About the book: This book highlights the lives of thirty companions of the Prophets, come famous, others almost completely unknown. Here the trials and triumphs of the early Muslims individuals are well-portrayed. Their various paths to Islam-sometimes direct, sometimes long and tortuous, their devotion to the Nobel Prophet, their endeavours in peacetime and their exploits in war-all serve to cast them in a heroic mould. This is the first of two (formerly published as a series of three) books based on original Arabic sources and written in a style that is lively and often gripping. The lives of the sahabah or companions of the Prophet, may God bless him in peace, is a rich storehouse of knowledge, guidance and inspiration. The men and women whose stories are told here helped to lay the foundations of a new world order, and it is only fitting that they should be more widely known.