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    Martin Lings: 1909-2005

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un.

    Dr. Abu Bakr Siraj ad Deen Martin Lings has passed away. He is most known amongst Muslims for his English language sirah of the Messenger (peace be upon him), Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources.

    He was born in Lancashire in 1909. He received his degree in English at Oxford in 1932, and became a Lecturer in Anglo-Saxon at the University of Kaunas. In 1939, he went to Egypt to study Islam and Arabic, and converted to Islam. The following year he was given a lectureship in Cairo University. He returned to the UK in 1952, and got a degree in Arabic from London University. He was a student and friend of C.S. Lewis, and in turn, became a teacher and friend to Le Gai Eaton, whom he helped bring into Islam.

    From 1970-74 he was Keeper of Oriental Manuscripts and Printed Books at the British Museum where he had been in special charge of the Qur’an manuscripts, amongst other treasures, since 1955. Besides being a well respected biographer of the Prophet (peace be upon him), and a translator and author of texts about tasawwuf, Dr. Lings was a modern day authority on William Shakespeare. Last autumn, he put forth his thesis that Shakespeare may have been influenced by Sufism.

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. May Allah ta’ala reward him for all the benefit he gave to so many of us whose lives and understanding of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and the diyn were enriched by his work.

    http://www.sunnisisters.com/sunnisister/?p=423

    Another article:
    http://www.altmuslim.com/perm.php?id=1453_0_24_0_M

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    Inna lillah wa inna alehe rajeon, May his soul rest in peace . ameen
    Bazinggaaaa ....

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      Re: Martin Lings: 1909-2005

      Inna lillah wa inna alehe rajeon, May his soul rest in peace and (May Allah (swt)) reward him amply - Ameen

      He authored a great seerah on the Prophet (saw)'s life by the title - Muhammad His Life Based On The Earliest Sources.
      Last edited by Ibn Sadique; May 14, 2005, 02:33 PM.

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        Re: Martin Lings: 1909-2005

        Certainly a big loss, Martin Ling will be missed dearly.

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          Re: Martin Lings: 1909-2005

          Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajiun... may Allah have mercy on him, expand his grave for him and raise him in the company of the Prophets and righteous...

          i heard he was buried yesterday at home, in his own back garden... anyone able to confirm that?

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