The Prophet Muhammad : The Father Of Islam

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“Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but he is the Messenger of Allah and the Seal of the Prophets. Indeed, Allah knows about all things.” (Quran 33:40)

Who is Muhammad? As mentioned in the Quran in chapter 33, sura Al-Ahzab verse 40, Muhammad is the final messenger of Allah to spread and teach Islam. He was also mentioned as the seal of the prophets which marks the end of all prophets. Muhammad was born in Mecca, western Arabia in the year 570, and was brought up by his uncle Abu Talib, head of the Hashim clan of the respected tribe of Quraysh (Donner, 2007).

Although Prophet Muhammad was illiterate as mentioned in chapter 7, sura Al-A’raf verse 157, he was still chosen by Allah to preach about Islam as he was honest, trustworthy, generous, truthful, and sincere:

“(Who are the ones to whom my mercy will extend? It is for) those (Jews and Christians) who follow the Messenger, the unschooled Prophet, whom they will find mentioned in their own (scriptures) – in the Torah and the Gospel – for he will command them to do what is recognized (as right) and forbid them from doing what is unfamiliar (to god’s good way of life). (The Messenger of Allah) will allow them (to partake of) what is pure and forbid them from what is unclean…” (Quran 7:157).

The prophet received his first revelation at the age of 40 in the Cave of Hira through the angel Gabriel who was sent down by Allah. The revelations lasted for a period of 23 years which they are known as the Quran.

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