Muhammad the Prophet - Summary

It was the 7th century. The Arabian Peninsula was populated by wandering desert tribes called Bedouins who worshiped many gods. Their chief god was Allah. Their chief city was Makkah (Mecca) which intersected the world’s major trade routes.

Some of the Bedouin tribes were drawn to the more stable, settled life of Mecca. According to earliest historical accounts, the family of young Ubu’l Kassim was one of those who left the desert for the city.

Born in Mecca, Ubu’l Kassim never knew his father who had died. When the boy was six, his mother also died. The young child (later called Mustafa, or Muhammad, meaning “the chosen one”) was first taken in by his grandfather, then by his uncle. Abu Talib (the uncle) took the child on caravan journeys to distant places.

Mecca then, as Mecca now, was a religious center. To an ancient Arab, the city would have represented both the intersection of heaven and earth and the crossroad of the trading world. Such a place created great opportunities.

During one of his yearly visits to the Cave of Hira, where Ubu’l Kassim went to think about the important issues of life, something happened to this contemplative, married man which changed both him and the history of the world. It started when, alone in the cave, he heard someone say the Arabic word "Iqraa!"

What did Ubu’l Kassim look like? Did he dress like other early Muslims? Who was this man who had periodically spent time over a two-year period in the Cave of Hira? What was his demeanor?

In this story, virtually visit the Cave of Hira and the home where Ubu’l Kassim was reportedly born. Learn how the Koran came to be and how Islam spread after Muhammad’s death. See pictures of the mosque, where he is buried, and discover what the world was like before (and soon after) the life and death of Islam’s prophet.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5190stories and lessons created

Original Release: Apr 01, 2000

Updated Last Revision: May 05, 2019

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