The Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.) was the Last Messenger of Allah and holds immense importance among the Muslim world. From 571 A.D to present day, he is respected by Muslims and non-Muslims alike. This man’s life is an example for all human beings and he is the model of excellence. In 571 A.D (12th of Rabi-UL-Awwal) Muhammad was born to Aminah and Abdullah. The prophet’s father had died before he was born. He was on a business tour to Syria, and he fell ill and died there. The name Muhammad was kept by his father Abdul Muttalib. This name was very uncommon, and a person asked Abdul Muttalib why he named his grandson Muhammad. In reply, he said that he is named Muhammad so that his name may be praised in the earth and also in the heavens.
When Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.) was born, there was a tradition that the infant child was handed over to Bedouin women, who would take them to the desert and bring them back to their parents after a few years. Prophet Muhammad was given to Halima Saadia, she loved Prophet Muhammad very much, and the prophet always had high regards for her. At the age of six, he was brought back to Aminah. She then took him to Yasrib to the grave of Abdullah and to meet other relatives.
On the return journey, Aminah died and Prophet Muhammad was brought back to Makah by Umm-e-Aiman who was the family girl slave. Then his grandfather, Abdul Muttalib took custody of the Prophet, and after two years he also died. Then the Prophet’s uncle Abu Talib took charge of bringing up his nephew. Abu Talib loved Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.) unconditionally; he loved him more than his own sons.
Marriage proposal from Khadija
When the Prophet was 25 years old he got a marriage proposal from Khadija. Khadija lived in Mekka, she was wealthy and a respectable widow. She was impressed by the honesty and goodness of the Prophet and requested the Prophet to take her merchandise to Syria. Khadija sent her slave Maisara along with him. The Prophet returned from Syria with a very good profit, and Maisara reported all the fair dealings conducted by him to Khadija. Thus Khadija sent her proposal for his marriage and Abu Talib accepted it. At time of marriage Khadija was 40 years old and she has two sons and a daughter from her previous two marriages. Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.) and Khadija had two sons and four daughters, both of the sons died in infancy.
Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.) was very much disturbed by the corrupt society around him. Before the call of Prohethood; he used to retire for days in cave Hira with a supply of dates, water and oatmeal. There he used to meditate. In 611 A.D (at the end of the month of Ramadan), he was in the cave, and then he saw nor (light), Angel Jibrael appeared in front of him and asked him to read, the prophet was shocked and said that he could not read. The angel then hugged him so hard that he started to suffocate and then repeated his question. The prophet again replied the same answer, and the angel hugged again, the third time the prophet said, “What shall I read?” Then the angels read out Quranic verses. This was the first revelation of Quranic verses to the Prophet Muhammad, which was later called the Prohethood.
The Prophet Muhammad started inviting his family and friends to this religion. Khadija was the first one to embrace Islam followed by Hazrat Ali, who was the 10-year-old cousin of the Prophet Muhammad. The Prophet Muhammad died at the age of 63 in 634 A.D (12th of Rabi-UL-Awwal).
Who is Prophet Muhammad?
The Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.) is the model of excellence. He was extremely honest and fair. In his early life, he worked as a shepherd and took care of his herds along with his neighbors. Then he started trading work, unlike other businessman he was always fair in his business dealings and was always honest. People around him were so impressed with his good nature that they gave him the title of Al-Sadiq and Al-Amin, both meaning truthful and trustworthy. Many people in the Prophet’s time have recorded his full life story.
His actions, his exact words and his doings were recorded. Today, many international writers have written his biography in different languages so that everyone can read what an amazing man he is. Whether it be a Muslim or non-Muslims, everyone respects the Prophet Muhammad as he is one of the few men in the history of the world who has never lied, never quarreled, misbehaved, was pious, trustworthy, honest and truthful. He was a very humble man and for his nature he is known by everyone. Followers of other religions respect the Prophet Muhammad as well. The Christians say that Islam is not much different than their religion as they also believe in Jesus, Moses and Abraham, and they respect them equally.
Excellent role model
All Muslim should follow Prophet Muhammad’s ways. He is an excellent role model for everyone. They should follow his exact footsteps to gain success in the world and also in the life after. He was the last messenger of Allah, and he holds great respect in the hearts of believers and non-believers. One should only follow Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.) but not worship him. He was an only Allah’s messenger not a God himself. One should pray and worship Allah only as he is the highest in authority and is the Almighty.
The Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.) was such a great man that even his bitterest enemies used to say that he is the greatest of all. The Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.) treated his enemies with compassion. An unbelieving woman used to abuse the Prophet. But the Prophet didn’t say anything back to her. He always prayed for her that she may come to the right path. A woman used to throw garbage at him daily. One day when she didn’t come to throw garbage at him he went to her house instead and found out that she was very ill. The Prophet took care of her and prayed for her best condition.
Haters of the Prophet Muhammad
The Jews were some of the biggest haters of the Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.), but the Prophet always treated them with kindness and respected them. Once, the Prophet was praying and some non-believers came behind to kill him. When they were caught and brought in front of the Prophet, he didn’t punish them or say a word to them. He simply forgave them. When Prophet Muhammad was in Mekka, he faced brutal responses from the people of Quraish. He was forced to leave the city and migrate to Medina. Even after he conquered Mekka, he forgave each and every person. Even during the conquest, he announced that he had not come to fight, and everyone in their houses would be safe. Including women, children, ill people and the elderly. There would be no fighting at all.