URDU: ’’البدایۃ والنھایۃ‘‘ بطور ماخذِ سیرت
Al Bidaya wal Nihaya as source of biography writing
Imam Ibn e Kaseer’s personality as biographer has been extraordinary. He is considered as celebrated scholars of 8th century. His book on history Al-Bidayah wan Nihayah (The Beginning and The End) is considered one of the most authoritative sources on Islamic history. A unique feature of the book is that it not only deals with past events, but also talks about future events mentioned by Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) until the Day of Judgment. A big part on biography is preserved and well placed in this book. His manner of biography writing has been unique and diverse. The basic reasons for this are those principles and rules that he kept in view while writing the biography of Holy Prophet ﷺ. There is no doubt that in this biography of Holy Prophet ﷺ there is huge collection of narrations which has been collected from diverse and innumerable sources. He has examined these narrations on biography on his own principle, rules and conditions. Owing to the same grounds and features, the biography writers continued to benefit from this book. Any book's usefulness and importance can be ascertained by the number of people who benefited from it and by drawing its analysis. "Al-Bidayah wan Nihayah" tops the list for such books. In this article, the books of such scholars will be mentioned who have chosen this book as a source of the Prophet's biography.