Men Around the Messenger

This book is a translation based on Khalid Muhammad Khalid's celebrated work in Arabic, Rijal Hawla al-Rasul. The sixty-four companions presented here are representative of that unique generation, a generation without parallel in history. They come from all walks of life and character.
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  • Translation based on Khalid Muhammad Khalid's celebrated work in Arabic, Rijal Hawla al-Rasul
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 516
  • Publisher: Islamic Book Trust (Islamic Book Trust (February 28, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10:9839154737
  • ISBN-13:978-9839154733
  • Product Dimensions:  9.4 x 6.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds

Man needs the light of his past experiences to brighten his present and future; and all the different segments of humanity which have done anything to make this world a better place to live in deserve our gratitude. But the most deserving of our gratitude are the prophets of God. Each one of them has, in his own time, presented a winsome example of his sublime conduct and moral behaviour. If one was a model of endurance, others were embodiments of selflessness, sacrifice, fervour for Truth and Oneness of God, submission to the Will of the Lord, chastity and piety. In short, each of them was a lighthouse of guidance showing the path of exalted behaviour in one or the other walk of life every man has to tread in his sojourn on this earth.

A character held out as an ideal or model for humanity's needs must fulfil certain conditions before such a claim can be universally accepted. The first and foremost test to which the character of such a guide should be put is historicity.

Historicity means that the genuineness of the accounts of life and character of any man put forth as a perfect exemplar should proceed not from any fable or legendary tale, but from reputed sources and methodical records of what we call history. Man is never disposed, by his frame of mind, to be deeply impressed by any happening, event or biography which he knows to be fictitious. For a lasting impression of any character, one needs the assurance that every detail of the life, saying and doing of such a personality is perfectly true and verifiable. Historical stories have, for that very reason, a greater appeal than the works of fiction. Another reason for the historicity of a character, particularly if it is intended to impart a lesson to others, is that no bedtime fable, told to while away the hours of leisure, can be deemed to hold up a model for emulation. Nobody can be expected to follow a mythical or imaginary character; it is absolutely essential that the journal of a life presented as a model of virtuous human conduct should be perfectly authentic in accordance with the criterion set for acceptance of an event as historical.

We believe that this was the honour granted to Muhammad (s) since he was the last of the line of prophets, bearer of the final and ever-abiding message of God and, thus, he was sent as a standard of virtue and goodness for the guidance of mankind to the end of time.