The Overview of Prominent Sīrah Writings of Modern Period

Modern Sirah Writings


  • Javid Ahmed Bhat Islamic University of Science and Technology, Kashmir



Prophet, Sirah, Prominent, Modern


The tradition of Sīrah writing goes back to the very generation of companions of Prophet Muhammad (SAAS). The very first Sīrah works that appeared distinct from the hadith works, however, did not deal with complete biography of Prophet Muhammad (SAAS), rather they addresses aspects of his socio-political life and organisation of the government during the Medinan period. This aspect of Sīrah writing came to be known in history as Maghazi. Though a bit later when comprehensive biographies of the Prophet Muhammad (SAAS) were compiled al-Maghazi were also incorporated in the Sīrah  works, socio-political aspect of the Prophet’s life especially his conduct was entities of his time remained focus of various Sīrah works. A large number Sīrah works have been written by scholars from different perspectives highlighting different dimensions of it both in the past and in the contemporary times. This review article attempts to examine and review the prominent Sīrah works of modern period.


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Muhammad b. Mukarram Ibn Manzur al-Ifriqi, Lisan al-‘Arab, Vol.3. (Beirut: Dar al-Jil, 1997), 378; J. Milton Cowan, ed. Hans Wehr: A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic (Wiesbaden: Librairie du Liban, 1980), 446-447; Gordon D. Newby, “Muhammad: Biographies” in John L. Esposito, ed., The Oxford Encyclopaedia of Modern Islamic World Vol.3 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1995), 162–164.

Al-Qur’an, 20:21, Translation Abdullah Yousuf Ali, (trans.) Al-Qur’an, (Delhi: Islamic Book Service, 2010).

W. Raven. Encyclopaedia of Islam,"Sira", ed. C. E. Bosworth, Vol. 9 (Leiden: Brill, 1997), 660-663.

Al-Qur’an, 33:21.

Ibn Ishaq’s magnum Opus consisted of three parts: i) al-Mubtada (the beginning), it dealt with the creation of the world, the early Prophets from Adam to Jesus (peace be on them) and the Arabs before advent of the Prophet (peace be on him); ii) al-Ba‘th (the advent), it depicted the life of Prophet Muhammad (peace be on him) until his migration to Medina; iii) al- Maghazi (expeditions), it described the Prophet’s activities after his migration to Medina.

Films on the biography of Prophet Muhammad (SAAS) include, The Message (1977); Muhammad:

Legacy of a Prophet (2002); Muhammad: The Last Prophet (2004).

Dr Anwar Mehmud khalid, Urdu Nasr Ma Sirat-e-Rasool (Lahore: Iqbal Academy, n.d.), 672.

Ibid, 73-74.

Before this book author has published a short book on the biography of Prophet (SAAS) entitles Mehr-i-Nabuwat which was published in 1899 C.E. only of 48 pages and is best book for the childs.

Translater is the Advocate and Alim of Jamia Salfiya Banaras.

Prof Muhamad Yasin Mazhar Siddiqui, Masad i-ri sirat-i-Nabawi Vol.2 (New Delhi: Institute of Objective Studies, 2016), 586.

Ibid. 589-590.

Ibid, 648.

Syed Sulaiman Nadvi, Muhammad Peace be Upon Him, trans., Syed Riaz-Ul-Hassan (New Delhi: Adam Publishers and Distributors, 2014), i.

Manzoor ‘Alam is chairman of Institution of Objective Studies, New Delhi.

The three students are, Musa bin Uqaba, Muamer bin Rashid, and Muhammad bin Ishaq.

Mawlana Wahidudin Khan, Prophet of Peace (India: Penguin Books, 2009), cover page.

This book has also been translated into English as; The Sealed Nector, (Riyad: Darussalam, 2008).

The another book of the same author under the title of “The Messenger the Meaning of the Life of Muhammad” (London: Penguin Books, 2007). These two books are of same contents, i.e., two books with the same text.

Tariq Ramadan, The Messenger the Meaning of the Life of Muhammad (London: Penguin Books, 2007), cover page.

Muhammad Husayn Haykal, The Life of Prophet, trans. Ismail Ragi al-Farouqi (Delhi: New Cresent Publishing Company, 2015), Cover page.

In Turkish this work has gone through many editions.

Ilhami Orucoglu, “Modern Sirah Literature”, International Journal of Business and Social Science 3. no.2, 2012, 245.




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Javid Ahmed Bhat. (2022). The Overview of Prominent Sīrah Writings of Modern Period: Modern Sirah Writings. Karachi Islamicus, 2(2), 28–36.
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