Ibn Ishaq Analysis

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During the antiquity of the Islamic state the dependency of resources that depict the life of Muhammad accurately were extremely scarce, once Ibn Ishaq presented his narrative on the prophet Muhammad’s biography it influenced hundreds to thousands and arguably millions of lives, changing the perspective of believers (Muslims) and non-believers (sharik) . Ibn Ishaq’s superb use of literary technique to persuade his audience of this Meccan tribal-born man Muhammad Ibn Abd Allah’s prophetic existence. Although the sitar (biography) is far less reliable than any other antique Islamic resource; such as the Hadith, Tafsir, or Akhbar, does not mean this narrative did not have any less profound effects on its audiences. Sorts of resources such as, …show more content…
Ibn Ishaq’s narrative constantly refers back to Quranic verses to represent the amount of influence and reference “The Life of Muhammad” has incorporated from the Qur’an. Furthering the claim of Ibn Ishaq because if the prophet consistently follows the direction of Allah then the audience can come to the conclusion he is closer to God. The Qur’an being so unrequited has a certain significance and effect on an audience, specifically a Muslim audience. Their belief consists of “doubtless historical truth”(Cook,44), so incorporating this scripture with the amount of movement, without doubt it will capture Muslims. The Qur’an itself does not share much of Muhammad’s biography instead it is simply divine instruction, “The Qur’an is a book sent down ‘to make everything clear’(Q16:89), a repertoire of truths which cry out fir the attention of the believers”(Cook,95). Ishaq knew the Qur’an would capture the attention of believers. Although the truths within the “Life of Muhammad” are not always approved by certain believers, but most would not want to disprove their prophet of such great acts, considering “Koranic references can be used with serious levity” (Cook,

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