The Prophet Muhammad (ca. 570 - 632)

The last Muslim prophet, who brought the Qur'an and set the pattern for Muslim life by his Sunna.

An Arab orphan raised among bedouin nomads, who married Khadija, a wealthy widow, after managing her long distance trade business for a time. He began to receive revelations, and was charged with warning his people to return to the worship of the one true God, lest they be destroyed. He was rejected, and his early followers persecuted, by the Meccans. He moved to Medina in 622 (which became the beginning of the Muslim calendar), where he formed a growing community that eventually subdued the Meccans, and gained the allegiance of most of the tribes of Arabia.

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