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Hardcoverpages. Published September 21st by HarperOne first published April 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Muhammadplease sign up. Does deepak Chopra have a book about Christian prophets? A Story of Enlightenment ” which is book two in Deepak’s Enlightenment series.
This book on Muhammad is 3rd, 1st is Buddha. He also wrote …more “Jesus: He also wrote “God: A Story of Revelation” after the Enlightenment series. See all dep questions about Muhammad…. Lists with This Book. Oct 24, PJ Swanwick rated it really liked it Shelves: Novel about Islam’s founder proves surprisingly accessible and litmo 4.
I had braced myself to slog through Deepak Chopra’s biographical novel “Muhammad: A Story of the Last Prophet. Although ostensibly a novel, Chopra bookends his story about the Muslim prophet with an a Novel about Islam’s founder proves surprisingly accessible and entertaining 4. Although ostensibly a novel, Chopra kahoma his story about the Muslim prophet with an author’s note and an afterword, offering the reader a history lesson while reflecting on the current relationship between Islam and the rest of the world.
The novel emphasizes that of all the founders of the great world religions, Muhammad is the most like us. Muhammad, a merchant who marries a rich widow and routinely travels in caravans as part of his trade, lives a regular life until the day the archangel Gabriel appears and orders the reluctant year-old Muhammad to recite.
To recite, Chopra reminds, is the root word of Koran. Using multiple first-person narrators–slaves and merchants, hermits, and scribes–he portrays life including its brutality on the streets of Mecca. Each chapter is self-contained. Muhammad’s wife, Khadijah, laments there have been no warnings that this tumultuous, life-changing event is about to occur; Ali, the first convert, explains how the Prophet approached him.
Compellingly told, this is not only good storytelling; it also helps readers, especially non-Muslims, better understand the complexities and contradictions surrounding Islam. The book focused more on the choprs than his teachings, which I found to be less than satisfying. I had hoped to gain more insight into the teachings of Islam, although Chopra does describe the five pillars and six core beliefs of Islam, along with some of his other teachings. However, other aspects of the work delighted me.
I expected chopfa learn much about Islam, but what I didn’t hustoria was the love of poetry hidtoria suffused Arab hearts and the attendant lyricism of Muhammad’s suras.
I enjoyed the poetry of each sura as much as the message. Do you not see how he has lengthened the shadows? He gave you sleep so that you may rest And the morning sky to be a resurrection. And Lo, I chopda by the afterglow of sunset, And by orofeta night and all it enshrouds. And by the moon when she is at the full, You will journey to higher and higher worlds. Another unexpected delight was the wealth of Arabic sayings that were both pithy and poetic: You cannot taste the sweetness without a sting.
In addition to being a simple and easy introduction to the life and teachings of Muhammad and Laa, “Muhammad” proves to be entertaining, historically mhoma, and relevant to our times. Chopra’s stilted writing style made several of his non-historical novels less than enjoyable to me in the past.
However, his short and direct prose works well in the context of this fictionalized biography. By writing each chapter from a different character’s perspective, including Muhammad’s enemies, Chopra offers fascinating perspective and varies what might otherwise be a monotonal story.
The actual events of the Prophet’s life provide a thrilling framework fraught with conflict that choprw the story forward. I learned a great deal about Muhammad’s life and the rise of Islam.
Although much blood was spilled in the evolution of Islam, violence was integral to Arabic life at that time. Muhammad struggled to project his message of peace, acceptance, and submission above the sometimes horrific reality of Arabic life in the 7th century. Chopra’s author’s note, afterward, timeline, and family tree helped clarify the complex history of the times and placed his life in a clearly defined context.
One of the most fascinating aspects of the story was the realization that Muhammad was a man like any other, not a son of God such as Jesus nor a transcendent human such as Buddha.
The angel Gabriel chose him as a medium to deliver Allah’s message, and the reader clearly sees how Muhammad was forced into the role of reluctant majoma but also military commander, master politician, and sometimes brutal judge in order to ensure the survival of Allah’s message. As Chopra notes, “I didn’t write this book to make Muhammad more holy. I wrote it to show that holiness was just as confusing, terrifying, and exalting in the 7th century as it would be today. View all 3 comments.
Feb 05, Heba rated it it was ok.
Muhammad: A Story of the Last Prophet
I find this one a bit difficult to rate. It was well written, and despite the few little inaccuracies here and there, it stayed fairly faithful to the facts we know about the life of our Prophet Muhammad PBUH.
On the other hand, as a Muslim myself, this kind of a book that sort of fictionalizes i. I would recommend reading this along with at least one or two other books that tell the stories of Islam and its Prophet.
That way the picture you’ll get will be more complete. Sep 28, Shaik rated it it was amazing. As a Muslim, I have read a number of books on the life of Muhammad, but this book stands out as a category of its own.
Firstly the book does not claim to be a work of history, rather it is a work of fiction. The narrative is in the first person, with each of the characters telling their personal story. The author would have had to have done thorough research before attempting a work of such creativity, while at the same time not contradicting known historical data.
I gave this book one star not because the way it was written but about the content. I believe that you cannot judge past events and generations on today’s standards. Picturing all Arabs as barbaric! There are many fact I gave this book one star not because the way it was written but about the content. There are many facts in this book that are false.
If you want to know more about Islam, I do not recommend this book. But if you want to see how a spiritual scholar views Islam, then go ahead. I do believe that his writings was biased. He has other books about other religions, I didn’t read them. Maybe this is how he writes! I wonder were the sources he used to write his book!
Sep 02, Hamza rated it it was amazing. Jan 07, Katrina rated it liked it. This is a quick read, and it was interesting to imagine how people would have reacted to Muhammad in the early days of his revelation, as well as how challenging the situation was for him. Each chapter is written from the perspective of a different character, which gives a nice sense of how different factions reacted as well as people closer to him.
The afterword bothered me, as Chopra presents a very orthodox picture of islam as Islam itself. He goes on to talk about Sufism in very positive ter This is a quick read, and it was interesting to imagine how people would have reacted to Muhammad in the early days of his revelation, as well as how challenging the situation was for him. He goes on to talk about Sufism in very positive terms, but seems to make a distinction between Islam and Sufism, rather than seeing that the Sufi approach to Islam demonstrates that Islam is not monolithic nor does it have to be interpreted dogmatically.
In short, the novel itself is worth reading, but the afterword only feeds into existing prejudices and stereotypes about Islam.
Apr 12, Lindsey rated it it was ok. I read this yistoria my book club. I don’t think I would have ever read it on my own, but I’m glad that I did. I defpak so little about Muhammad jahoma Islam in general so it was good to learn the story of their prophet.
However, the author is not Muslim and I think I would like to hear a Muslim’s perspective on Muhammad. Apr 13, Ritu rated it it was ok. The first half of the book was better than the latter half.
I found Mohammad’s background, his early life interesting. I also understand the author’s motivation in writing the book – exploring how an apparently common man had the revelation of God.
I liked the format of the book – the way the story was narrated through the eyes of the different people in Mohammad’s life – his wetnurse, hs wife, his daughter, a beggar, a cousin and so on.