The Life of Prophet Muhammad (P) – Part 2 of 2 – Khalid Blankinship

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In discussing the life of Muhammad ibn Abdullah, who Muslims believe to be the last prophet of God sent to all of humanity, the speaker first sets the background of Arabia at that time. He briefly conveys the genealogy of the Prophet (P) and then comments on the tribal situation of the pagan Arabs. The revelation experience is subsequently covered and Dr. Blankinship informs the audience of what this was like for the Prophet (P), his initial reactions, and the support he found in his wife Khadijah. From here many of the main events of early Islamic history are touched upon such as the first migration to Ethiopia, the conversion of Umar, the boycott of the first community of believers by the Quraiysh, the change of the kiblah (direction of prayer), and the farewell pilgrimage. But because this subject is nothing new to Muslims and many non-Muslims, one may expect another drawn-out exposition of names, dates, and places. However, where this lecture really stands out and makes it unique to others on the same topic is the way in which it builds up to the wonderfully insightful commentary by the speaker on the issue of politics and the idea of “church and state” is Islam. Prodded by questions from the audience about this matter, Dr. Blankinship concludes the talk with a half-hour scholarly exegesis that the listener will not too soon forget. (Recorded at the Dar al Islam Teachers’ Institute seminar). Other topics discussed: the Prophet’s influence upon Madinah, various expeditions and battles, the misconception of “jihad”, and the Iranian Revolution.

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