The following is a translation done by our noble brother Abū Afnān Muḥammad ʾAbdullah (حفظه الله) of a magnificent poem written by the Eminent Scholar, Al-Imām Ibn Abī al-ʿIzz al-Ḥanafī (رحمه الله) on the life of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم).
Introduction Written by The Translator:
There is no doubt that studying the biography of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم)abounds with immense benefits for the Muslim. This is because the biography of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) is the most beneficial and remarkable of biographies, since it is the biography of the Imām of those who fear Allāh, as he is the example for all humankind and most noble of all humanity.
Studying the Prophetic biography assists the Muslim in realizing and cultivating within himself an appreciation for the statement of Allāh the Most High,
﴾لَّقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِى رَسُولِٱللَّهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ﴿
“Verily, you have the best example in the Messenger of Allāh”
Just as it nurtures and increases one’s love for the Prophet and encourages the Muslim to actualize the statement of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم), “None of you truly believe until I am more beloved to him than his father, son, and all the people.”
Due to these benefits and numerous others, the Scholars have written biographies of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم)ranging from voluminous works to summarize treatises and even abridged poems. From those scholars is the noble ʿAlī Ibn ʿAlī Ibn Muḥammad Ibn Abī al-ʿIzz al-Dimishqī al-Ḥanafī (d. 792h) who is most famous for his renowned explanation of ʿAqīdah al-Ṭaḥāwiyyah.
His 100-line poem about the biography of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم)has been widely accepted amongst the Scholars and Students of Knowledge. This is due to its conciseness, which has made it a good primer for further studies of the biography of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم)as it mentions most of the important events of the (صلى الله عليه وسلم)life. A translation of the poem cannot capture the beauty or the succinctness of the original and thus, the English only serves to provide the general meaning and give a glimpse of the original.
Read/Download: The Hundred Line Poem Describing The Life of The Most Noble of All Creation by Al-Imām Ibn Abī al-ʿIzz al-Ḥanafī (رحمه الله)