Synopses & Reviews
Presented here are over two hundred accounts of the sayings and deeds of Muhammad (570-632 CE). They portray the Prophet as a pragmatic man, down-to-earth yet brilliantly spiritual, stern in matters of justice yet compassionate, rich in dignity yet extremely modest, a poignant storyteller gifted with a keen sense of humor, a valorous warrior, a diligent worker, a conscientious family man, a good neighbor, and a just ruler. These translations from the "Sayings of the Prophet" (or Hadith) reveal the humanistic face of Islam, highlighting the value of these teachings for all people of religious traditions.
The Wisdom of the Prophet contains a rich selection of hadith, or traditional teaching stories based on the words and deeds of Muhammad, that have brought inspiration and guidance to spiritual seekers for centuries. The passages in this collection, chosen for their universal appeal, reveal both Muhammad's profound worldly wisdom and his lofty spiritual vision. The Wisdom of the Prophet contains more than two hundred authentic stories and sayings of Muhammad translated by Thomas Cleary, the translator of The Essential Koran.