(Peace be upon him) was born in the year 570 CE in a respectable
Quraysh family of Makkah, a few months after his father ‘Abd Allah
His grandfather ‘Abd Al Muttalib, the chief of Makkah
and the caretaker of Ka’bah raised him. Muhammad (Peace
be upon him) lost his mother when he was barely six years old and his grandfather
when he was eight.
He was then raised lovingly by one of his uncles Abu Talib,
who had inherited his father ‘Abd Al Muttalib’s responsibilities of the
(Peace be upon him) was a perfect human being. He was a
loving father, a caring husband, a charismatic leader, most able administrator,
an expert military general, a unique social reformer, the most wonderful teacher,
a caring neighbor, a sincere human being and a very humble person.
superlatives and adjectives cannot define the unparalleled qualities of Muhammad
(Peace be upon him). He was also an extremely honest person
and was called Al Amin (The trustworthy).
People used to keep their valuables with him for safekeeping.
chose him as his final Messenger when he was about forty years of age. God had
sent the same Message earlier through many Messengers like Adam, Noah, Abraham,
Ishmael, Isaac, Moses and Jesus (Peace be upon them), to
mention a few, to different nations at different times. Those Messages were changed
and altered by the followers of those Messengers.
(Peace be upon him) was ridiculed, tortured and hounded
for preaching Islam. He was forced to migrate to the city of Madinah
some 300 kilometers to the north of Makkah, with his companions. Several
attempts were also made on his life.
flourished in Madinah. Muslims conquered Makkah without shedding
blood, only eight years after they were forced out of it. Muhammad (Peace
be upon him) pardoned all of his enemies including those who had plotted
to kill him. Soon after, the entire Arabian Peninsula had embraced Islam.
(Peace be upon him) went back to live in Madinah,
where he died in the year 623 CE (11 Hijrah).
In a short span of 23 years of his Messengership, Muhammad (Peace
be upon him) had changed the world for ever.