From the rich, Islamic heritage, true and inspiring stories highlighting aspects of the lives of 60 Companions including outstanding women. This is one of two books that provides a lively introduction to early Muslim history and inspiring models for Muslim values, attitudes and behavior. Here the trials and triumphs of the early Muslims as individual men and women are well-portrayed. Their various paths to Islam - sometimes direct, sometimes long and tortuous, their devotion to the noble Prophet (s), their hope in God and in the life to come, their endeavors in peace and in times of hardship and struggle - all serve to cast them in a heroic mold. The Sahabah or Companions of the Prophet (s) helped to lay the foundations of a new world order and it is fitting that they should be more widely known. This is the first of two books based on the original Arabic sources and written in a style that is lively and often gripping. These two books are based on original Arabic sources and contemporary writings on early Muslim history.