Muhammad's birth is said to have been in the "year of the Elephant", which one believes is pointing to the invasion from Yemen, where an elephant was brought along in order to smash the http://www.allaboutturkey.com/kabe.htm - Ka'ba , an event which is dated to 570 AD (where Muhammad's recorded age at certain times, have been used as the main source for the estimation). Muhammad's family belonged to the clan of Hashim, a branch of the Quraysh tribe. While the Quraysh was dominating http://www.allaboutturkey.com/sozlukislam1.htm#mecca - Mecca , the Hashimis had little but religious prestige connected to the, at that time pagan, shrine of http://www.allaboutturkey.com/kabe.htm - Ka'ba .
As Muhammad's father, Abdullah, died before the birth of his son, and his mother, Amina, when he was 6, Muhammad was in the care of his grandfather Abd al-Muttalib for two years, and then with his uncle Abu Talib, until he reached mature age.
Muhammad is, by http://www.allaboutturkey.com/islam.htm#muslim - Muslim theologists, not believed to have received any education, and in young age he started working with the caravans. It was while working as a trader, that Muhammad came to know the widow (and divorcee) Khadija, who was the owner of a caravan company where Muhammad was employed. At the age of 25 Muhammad married Khadija, then 40. Even if Khadija had children from both of her former http://www.allaboutturkey.com/marriage.htm - marriages , she got 7 children with Muhammad.
Khadija died in 619, and soon Muhammad remarried. Unlike in his http://www.allaboutturkey.com/marriage.htm - marriage with Khadija, he chose to have several wifes, 9 is reported. Some of these wifes were ways of knotting closer relations with powerful people in the society, and some were widows without economical support.
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