Lecture by Sheikh Anwar Al Awlaki
Series of Lectures By – Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki
The Prophets of Allah are the greatest men that ever lived. They are the role models for humanity. Their hearts were the purest, their minds were the wisest, and their deeds were the most righteous. But a lot of what is narrated about them is fact mixed with fiction. Neither the Bible nor historical works provide a reliable account of these great men. The myths surrounding the lives of the prophets have even spilled over to some Muslim history books. So then, where can we learn about the Prophets of Allah? The truth about them is learned through the Quran and Hadith.
“The Lives of the Prophets” is a series of lectures delivered by Anwar Al-Awlaki. It is the first such series produced in the English language. The author has done extensive research in the original Arabic resources. The series is based primarily on Ibn Kathir’s ” Al-Bidayah wa-nihayah (The Beginning and the End)”. Br. Al-Awlaki has done an excellent job of relying almost completely on the Quran, Hadith and statements of the Noble Companions.
Imam Ibn Kathir’s “Al Bidayah wa-nihayah” is considered to be one of the most authoritative sources on Islamic history. Ibn Kathir (700H/1301 – 774H/1372) uses his background as a Mufasir (Commentator) on Quran, scholar of Hadith, and historian to give a comprehensive view on the lives of the prophets.
Even though Ibn Kathir’s work is the primary source for this series, Imam Anwar has consulted other books on Tafsir and Hadith to provide the English-speaking world with a lively account of the lives of the prophets of Allah.
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01of21 – Introduction, Story of Creation
02of21 – Adam (Cont.) – Idris – Sheeth – Hud A.S.
03of21 – Hud (cont.) – Saleh – Ibrahim A.S.
04of21 – The Da´wah Of Ibrahim – Hijrah Of Ibrahim A.S.
05of21 – Al-Ka´bah – Virtues Of Ibrahim – Lut A.S.
06of21 – Shu´aib – Yusuf A.S.
07of21 – Yusuf A.S. (Cont.).
08of21 – Yusuf A.S. (Cont.)
09of21 – Yusuf (Cont.) – Ayub – Yunus A.S.
10of21 – Musa A.S. And Pharaoh
11of21 – Musa A.S. And Pharaoh 2
12of21 – Musa A.S. And Pharaoh 3
13of21 – Musa A.S. And Bani Israeel
14of21 – Musa A.S. And Bani Israeel (Cont.)
15of21 – Musa A.S. And Bani Israeel (Cont.)
16of21 – Yusha And Dawood A.S.
17of21 – Dawood (Cont.) – Sulaiman A.S.
18of21 – Sulaiman (Cont.) – Kingdom Of Sheba
19of21 – The Family Of Imran
20of21 – The Family Of Imran 2
21of21 – The Family Of Imran 3
This 16 CD set is an outstanding collection of inspirational talks that
introduces the life of Prophet Muhammad, the greatest human being to
walk the face of the earth. In these talks, Imam Anwar al-Awlaki,
author of the best selling series, The Lives of the Prophets,
eloquently presents the Makkan period of the Prophet’s life in a
detailed manner, deriving valuable lessons from it and thus making it
relevant to our modern times. The series is primarily based on Ibn
Kathir’s book on the Sirah. Some of the topics discussed include: The
History of the Kabah, Muhammad in the Bible, The Call to Near Kin, The
Islam of Hamzah, The Year of Grief, Lessons from the Trip to al-Taif
and much more
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The Life of Muhammad (S): Medina Period 1 of 2 is the second part of a
three part series on the Sirah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (S). The
first part covered the Makkan era. This part focuses on the Medina era
starting from the Hijrah up until the battle of the Trench. Here, Imam
Anwar Al-Awlaki covers the first five years of the Medina era which
include the all important events of the Hijrah, the establishment of
the first Islamic State, the battle of Badr, the Battle of Uhud, and
finally the battle of the Trench
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Description from the publisher:
From the author: “Some people think that writing this topic is writing about a topic that is from the periphery of knowledge. They approve of humans going over this topic in the quickest of fashions and not giving it too much thought. They think that the benefits that accrue from such a study are very limited. Furthermore, they believe that being ignorant of this topic is not harmful at all. However, I am not delving into something distant. Humans today spend billions of dollars with which they could build cities or countries and end poverty in the farthest reaches of the world — and, instead, they spend that money on research to discover if there is life or if life is possible on nearby planets. Scientists spend a great deal of their time and resources on such a question. What about an existence that is known to be living and thinking, and that lives right here with us on our earth? They live in our houses and they eat and drink with us. In fact, they even spoil our thoughts and our hearts. They drive us to destroy our own selves and to spill each others’ blood. No price can be put on the importance of the texts of the Qur’an and authentic hadith that have reached us, giving us knowledge of this matter. Those texts uncover for us the secrets of that existence: the world of the jinn.”
Compiled by Imam Imaduddin Abul-Fida Ismail Ibn Kathir
Hardback 576 Pages
Published by Darussalam
Translator: Rashad Ahmad Azami
From the back cover:
In this book, the stories of the prophets have been compiled from ‘Al-Bidayah wan-Nihayah’ (The Beginning and the End) which is a great work of the famous Muslim exegete and historian Ibn Kathir and has a prominent place in the Islamic literature. The stories of the prophets and all the events in their lives have been supported by the Qur’anic Verses and the Sunnah (traditions) of the Prophet (S). Wherever it was necessary, other sources have also been reported for the sake of historical accounts, but on such places a comparative study has been made to prove the authenticity of the sources. Ibn Kathir has reproduced the views and interpretations of all the great exegetes of the Qur’an of his time. The systemic narratives of the Stories of the Prophets have been written in chronological order which renders a historical style to the book.
Allah the Most Exalted says in the Qur’an:
About Imam Ibn Kathir
He was Hafidh Abul Fida Ismail ibn Abi Hafs Shihabuddin Omar ibn Kathir ibn Daw ibn Kathir in Zar` the Quraishite – originally from Busra (Syria) – and raised in Damascus. He followed the Shafi`ee school of thought. Ibn Kathir was born in the year 701 AH in an area called Majdal, near Busra, west of Damascus. His father died when he was only four years old and was taken in by his brother and moved to Damascus in 706. Here, he learned from great scholars such as Ibn Asakir, Ishaq ibn Yahya al-Amudi and the great Ibn Taymiyyah who was extremely close to him. He also studied under various other sheikhs who gave him permission in fiqh and Hadith. He made many academic contributions to Islamic sciences.
Al-Hafiz Ibn hajar Al-Asqalani said,”Ibn Kathir lost his sight just before his life ended. He died in Damascus in 774A.H. May Allah grant him Mercy and make him amongst the residents of Jannah (Heavenly Garden)