Review : 'Biography of the Prophet Muhammad Illustrated'
07 Jan. 2011
The best way to eradicate the
Islamic menace is to tell the truth—that Islam is false, barbaric
and imperialistic. This illustrated biography of Muhammad tells the
truth about Islam in absolute clarity and vividness.
Biography of the Prophet Muhammad Illustrated, Volume 1
Author: ‘Abdullah Ibn Sa’d Ibn Abi Sarh
(Availability at Amazon.com)
One of the fundamental sources of Islam is the biography of Muhammad or Sirah. Unlike other biblical prophets, Muhammad’s biography is quite reliable, because during his days writing was widely practiced and there were many companions of Muhammad who were scribes. Along with the Qur'an, these scribes had also recorded various aspects of Muhammad’s life. Thus, there are many narrations where we may find descriptions of Muhammad’s various stages of progress.
- However, none of these scribes had drawn any pictures or graphic descriptions of Muhammad’s life. Though rich in verbal and written narration of Muhammad’s life, these narrations lack the animated imagery of Muhammad and his contemporary society. Readers may not find any book on Islam that vividly portrays in drawings or sketches of the images of many of Islam’s stalwarts in Muhammad’s time.
Biography of the Prophet Muhammad—Illustrated, Volume 1, authored by ‘Abdullah Ibn Sa’d Ibn Sarh, fills the lacuna. Needless to say, the author’s name is a pen name—simply because that the use of real name would gravely endanger the author's life. In Islam, depiction of any images of Muhammad in any form is a serious offence that may result in the assassination of the author/artist. ‘Abdullah Ibn Sarh, by the way, was one of Muhammad’s scribes who used to write the Qur’anic verses as dictated by Muhammad, which he claimed to be Allah’s revelation to him. But when ‘Abdullah realised that the verses dictated were actually Muhammad’s own words and not from Allah, he quietly left Muhammad, returned to Mecca, and abandoned Islam. When Muhammad conquered Mecca, he caught ‘Abdullah and ordered his execution. But upon plea from Uthman, the prophet's son-in-law and later Islam’s third Caliph, Muhammad spared ‘Abdullah’s life. Though pseudonymous, the author of the illustrated biography of Muhammad has demonstrated considerable courage to tell the truth of Muhammad's life in images. This book may be one of the rarest creations where the readers may catch a glimpse of what might have been Muhammad’s time and life. We get quite a vivid picture of what could have been the then Arab society. In this respect, the illustrator has done a magnificent job. The stories narrated in extraordinarily vibrant colour, eloquence and clarity have been meticulously sourced from the most authentic sources of Islam. The bibliography and notes are in detail and easily available for verification, leaving no doubt about the reliability of the narrations depicted in pictorial form. The language is simple, fluid, and precise, thus making it easy for the children to comprehend the foundation of Islam and its Prophet. The illustrations of Muhammad’s cruelty on his adversities are truly unforgettable—especially the dismemberment of Umm Qirfa and the Uki tribe thieves.
Today, Islam has become a mortal danger to the civilised world. Islamists want to destroy the civilisation that we know of, and replace it with their brand of Islamic Civilisation. They care very little about human lives or its sanctity. These Islamists are simply following the examples of Muhammad’s actions. The current infidel world spends billions of dollars to confront this menace and at the same time also cuddle Islam through political correctness. Any depiction of Islam in an unfavourable manner is vehemently rejected even by infidel governments. Thus, the world is kept in the dark about the reality of Islam; people are lulled by their governments through political correctness, with the dose that Islam is peaceful. The best way to eradicate the Islamic menace is to tell the truth—that Islam is false, barbaric and imperialistic. This illustrated biography of Muhammad tells the truth about Islam in absolute clarity and vividness.
Abul Kasem is an Bengali ex-Muslim and academic. He has contributed in Leaving Islam - Apostates Speak Out and Beyond Jihad - Critical Voices from Inside and Why We Left Islam.. He has also written extensively on Islam in various websites and is the author of five e-Books: A Complete Guide to Allah, Root of Terrorism ala Islamic Style, Sex and Sexuality in Islam, Who Authored the Quran? and Women in Islam. Mr. Kasem leaves in Sydney, Australia. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.