Naqshbandiya Foundation for Islamic Education

The Naqshbandiya Foundation for Islamic Education (NFIE) is a non-profit, tax exempt, religious and educational organization dedicated to serve Islam with a special focus on Tasawwuf(Sufism),

Friday, July 5, 2024

Dr Sohail Hanif | Do We NEED A Madhab, Loving The Prophet ﷺ As We SHOULD, The Importance Of UMMAH - FairDinkumAU- July1, 2024

We had the honour of hosting the CEO of National Zakat Foundation Dr Sohail Hanif on the podcast. We spoke about whether a muslim NEEDs A Madhab, Loving The Prophet ﷺ As We Should, The Importance Of UMMAH and much more!

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The Muslim Mindset and Islam's Mission with Dr.Sohail Hanif- The Thinking Muslim - Feb16 2024- Our guest this week, Dr Sohail Hanif, argues that we need to reconnect with not just our relationship with our umma but also have to reorient our lives to live like the murabitun of the past, those who saw themselves as within a wider objective of thinking about deen and the umma and their part within this rubric. In this endeavour, to change our mentality, we have to reconfigure how we view some of the fundamental Islamic ideas of zakat, ummah and jihad. Are we in the west manning an outpost of this umma. And has Gaza taught us a wider lesson about reorienting our mentalities.

Dr Sohail is the National Zakat Foundation’s Chief Executive. Prior to this, he held the position of Lecturer at Cambridge Muslim College. He also was the Head of Sciences at Qasid Arabic Institute in Amman. He has expertise in Islamic law, having studied extensively with traditional scholars, and holds a PhD from Oxford University.

Saturday, June 29, 2024

Salutations of the Prophetic Portrait Ep1 - Shaykh Abdul Aziz Suraqah - MCCGP - YouTube Lecture Series

The introduction to the book by Shaykh Muhammad Sadiq Alawi on the person of Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace). Muslim Community Center of Greater Pittsburg -Wednesday May 10, 2023

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Mecca Books: Salutations of the Prophetic Trait for the Vision of the Beloved Shaykh Muhammad Sadiq Alawi - Sakina Publishing
Salutations of the Prophetic Portrait for the Vision of the Beloved is a representation of the blessed Shama’il of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, from the perspective of the Gnostics (Arifin). It is an extension to the established works of Shama’il, advancing the reader’s knowledge, leading them from the physical attributes to the sublime spiritual degree of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him. Shaykh Muhammad Sadiq Alawi highlights the distinguishing prophetic features that make him superior to the rest of mankind, to increase the reader’s veneration, leading to love and ultimately the vision of the Beloved Prophet. Contents: Part 1: The Noble Virtues - - The Necessity of Knowing the Shamail of the Messengerﷺ - - Some of the Virtues of the Prophetﷺ-- The Ethereal Realities int he Physical Attributes of the Prophetﷺ-- Nature's Love for the Prophetﷺ-- Part 2: The Blessed Names-- The Necessity of Knowing the Names of the Messengerﷺ-- The Honour of the Name of the Prophetﷺ and why the Angels Prostrated- Part 3: Love-- Ranks in the Spectrum of Loving the Belovedﷺ-- Love for the Noble Prophetﷺ and the Lights of Salutations Upon Him-Part 4: The Path of the Elite-- The Muhammadan Reality- - Tarikat ul-Muhammadiyya- Part 5: Salutations-- Emanation of Fragrance Through the Mention of the Belovedﷺ-- The Virtues of the Verse of Concern- - Salat al-Fatih-- Salutations of Light-- The Salutation of the Greatest Name. The author, Shaykh Muhammad Sadiq Alawi, travelled the Path under the guidance of Qutb Habib Ahmad Mashhur bin Taha al-Haddad (1907–1995).

May. Allah's Mercy and Blessings be upon him always.” Ash-Shaykh Muhammad Sadiq Alawi of Preston (now of Blackburn) wrote: My Shaykh Habib Ahmad Mashhur bin Taha al-Haddad

The Place of Literature in Sufism:

Sufism is the science whereby purification of the soul, refinement of character and developing the inner and outer states can be recognised, so that a person can attain eternal bliss, rectitude of the ego, pleasure of the Lord of the worlds and attain His gnosis.
Traditionally this training was achieved by a unifying bond between the Sufi Master and disciple. Sufi Masters of the classical period believe that the true spiritual path cannot be traversed through books alone. Rather, the disciple must travel the path under the guidance of a true spiritual guide, using practical methods to achieve spiritual enlightenment.
So what is the role of literature in Sufism?
As a student of his father, Shaykh Muhammad Sadiq Alawi, Zain ul-Abidin takes us through some of the traditional practices of Sufism and explains the ways in which literature can be used to support and complement this tradition, helping aspirants of the modern age.

Zain ul-Abidin is the son of the learned scholar and the distinguished Sufi sage, Shaykh Muhammad Sadiq Alawi. Shaykh Muhammad is known by many in the UK as one of the leading propagators and teachers of Sufism and the spiritual path, having spent his whole life calling people to Allah and His Messenger. Zain ul-Abidin continues his father’s teachings and has expanded the reach through new channels, holding regular gatherings online, and is an integral part of expanding Sakina Publishing to new audiences.

Our Shaykh: Habib Ahmad Mashhur bin Taha al-Haddad- Siddiq Osman Noormuhammad

Friday, June 28, 2024

Am I worthy of Allah's Love & Mercy | Shaykh Muhammad Al-Ninowy (Full Podcast): OnePath Network , March 31,2023

An insightful podcast with Shaykh Muhammad Al-Ninowy on the dense topic of mercy in Islam. Shaykh Ninowy is an American scholar and author based in Atlanta, Georgia, having written multiple books, most notably ‘the Book of Love’ and his commentary on ‘The 40 Hadith of Mercy and those who show Mercy’. He is also the founding Director of Madina institute, along with the Centre for Non-violence and Peace studies and the charity, Planet Mercy.

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Fons Vitae: The Forty Hadith on Mercy and those who show mercy- Imam Ibn Tulun , Presented by Shaykh Muhammad Al Ninowy.

Sheikh Dr Muhammad al-Ninowy is a Syrian-American scholar and author based in Atlanta, Georgia, whose lineage is traced back to the Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon him). Al-Ninowy is considered a scholar in hadith. In addition to a PhD in Islamic studies, he also holds a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of Illinois, and a Doctor of Medicine degree. He is the founding director of Madina Institute and Seminaries, the Center for Non-Violence and Peace Studies, and the charitable organisation Planet Mercy, globally. Al-Ninowy is also leading a reformist Rifa‘i Shadhili Sufi school aiming to completely realign Sufi principles, litanies, and practices to the Qur’an and Sunnah in an effort to revive the school of Tasawwuf of Ahl al-hadith. His latest release is: The Book of Love; a reflection on Islam from the perspective of love.

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Amazon: Book of Love - Muhammad Ninowy   

Love is like a journey everyone should consciously and actively take. The journey is more amazing than our greatest aspirations and more miraculous than our most beautiful dreams. The journey leads the wayfarer to personal liberation, whose highlights are love, forgiveness, unconditional compassion, mercy, reconciliation, hope, happiness, positive contribution and optimism, with no place at all of the repression, original sin, judgement, punishment, guilt, pain, enmity, or even death.
This is not just possible, this is real and beautiful. The journey on the path of love is the elixir of an everlasting life of love. There is no shortage of love, just our willingness to embrace it with our whole heart and channel it to others.
The Book of Love is a window into the journey of the wide throughout our human history, such as: Adam, Abel, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad. It is Islam, as I know it. Though The Book of Love is a book of personal reflections, each line of its aphorisms is an opener to a more intimate inner conversations.

Monday, June 24, 2024

Tafakkur: Contemplating Nature| Dr. Samir Mahmoud | (Lecture in English)-ISIP-International Students of Islamic Psychology-Jun 23, 2024

Tafakkur: Contemplating Nature| Dr. Samir Mahmoud | (Lecture in English)-ISIP-International Students of Islamic Psychology-Jun 23, 2024 - Amazing Lecture with Power Point Presentation

ISIP-International Students of Islamic Psychology hosted Dr. Samir Mahmoud on Sunday, June 9th, 2024. He spoke on “Tafakkur: Contemplating Nature”. The session was in English, including engaging audience Questions and Answers.

Dr. Samir Mahmoud is the Academic Director of Usul Academy. He is also Lecturer on the Diploma in Islamic Psychology at the Cambridge Muslim College. Recently he was Assistant Professor at the Lebanese American University. He has a BA (Hons) in Anthropology & Politics with a focus on multicultural theory and comparative religion, and an MA in Architectural History, Theory & Urban Design with a focus on the traditional townscape from the University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia. He also holds an MPhil in Theology & Religious Studies with a focus on comparative philosophy and aesthetics. He completed a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Dr. Timothy Winter (Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad).

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Amazon: Contemplation: An Islamic Psychospiritual Study-Malik Badri

Delving into the true meaning and experience of Islamic spirituality, based on a person s awareness and recognition of his existence and place in Creation, Malik Badri reveals the limitations and contradictions of the current prevailing schools of psychology that deny the existence of the soul and perceive humans as mere machines acting on external stimuli. Combining the rich traditional Islamic wisdom with contemporary knowledge, the author advances a unique approach to the understanding of the human psyche and the self that gives a central position to meditation and contemplation as forms of worship in Islam. It is a book addressed to anyone who is interested in the Islamic approach towards the urgency felt by modern societies who are yearning for the rediscovery of the long-forgotten and neglected aspects of their lives.

Malik Badri is Professor of Psychology at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), Malaysia. He is a qualified therapist and the author of a number of books including The Aids Crisis: An Islamic Socio-Cultural Perspective (1997). (2000).

Amazon: The Book of Contemplation: Book 39 of Ihya' 'Ulum al-Din - Muhammad Isa Waley PhD

The Book of Contemplation is the thirty-ninth of the forty Books of The Revival of the Religious Sciences (Ihya’ ‘ulum al-din) and the very last to appear in English translation. Abu Hamid al-Ghazali’s purpose in this Book is to explain the nature and importance of contemplation, or reflection, as an act that enriches the thinking person with increased knowledge of, and wonder at, the Creator and His creation. In Part 1, he defines and introduces the subject, explaining its importance with reference to the Qur’an, Hadiths, and sayings of wise and pious Muslims. In Part 2, he expounds his own highly original views as to the nature and fruits of contemplation. Part 3 offers detailed guidance on the most appropriate and beneficial subjects for reflection, some relating to human traits and actions and others to Divine Attributes and Actions. In Part 4, he explores in detail aspects of God’s creation, which, when viewed with an observant eye and considered with a worshipful heart, are full of wonders and offer an inexhaustible scope for reflection—from the artistry of the spider and bee to the unimaginable vastness of the heavens, which themselves are dwarfed by what lies beyond them.

Review:"It can be said that this extraordinary book explains the mysterious tenth book of Aristotle’s famous Nicomachean Ethics, the purpose of our existence being mystical contemplation, an idea Aristotle left unexplored. The Qur’an is replete with verses asking us to reflect, contemplate, meditate, and use our intellects, reminding us that essentially our highest purpose resides in doing so. Thus, it makes perfect sense that the Prophet, God’s peace and blessings upon him, informed us that 'One hour’s meditation exceeds a year’s devotion,' (according to another recension, it exceeds devotion of sixty years). This translation adds to the remarkable work of others who have contributed to Fons Vitae’s wonderful efforts to bring the entire Ihya’ ‘ulum al-din of the great imam to modern English readers. The seasoned translator, Muhammad Isa Waley, happens to be a practitioner of the path’s practice. This book stands as a propaedeutic to the final chapter of the Ihya’, which is on death, the meditation upon which was a constant practice of our Prophet, God’s peace and blessings upon him, who said, 'Do much pondering upon the destroyer of delights: death.'” —Hamza Yusuf

Author:Muhammad Isa Waley is a British editor, translator, and researcher specializing in the literature of Muslim spirituality in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish, and also in Islamic manuscript studies. He has an MA in Oriental Studies from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Persian literature from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. For 45 years he was Curator of Persian and Turkish manuscripts and books at the British Museum and later the British Library, and has worked as a consultant and/or editor for many organizations, publishers, and individuals.

Friday, June 21, 2024

Sheikh Mustafa Briggs - Beyond Bilal: Black Muslims in the East:TX Deen Intensive 2024

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Amazon: Beyond Bilal: Black Muslims in the East - Mustafa Briggs

In Beyond Bilal: Black History in Islam, aside from Black history in the Qur’an and the black companions of the Prophet ﷺ we focused on the History of Islam in West Africa and the role Black Muslims played in the West. In this second volume, based on Mustafa Briggs lectures “Africans in Asia” and “Black History in the Arab World,” we will move eastward and explore the little discussed relationship between Africa and Asia and the Middle East.

We will first look at Black History in the Arabian Peninsula, discovering the history of the legendary black heroes of pre-Islamic Arabia, who were some of the most well known poets, warriors, explorers and conquerors of Arabia. We will then explore the brilliant black intellectuals and revolutionaries who impacted the Islamic Empires of the Middle Ages, including the first Muftis of Makkah, Egypt and Syria, as well as some of the key narrators of hadith and early scholars in the Islamic Tradition.

We will also delve into the spread of Islam in East Africa; from Sudan and Somalia all the way down to the Swahili Coast, and the stories of mighty kingdoms in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh that were ruled and shaped by East African kings, saints, and adventurers, the communities they developed, and the impact that their legacies have left on the region until the modern day.

Mustafa Briggs is a graduate of Arabic and International Relations from the University of Westminster whose dissertation focused on Arabic Literature and Literacy in West Africa. Mustafa started an MA in Translation at SOAS, University of London with a specialization in Arabic and Islamic Texts, before going onto al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt where he is currently doing another degree in Islamic Studies and Arabic. Mustafa rose to international acclaim for his ‘Beyond Bilal: Black History in Islam’ lecture series which saw him explore and uncover the deep routed relationship between Islam and Black History; and the legacy of contemporary African Islamic Scholarship and its role in the International Relations of the Muslim World as well as the vital role Female Scholarship plays in the West African Islamic Tradition, which he presented at over 30 Universities across 3 continents, including Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard and Yale. Beyond Bilal was then turned into a book, which became an amazon best seller within the first month of its release and lead to an American and European book tour, during which Mustafa was hosted and interviewed by various scholars at various Academic and Islamic institutions such as Imam Omar Sulaiman of Yaqeen Institute, Shaykh Suhaib Webb of Islamic Centre of New York University, and Professor Shadaab Rahemtulla of Edinburgh University, where the book is currently being studied as part of the educational curriculum.

Beyond Bilal: Black History in Islam - Ustadh Mustafa Briggs with Dr. Omar Suleiman - VRIC- 2/14/2022

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Amazon:Beyond Bilal: Black History in Islam - Ustadh Mustafa Briggs

After a widely successful tour across the globe, Beyond Bilal: Black History in Islam finds its way to your bookshelf. Beyond Bilal: Black History in Islam is the breakthrough and pioneering lecture by writer, lecturer, and educator Mustafa Briggs. Beyond Bilal explores and uncovers the deep rooted relationship between Islam and Black History, from Black Prophets and prominent figures in the Qur’an, to the unknown black Sahaba and scholars of the early generations, the history of Islam in Africa, and the legacy of contemporary African Islamic scholarship and its role in the International Relations of the Muslim World. This book also contains Mustafa Briggs' other two lectures, Before Malcolm X: History of Islam in the Americas, and Daughters of Fatima: Female Scholarship in the Islamic Tradition. From Oxford to Cambridge, Harvard to Yale, and now to you in book format for the very first time.

Sacred Footsteps - Mustafa Briggs                                                                                                                        

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Our Lady Fatima Al-Zahra: Lessons and Inspirations from Her Blessed Life (رضي الله عنها) : Ustadh Tariq Samady - MCC East Bay - June 15, 2024

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Join Ustadh Tariq Samady for an enriching session on the life and times of the Prophet’s beloved daughter, Sayeda Fatima Al-Zahra (رضي الله عنها).

Using a new biography from IHYA Publishing translated into English for the first time, we’ll be extracting lessons and inspirations on the Prophet’s Seerah from the vantage point of his brilliant, steadfast, and powerful daughter. – More Ustadh Tariq: HTTP:// Saturday, June 15 | 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. | MCC Conference Room | Join in-person or watch live online at | Register at Ustadh Tariq Samady Ustadh Tariq Samady is a native of the Bay Area with roots hailing from the ancient city of Kabul. He is a lifelong seeker of Islamic knowledge, learning from a wide range of Muslim scholars – local and international. With blessings from his teachers, he has contributed to various educational programs and gatherings of dhikr. His research and editing interests span Qur’an and Hadith commentaries, Philology, Spirituality, and Persian Poetry. Tariq is the founder of Circles of Light (حلق النور), a fledgling educational initiative focused on sharing sacred learnings and wisdom for the benefit of the community. He studied Computer Science at California State University – East Bay and has over ten years of experience as a Developer and Analytics QA Engineer. About Circles of Light Circles of Light is a fledgling educational initiative focused on sharing sacred learnings and wisdom for the benefit of the community, meant to assist in maximizing Dunya (this life) for our Deen (Faith). He gives wisdom to whomever He wills. Whoever is given wisdom has been given much good. But none pays heed except those with insight. (Quran). We are motivated by the words of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him); the most beloved people to Allah are those most beneficial to the people. (Hadith). We seek to achieve this aim through our in-person educational programs and publications. IHYA Publishing Ihya Publishing is dedicated to reviving beneficial knowledge (al-‘ilm al-nafi’), which we believe unlocks the doors of all good and leads to true success in this world and the next. Imam al-Haddad defines this knowledge in the following way: “​[Beneficial knowledge] is that which increases your knowledge of the Essence of Allah, His Attributes, Acts, and favors, makes you aware of His commands and prohibitions, leads you to renounce the things of this world and wish only for the hereafter, and brings your faults, the defects in your acts, and the plots of your enemy to your notice.”​ We hope our published works will assist seekers in this sacred pursuit. This talk was delivered at the Muslim Community Center - East Bay (MCC East Bay) in Pleasanton, California on Saturdsay, June 15, 2024.

Mecca Books: Our Lady Fatima al-Zahra (رضي الله عنها) - Muhammad Abdu Yamani, Khalid Williams (Translator)

This book is about the life and virtues of the eminent lady Sayyidatunā Fāṭima al-Zahra (رضي الله عنها)  Through her, with Sayyidunā ‘Alī ﵁, the blessed lineage of her father, the Messenger of God ﷺ, was preserved. She resembled him in every way, and of all people she was the dearest to his heart. She stood with him ﷺ and strove always to serve and aid him, taking care of him after the death of her mother, Sayyidatunā Khadīja (رضي الله عنها)  Fāṭima was brave, strong, forbearing, dutiful, gracious, and protective. She was a loving mother and an inspiring example to her sons, Imams Ḥasan and Ḥusayn (radi Allahu anhumaFāṭima al-Zahrā (رضي الله عنها) tells the life story of its subject in a vivid, straightforward manner, linking it to the history of Islam from the early times of tribulation to the establishment of the Dīn and the Community based in al-Madīna. Its style and approach are very suitable for children, as well as for older readers. The author, Dr Muhammad Abduh Yamani (d.1431/2010), who served for several years as Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Information, was a distinguished educationalist, author and businessman, notable also for his piety and philanthropy.

Book is translated by Khalid Williams. Khalid Williams studied Arabic and Islamic studies at the University of Leeds, graduating in 2005, and then moved to Morocco to continue his study of traditional Islamic sciences and spirituality in Salé, Fes, Oujda and Nador.
He began working in translation in 2006, with an emphasis on Islamic Studies and Sufism. His previous translations include Our Master Muhammad by Imam Abdallah Siraj al-Din, Muhammad the Perfect Man by Sayyid Muhammad Alawi al-Maliki, Treatises of Imam al-Ghazālī by Imam al-Ghazali, and The Qur’an and the Prophet in the Writings of Shaykh Ahmad al-Alawi.

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Researching the Leadership of the Prophet Muhammadﷺ : Joel Hayward - NYUAD Institute - October 2, 2023

Evaluating historical leadership effectiveness poses challenges, particularly when analyzing figures like the blessed Islamic Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, a military leader involved in wars that created new power structures and a prophet who ushered in dramatically original and transformational ways of understanding monotheistic religion and its relationship with politics. Records often bear the bias of their authors, and attributing success or failure directly to a leader’s actions may overlook external factors and contributions from others. Despite these hurdles, this talk strives to offer an objective, meaningful exploration of Prophet Muhammad’s ﷺ leadership. Speaker Joel Hayward, Author, "The Leadership of Muhammad: A Historical Reconstruction" (Claritas Books, 2023); Professor of Strategic Thought, Rabdan Academy

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Amazon: The Leadership of Muhammad ﷺ: A Historical Reconstruction - Joel Hayward Given the Islamic Prophet Muhammad's immense impact on history, there are surprisingly few books that specifically analyze his leadership. The few that exist maintain that Muhammad was a wonderful leader because he was a wonderful man; that is, he succeeded in his mission because of his superior morality and personal qualities.Professor Joel Hayward sees this as an incomplete and almost inadequate explanation. He does not disagree that Muhammad was a moral and decent man. Yet he has approached the Prophet's leadership from a different vantage point. He has scrutinized the earliest Arabic sources impartially according to the strict standards of historical inquiry in order to ascertain whether Muhammad's conscious actions, behavior and methods can provide any substantial and meaningful insights about the effectiveness of his strategic leadership. Hayward concludes that Muhammad was an uncommonly astute, situationally aware and self-reflective man with the ability to create and communicate a believable strategic vision of a necessary and desirable future. When reinforced constantly by his emotionally intelligent, skillful and very hands-on leadership, his cleverly communicated vision persuaded increasing numbers of people to follow him and risk everything willingly in the struggle to make real the bold new world that he foresaw.Hayward demonstrates through original, meticulously researched and rigorous analysis that Muhammad was "a profoundly effective leader". This engaging, accessible yet deeply scholarly book makes a major contribution to both leadership studies and the Prophet's biography.

Amazon-The Warrior Prophet Muhammad ﷺ & War - Joel Hayward

Most Islamic biographies deal with Muhammad’s use of warfare by usingan understandable but insufficient logic: that the Messenger of Allah wasthe ideal and paradigmatic human, so he must have been an ideal and paradigmatic military commander. Wanting Muḥammad’s behavior to conform to very modern ethical concepts and widespread (but not necessarily accurate) beliefs about the nature and conduct of war, the writers have created a narrative which, in significant ways, departs from the account clearly and consistently revealed in the earliest extant Arabic sources.Professor Joel Hayward sees this as an unhelpful explanatory tendency and believes that the modern depiction of the Prophet’s relationship with warfare which presents him as being rather antipathetic to war, indeed as virtually a pacifist who only fought reluctantly in self-defense — cannot actually be sustained by a thorough and even-handed analysis of the early Islamic sources. A committed Muslim himself, Hayward concludes that, within a competitive and conflictual environment with ubiquitous threats, warfare was necessary to make real the bold new world that Muḥammad foresaw. Through original, meticulously researched and rigorous analysis, Hayward covers all the raids and campaigns and demonstrates that Muḥammad correctly understood the necessity and utility of force and duly developed into an intuitive, effective and victorious military practitioner who developed and enforced a strict moral code so as to attain his goals whilst safeguarding the innocent. This engaging, accessible yet deeply scholarly and definitive book makes a major contribution to strategic and military analysis and to the Prophet’s biography.

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