The immense significance of knowing the life of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ is observed in the Declaration of Faith, for one cannot enter Islam without attesting that, 'Muhammad ﷺ is the Messenger of Allah.' And one cannot truly attest to that without knowing who Muhammad ﷺ was. Nor can one accurately comprehend the Qur'an, for his life was the context of Revelation; and one cannot claim to sincerely love him ﷺ without knowing his life and description, just as one cannot love one who he does not know.
The present work is a translation of the celebrated Arabic text al-Nafahat al-Itriyyah fi Sirah Khayr al-Bariyyah [Fragrant Breezes from the Life of Muhammad ﷺ the Greatest of Creation], authored by the foremost Hadith authority of Greater Syria Shaykh Nur al-Din al-'Itr. A concise biography of the Prophet ﷺ the book also provides a succinct and vivid description of his physical appearance, character traits, merits and counsel drawn from aspects of his life and character.
About the author
Born in 1937 in Aleppo, Syria, Professor Dr. Nur al-Din 'Itr studied at al-Azhar, Cairo. He has since held many prestigious posts at various institutions in the areas of Qur'anic exegesis and Hadith.