What is Seerah?
[Al-Seerah = As-Seerah (Pronounced in Arabic) = The Seerah]
Seerah is the lifestyle of the most respected, esteemed, most successful, and influential person on this earth, the last Messenger of Allah, Muhammad (peace be upon him).
Quran and Sunnah are constitutional documents --the framework in which human civilization has to establish, develop, and flourish. Seerah, on the other hand, is the practical application. According to Ayesha (r. a.), Prophet Muhammad was the “walking Quran.” Seerah is the methodology, a strategy to establish the Deen of Allah in all walks of life. Seerah is the pattern to shape the character of individuals and society.
Al-Quran, the words of Allah, mentions:
Meaning: “And you are surely on an excellent standard of character” (Surah Al Qalam 68: 4).
Meaning: “There is indeed an excellent model for you in the Messenger of Allah” (Surah Al-Ahzab 33: 21).
Allah categorically said about His Messenger :
“And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds (Surah Al-Anbiya 21: 107).
Prophet Muhammad said:
“I have only been sent to perfect good moral character” (hadith, reported in Musnad Ahmad 8595).
“The best among you are the best in character (having good manners)" (several ahadith of Bukhari & Muslim).
Seerah is the vast canvass that covers the movement, the history, and Islamic civilization of an era. It is the complete landscape of the prophetic career of the Messenger of Allah, Muhammad (peace e upon him).
Without a deep understanding of “the man”, the leader of the world, it is impossible to practice the way of life given by Almighty God on earth, to shape our character and implement justice to maintain peace and harmony in human society --the same harmony we witness in this universe from sunrise to sunset, in the ascending and descending of the moon, and in the billions of stars shining overhead. Indeed! This is the fruit of obeying and surrendering to Allah.
The blog As-Seerah.com is established;
To introduce the “man”, mercy upon mankind, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
Collecting and organizing knowledge on Seerah began with Urwah Bin Zubair (r.a), the nephew of Ayesha (r.a.) and grandson of Abu Bakar (r.a.). The first organized book was compiled by Ibn Hisham.
Hundreds of thousands of books have been published in Arabic, Urdu, and other languages. In Urdu (the language developed in the Indian subcontinent much later), there are over one thousand books and hundreds of thousands of articles. Of course, there are much more contents available in Arabic.
The knowledge of Seerah is like an ocean. Every quality book on Seerah opens new insights and generates new interests. The story of the most important and significant movement of this earth is so moving that it never satisfies the thirst of the seekers of knowledge.
The English language is seriously lacking in this knowledge as very few books and a few articles are available in this language.
As-Seerah.com intends to produce highly rich contents of Seerah in English for the North American audience.
- Generating rich content --thousands of articles and books starting from translation from Arabic and Urdu into the North American English language.
- Publishing blog, e-books, audio books, and a periodical e-Journal on Seerah, Education, and Current Affairs (Prophetic Perspective)
- Publication of a quarterly journal print edition on Seerah and distribution in the Public and University libraries of North America and social sciences department libraries.
- Organizing essay and book writing competition on Seerah and honor the writers with large prizes.
- Development of Islamic education system and curriculum on the Seerah model for full-time school/Masjid-school/home schooling/after school and weekend school.
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