Compiled in the 14th century AD by a prominent Syrian scholar, the al-sira al-Nabawiyya of Ibn Kathir is a full examination in chronological order, of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. Drawn from the earliest and most reliable Arabic sources, it offers, in this close English translation, the fullest available account of the historical circumstances and personalities most important in the founding of Islam. Ibn Kathir’s work offers a fine example of Islamic scholarship; the quotations and anecdotes that constitute its core are evaluated in terms of the trustworthiness of their sources. Variant wordings that are related through differing lines of transmission are noted, and Ibn Kathir gives both his own assessments and those of the earliest Islamic authorities concerning the likely authenticity of these records. The comments and conversations, derived from ancient texts, that are quoted in this work constitute the basis of our knowledge of Islam during the lifetime of its founder.
Volume 1 (of this 4 volume series) relates the history of the Arab tribes who were the Prophet's forebears, the lives of his parents, and the accounts of unusual events surrounding his birth. It then goes on to relate anecdotes regarding his childhood, the signs of the Prophethood, and the first revelations.
Volume 2 (of this 4 volume series) Looks at the early years of the Prophethood and includes such episodes at the Night Journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and the ascent to Heaven the Prophets marriages to Aisha(ra) and Sawda (ra) and the emigration to Madina. It gives details of events in the two years following the emigration, including the building of the Holy Mosques and various military expeditions and reveals how Islam as a faith developed.
Volume 3 (of this 4 volume series) gives details of the numerous battles and campaigns waged between 3 (AH) and 8 AH to defend and spread the religion of Islam.
Volume 4 (of this 4 volume series) continues with the events of 9 AH and 10AH and presents the different accounts of the hajjat al -wada ( the farewell pilgrimage) and the events surrounding the death of the Prophet Muhamad (saw)