The first biographers of Muhammad’s life are Ibn Ishaq and al-Tabari, who provide the original and ONLY valid history of Muhammad and Islam. Much later, Bukhari put together a collection of Hadith, Traditions or News, which is regarded as being as valid as the Qur’an itself. The information of these three historians is the only information we have, the only real evidence of the truth about Muhammad and Islam.
Ibn Ishaq’s ‘Sirat Rasul Allah’ was written 120 years after Muhammad’s death in 750 A.D. It was translated as ‘The Life of Muhammad’ by Alfred Guillaume, and is available from Oxford Press.
His original text was edited and censored by Ibn Hisham in 830.
Ibn Hisham said, “I am omitting things which Ishaq recorded in this book. I have omitted things which are disgraceful to discuss and matters which would distress certain people.” Ishaq:691
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Wednesday, June 27, 2007
By Jennifer King