Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki
The Prophets of Allah are the greatest men that ever lived. They are the role models for humanity. Their hearts were the purest, their minds were the wisest, and their deeds were the most righteous. But a lot of what is narrated about them is fact mixed with fiction. Neither the Bible nor historical works provide a reliable account of these great men. The myths surrounding the lives of the prophets have even spilled over to some Muslim history books. So then, where can we learn about the Prophets of Allah? The truth about them is learned through the Quran and Hadith.
“The Lives of the Prophets” is a series of lectures delivered by Anwar Al-Awlaki. It is the first such series produced in the English language. The author has done extensive research in the original Arabic resources. The series is based primarily on Ibn Kathir’s ” Al-Bidayah wa-nihayah (The Beginning and the End)”. Br. Al-Awlaki has done an excellent job of relying almost completely on the Quran, Hadith and statements of the Noble Companions.
Imam Ibn Kathir’s “Al Bidayah wa-nihayah” is considered to be one of the most authoritative sources on Islamic history. Ibn Kathir (700H/1301 – 774H/1372) uses his background as a Mufasir (Commentator) on Quran, scholar of Hadith, and historian to give a comprehensive view on the lives of the prophets.
Even though Ibn Kathir’s work is the primary source for this series, Imam Anwar has consulted other books on Tafsir and Hadith to provide the English-speaking world with a lively account of the lives of the prophets of Allah.
CD 1 Introduction: Story of creation, The creation of Adam(as)
CD 2 Adam (cont.): Idris(as), Sheeth(as), Nuh(as), Hud(as)
CD 3 Hud (cont.): Saleh(as), Ibrahim(as)
CD 4 The da’wa of Ibrahim to his people: Ibrahim and al-Nimrud, The hijrah of Ibrahim(as), Ibrahim in Harran, Ibrahim in Egypt, Ismail(as)
CD 5 Building al-Ka’bah: The virtues of Ibrahim(as), Lut(as)
CD 6 Shu’aib(as): Is’haq, Yaqub and Yusuf(as)
CD 7 Yusuf (cont.)
CD 8 Yusuf (cont.)
CD 9 Yusuf (cont.): Ayub(as), Yunus(as)
CD 10 Musa(as) and Pharaoh1: Introduction, The Birth of Musa, A Trial For Musa, Musa in Madyan
CD 11 Musa and Pharaoh: Prophethood, The Message to Pharaoh, The Magicians
CD 12 Musa(as) and Pharaoh 3: The Signs, The End of Pharaoh, The Wife of Pharaoh
CD 13 Musa(as) and The Children of Israel: The First Encounter, The Wilderness, The Calf
CD 14 Musa(as) and The Children of Israel: The Calf (cont.), The Cow
CD 15 Musa(as) and The Children of Israel: The Death of Musa, Al-Khader, The Virtues of Musa
CD 16 Yusha(as) and Dawud(as): Yusha, Taloot, Dawud
CD 17 Dawud(cont.) and Sulaiman(as): Dawud(cont.), Sulaiman, The Kingdom of Sheba
CD 18 Sulaiman(cont.): The Kingdom of Sheba(cont.), Magic, The Death of Sulaiman
CD 19 The Family of Imran 1: The Birth of Mariam, Zakaria(as), The Birth of Yahya(as)
CD 20 The Family of Imran 2: Teachings of Yahya, The Birth of Isa(as)
CD 21 The Family of Imran 3: The Table, The Ascension of Isa, Closing Comments.
Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki was born in New Mexico, USA. His parents are from Yemen where he lived for 11 years and received the early part of his Islamic education. Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki has served as an Imam in Colorado, California, and Washington DC.