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Companions of the Prophet Volume 1 (5 Audio CD Box) Read by Dawud Wharnsy Ali of the Book by AbdulWahid Hamid
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Publisher: Sound Vision
Voice: Dawud Wharnsby Ali
Media: Audio CD (5, in travel box)
Total running time: 640 mins. Approx.
This audio CD version of “The Companions of The Prophet” by Abdul Wahid Hamid, featuring 30 life stories of the Sahabah (Companions) of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), will bring tears to your eyes and at the same time will inspire you. Dramatically read by Dawud Wharnsby, this set highlights aspects of the lives of 30 Companions of the Prophet, some famous, others almost completely unknown. The trials and triumphs of the early Muslims as individuals are portrayed in a way that we can learn much from their experiences. Their various paths to Islam - sometimes direct, sometimes long and tortuous, their devotion to the noble Prophet, their endeavors in peace time and their its in war - all serve to cast them in a heroic mould.
This set of two books is based on original Arabic sources and written in a style that is lively and often gripping. The lives of the Sahabah or Companions of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, is a rich storehouse of knowledge, guidance and inspiration. The men and women whose stories are told here helped to lay the foundations of a new world order, and it is only fitting that they should be more widely known.
8 CDs 80 Minutes each. 30 Life Stories in total.
*** REVIEW ***
“Show, don't tell,” my journalism professors have taught me. “Write in a way that people can feel, see and experience what you're writing about.”
When it comes to Islamic books in English nowadays, things are much better than before. The days of importing horrible translations of Islamic books in English, replete with grammatical and spelling errors are virtually gone, Alhamdulillah. While that initial effort was necessary and appreciated, a new generation of young Muslim writers from North America and Europe is slowly emerging, producing both fiction and non-fiction for Muslims.
AbdulWahid Hamid's book Islam the Natural Way was the first time I encountered a book about Islam that addressed me as a young Muslim in an intelligent manner, knowing where I was coming from, and avoiding the dry, rhetorical preachiness I
found in so many other writings. But if you enjoyed Islam The Natural Way, Companions of the Prophet is in many respects, even better. After all, what more desirable way to understand and learn about Islam than to read about those people who were its embodiment?
I haven't read all of Companions. However, even reading a chapter or two makes you want to continue.
What I like about the writing is that, like in Islam The Natural Way, it is not formal, difficult to understand, or preachy. It is a straightforward narrative, that not only gives you the information, but hits you where you need it the most: your heart.
Take for instance the story of Muadh Ibn Jabal. Not only did I get a description of his physical appearance and the circumstances of his conversion and service to Islam, but I could literally see him in my mind. I could visualize his last meeting with the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and cry as Muadh cried when parting for a mission to Yemen and the Prophet said to him:
"O Muadh, perhaps you shall not meet me again after this year. Perhaps when you return you shall see only my mosque and my grave."