The Messenger: Prophet Muhammed and His Life of Compassion
This book narrates the life of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him and sheds light upon segments of his life that are either neglected or glossed over in conflict-focused biographies. The narrations in this book revolve around the Prophet’s various strategies of diplomacy and reconciliation to avoid conflicts. In narrating these events, the book is a useful resource to broaden perspectives on the life of the Messenger of God and better capture the ethos of his life. Indeed, both Muslims and non-Muslims may benefit from this understanding at a time when violent extremist groups are causing carnage with their brutality while dressing their totalitarian ideologies in Muslim garb. The book exposes the hypocritical and willful deception of radical groups which cherrypick incidents and sayings from the Prophet’s life, decontextualize them, and abuse them to serve their perverted ideologies.
The extensive evidence presented in this book will not only dispel many myths about the life and message of the Noble Prophet but also show how through compassionate efforts he conquered the hearts of people around him and turned them from die-hard enemies to devoted faithful friends.
Reşit Haylamaz, Ph.D., writes extensively on the life of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, and early history of Islam. His Sultan of Hearts: Prophet Muhammad is a best-selling biography of the Prophet in his native Turkish.
Alp Aslandoğan, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Shared Values, a non-profit organization in New York. An author and editor of The Fountain magazine, Aslandoğan co-edited Muslims Citizens of the Globalized World: Contributions of the Gülen Movement (2007).