The Sealed Nectar (Ar-Raheeq Al-Makhtum)

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A complete authoritative book on the life of Prophet Muhammad (S) by Sheikh Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarkpuri. The Sealed Nector was honoured by the World Muslim League as first prize winner book. Whoever wants to know the whole life style of the Prophet in detail must read this book.

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Average rating: 10/10 - Number of reviews: 11
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    rating Great book
    Customer R. on 07/17/2016 Great book. A must have for any. Small enough to fit into my pocket comfortably to read during a break at work.
    rating Beautifully explained
    Customer R. on 04/01/2014 Beautifully Explained The Life Of Prophet Muhammad PBUH. I Highly Recommend All The Islamic Knowledge Seekers To Have This Product. May Allah Bless Darussalam For Publishing And Distributing Such Amazing Books. Jazaak Allah Khair
    rating One of my favorite books
    Customer R. on 07/28/2012 This has to be besides the Quran one of my favorite books. When I first came into Islam besides the mercy and blessings of Allah giving me the knowledge needed to understand our way of life, I came across this book and it put things in perspective for me.
    rating Highly recommended
    Customer R. on 07/28/2012 it's a very good book that covers life of our beloved Prophet [may peace and blessings be upon him].Highly recomend to every Muslim to have.
    rating More than a biography
    Customer R. on 06/02/2011 As salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatu. I started reading 'The Sealed Nectar' as a text for my Seerah 101 class, alhamdulillah. We were all provided with a PDF copy, but I needed to have a copy of my own. This is more than a biography, masha Allah. What better way to gain Allah s pleasure than to get to know his most beloved of creations. O Allah, Lord of this perfect call and established prayer. Grant Muhammad the intercession and favor, and raise him to the honored station You have promised him, [verily You do not neglect promises]. Ameen Allahuma Ameen!
    rating Very good read
    Customer R. on 02/01/2011 Alhamdulilah, a very good read. Wish it was more detailed though. I'm going to try out other books on seerah inshAllah.
    rating First prize winner book
    Customer R. on 11/24/2010 The sealed Nectar' what can I say about it? It's a concise and pristine life of our beloved Prophet, peace be upon him, no wonder it got the first prize in the competition of writing the biography of the Prophet organized by Rabata. Simply a master piece by our master Sheikh, Safiur Rahman. May Allah bless him. Ameen
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    Customer R. on 10/30/2010This is an excellent introductory book to the biography of the noblest of mankind [saw]. I say introductory because in as much as the book is condensed with much facts, it still has decided to summarized most events that was highlighted perhaps so that it doesn't become laborous for us to read [Allahu musta an]. The book can be divided into three parts: Part 1: Pre-islamic Prophethood era pgs 23-83, Prophethood era: part 2: The makkan period pgs 84-217, Part 3: The Madinah period pgs 219-577. I have to say that initially I found the reading the pre-Islamic era of the book cumbersome but with persevearance I came to appreciate going through this period as it was very helpful in comprehending the book as I read further and also made the linking of events easier and better understood. The book is arranged in such an excellent chronological order with definite time-lines such that one can actually start visualizing' all the series of event. Also the kind of leadership of the Prophet [saw] was emphasized throughout the book coupled with the immeasurable of the companions [ra] and the priceless efforts these early generations of Muslims made in the propagation of Islam. The Author referenced sources like: Al-Quran Kareem, the six[6] books of ahadith-bukhari, Muslim, tirmidhi, ibn majah, Abu dawud, nis ai, and also sources like Zaad al mi aad, fath bari amongst other classical islamic books of As-salaf saliheen.

    I have to say that the book is written in a very narration style that brings to the center of events while going through history on the pages of the book. If I am to recommend this book, I might say that upper middle school upward might be an ideal time to read this book while the lower grades can make do with some other more condensed version of the biography of the prophet [saw], this is a suggestion based more on proper comprehension of the series of events than the reading/retention ability of the child. My only reservation for this book is that for easy referencing the publishers can include the index and may be in the nearest future make the audio version for the sight impairs to benefit from the life of the noblest of mankind [saw]. Before reading any biographical work on any of the Muslims in the past, please take a break and read about the noblest of mankind [saw] first, then try to read these biographies in chronological order if you can as it'll help you to under issues better and Allah knows best. Happy reading and khayr Insha Allah.
    rating Amazing book
    Customer R. on 06/24/2010 A must have for every house Amazing book
    rating First book to read
    Customer R. on 06/15/2010 Assalamualaikum. This book is been rated as No.1 when a contest was announced by Saudi to portray the biography of our beloved Prophet [S A W]. I am a bad reader since I don't have patience and this is my first book to be read. A needed book in every Muslim house and a starter for those who wanna study Prophet[S A W]'s life ...
    rating Must have
    Customer R. on 06/14/2010 This book is a must have for every Muslim household.
      

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AuthorSafi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarkpuri
Pagesa) 440 b) 588 c) 984

A complete authoritative book on the life of Prophet Muhammad (S) by Sheikh Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarkpuri. The Sealed Nector was honoured by the World Muslim League as first prize winner book. Whoever wants to know the whole life style of the Prophet in detail must read this book.

Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the Messenger of Allah, and those who are with him, are severe against the disbelievers, and merciful among themselves. You see them bowing and falling down prostrate (in prayer), seeking bounty from Allah and (His) Good Pleasure. The mark of them (i.e. of their Faith) is on their faces (fore heads) from the traces of prostration (during prayers). This is their description in the Taurah (Torah). But their description in the Injeel (Gospel) is like a (sown) seed which sends forth its shoot, then makes it strong, and becomes thick and it stands straight on its stem, delighting the sowers, that He may enrage the disbelievers with them. Allah has promised those among them who believe and do righteous good deeds, forgiveness and a mighty reward (Paradise). (Al-Fath: 29)

The Prophet Muhammad (S) said: "The example of guidance and knowledge with which Allah has sent me is like abundant rain falling on the earth. Some of which was fertile soil that absorbed rain-water and brought forth vegetation and grass in abundance. (And) another portion of it was hard and held the rain-water and Allah benefited the people with it and they utilized it for drinking (making their animals drink from it) and to irrigate the land for cultivation. (And) a portion of it was barren which could neither hold the water nor bring forth vegetation (then that land gave no benefits). The first is the example of the person who comprehends Allah's Religion (Islam) and gets benefit (from the knowledge) which Allah (Azawajal) has revealed through me (the Prophet) and learns and then teaches it to others. The (last example is that of a) person who does not care for it and does not take Allah's Guidance revealed through me (he is like that barren land)." (Al-Mukarramah)

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Publishers Note

The heart of every Muslim is filled with love for the last Prophet Muhammad (S) and this love of the messenger of Allah is an asset for him. Love and respect of a person depends on the benefits we get from him, As the Prophet , is the greatest benefactor of humanity, every Muslim has deepest love for him, Every deed of his life is to be followed by every individual of the Muslim Ummah. Highest love for the Prophet (S) is made a test of our Faith. Allah the All-Mighty has described and explained the status of Muhammad (S) in the Qur'an: "Say (O Muhammad (S) to mankind): If you (really) love Allah then follow me (i.e. accept Islamic monotheism, follow the Qur'an and the Sunnah), Allah will love you..." (3:31)

Love of Allah's Messenger (S) is a part of our Faith. There is a Hadith (narration) of the Prophet (S) who said: "None of you has Faith unless I am dearer to him than his father and his son and all mankind."

In the early period of Islam, many books were written on the life of the Prophet (S) in the Qur'an itself, the best example of the life of Muhammad (S), has also been mentioned, The Qur'an says: "And verily, you (O Muhammad (S) are on an exalted standard of character." (68:4)

Someone asked 'Aishah (R) about the noble character and manners of the Prophet (S). She answered: "Have you not read the Qur'an? His character is a complete explanation of the Qur'an."

It means that whatever is commanded and prohibited in the Qur'an, its practical example is present in the manners of Muhammad In other words, the ideal and perfect example of good manners and character which the Qur'an demands from mankind, was present in the person of Muhammad in its highest degree.

Scholars of Ahadith (traditions) and writers of the biography of Muhammad , the Messenger of Allah, have explored his life from every angle and aspect from birth to death. Every event, every incident of his life has been described and narrated, but none had claimed that he has given his life's recording its full rights. Hundreds of books have been written on the life of Muhammad and this endeavor will continue till the Day of Resurrection.

No doubt The Sealed Nectar ( الرحيق المختوم - Ar-Raheeq AI-Makhturn) is a book of great value and praiseworthy work on the life of Muhammad. This book has been written by the Eminent Shaikh Safiur-Rahman Mubarakpuri of Jamiah Salafiyah, Banaras (India). The first Islamic Conference on Seerah (biography of the Prophet) was held in 1976 in Pakistan sponsored by the Muslim World League. The League announced a world contest for writing a book on the life of the Prophet. One hundred fifty thousand Saudi Riyals (SR 150,000) (forty thousand U.S. Dollars) was the grand prize for the best five books.

One hundred and seventy-one manuscripts were received from all over the world. Out of these, eighty-five were in the Arabic Language, sixty-four in Urdu, twenty-one were in English and one in French and Hausa.

A board of highly qualified scholars judged the manuscripts and announced the results. The manuscript of Shaikh Safiur-Rahman Mubarakpuri, Jamiah Salafiyah Banaras (India), author of the book in hand (The Sealed Nectar) received first the grand prize of SR 50,000 (fifty thousand Saudi Riyals) for its authentic and sound collections of the narrations. Dr. Majid Ali Khan, New Delhi, India, placed second. The third prize went to Dr. Naseer Ahmed, Islamic University, Lahore, Pakistan. The fourth prize was awarded to Mr. Harnid Mahmud of Egypt. The fifth and final prize was awarded to Abdus-Salam Hashim of Madinah Munawwarah. An extravagant prize distribution ceremony was held at Makkah Al-Mukarramah on 12 Rabi'ul-Awwal 1399 A.H. (1979 C.E.). Afterwards, the book was published by the Muslim World League and then many other organizations gained the honor of publishing this masterpiece. Darussalam also published this book in the Arabic language. I had wished to publish this book in the English language for the wider benefit of humanity. Shaikh Safiur-Rahman willingly agreed to the idea and consented to publish the English translation. The stage of translation was traversed with the help of brother Mahir Abu Dhahab, owner and general manager of Markaz Noor Ash-Sham in Damascus, Syria.

For the first edition of this book, brother Mahir Abu Dhahab from Syria, Damascus, provided his help and cooperation as regards the translation work for which I offer my special thanks to him. Now in your hands is the new revised edition with many changes and additions. Brother Abu Khaliyl (U.S.A.) amended and improved the translation to make its language simple and easy, besides comparing again from the beginning to the end the English translation with the Arabic revised text to update the changes therein.

So, after a coherent toil of months, this edition was published. (All praise is for Allah). The opinions and views from the readers concerning this edition will be appreciated.

Your brother in Islam,
Abdul-Malik Mujahid
1st January 2002

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