Why do we yearn? It is because
Human nature created was,
Even at Adam's quickening,
To want no less than Everything.
But we are fallen: like viols which
Need turning to a higher pitch
Our souls are flatly out of tune,
Whence all the troubles beneath the moon.
The remedy: O key thy string
From many things to Everything,
To Paradise if thou wilt, for it
Is open to the Infinite,
And That, not those is what we crave,
And That is All that we can have
With Having that no power can take
Away, nor less nor stale can make.
'Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources'
By Martin Lings
Martin Lings’ biography of Muhammad is an internationally acclaimed, comprehensive, and authoritative account of the life of the prophet. Based on the sira, the eighth- and ninth-century Arabic biographies that recount numerous events in the prophet’s life, it contains original English translations of many important passages that reveal the words of men and women who heard Muhammad speak and witnessed the events of his life.
Scrupulous and exhaustive in its fidelity to its sources, Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources is presented in a narrative style that is easily comprehensible, yet authentic and inspiring in its use of language, reflecting both the simplicity and grandeur of the story it tells. This revised edition includes new sections detailing the prophet’s expanding influence and his spreading of the message of Islam into Syria and its neighboring states. It represents the final updates made to the text before the author’s death in 2005. The book has been published in 12 languages and has received numerous awards, including acknowledgment as best biography of the prophet in English at the National Seerate Conference in Islamabad.