Humanitarian lessons and practical insights from the prophet of Islam
The words of Muhammad, messenger of God and prophet of Islam, have a special place in the hearts of his followers. Wielding an authority second only to the Qur'an, they are cited by scholars in a vast array of disciplines—including law, theology, metaphysics, poetry, grammar, history, and medicine—and are quoted by Muslims to one another in their daily lives.
Light in the Heavens by al-Qadi al-Quda'i, a Sunni judge in the Fatimid court in Egypt, is an outstanding example of a compilation of these sayings, known as hadiths, that circulated orally and were later assembled and written down. From North Africa to India, generations have used Light in the Heavens as a teaching text for children as well as adults, and many of its 1,200 sayings are familiar to individuals of diverse denominations and ethnicities. For Muslims—who consider Muhammad’s teachings the fount of wisdom and the beacon of guidance in all things, mundane and sublime—these sayings provide a direct window into the inspired vision of one of the most influential humans to have walked the Earth.
"A splendid addition to the new Library of Arabic Literature series . . . [and a] wonderful translation . . . This book will help adjust the 'Western' understanding of Islam from the benighted view acquired from media, government propaganda, and religious bigotry toward the wise, demanding, and impressive way of being human, both at the level of the individual and at the level of society, that it is for a quarter of the human race." ~Speculum
"Easily readable and accessible. Highly recommended and beneficial for the expert, the scholar, and the student of Islamic Studies, while equally expedient for general readers." ~Reading Religion
"This distinctly ethical and pragmatic collectionoffers humanitarian lessons and practical insights with a universal appeal." ~Islamic Horizons
"Beautifully edited and translated by Tahera Qutbuddin . . . The book is a welcome addition to the literature on Shi‘a hadith and hadith scholarship, and will be of interest to scholars, students, and non-specialist readers interested in classical and medieval Islam, Islamic history, and Islamic studies, particularly Islamic theology and hadith studies." ~Middle East Media and Book Reviews Online