Allah sent many prophets to the world. They were sent to tell the people that there is only one Allah. The prophets told the people to do good deeds and advised them to avoid doing bad deeds.
Allah sent Prophet Ismail (as), the son of Prophet Ibrahim (as) to the people of Arabia. He reminded the Arabs of the things that Shaitan had made them forget. Ibrahim (as) and Ismail (as) made Allah’s house, the Ka’aba in Makkah so that people would worship Allah, the only one. But afterward, people started to forget the message of Ibrahim (as) and Ismail (as). They started worshipping many idols and did not remember that only Allah should be worshiped. They also started to do many bad things. To teach them how to be good again Allah sent His last messenger Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w).
Prophet Muhammad’s (s.a.w) childhood
Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) was born in Makkah. His father’s name was Abdullah. He died before Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) was born. His mother, Amina, died when he was only six years old. He then went to live with his grandfather, Abdul Muttalib. After two years, when his grandfather died, Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) went to live with his uncle Abu Talib. Abu Talib loved his nephew very much and took good care of him.
Muhammad (s.a.w) was a very good and well-behaved child and everybody loved him. He was also highly intelligent. He would help graze the sheep and goats of the family in the countryside. As they would graze, he would look at the sky and the earth and wonder Who made them.
The Truthful and The Trustworthy
Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) never liked the idols that the people of Makkah would worship. He would never bow down to them nor would he ever ask them for anything. The family that Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) was born in, the Quraish, would always fight with each other. Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) did not like fighting and quarreling at all. The people of Quraish would also drink alcohol and they would gamble.
Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) did neither of these things. The people of Quraish were not kind to the women, the orphans or their slaves. Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) would always take care of the people who were weak. He would feed the hungry and help the poor. The people of Makkah were surprised at his ways. He was always honest and spoke the truth, and so the people began to call him “As-Sadiq”, which means the truthful. If anything was given to Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) to take care of, he would keep it safely and look after it. So the people started calling him “Al-Amin”, the trustworthy. In all of Makkah, Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) became known as As-Sadiq and Al Amin.
Trade and Marriage
Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w)’s uncle, Abu Talib, was a businessman. He would travel from one place to another to trade goods. Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) would also travel with him and he learned how to trade. Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) was very honest and he would be extremely careful with people’s money and their goods which they would give him to trade with.
In Makkah, there lived a rich and beautiful woman called Khadija. She was a good woman. Her husband had died so she had to send other people to trade her goods for her. When Khadija heard about Prophet Muhammad’s honesty, she decided to ask him to trade for her. She sent her servant, Mysara, along with him on the journey.
Mysara noticed how careful Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) was with the goods and what a good man he was. He was gentle and kind towards everyone. On their return, Khadija was very happy with his work. Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) had sold her goods for more money than any of the other people she had ever sent her goods with.
Khadija also liked what Mysara told her about the habits of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w), and so she sent a message through her friend, Nafisa, to ask Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) if he would marry her. Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) accepted and soon they were married. At the time, Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) was twenty-five years old and Khadija (ra) was forty years old. Allah blessed them with two sons, Qasim and Abdullah, and four daughters, Zainab, Ruqayya, Umme Kulthum and Fatima (radiAllahu anhum).
When Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) was forty years old, Angel Gibrael (as) started to bring Allah’s message to him. This message was the Quran, Allah’s final book. It took twenty-three years for the message to be completed. Before the Quran, Allah had also sent the Taurat to Prophet Musa (as), the Zaboor to Daud (as) and the Injeel to Eesa (as), but the people had changed the messages in these books. Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) is the last messenger of Allah. There will be no messenger after him. There will also be no other book after the Quran. Not only was Prophet Muhammad (s.aw) sent to the people of Makkah but his message is for people all over the world so that they could be shown the straight path. We are the followers, the Ummah, of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w), and we are the believers and followers of our book, the Quran.