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    My endearing Dr. Maulvi Majid Ali Khan is a learned youth
    who has had the privilege of having the education both in the
    Western as well as in the Oriental ways. He not only obtained his
    M.Sc. from the Muslim University, Aligarh, but also obtained
    his Master of Theology degree and Doctorate in Sunni Theology
    from there. Because of his zeal in Islamics, he also joined Dărul
    ‘Uloom (Arabic College), Meerut, on his own, in order to com-
    plete his higher studies. He served as a lecturer in Islamic
    Studies in the West Indies and then in the Deptt. of Sunni Theo-
    logy at the Aligarh Muslim University. Now he is a lecturer in
    Islamic Studies at the Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. He is
    the author of a number of books and articles on Islam in English
    and Urdu and is continuously busy in writing. His most remark-
    able feature is that he is an orthodox youth having sound
    thoughts and great devotion for Islam.
    It is a matter of pleasure that Saudi Arabia’s panel of judges
    for the competition of “Research Works on Sirah” selected his
    book on the “Sirah” (life of the Holy Prophet) for a coveted
    award. I pray to Allah for a general recognition of his book,
    Muhammad the Final Messenger, and so as to create the desire
    among the readers to follow the “Sirah” of the Holy Prophet
    (Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa Sallam).
    Ist Şafar, 1399
    (Ist January, 1979)
    (Maulānā) Abul Hasan ‘Ali,
    Rector (Nazim) Nadwatul Ulamā,
    Lucknow (India).


    This book has the unique distinction of winning second of the
    five awards of the value of SR 50,000.00; 40,000.00; 30,000.00,
    20,000.00 and 10,000.00 respectively in a world competition
    instituted by the Rabitat-al-‘Alam-al-Islami of Mecca (Saudi
    Arabia). The judgement was given by a board of experts com-
    prising great scholars of world reputation, both Arab and
    non-Arab. Hence it needs no further introduction. There is no
    dearth of books written in English on the life and works of the
    Prophet of Islam (Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa Sallam). They however,
    generally suffer from two defects: the books written by non-
    Muslim authors, whatsoever scholarly they may be, lack in a
    realistic approach, whereas the books, written by Muslim authors
    sometime fail to represent the orthodox school of biographers
    of the Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam).
    This book, being safe from the above defects, can readily be
    accepted as a novel and fine contribution to the “Sirat” litera-
    ture in English. The main and salient features of the book may
    hereunder be summed up:
    (1) It is not merely a historical survey of the events related
    to the life of the Prophet, but also contains an enlightened dis-
    cussion of the socio-economic problems of the society in Madina
    and their effective and just solutions by the Prophet.
    (2) It repudiates quite convincingly and firmly the charges
    levelled and the misgivings created by Western writers against

    the Prophet.
    (3) The finality of the Prophet has been established on such
    a firm basis as leaving no room for an inkling of doubt in the
    (4) A new, modern and most up-to-date interpretation of
    “Ghazawat” has been given in it, due to which one would defi-
    nitely arrive at the conclusion that the Prophet of Islam never
    adopted an aggressive way and that his mission was God-
    (5) The basic sources of the book are the Qur’an and Hadith,
    and then the original historical books.
    (6) The most remarkable feature of the book is that it presents
    the Personality of Muḥammad (Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) as
    the most distinguished Prophet and not simply a reformer. Even
    some of the leading biographers of our times have not succeeded
    fully in this regard.
    I am confident that this book will be of benefit to readers
    in general.
    (Professor) Sa’id Ahmad Akberābādī
    U.G.C. Professor,
    Deptt. of Arabic,
    Calicut University (India).
    Formerly Dean Faculty of Theology,
    The Aligarh Muslim University,
    Aligarh (India).