Sunday, July 14, 2019

Prophet Muhammad Biography, Early Life, Family, Impact And All You Need To Know

History, in turn, and various manners of presentation, has an important part to play in Islam. The glorious days brought by an Islamic faith and practices, just as the
sacrament in Christianity constitute the channels of Gods intervention. Hence a cursory look at the life of Prophet Muhammad, would grant us a better understanding.

Early life and beginning of Prophet Muhammad

Prophet Muhammad born in Saudi Arabia at around the 17th century. His parents were Abd Allah and Amina. An old saying hold that while some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness trust upon them. The case of Prophet Muhammad, the last two appear to be dominant. He achieved greatness with the help of grace. Muhammad had an unfortunate childhood, losing his father Abd Allah, while in the womb of his mother eventually his motherAmina, at the age of 6. He was adopted by his grandfather Abd al-Muttalib, who at his birth named him, Muhammad, which means “The praised one”. He was taken in by a nurse called Halima, who I supposed to have nursed him well, producing in him, a balanced and truthful adulthood. There is no gain saying the fact that this early this early childhood must have thought him that the pains of living the harms of poverty and injustice, would later be the battle of his life in obedience to the call of the divine. Speaking on the period of his life, Ja’far Qasimi remarked:

He learned to appreciate the divinity of labour and the importance of earning ones livelihood by the sweat of one’s brow. He worked as a shepherd and had initial lessons in tending flocks, a flock that was the symbol of the entire creation. He learned to suffer, to endure, to be self-reliant, to think freely and methodologically, to absorb the melody and the rhythm of the universe, to see through the veil of reality, suffering and transience that which is beautiful, everlasting and immortal. He sought refuge in solitude and was mysteriously plunged to God. He was deepened, made firm and filled with grace.

A Truthful and Upright Man

The most remarkable game changer for Prophet Muhammad, who unlike his peers in age could not afford the means of marriage, even at the age of 25years, was the proposition of his hand in marriage by Khadija, a very rich merchant women who was 15years older than him. This marriage bestowed on him great wealth and raised his social status overnight.
His marriage to Khadija, from the same clan of Qurayshwas an account of his numerous good qualities of intelligence, calmness, honest, and his balanced personality, which she detected while he was at her commercial service. When Prophet Muhammad visited her after acceptance of his proposal, she addressed him in these words:
 “Son of mine, I love thee for thy kinship with me, and for that thou art ever in the center, not being a partisan amongst the people for this and for that; I love thee for thy trustworthiness and for the beauty of thy character and the truth in thy speech”

As a man of peace

At the age of thirty five, when the Ka’ba was about to be reconstructed, a very hot debate and disagreement arose among the various tribes of the Quraysh clan about which tribe would carry and transport the black stone to the new house, with the more influential and the richer clans claiming the superior right. They all accepted the arbitration of Prophet Muhammad, who laid his mantle on the ground, placed the stone on it and asked the various Qurayshite chiefs to take holds on the end of the mantle and carry it to the point where the stone was to be restored. He, as such, set the precedent to the harmony which should characterize all human relations, as well as the harmony which should characterize all human relations, as well as the need for the protection of the weak and the unprotected. Later, he was given the name of Al-amin which means “the sure man in whom we can trust”.

Another remarkable aspect of his life was his insatiable quest and desire for something new and higher, which gave him certain dissatisfaction with himself. There is no doubt that the situation of Arabia caused him so much restlessness; the endless tribal wars of Vendetta, the pride and the callousness of the rich, presented by the Quraysh who, moved by their newly found wealth neglected the proper clans and exploited them. Thiers also was acute spiritual restlessness. People were eager for something new. The Arabs knew and saw the process made by their more powerful neighbours, Christianity and Zoroastrianism and hungered for this forms of beliefs since their many gods have not secured them a better society and things were getting worse; family ties were broken, in the face of these realities the message of the Quran would be heard at the heart of this search for justice and peace.

Later on as well impoverished and the downtrodden would become the first most pronounced by his followers. These could have informed his quest for change and giving him a very sober personality, which was evident in his endless search for silence and solitude. Retreat known as Tahannuth in Arabic was a common practice among the Arabs and Prophet Muhammad used it to visit the mountain Hira. It was during these prayers that he had an overwhelming spiritual experience with a spiritual being, identified later as angel Gibril, who squeezed him three times, asking him each time to recite (iqra’), until he recited the first verse of the Qur’an:

In general, Prophet Muhammad gave the impression of a sensible, deliberate and well-balanced man. All his life we find him thinking before taking decisions, conducting his public and private businesses effectively, knowing when to bid his time and when to retract, and capable of taking necessary actions to ensure the success of his plans. It was on this ground that he wrote the Haddith.

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