger – Mufti Muhammad Shafi Usmani
– Sirat un Nabi – Allama Shibli Nomani/Allama Syed Sulayman Nadwi
– The Perfect Paragon Muhammad – Thaqib Mahmood
Special Du’ā for Sidi Salman