What does Seerah Mean?

The biography of a person is called Seerah.

The word ‘Seerah’ comes from a verb that means ‘to travel’. The biography of a person is called Seerah because when we read it, we are essentially traveling the person’s journey.

So, when we study the life and times of the Prophet  , it is as if we are following in his footsteps; it is as if we are traveling in his journey.

Even though the Arabs used to use this word for the biography of any person, after the Prophet  , Muslim scholars have used this word exclusively for the best human being. Therefore, no scholars now say Seerah except that they mean biography of the life and times of the Prophet  .

The content of this page was compiled from video lectures on the Seerah of the Prophet Muhamamd (PBUH) by Yasir Qadhi. The video can be found here.