Friends of God: Islamic Images of Piety, Commitment, and by John Renard

By John Renard

Prophets, saints, martyrs, sages, and seers—one of the richest repositories of lore approximately such exemplary non secular figures belongs to the world's nearly 1.3 billion Muslims. Illuminating one of the most pleasant stories in international spiritual literature, this enticing publication is the 1st really worldwide evaluate of Islamic hagiography. John Renard tells of the characters past the Qur'an and Hadith, whose tales of piety and repair to God and humanity have captured hearts and minds for almost fourteen hundred years. Renard's thematic method of the key characters, narratives, social and cultural contexts, and theoretical ideas of this awesome treasury of stories, according to fabric starting from the 8th to the 20 th centuries and from nations starting from Morocco to Malaysia, presents perception into the ways that those tales have functioned within the lives of Muslims from different cultural, social, monetary, and political backgrounds. The e-book additionally serves as an invaluable and evocative device for imminent the immense geographical and chronological sweep of Islamic civilization.

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Friends of God: Islamic Images of Piety, Commitment, and Servanthood

Prophets, saints, martyrs, sages, and seers—one of the richest repositories of lore approximately such exemplary non secular figures belongs to the world's nearly 1. three billion Muslims. Illuminating essentially the most pleasant stories in global spiritual literature, this attractive e-book is the 1st really worldwide evaluate of Islamic hagiography.

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Again Pharaoh was on the point of killing the boy, when AMsiya persuaded him of the value of having a son so strong to fight his foes for him. ] Beginnings Both Humble and Spectacular / 33 back to life a camel that had been destined for the evening’s entrée, and AMsiya again pointed out the wonder of having a son who could do such marvels. A year later, a man spotted Moses performing his ritual ablutions in the river and asked if the youth worshipped other than Pharaoh. When the boy vilified the king, the man vowed to inform on Moses.

When it does appear, it signals the storyteller’s intent to connect the Friend with the prophets. When Hasan al-Basrım was born, he received his name from no less a luminary than the Companion and caliph-to-be

But after the child’s birth, she wants a way to emerge safely from hiding, so her infant speaks up (like the baby Jesus and others) and assures her that she need not worry because God will take care of him. She then leaves the baby in the cave (as Abraham’s mother left hers) and returns to her family. 9 Other stories that feature an unlikely pregnancy are those in the “historical books” about Islamic prophetic figures or “former prophets” of the Bible. As in the biblical story of Samuel, Tha

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