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Muhammad and the Call to Prophethood

Muhammad’s Life

Muhammad was born in 570 CE in Arabia, Makkah. He was a member of the Hashim clan, and that clan was very poor. His childlife/early life was very hard, his father died when Muhammad was still very young. After that, his mother sent him to live with the nomads. At the age 5-6, he returned back to his mother in Makkah. Soon afterwards, his mother died too. With his mother dead, he was sent to go live with grandfather, then he lived with his uncle, Abu Talib, the leader of the Hashim clan. His uncle would then bring Muhammad on trading journeys. After he grew older, he went on trading journeys on his own. Around the age 25, Muhammad married a widow named Khadijah. They had several children, but only one survived to continue Muhammad’s family.

The Call to Prophethood

Muhammad often went to a mountain and pray there. Around 610 CE, one day, Muhammad went to the mountain to pray, then, he got a visit from the Angel Gabriel, saying that Muhammad was to be the next prophet, or the “Messenger of God”, and had to recite. At first, Muhammad had freaked out, but Khadijah consoled Muhammad and expressed her faith that God had chosen him as a prophet to communicate with god. The faith of Islam is based on monotheism, or belief in a single god. God taught Muhammad to teach others about treating people with compassion, honesty, and justice. Over the next 22 years, Muhammad continued to receive messages from Gabriel. Although Muhammad could not read or write, he memorized them in his mind and heart. Eventually, his followers began to memorize them too. Then, they wrote it down and collected them in the Qur'an.




The Kaaba

The Kaaba is a cube-shaped shrine which was believed to be built by Abraham. During Muhammad’s time, according to the Islamic teachings, Arabs were polytheistic (people who believe in more than 1 god). During Muhammad’s time, this shrine housed hundreds of statues of gods. People from all over Arabia came to Mecca to worship here in the Kaaba.
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Arabia...

Geography:

~ occupies ⅘ of Arabian Peninsula

~ peaks up to: 2,000 - over 3,000 meters

~ mostly just desert, some nice seas

~ Along the coast, soil very fertile




Best Time to Visit:

~ Arabia has desert climate

~ Hot in the summer

~ also hot in the winter, but not as cold (go in winter)

~ Can visit during fall and spring


Required Clothing:

~ Light weighted

~ long sleeved shirts and light trousers

~ sun hats

~ Sturdy shoes


Transportation

The whole ride you will be riding on caravan, the cost is 3 yards of silk, and 1 piece of gold, if you are unsatisfied, you will be accompanied by body guards with the cost of 3 pomegranates.

Cost of travel: 3 yards of silk, 1 piece of gold

1 night: 1 bag of spices

2 nights: 1 bag of spices, 1 pomegranate

3 nights: 1 bag of spices, 1 pomegranate, 1 peach

4 nights: 1 bag of spices, 1 pomegranate, 1 peach, 1 swords

5 nights: 1 bag of spices, 1 pomegranate, 1 peach, 1 sword, 1 yard of silk

6 nights: 1 bag of spices, 1 pomegranate, 1 peach, 1 sword, 1 yard of silk, 1 apricot

A whole week (maximum): 1 bag of spices, 1 pomegranate, 1 peach, 1 sword, 1 yard of silk, 1 apricot, 1 piece of gold.