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According to Islam, there were well over one hundred and twenty four thousand prophets that were taught by God to teach mankind. Every prophet came with his own laws but followed the rules set by the prophets before him. The first prophet, who is believed to be Adam in most religions, was the first human on this earth. In Islam, the last and the most important prophet is believed to be Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). He was the last prophet from God and there will not be any other prophets after him. The life of this great prophet consists of many examples and characteristics. He lived his life in the two most important cities of Arabian Peninsula, Makkah and Madinah. This essay will explain many things from his life. It will explain his pre-prophet hood life, the Makkan life after becoming a prophet, and his life in Madinah. It will explain the great examples set by the prophet to guide us the way we should deal with situations in our lives. It tells us the solutions to different problems in our everyday lives. It also explains to us that our lives should be examples to others around us.
Arabia is the largest peninsula on the map of the world. The Arabs call it "Jaziratul Arab" which means the "Island of Arabia", although it is not an island, being surrounded but water on only three sides. The Arabian Peninsula went through a lot of changes since Prophet Abraham and his son Ishmael passed away. Great religions of the world had spread the light of faith, morality and learning in the ages past, but every one of these had been rendered a disgrace to its name by the sixth century of the Christian era. The Arabs had been the followers of Abrahamic religion in the olden times and had the distinction of having the first house of God in their land, The Ka'bah. Three hundred and sixty idols had been installed within the Ka'bah-the house built by Abraham for the worship of the one and only God. The Arabs actually paid their divine honors not merely to sculptured idols, but venerated all types of stones and fetish. Angels, ghosts, and stars were all their deities. They believed that the angels were daughters of God and the ghosts were God's partners in divinity and thus both enjoyed supernatural powers whose worship was essential for their well-being. Arabia had been the birthplace of several prophets of God in the bygone times. Abdul-Muttalib, chief of the Quraish-the leading tribe of Makkah, had ten sons who were all worthy and outstanding. But Abdullah was the noblest and most prominent among them. Abdul-Muttalib wedded him to Aminah, the daughter of Wahb, who was the leading man of a famous tribe in Makkah. Muhammad (PBUH) was born six months after the death of his father. The Prophet (PBUH) was born on Monday, the twelfth of Rabi-ul-Awwal (a month in Islamic lunar calendar). Muhammad (PBUH) was the descendent of Adnan. Arab genealogists further trace the parentage of Adnan to Ishmael, son of Abraham. After the birth of Muhammad (PBUH), Aminah sent someone to inform his grandfather. Abdul-Muttalib gave him the name Muhammad, which means "He who is praised". When the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) was six years old, his mother took him to Madinah to pay a visit to her father. She also wanted to call on the grave of her late husband, but while on her way back to Makkah, she died at a place called Abwa. Abdul Muttalib loved the Prophet (PBUH) so dearly, making him the apple of his eye and never allowed him to be distant from his sight. After reaching eight years of age, 'Abdul Muttalib also passed away. Following the death Of 'Abdul Muttalib, Abu Talib took the Prophet (PBUH) under his care for he and 'Abdullah, the Prophet's father, were brothers by the same mother. When the Prophet (PBUH) was around fourteen or fifteen years of age, the sacrilegious war, known as the Harb-ul-Fijar, broke out between the Quraish and the tribe of Qays. Now that the Prophet (PBUH) was coming into grips of his own life, he turned his attention to scouting a means of livelihood. Like other lads of his age, he took a shot at the tendering of sheep and goats. This shows us that we should never depend on others to raise us, but we should work by ourselves to spend life on our own.
The Prophet (PBUH) married Khadijah when he was twenty-five years of age. Khadijah, daughter of Khuwaylid, was noble and intelligent, wealthy and was respected for the quality and integrity of her heart. She carried out their business and like other merchants of Makkah; she also used to hire men to transport her merchandise outside the country on a profit-sharing scheme. Khadijah had an experience of the Prophet's truthfulness, trustworthiness and honorable character. In his thirty-fifth year, the Prophet (PBUH) made a difficult decision about a matter that provoked the Quraish. The Quraish wished to rebuild the Ka'bah and furnish it with roofs. So, the walls were demolished and the work of reconstruction was taken up, but when it was time to rebuild the Ka'bah as f
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