The Beloved Prophet ﷺ - An Illustrated Biography in Rhyme

Support our first print run of 1000 books that tells the story of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ through rhyme and illustration.

Cape Town, Western Cape Arts Education Publishing

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DISCLAIMER

According to Islamic tradition, the personage of Muhammad , his wives, sons, daughters, grandchildren and that of his closest companions (the rightly guided caliphs) will not be depicted.

Connecting Prophet Muhammad's ﷺ life to ours

In contributing towards this project, you will connect the most important personage in human history, Prophet Muhammad , to your life and the lives of fellow Muslims.

Since numerous biographies have already been written about The Prophet 

over the centuries, we have embarked upon telling his life story a bit differently.

The Beloved Prophet will be a biography in rhyme accompanied by beautiful realistic artwork that combines with the text to tell the tale.

Each illustration, rich in detail and colours, draws you into the narrative bringing the characters and settings to life.


The story behind the book

At Red Kufi Books we see ourselves as not just a book publisher but aim to call people back to the first Qur'anic verse revealed to the beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ with the command of Iqra or Read. Hence our social media hashtag #callto1stverse

We specialise in Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) with four of our titles certified by the Al-Azhar University Cairo, Egypt.  In 2016 we also launched Little Kufi Books, our children's imprint and published our first title We Love to Play Pray in March that year.

Click link to watch a featured profile of Red Kufi Books http://bit.ly/2i2S9mh

It was while contemplating about writing on the importance of reading when the first seeds of this project were born. How apt that our call to the first verse should lead us to publish a book about the caller of the first verse.

There once was a man

inspired by words

Those words became a book,

and it changed the world.

Writing these words sparked this project into motion.

Written without revealing the personage creates within the reader or listener the need to know who this man was. So the question is asked, who was this man? It was in asking and answering the question that these few words developed into the first two stanzas and later a biographical poem on the life of the Prophet Muhammad .

Seeing the potential and originality of creating a biography of the Prophet ﷺ in rhyme and illustration for both young and old, we engaged Saaid Rahbeeni, an illustrator with whom we had successfully worked with on our first children’s book titled We Love to Play Pray. We had envisioned a particular style of illustration for the book. He immediately connected with the developing poem and felt that the style was perfect for the project. We got excited when he showed us similar artwork he had done.   


Our Goal

We are reaching out to the global Muslim community to assist in bringing this project to fruition. Our aim is to launch the book at the end of April just in time for Ramadan. It is also our goal that the copies shipped to our global backers arrive before Ramadan begins, insha’Allah. We need to raise $12,000 to cover part of the production and printing costs. With your generosity, we will be able to complete production and print 1,000 books.

This is just the start. Our vision is to produce four additional short graphic novels on the lives of the four rightly guided Caliphs. See our STRETCH GOALS BELOW.


Why Poetry and Art?

Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular. ARISTOTLE

The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ lived at a time when the Arabic language reached its zenith in poetry. It was an art form that drew the listener in, moving and inspiring, stirring the soul to greater heights. The setting was perfect for the Noble Qur’an to win over hearts.

Befitting of that time, why not create a narrative both in poetry and illustration? 

This would afford us the opportunity to create a brief story but with depth - found in the undertones and evocative use of language.

A biography to be enjoyed in a short space of time, with the richness of language and illustration.

Its conciseness would not detract the fullness of the story but create a desire in the reader to return over and over due to its format – revealing itself more and more with each sitting and prodding the reader to visit more voluminous biographies of this beautiful life.





The Beloved Prophet matters

At a time when the sanctified personage of our beloved Prophet ﷺ is being vilified, our aim with this publication is to remind and reinvigorate the understanding of his life’s purpose. 

The Beloved Prophet – An illustrated biography in rhyme – will appeal to all ages and creed since The Prophet’s ﷺ life story is a universal one.

With each illustration depicting a chapter in The Prophet’s ﷺ life, readers are drawn into his story, from The Year of the Elephant, Solitude, Contemplation and Revelation, Offspring, Consolation, Hamza joins the Faith, The Inquisition, The Hijra, and many more episodes that encompass his life. 

For the younger reader especially, we know that illustrations enable them to explore the world within their imagination. They can make connections to characters and events they see depicted in books, making the book more real to them. Bringing the story to life. 

What better way to teach the story of The Prophet ﷺ than through a publication rich in text and illustrations of a high quality guaranteed to spark the imagination? 

We hope to ensure that The Beloved Prophet is a publication available in libraries across the globe as this would be another avenue to rectify the misconceptions about his personage and life. 



"The Beloved Prophet ﷺ is a concise biography of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ taking the reader on an exciting journey through key phases in the exemplary life of the greatest of creation. This timeous work is unique in the innovative way it presents this important snapshot of history; navigating variety of situations, masterfully illustrated, rhythmic in style; factual and engaging. As one who has been involved in educational, religious, youth development and empowerment programmes; I consider The Beloved Prophet ﷺ a must-have book in any institution of learning and every home." 

Shaykh Sa'dullah Khan is CEO of Islamia College and author of Dimensions of the Qur'an. Shaykh Sa'dullah is the co-founder of the International Peace University of South Africa. He previously held the position of Director of Muslim Affairs at the University of Southern California as well as Lecturer on Islam for the Academy of Judaic, Christian and Islamic Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. He formerly wrote the column Ask the Imam for Beliefnet.com and currently writes for Islamicity.org


Pledge Now!

By creating a suite of pledging options suitable to everyone’s pocket, we provide all with the opportunity to participate in this initiative. From $5 to $5000 we call on YOU to donate according to your means and bring The Beloved Prophet ﷺ – An Illustrated Biography in Rhyme to life.


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Stretch Goals

We hope that we reach our original goal with the Grace of Allah. If successful, our next objective will be to tell the stories of the Rightly Guided Caliphs as short illustrated stories to complement The Beloved Prophet ﷺ - An Illustrated Biography in Rhyme.  

These stories are critical in forming the first two periods of Islam and the bedrock of our Shari’ah. What a wonderful way to educate our youth and adults alike with rich, vibrant and illustrative storytelling that captivates, edifies and inspires.


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Previous Collaboration

Zaahied Sallie and Saaid Rahbeeni collaborated on the delightful children's picture book We Love to Play Pray which was released in early 2016.

Watch video here

Reviews:

  • "Since we received it, we have been reading it over and over again - and the little ones already knows the words! So much information presented in such an amazing way." Razeena Gutta, Author of the acclaimed Ahmed and Fatima Series and founder of Read Little Muslims, Australia, Brisbane

  • "We love to Play Pray is a delightful read. It provides you with a glimpse into a child’s playful imaginary world and thus will appeal to any young reader. It is an excellent book to use by a parent/educator as a basic introduction to Salaah as it provides useful information on the five daily prayers, without being too pedantic. It comes highly recommended ... We love to Play Pray is a must in every home and school library." Saleema Dawood, Early Childhood Development Practitioner and Writer, Cape Town, South Africa


Mini Biographies


Zaahied Sallie

After working almost 20 years in a corporate environment, Zaahied Sallie felt a great need for a significant shift towards something that spoke more passionately to his authentic self. A great fan of the arts, a book enthusiast, the son of a writer and the husband of a journalist and editor, gravitating towards writing was a natural transition. However, no less challenging a decision for him to have made. The readiness to plunge into and re-designing a new life was nurtured in his heart many years before. Courage, faith and a deep yearning for meaning led him to retire from corporate life on 30 August 2015 and establish Red Kufi Books. He co-wrote his first children's book with his wife titled We Love to Play Pray. 


Saaid Rahbeeni

After having completed his studies in Political Science, Saaid felt a strong calling of his first love which was to draw. He has been working as a successful artist and illustrator since changing course and entering the industry 24 years ago. With a passion for illustrating children’s books, comics or generally anything that involves the expressive human figure, Saaid's work has drawn major clients to call on his talents. Saaid has a varying and adaptive drawing style, and specialises in cartoons, worker illustrated manuals, children’s comics and stories, story-boarding and as a concept illustrator for theme park designs. His main clients include Penguin, Macmillan, Oxford, Cape Town Science Centre and many other corporates. Saaid is currently the Managing Director of Rahbeeni Studios based in Cape Town, South Africa.


All praise is due to Allah

The start, middle and end of this project is for Allah's sake. Allah is the Facilitator and we pray that our efforts gain His satisfaction.  He is our Musabbib. Our disposition is one of satisfaction in His Decree regardless of whether we reach our goal. To Him we strive, ask forgiveness and give thanks. And to you, dear Donor, we say Jazaakallahu Khayran.


Your Brothers in Islam

Zaahied and Saaid



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Add your name to the honorary donors roll on The Beloved Prophet website. Drop us a line should you wish to remain anonymous + 20% off coupon to use for purchase of The Beloved Prophet ﷺ – An Illustrated Biography in Rhyme (coupon discount excludes shipping. International shipping +/- $20 and South African shipping +/- $4.50) • Redeem coupon at www.thebelovedprophet.com

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Digital Art Print


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Limited Offer – 30% Early Backer Discount + Bonus A3 Colour Art Print


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Limited Offer – 20% Early Backer Discount + Bonus A4 Colour Art Print


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Five A3 High res digital colour art print + Five A4 High res pencil (Black & White) art print + Nine 100% off coupons to use for purchase of The Beloved Prophet ﷺ – An Illustrated Biography in Rhyme (coupon discount excludes shippingInternational shipping +/- $20 and South African shipping +/- $4.50 for one copy to a single address. Extra copy weight will increase shipping rate. Use shopping cart on website to calculate rate for multiple copies delivery) • Redeem coupons at www.thebelovedprophet.com + Four copies of the Beloved Prophet to be deposited with South African Libraries + Autographed copy of The Beloved Prophet ﷺ + Bookmark (Autographed copy of book and bookmark ships anywhere in the world) • Estimated Shipping Date: May 2017

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Ten A3 High res digital colour art print + Ten A4 High res pencil (Black & White) art print + Eighteen 100% off coupons to use for purchase of The Beloved Prophet ﷺ – An Illustrated Biography in Rhyme (coupon discount excludes shipping. International shipping +/- $20 and South African shipping +/- $4.50 for one copy to a single address. Extra copy weight will increase shipping rate. Use shopping cart on website to calculate rate for multiple copies delivery) • Redeem coupons at www.thebelovedprophet.com + Eight copies of the Beloved Prophet to be deposited with South African Libraries + Two autographed copies of The Beloved Prophet ﷺ + Two bookmarks (Autographed copies of book and bookmarks ships anywhere in the world) • Estimated Shipping Date: May 2017

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All digital art prints in A3 colour format + All digital pencil art prints in A4 format + 30-minute Skype call with the writer and illustrator + Thirty-Eight 100% off coupons to use for purchase of The Beloved Prophet ﷺ – An Illustrated Biography in Rhyme (coupon discount excludes shipping. International shipping +/- $20 and South African shipping +/- $4.50 for one copy to a single address. Extra copy weight will increase shipping rate. Use shopping cart on website to calculate rate for multiple copies delivery) • Redeem coupons at www.thebelovedprophet.com or email us if you wish to arrange bulk shipping + Ten copies of the Beloved Prophet to be deposited with South African Libraries + Four autographed copies of The Beloved Prophet ﷺ + Four bookmarks (Autographed copies of book and bookmarks ships anywhere in the world) • Estimated Shipping Date: May 2017

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All the Original hardcopy pencil artwork (shipped) + Corporate sponsor’s name and logo printed in 100 copies + Corporate Sponsor’s Name and Logo advertised for six months on The Beloved Prophet’s Website + 30 minutes Skype call with the writer & artist + All digital art prints in A3 colour format + All digital pencil art prints in A3 format + Seventy-five 100% off coupons to use for purchase of The Beloved Prophet ﷺ – An Illustrated Biography in Rhyme (coupon discount excludes shipping. International shipping +/- $20 and South African shipping +/- $4.50 for one copy to a single address. Extra copy weight will increase shipping rate. Use shopping cart on website to calculate rate for multiple copies delivery) • Redeem coupons at www.thebelovedprophet.com or email us if you wish to arrange bulk shipping + Twenty copies of the Beloved Prophet to be deposited with South African Libraries + Ten autographed copies of The Beloved Prophet ﷺ + Ten bookmarks (Autographed copies of book and bookmarks ships anywhere in the world) • Estimated Shipping Date: May 2017

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