ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Islam - The Early Life of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

Updated on June 8, 2015

Muhammad, Mohammed, Mohammad (peace be upon him)

Muḥammad (Arabic: محمد‎; c. 570 – 8 June 632), full name Abū al-Qāsim Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd Allāh ibn ʿAbd al-Muṭṭalib ibn Hāshim (ابو القاسم محمد ابن عبد الله ابن عبد المطلب ابن هاشم) is also known as

Muhammad (peace be upon him) is also used and spelt as Mohammed or Mohammad. He also has these names:

  • Ahmad, (Ahmed), "the chosen one"
  • Hamid, "praiser"
  • Mahmood, "praiseworthy"
  • `Abd-Allah, "servant of Allah"
  • Last Prophet
  • Last Messenger
  • Final Prophet
  • Final Messenger
  • Seal of Prophets

Every time the name of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is mentioned, it is compulsory to say 'peace be upon him'. Every practicing Muslim say these words when they hear His name.

"The miser is the one in whose presence I am mentioned, then he does not send the Salah upon me." —Muhammad (pbuh)

Amid The Confusion - Beautiful Nasheed By Zain Bikha

Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him
Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him


Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was granted miracles throughout his life for people to see and learn from, by Allah's permission. Many of these are well-known such as the Night Journey and Ascent through the Heavens. Others are less well-known such as the flowing of water from the fingers of the Prophet.

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is well known worldwide as the last prophet and messenger of Allah (God) in Islam, who was born in the city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia in the year 570. Most non-muslims have only heard of Him after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre which is of course in no connection to one another. Since then, Islam has been labelled as a 'violent' religion. The reasons behind this is because there are people who don't know or haven't got much information about the Islamic religion or prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Islam as a whole means submission and obedience to the will of Allah. In Islam it is forbidden to kill innocent people in any circumstance.

If you don't know something and you research the factual and authentic information, you will gain knowledge in what you didn't know before. Simple. Some people just go by the information given by the media and from what they hear from friends, who manipulate the truth into something that people actually want to hear.

In this article we learn about the early life of the man who spread the message of Islam (peace) throughout the world. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is regarded as the most influential man in history according to the book by Michael Hart, The 100: A Ranking of The Most Influential Persons in History. We will come to learn how he became that influential man as we go along.

Map of Mecca in Saudi Arabia

Map of where prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was born
Map of where prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was born

Parents of Muhammad - Abdullah and Aminah (Parents of Muhammad (pbuh))

Abdullah married Aminah at a time when they had their own tribes. Aminah belonged to a tribe called Zuhrah in short, and in full 'Abd Monaf Ibn Zuhrah.

The same day that Abdullah married Aminah, Abdullah's father, And al muttalib, married a cousin of Aminah's named Haliah. This was so that the Prophet (pbuh) could have an uncle on his father's side, namely Hamzah, of the same age as he.

Abdullah left for a trading trip to Al Sham and at that time Aminah was pregnant. Abdullah fell ill on his way back from the trading trip in Madinah. While there he passed away.

The Ka'bah in Masjid al Haram built by Ibrahim and his son Ismael was the first house built for public worship in Mecca.

And al Muttalib was overjoyed at the birth of a grandson so he took the newborn baby into the Ka'bah, and there called him 'Muhammad' (pbuh).

Historians came to an agreement that Muhammad (pbuh) was born in the month of Rabi al Awwal, the third month of the lunar year.

Muhammad's Life in the Desert

In those times people used to give their newborn babies to nurses, who took them to the desert on the 8th day of their birth to remain there until the age of 8 or 10 year. Because Muahmmad (pbuh) by then had no father, no nurses wanted to take him to the desert. Nurses hoped to be well rewarded by the children's fathers.

Halimah al Sadiyyah, who was very poor and was not liked within the tribe for that reason, accepted Muhammad into her charge because she had no other babies offered to her to take to the desert. For two years she nursed him; the purity of the desert air and the hardness of desert living agreed with Muhammad's physical disposition and contributed to his quick growth, sound formation and discipline. While she was nursing him, Halimah found all kinds of blessings. Her herd of animals became fat and multiplied and everything around her seemed to prosper.

While in the desert, the prophet (pbuh) was witnessed to have had something spiritual happen to him.

"Two men dressed in white came up to me, laid me down, opened my abdomen and took something i know not away."

Quranic verse:

'Had we not revived your spirit [literally, "opened your chest"], and dissipated your burden which was galling your back."

Muhammad (pbuh)
Muhammad (pbuh)

Muhammad's (pbuh) Uncle, Abu Talib

Aminah, Muhammad's (pbuh) mother, took him to Madinah in order to acquaint him with her uncles. She died on the way back from Madinah. And al Muttalib, Muhammad's (pbuh) grandfather, felt more stronger affection towards him because now he was double orphaned. No father no mother. When Muhammad was 8, his grandfather died.

Now his uncle, Abu Talib, was protecting him. Abu Talib was not rich, but he was the noblest and the most hospitable and therefore, the most respected among the Qurayish tribe, compared to his two brothers.

Muhammad (pbuh), while growing up, experienced going to trade trips with his uncle, where people, for example monks and priests, would recognise him as a 'special' person. Also he had experienced taking care of his families and neighbours herds of animals.

Later in time, he said:

"God sent no prophet who was not a herdsman..."

For example Noah, Moses, David etc..

He led a life far removed from vice and immortality, and found his pleasures in immersing himself in thought and contemplation. As a herdsman he would spend most of his time thinking, contemplating about the things around him.

Muhammad (pbuh) never was concerned by material return. Those who long after wealth and strive hard to obtain it to satisfy passions which Muhammad never knew.

Muhammad (pbuh) used to contemplate reasons behind the sun and moon rising and falling, the stars that appeared in the night sky and many other natural things which he had no clue about. He used to think that there must be a creator of all these things who controls them, which obey every order given to them to follow a certain pattern permitted to them. The trees and animals, life itself, there must certainly be a Lord of the universe, a creator who has given life and can take it away anytime with death.

Khadijah, Muhammad's (pbuh) First Wife

Khadijah was Muhammad's (pbuh) first wife. She had previously married twice, and when they married, she was 40 years old and he was 25 years old. They were both inclined towards one another, so they got married.

Khadijah beared his sons and daughters, but the sons all died in childhood, and the daughters survived.

The Description of Muhammad's Looks

Muhammad (pbuh) was handsome of face and of medium build; neither conspicuously tall nor short.

He had a large head with very black thick hair, wide forehead, heavy eyebrows and large black eyes with a slight redness on their sides and long eyelashes to add to their attractiveness.

He had a fine nose, well spaced teeth, thick beard, a long handsome neck, wide chest and shoulders, light coloured skin and thick palms and feet.

He walked resolutely with firm steps. His appearance was always one of deep thought and contemplation.

Peace Be Upon Rasul Allah

The Beginning Of Prophethood

Muhammad (pbuh) would retreat in to a cave called 'Hira' in the month of Ramadan of every year. He started to see visions and dreams of the truth he sought.

It was at the age of 40, while asleep in the cave, one day, Muhammad (pbuh) was approached by an angel (Gabriel), who said to him,


"What shall i read?", he replied with fear, stunned at the unknown voice coming from inside the cave.

"Read!", the angel said once again.

"What shall i read?" he replied, this time feeling the angel strangling him, then letting go.

"Read!", fearing the angel might strangle him again, but stronger, he again replied, "What shall i read?".

The angel replied,

"Read in the name of you Lord, the Creator, who created man of a clot of blood, Read! Your Lord is most gracious. It is He who taught man by the pen that which he does not know." Muhammad (pbuh) recited these verses until they were permanently carved in his memory.

Muhammad (pbuh) then got some answers of some of his questions from the angel, Gabriel, of which he was looking for for many years. He had found the true religion, that there was a God, one God. He started to spread the truth and prayer, salat. The first person to convert to Islam was Muhammad's (pbuh) wife, Khadijah, then Ali secretly caught them praying so he converted, and Abu Bakr was next to convert.

Abu bakr was a very close friend of Muhammad's (pbuh), who trusted him and believed him beyond any doubt. Abu Bakr was the first man to be called to the worship of God alone and to the repudiation of idols. Many others followed, people who didn't believe the prophet asked questions, asked Him to show miracles like the ones Moses and Jesus and others (peace be upon them all) did. There was only one answer.

God commanded Muhammad (pbuh),

"Say: 'I have no power whatever to bring advantage or avoid disadvantage. What God wills, will happen. If it were given to me to tell the future i would have used such knowledge to my own advantage. But i am only a man sent to warn you, and a messenger to convey divine message that you may believe'".

How could they ask him to perform miracles when the Book (Quran) that was being revealed to Him, which was his guide to the truth, was the end of all miracles?

Mountains of Mecca, Excellent Nasheed by Zain Bhikha


What Prophet Mohammed said about these foods:

Honey: Considered the best remedy for diarrhoea when mixed in hot water. It is the food of foods, drink of drinks and drug of drugs. It is used for creating appetite, strengthening the stomach, eliminating phlegm; as a meat preservative, hair conditioner, eye soother and mouthwash. It is extremely beneficial in the morning in warm water.

Grapes: The Prophet was very fond of grapes - it purifies the blood, provides vigour and health, strengthens the kidneys and clears the bowels.

Author's Comments

 This is a very short and brief article on the most influential man EVER in the history of mankind who was chosen before time by Allah to warn and convey the divine message of the fastest growing religion in the world right now, Islam.

The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is a messenger of Allah (subhana wa ta'la) to make us human beings aware of the after life, and Allah is the creator of all things in the universe.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • G Miah profile imageAUTHOR

      Gous Ahmed 

      6 years ago from Muslim Nation

      An ISIS 'matyr' is not a martyr. He is simply committing suicide and in Islamic belief he will go to hell because he or 'they' are doing things that are totally against Islam, Mohammed and the Quran's teachings.

      I can't comment on what the Christian will say, but i know for sure that ISIS are being led by a man who is driven by satan's whispers. ISIS are evil and cannot and will never be classed as Muslims.

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      Christians martyrs say; "I will die for what I believe".

      AN isis martyr says; "you will die for what I believe"....

    • G Miah profile imageAUTHOR

      Gous Ahmed 

      6 years ago from Muslim Nation

      Thank you all for your support and comments.

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      The information very very positive, thanks for all behind this.

    • faisalb87 profile image

      Muhammad Faisal 

      7 years ago from Pakistan

      Very Nice Information I also have a hub on that topic.

    • TarekMamdouh profile image

      Tarek Mamdouh 

      8 years ago from Egypt

      Thanks for this very informative hub .. Gazak Allah kol khair

    • profile image


      8 years ago from Woodbridge

      Allah shookur yakastee ashkhoot sharif nadoori

    • Taalib Pugh1 profile image

      Theodore Pugh 

      8 years ago from Wilkes Barre Pa

      Thanks this was very informative. Again I get reminded of our Prophet Muhammad(may the peace and blessings be upon him) Alhamduillah for him he was our last chance or guide to please our Creator ALLAAH, so that Insha'ALLAAH we will get Paradise after the Day of Judgement. Please take a view at my first Hub its an article based on the true foundation of Islam "Tawheed". The Hub is called "Tawheed First" in the Islam, Quran, and Muhammad category. Please vote, rate, and comment I'll appreciate it. Thanks again your brother in Islam Taalib.

    • profile image

      nafiu lawal 

      8 years ago

      nice one jazzaka lahhu hairan

    • G Miah profile imageAUTHOR

      Gous Ahmed 

      9 years ago from Muslim Nation

      Thank you for your comments! Ameen!

    • profile image

      Rakibul Amin 

      9 years ago

      May Allah swt direct us all in "shirat-al-mushtaqeem".

    • kethyjewel profile image


      9 years ago from India

      Assalamu alaykum! I am very appriciated with you. there are great efforts of you keep it up!

    • G Miah profile imageAUTHOR

      Gous Ahmed 

      9 years ago from Muslim Nation

      Thanks for your comment, but i do not have an 'idealism', i have faith and belief in allah swt, Muhammad (pbuh) and his teachings and in the glorious Quran.

      As far as i'm concerned Muhammad (pbuh) did 'read' what he was told to read by the angel Jibril following Allah's will.

      I don't know about Christians being commanded to teach and not interested whether they did or not. My point is i have my belief and you have yours, whatever that may be. Alhamdulillah i am happy with the way i am.

      I do not have an 'idealism', therefore do not need to read anything to change what i have.

      Thank you very much for your comment, once again!

    • daouady profile image


      9 years ago from Northeast Ohio


      Muhammad was commanded by God to "Read" he did not. Christians were commanded to "Teach" and they did not.

      I challenge you to read the book "Sirat Rasul Allah". Your idealism might come out different.

    • G Miah profile imageAUTHOR

      Gous Ahmed 

      9 years ago from Muslim Nation

      Thank you very much tonymac04, i appreciate it that you have also left a comment.

      The impact people in past history, be it religious or non religious, is fascinating and very interesting in the way they carried it out.

      Take care.

    • tonymac04 profile image

      Tony McGregor 

      9 years ago from South Africa

      Salaam G Miah - thanks so much for this informative Hub. I like to read about historical people and the impact they have had.

      Love and peace


    • G Miah profile imageAUTHOR

      Gous Ahmed 

      9 years ago from Muslim Nation

      Thank you for your comments, and i understood i have to elaborate on the meaning of Islam more which i will do inshallah in the very near future.

      Thank you for reading.

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      jazakallahu khair very informative basics ISLAM is submission not peace PEACE comes when u submit yourself out of free will to your sustainer

    • profile image

      Babar Khursheed 

      9 years ago

      Thanks for sharing such information especially those who do not know about Islam can get help from reading this. We should share such information in order to clarify the image of Islam in the eyes of non-Muslims.

    • profile image

      Cheryl D 

      9 years ago

      These stories are really interesting. hope u write more information about prophet Mohammed (P.B.U.H.). these site is the best of all other sites. I think everyone should vote up. Keep on writing more information. Thank u.

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      The information is very useful. The part which I wanted and liked most was the Life in the dessert . Thank You for this .

    • Appreciate Life profile image

      Appreciate Life 

      10 years ago from KAJANG, MALAYSIA

      Amazing hub, you did the right thing in delivering the truth that was manipulated by some media about Prophet Muhammad pbuh. ^_^

    • profile image


      10 years ago

      Thanks for sharing such information especially those who do not know about Islam can get help from reading this. We should share such information in order to clarify the image of Islam in the eyes of non-Muslims.

    • G Miah profile imageAUTHOR

      Gous Ahmed 

      10 years ago from Muslim Nation

      Dolores i would be very happy for you to link this hub to your hub about Gabriel. Please feel free, and thank you for reading.

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      10 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Thank you for the information on the prophet Mohammed. I am writing a hub about angels, including the angel Gabriel (Jibril) and would like to link to this wonderful, informative hub, if that is okay with you.

    • tannybdksa profile image


      10 years ago

      Salam. Islam means to SUBMIT / SURRENDER TO ALLAH. To worship Him alone. To obey to His commands. It's not forced. It's a VOLUNTARILY submission, meaning you WANT to obey Allah and submit to what He has told you to do. That's what i thought the word "islam" meant.

      I think the "peace" element comes in when we greet each other with Asalam-mu-alai-kum.

      and yes we should always live in harmony and peace.

      nice hub.


    • G Miah profile imageAUTHOR

      Gous Ahmed 

      10 years ago from Muslim Nation

      Thanks BeBrown.

      Will be reading your stuff soon!

    • BeBrown profile image


      10 years ago

      Nice hub, Jazakallah.

    • G Miah profile imageAUTHOR

      Gous Ahmed 

      10 years ago from Muslim Nation

      Inshallah. It will take time, as this took me a while to research and write.

      I will probably do it in 3 parts. The next part is the main prophethood time when Muhammad (pbuh) is between 40 to 63 years old.

      Thank you for leaving this comment and for viewing.

    • Freya Cesare profile image

      Freya Cesare 

      10 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      Nice Hub, G Miah. You made it short but still full of important information. Please continued?


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)