List of biographies of Muhammad

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This is a chronological listing of biographies of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, ranging from the earliest traditional writers to modern times.

Earliest biographers[edit]

The following is a list of the earliest known Hadith collectors who specialized in collecting Sīra and Maghāzī reports.

7th and early 8th century (1st century of Hijra)[edit]

  • Sahl ibn Abī Ḥathma (d. in Mu'awiya's reign, i.e., 41-60 AH), was a young companion of Muhammad. Parts of his writings on Maghazi are preserved in the Ansāb of al-Baladhuri, the Ṭabaqāt of Ibn Sa'd, and the works of Ibn Jarir al-Tabari and al-Waqidi.[1]
  • Abdullah ibn Abbas (d. 78 AH), a companion of Muhammad, his traditions are found in various works of Hadith and Sīra.[1]
  • Saʿīd ibn Saʿd ibn ʿUbāda al-Khazrajī, another young companion, his writings have survived in the Musnad of Ibn Hanbal and Abī ʿIwāna, and al-Tabari's Tārīkh.[1]
  • ʿUrwa ibn al-Zubayr (d. 713). He wrote letters replying to inquiries of the Umayyad caliphs, Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan and al-Walid I, involving questions about certain events that happened in the time of Muhammad. Since Abd al-Malik did not appreciate the maghāzī literature, these letters were not written in story form. He is not known to have written any books on the subject.[2] He was a grandson of Abu Bakr and the younger brother of Abdullah ibn al-Zubayr.
  • Saʿīd ibn al-Masīb al-Makhzūmī (d. 94 AH), a famous Tābiʿī and one of the teachers of Ibn Shihab al-Zuhri. His traditions are quoted in the Six major hadith collections, and in the Sīra works of Ibn Ishaq, Ibn Sayyid al-Nās, and others.[1]
  • Abū Fiḍāla ʿAbd Allāh ibn Kaʿb ibn Mālik al-Anṣārī (d. 97 AH), his traditions are mentioned by Ibn Ishaq and al-Tabari.[1]
  • Abbān ibn Uthmān ibn Affān (d. 101-105 AH), the son of Uthman. His traditions are transmitted through Malik ibn Anas in his Muwaṭṭaʾ, the Ṭabaqāt of Ibn Sa'd, and in the histories of al-Tabari and al-Yaʿqūbī.[1]
  • ʿĀmir ibn Sharāḥīl al-Shaʿbī (d. 103 AH), his traditions were transmitted through Abu Isḥāq al-Subaiʿī, Saʿīd ibn Masrūq al-Thawrī, al-Aʿmash, Qatāda, Mujālid ibn Saʿīd, and others.[1]

8th and early 9th century (2nd century of Hijra)[edit]

  • Al-Qāsim ibn Muḥammad ibn Abī Bakr (d. 107 AH), another grandson of Abu Bakr. His traditions are mainly found in the works of al-Tabari, al-Balathuri, and al-Waqidi.[1]
  • Wahb ibn Munabbih (d. during 725 to 737, or 114 AH). Several books were ascribed to him but none of them are now extant. Some of his works survive as quotations found in works by Ibn Ishaq, Ibn Hisham, Ibn Jarir al-Tabari, Abū Nuʿaym al-Iṣfahānī, and others.[1][2]
  • Ibn Shihāb al-Zuhrī (d. c. 737), a central figure in sīra literature, who collected both ahadith and akhbār. His akhbār also contain chains of transmissions, or isnad. He was sponsored by the Umayyad court and asked to write two books, one on genealogy and another on maghāzī. The first was canceled and the one about maghāzī is either not extant or has never been written.[2]
  • Musa ibn ʿUqba, a student of al-Zuhrī, wrote Kitāb al-Maghāzī, a notebook used to teach his students; now lost. Some of his traditions have been preserved, although their attribution to him is disputed.[2]
  • Muhammad ibn Ishaq (d. 767 or 761), another student of al-Zuhrī, who collected oral traditions that formed the basis of an important biography of Muhammad. His work survived through that of his editors, most notably Ibn Hisham and Ibn Jarir al-Tabari.[2]
  • Abū Ishāq al-Fazarī (d. 186 AH) wrote Kitāb al-Siyar.[3]

Others (710 CE - 921 CE)[edit]

Later writers and biographies (1100 CE- 1517 CE)[edit]

19th century[edit]

Modern biographies (1900AD – Present) [edit]

Biographies missing date of publication[edit]

  • Dr. Muhammad Asadullah Al-Ghalib wrote Nobider Kahini (the most reliable collection in Bangla, based on the Glorious Quran and authentic Hadeeth).
  • Dr. Mohamed Hesham Yousef wrote The beloved book series.
  • Ahmad ibn Zayni Dahlan al-Shafi`i al-Makki (Shaykh-ul-Islam) wrote Sirah al-Nabi.
  • Sayyid Muhammad `Alawi al-Maliki al-Makki wrote Muhammad Rasulallah.
  • Prof Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri wrote Sirah al-Rasul (14 volumes, largest collection in Urdu).
  • Anwarullah Haidarabadi wrote Anwar-e-Ahmadi.
  • Al-Sayyid Muhammad `Uthman al-Mirghani wrote Fath al-Rasul.
  • Muhammad Rida wrote Muhammad Rasulallah.
  • As'ad Muhammad Sa`id al-Sagharji wrote Muhammad Rasulallah.
  • Yusuf al-Nabhani wrote Fada'il al-Muhammadiyya, al-Anwar al-Muhammadiyya and Shawahid al-Haqq.
  • Muhammad Yasin al-Fadani al-Makki wrote Hashiyya al-Mawahib al-Laduniyya.
  • Pir Muhammad Karam Shah al-Azhari wrote Ziya al-Nabi.
  • Shibli Nomani wrote his famous 5 volume book Sirat-un-Nabi in Urdu with the help of his disciple Syed Sulaiman Nadvi. The book was translated in English by M. Tayyib Bakhsh Budayuni: ISBN 978-81-7151-282-9.
  • Syed Sulaiman Nadvi wrote Muhammad The Ideal Prophet and Muhammad The Prophet Of Peace translated by Rauf Luther.
  • N Tawheedi wrote A Glance At The Life Of The Holy Prophet Of Islam.
  • Mohammad Amin wrote A Spark From The Dynamo Of Prophethood.
  • Mohammed Marmaduke Pickthall wrote Al-Amin A Life-Sketch Of The Prophet Muhammad.
  • Syed M. Nadvi wrote An Easy History Of The Prophet Of Islam.
  • Khwaja Shamsuddin Azeemi, wrote Muhammad-ur-Rasoolullah in 4 volumes.
  • Abdul Hameed Siddiqui wrote Life Of Muhammad .
  • Dr Muhammad Shamsul Haque wrote Life Of Prophet Muhammad The Final Messenger.
  • Fazal-ur-Rahman Ansari wrote 3 books namely, Muhammad As A Military Leader; Muhammad Encyclopedia Of Seerah and Muhammad Blessing For Mankind. These books were given by the then government of Pakistan to diplomatic visitors to Pakistan.
  • Zahir Ahmed Muhammad wrote the Glimpses Of The Prophet's Life & Times.
  • Ali Musa Raza wrote Muhammad In The Qur'an.
  • Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi wrote Muhammad Rasulullah .
  • Muhammad Iqbal wrote Muhammad The Beloved Prophet.
  • Naeem Siddiqui wrote Muhammad The Benefactor Of Humanity.
  • Dr M.H. Durrani wrote two books namely Muhammad The Biblical Prophet and The Holy Prophet Muhammad.
  • Dr Majid Ali Khan wrote Muhammad The Final Messenger.
  • Ahmed Deedat wrote Muhammad the Greatest and Muhammad the Natural Successor to Christ.
  • Jamal Badawi wrote Muhammad A Blessing For Mankind, a Short Biography and Commentary.
  • Mustafa Ahmad al-Zarqa wrote Muhammad The Perfect Model For Humanity.
  • Wahiduddin Khan wrote Muhammad The Prophet Of Revolution.
  • Syed Iqbal Zaheer wrote Muhammad The Unlettered Prophet Who Changed The World.
  • Abdur Rahman Lutz wrote Muhammad Upon Whom Be Peace.
  • Syed Athar Husain wrote Prophet Muhammad & His Mission.
  • Fethullah Gulen wrote Prophet Muhammad As Commander and Prophet Muhammad The Infinite Light.
  • Kais al-Kalby wrote Prophet Muhammad The Last Messenger In The Bible.
  • Mufti Shafi wrote Seerat Khaatmul-Ambiyaa – Life Of Rasulullah, translated by Abbas Zuber Ali.
  • Dr Mohamed Abdulla Pasha wrote Sixth Century & Beyond – The Prophet & His Times.
  • Zakaria Bashier wrote Sunshine At Madinah: Studies In Life Of Prophet and The Makkan Crucible.
  • Dr Ata Mohy-ud-din wrote The Arabian Prophet.
  • Fakir Syed Waheeduddin wrote The Benefactor & The Rightly-Guided.
  • Mustafa as-Sibaa'ie wrote The Life of Prophet Muhammad – Highlights and Lessons.
  • Muhammad Bashiruddin Mahmood wrote The First & The Last – Muhammad.
  • Abdul Majeed wrote The Last Prophet & His Message.
  • Mohammad Yusuf wrote The Last Prophet Of Islam .
  • Muhammad Abdul Rauf, wrote The Life & Teaching Of The Prophet Muhammad.
  • Syed Ameer Ali wrote The Life & Teachings Of Mohammad.
  • Tahia Al-Ismail wrote The Life Of Muhammad – Based On Earliest Sources.
  • Sarwar Saulat wrote The Life Of The Prophet.
  • Abdal Rahman Azzam wrote The Life Of The Prophet Muhammad.
  • Muhammad Al-Kidari wrote The Light Of Certitude.
  • Ayatullah Jafar Subhani wrote The Message – The Holy Prophet Of Allah.
  • Khalifa Abdul Hakim wrote The Prophet & His Message.
  • Syed Abdul Wahab wrote The Shadowless Prophet Of Islam.
  • Muhammad Abdul Hai wrote Uswai Rasool-e-Akram (Life & Teachings Of Prophet).
  • Safdar Hosain wrote Who Was Muhammad?.
  • Safiur Rahman Mubarakpuri wrote Ar-Raheeq Al-Makhtum (The Sealed Nectar). Online link.
  • Mahdi Rizqullah Ahmad wrote The Prophet of Islam in the Light of the Original Sources: An Analytical Study.
  • Muhammad Mohar Ali wrote Sirat al-Nabi and the Orientalists – with special reference to the writings of William Muir, D.S. Margoliouth and W. Montgomery Watt.
  • Khalid Masud wrote Hayat e Rasul e Ummi in Urdu (translated as: The Unlettered Prophet by Saadia Malik).[4]
  • Maulana Wahiduddin Khan wrote Prophet of Revolution
  • Muhammad bin Abdul-Wahhab Najdi wrote Mukhtasar Sirah al-Rasul.
  • Allama Azad Subhani (1897-1964) wrote Tazkeratul Muhammadi.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i M. R. Ahmad (1992). Al-sīra al-nabawiyya fī ḍawʾ al-maṣādir al-aṣliyya: dirāsa taḥlīliyya (1st ed.). Riyadh: King Saud University. pp. 20–34. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Raven, Wim (2006). "Sīra and the Qurʾān". Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān. Brill Academic Publishers. pp. 29–49. 
  3. ^ Published from Lebanon, Beirut: Mu'assasa al-Risāla, 1987.
  4. ^ Preamble to the book