Sirat-un-Nabi (Life of the Prophet) is one of the most famous and authentic Sirah Rasul Allah (biographies) of the Islamic prophetMuhammad, written in Urdu by Shibli Nomani and his student, Sulaiman Nadvi in 7 volumes.
The work started with the financial assistance of the late Nawab Sultana Jehan Begum of Bhopal and later through the aid of the Nizam of Hyderabad.
Nomani had only managed to complete the first two volumes when he died in 1914. His loyal disciple Syed Sulaiman Nadvi, who was working with him as his literary assistant on the project, collected his research papers and manuscripts and had them published.
This voluminous book was originally divided into 8 parts. However, different publishers have published the book in different volumes. The first part deals with the biography of Islamic prophet Muhammad. The second part discusses various aspects of Muhammad' personality and character, his likes and dislikes, and his teachings. It also various injunctions that were being introduced into Muslim community with the Quranic revelations.
Originally in Urdu, the book since has been translated into many languages. The Arabic translation of the first part of this work was done by late Muhammad Ismail Madrasi of Algiers University. It was translated into English by Tayeb Bakhsh Budayuni and Mohammad Saeed Siddiqi.and the persian translation was made by Mohammed Yasin Muhammed Musa also known as Qazi Yasin.
- ^Sirat-un-Nabi. Vol 1 & 2. Lahore.
Once when the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon Him was sitting among His companions, he remarked, “Three things of this world are very beloved to me: perfume, women and Salah- the coolness of my eyes.”
“Quite true,” rejoined Hadhrat Abu Bakr, may Allah be pleased with Him, and I cherish three things: a look at your face, spending my wealth on you and that my daughter is your wife, O Prophet!”
“Quite true,” said Hadhrat Umar, may Allah be pleased with Him, “And three things I love most are; enforcing that which is right, forbidding evil and wearing old clothes.”
“Quite true,” said Hadhrat Uthman, may Allah be pleased with Him, and the three things I love most are: feeding the hungry, clothing the naked and reciting the Holy Qur’an.”
“Quite true,” said Hadhrat Ali, may Allah be pleased with Him, “And I love three things most: serving a guest, fasting on a very hot day and striking the enemy with my sword.”
At this, Hadhrat Jibreel peace be upon Him, appeared on the scene and said to the prphet peace be upon Him, “Allah SWT has sent me to tell you what I would love if I was one of the mortals.” “Yes, do tell us O’ Jibreel,” said the prophet peace be upon Him.
Hadhrat Jibreel then replied, “If I had been like you, I would have loved three things: guiding the people gone astray, loving those who worship in poverty and helping the poor family men.
And as for Allah SWT, He loves three characteristics of His slaves: Striving in His path, crying at the time of repentance, and steadfastness in need and hunger.”