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    Sultan of Hearts: Prophet Muhammad

    by Resit Haylamaz
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    • PAPERBACK : 2014-06-15 • TBD Pages • 6 x 9 inches inches • ISBN 9781597843300
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    Sultan of Hearts: Prophet Muhammad details the exemplary life of Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. Available as a set of two volumes, the book is not simply a chronological look into the life of the Prophet but rather an exclusive look into his character, attributes, and qualities through the eyes of his companions and family most close to him.

    Brimming with passion and emotion, Sultan of Hearts: Prophet Muhammad transports the readers to the Arabian peninsula centuries ago, as if lifting the constraints of time and space, allows them to discover and explore with freedom the Age of Happiness.

    INTRODUCTION

    Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him.
    Devoted worshiper, loving father, caring husband,
    The model of love, the embodiment of mercy, the pride of humanity,
    The beloved of hearts, the educator of minds,
    The trainer of souls, the ruler of spirits,
    The cause of existence, the reason for creation,
    The most illustrious fruit of the Tree of Creation…

    TABLE OF CONTENTS


    CONTENTS
    PREFACE xiii
    INTRODUCTION xv
    THE VOICE THAT ECHOES IN THE VALLEY OF BAKKA 1
    Prophet Ibrahim’s Prayers 2
    Building a New Civilization 3
    THE SHARED REQUEST OF ALL PROPHETS 8
    THE VOICE THAT ECHOED ON THE TONGUES OF SCHOLARS 13
    Yemen 13
    Damascus 20
    Hijaz 23
    THE LINEAGE THAT GOES BACK TO PROPHET IBRAHIM 34
    Abdul Muttalib 34
    Zamzam 35
    The Ten Sons of Abdul Muttalib and His Efforts to Keep His Vow 38
    The Blessed Home 41
    THE INCIDENT OF THE ELEPHANT 42
    THE HAPPY BIRTH 47
    The News Coming from Everywhere 50
    A New Star 50
    The Panic in the Land of the Persians 52
    THE YEARS WITH THE WET NURSES 54
    The Incident of Opening up the Chest 57
    THE DEATH OF AMINA 59
    THE PROTECTION OF GRANDFATHER ABDUL MUTTALIB 61
    THE PROTECTION OF UNCLE ABU TALIB. 66
    The Damascus Trip and Priest Bahira 67
    Divine Guidance in His Protection 71
    The Gift of Rain That Came with Him 74
    Fijar Battles 75
    Hilf al-Fudul (The Alliance of the Virtuous) ..................................................... 76
    Second Journey to Damascus ............................................................................ 78 v
    FIRST MEETING WITH KHADIJA 80
    The Oath in the Marketplace. 81
    Priest Nastura 82
    The Same Cloud 83
    The Report of the Journey 84
    The Comments of Waraqa ibn Nawfal 84
    The Road to Marriage 85
    A Friend Who Understands 86
    The Marriage 88
    Other Inhabitants of the Home of Happiness 91
    A House Full of Peace 92
    The Fruits of This House 93
    REPAIRING OF THE KA’BA AND THE JUDGE. 94
    Honoring One’s Word 96
    THE SETTING BEFORE HIS ARRIVAL 98
    The Echo in the Ka’ba and Waraqa’s Interpretation 98
    The Dream in Damascus and What the Priest Said. 100
    TOWARDS THE UNION WITH THE BELOVED 103
    Looking for Solitude 103
    Dreams Coming True 104
    Creation Was Saluting Him 105
    Khadija’s Worry and Efforts 106
    The Voice of Gabriel 106
    THE UNION 108
    Turning Towards Mecca 110
    The Guidance of Waraqa 112
    A Pause of Forty Days 113
    No Offence and No Resentment 117
    The Late Night Prayer 119
    THE LEADING ONES. 123
    Ablution and the Prayers 123
    The Big Decision of Little Ali 124
    Servanthood and Peace 125
    The Arrival of Zayd ibn Haritha 127
    The Submission of Abu Bakr 127
    Zubayr ibn Awwam 131
    The Idols in the Ka’ba 132
    THOSE WHO CAME LATER AND THE YEARS OF HARDSHIP 135
    Abu Dharr’s Arrival and the First Bitter Experience 138
    Running towards Peace 141
    vi A Shepherd Who Kept His Promise and the Miracle of Milk 143
    The Race towards Peace Continues 145
    Bilal al-Habashi 148
    Habbab’s Account 150
    The Hope That Finds Expression in Dreams 153
    THE START OF OPEN CALL TO THE MESSAGE 157
    The Growing Circle of “Communication” 162
    The Period of Opening Up 166
    The Efforts to Prevent People from Encountering Islam 168
    Growing of the Campaigns against the Messenger 171
    REVELATION THAT BECOMES ONE WITH THE PEOPLE 175
    Faith in Allah and the Reality of Divinity 175
    Life after Death 178
    Divine Destiny, Providence, Power and Will 182
    Education of Resistance 184
    Power Lies Not in the Number of Followers, but in Truth 186
    TRYING TO PERSUADE ABU TALIB 188
    The Pressures on the Sons in Law 190
    No Results without Sweat 191
    Imputations concerning the Prophet’s Lineage in the Future 192
    Bad Neighbors and the Circle of Threat 193
    SCENES OF VIOLENCE 199
    The Sad State of the Weak and the Unfortunate 201
    AT THE HOME OF IBN ARQAM 204
    Ammar ibn Yasir and Suhayb ibn Sinan 205
    Mus’ab ibn Umayr 206
    The Attempt of Abu Bakr 208
    Hamza Embracing Islam 212
    Utba’s Plan 215
    The Proposition of the Delegate 218
    Another Proposition 223
    The Opinions of the Enemies of the Messenger of Allah 224
    Requests for Exclusivity 228
    A PAST ACCOUNT 230
    THE VERSES OF COMMUNICATION 232
    THE COMING OF UMAR AND LEAVING IBN ARQAM’S HOUSE 234
    Hira Visit 241
    THE MIGRATION TO ETHIOPIA 242
    The First Hijra................................................................................................ 242
    Return 244
    vii
    The Situation of Mus’ab ibn Umayr 245
    The Coming of Abdullah ibn Suhayl 247
    Second Hijra 249
    The Letter to Najashi and His Reply. 250
    The Effort of Abu Talib 252
    The Envoys and Najashi 253
    Jafar ibn Abi Talib Takes Word 255
    Happy News from Abyssinia 259
    REVELATION CONTINUES… 262
    The Miracle of Splitting the Moon 262
    The Revelation of Chapter Abasa 263
    GENERAL BOYCOTT 266
    THE YEAR OF SADNESS 273
    The Last Recourse to Abu Talib 273
    Abu Talib’s Last Advice 275
    Last Hope 277
    The Sad Farewell 277
    Farewell to Khadija 279
    The Scene That Even Touched Abu Lahab 281
    A PAINFUL PERIOD 283
    Rukana and Two Miracles 283
    Abu Bakr’s Attempt at Hijra 285
    News from the Land of Byzantine 288
    Marriage with Our Mother Sawda 290
    A Collection of Debt 293
    Twenty People Coming from Abyssinia 295
    JOURNEY TO TAIF 297
    The Refuge in Taif and a Manifestation 299
    The Bunch of Grapes and Addas 301
    Setting off for Mecca and the Submission of the Jinn 302
    MECCA AGAIN 305
    Turning to Nearby Tribes 307
    ISRA AND MIRAJ 313
    Isra 314
    Miraj 315
    Paradise 317
    Hell 319
    Sidratu’l-Muntaha 321
    viii
    The Order without Mediation: Daily Prayers 322
    Reflections upon Return 323
    The Testimony of Two Caravans 324
    The Quraysh and Their Endless Requests: Description of the Masjid al-Aqsa.. 326 The Difference of Abu Bakr 327
    Determining the Times of Prayer 329
    AQABA ALLEGIANCES 331
    The First Aqaba 331
    Embers in Medina 332
    The Invitation from Medina 337
    The Voice in Mina and Allah’s Messenger’s Attitude 342
    THE PERMISSION FOR HIJRA AND THE PANIC OF THE QURAYSH ... 344 Important Advice 346
    The Pangs of Hijra 347
    Abu Salama and His Family 347
    Suhayb ibn Sinan 349
    The Hijra of Umar 350
    Ayyash ibn Abi Rabia 351
    The Decision at the Daru’n-Nadwa (the Council Hall) 354
    THE HOLY MIGRATION 357
    The Precautions concerning the Hijra 358
    Turning towards Thawr 363
    Abu Bakr’s Sensitivity in the Cave 364
    Looking at Mecca for the Last Time 367
    The Reaction of Abu Quhafa 368
    Suraqa’s Pursuit 369
    The Wonders on the Road of Hijra 373
    Miracle of the Milk 374
    Umm Mabad 374
    Burayda ibn Husayb 377
    The Sensibility of Abu Aws 379
    The Excitement of the First Meeting 379
    The Break in Quba 380
    The First Sermon 382
    The Coming of Abdullah ibn Salam 384
    Two Jewish Brothers and Two Impressions 386
    Salman al-Farisi 387
    PERMANENT HOME: MEDINA 390
    The First Residence 391
    Moving Upstairs ............................................................................................. 395
    The Ties of Brotherhood ............................................................................... 397 ix
    The Difference of the Ansar 401
    The Construction of the Masjid an-Nabawi 402
    The Voice from the Pulpit 404
    The First Call for Prayer 405
    Ashab as-Suffa 407
    Encompassing Mercy and the Open Doors of Forgiveness 409
    The Death of As’ad ibn Zurara and Buds of Dissension 411
    The Conversation at the Graveyard 412
    An Atmosphere of Jealousy 413
    Divine Direction in Method 415
    The Medina Charter 418
    The First Agreement between Aws and Khazraj 420
    The Second Treaty with the Jewish People 421
    Bringing Back Members of the Family 422
    The Boy That Came from Quba 423
    Marriage with Our Mother Aisha 424
    The Medina Plague 425
    Abdullah ibn Salam’s Enthusiasm for Tabligh 428
    Religious Bigotry 431
    Addressing the People of the Book 435
    BUILDING A NEW CIVILIZATION 437
    A NEW ERA 441
    The Atmosphere in Mecca 441
    Measure for Safety 442
    The Permission for War 444
    Forming the Security Forces 445
    Campaigns and Battles 445
    The Campaign of Abdullah ibn Jahsh 448
    The Change of Qibla—the Direction of Prayer 451
    The Obligation of Fast and Zakah (Alms) 454
    TOWARDS BADR 456
    The Pursued Caravan 456
    The Sadness of Those Turned Away 457
    Setting off from Medina 459
    Abu Sufyan’s Insight and Quraysh’s Attitude 462
    Atiqa bint Abdul Muttalib’s Dream 463
    The Meccan Army 465
    Leaving Mecca 468
    Abu Sufyan’s Call to Return 469
    Critical Moment of Decision 470
    x Badr 473
    Choice of Place 474
    Rain and Sakina (Peace) 476
    Cautioning the Companions 479
    Khutba (Sermon) 480
    The Atmosphere at the Polytheist Front 481
    Efforts of Our Noble Prophet 485
    The Dimension of Prayer 485
    The First Spark 488
    The Battle 489
    War 491
    Abu’l-Bakhtari 492
    The End of Abu Jahl 493
    Servanthood during War 497
    The Angels at Badr 498
    The Martyrs 500
    Addressing the Dead 501
    The Uniqueness of Our Prophet 502
    The Good News Comes to Medina 504
    Leaving Badr, and the Spoils of War 505
    Treatment of the Captives and Consultation 508
    The Treatment of the Prisoners 511
    Divine Directive concerning the Prisoners 513
    The Death of Our Mother Ruqayyah 514
    The Bitter News That Reached Mecca 516
    The Death of Abu Lahab 517
    Mecca in Mourning 518
    The News of Victory from the Land of the Rum 519
    INDEX 521















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    Review Haylamaz and Harpci’s biography has contributed a highly commendable and laudable work that weaves Islam into the present as a living reality. The two volumes are an emotional journey into the Prophet’s life, one takes readers beyond the traditional chronological accounts. It is more about the spiritual elements of beauty and justice in Islam over and above strict legalities. Their claim to originality carries the readers through time, back in history to Islam’s source, and then reconnects them to the present. They purport to show how the “Abu Lahabs” and “Abu Jahls” of olden times still live among us, reflecting pride, arrogance, and the denial of truth, along with a call to the “Abu Bakrs, Umars, Uthmans and Alis of our age to duty”

    Essentially, this work summons Muslims to their “calling.” What this sīrah contributes is not new information or interpretations, but the way it paints a spiritual portrait that takes the Prophet’s life and Islam beyond the mere limitations of ritualism, to which both have unfortunately been reduced in contemporary times. As one astute observer has put it, ritualism is what is left of a religion after it has lost its spirit.

    Amr Sabet, Dept. of Political Science, Dalarna Unv. Sweden
    American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS)
    Vol.33 Winter 2016 Number 1
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    Resit Haylamaz
    Resit Haylamaz

    Dr. Haylamaz is the editor-in-chief of Kaynak Publishing Group in Istanbul. He has many publications on the lives of Prophet Muhammad and His leading Companions. His Gonul Tahtimizin Essiz Sultani Efendimiz is the best-selling biography of Prophet Muhammad in his native Turkish.