||Understanding Islam and the Muslims
Who is Muhammad?
Muhammad, was born in Makkah in the year 570, at a time
when Christianity was not yet fully established in Europe. Since his father died
before his birth, and his mother shortly afterwards, he was raised by his uncle
from the respected tribe of Quraysh. As he grew up, he became known for his
truthfulness, generosity and sincerity, so that he was sought after for his
ability to arbitrate in disputes. The historians describe him as calm and
Muhammad was of a deeply religious nature, and had long
detested the decadence of his society. It became his habit to meditate from time
to time in the Cave of Hira near the summit of Jabal al-Nur, the 'Mountain of
Light' near Makkah.
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