The next book of this Islamic Bookclub is:
In the Footsteps of the Prophet by Tariq Ramadan
This book is all about lessons from the life of the Prophet.
“Of all messages, the most important figure in the Last Prophet’s lineage is undoubtedly Abraham” page 1.
Abraham stands out most because he is talked about in the book of Genesis.
“On a purely factual level, the Prophet Muhammad is a descendant of Ishmael’s children and is therefore part of that ‘great nation’ announced by the Scriptures” page 3.
(Genesis 17:20, Quran 14:37-39)
“These simple facts alone illustrate the remarkable bond linking Muhammad’s life to Abraham’s
In the course of those trials, beyond his human grief and in fact through the very nature of that grief, Abraham develops a relationship with God based on faithfulness, reconciliation, peace, and trust” page 4.
The trial of faith is here expressed in this tension between the two loves” page 5.
This teaches Abraham humility and recognition of the Creator” page 5.
“Quranic Revelation tells the stories of the prophets, and in the course of this narration it fashions in the Muslim’s heart a relationship to the Transcendent that continually insists on the permanence of communication through signs, inspirations, and indeed the very intimate presence of the One, so beautifully expressed in this verse of the Quran:
‘If My servants ask you concerning Me: I am indeed close [to them]. I respond to the prayer of every supplicant when he or she calls on Me'” page 6-7.
All of the messengers have faced trials of faith and have had their own doubts by God, His signs, and His word.
“Their suffering does not mean they made mistakes, nor does it reveal any tragic dimension of existence: it is, more simply, an initiation into humility, understood as a necessary stage in the experience of faith” page 7.
Getting to know the life of the Prophet is a privilege because we learn how we should behave and succeed spiritually.
“From his birth to his death, the Messenger’s experience–devoid of any human tragic dimension–allies the call of faith, trial among people, humility, and the quest for peace with the One” page 7.
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