Prophet Muhammad’s personality is not just admirable but exemplary. His personality reflects his great humility and approach ability as a person, despite his high-ranking status as the indisputable leader of the Muslims. Although followers of other religions don’t necessarily consider him a prophet, he is still revered by Muslims as a Prophet of God. Muhammad was an inspirational leader who formed one of the major religions in the world. Let’s explore some interesting facts about Prophet Muhammad:
1. Prophet as a camel boy!
Prophet Muhammad was born an orphan as his father died before his birth, and his mother died when he was just 6 yrs old in Mecca. The 6-year-old was left on the margins and worked as a camel boy on the trade convoys to Damascus. He was a descendant of the Prophet Ismail, the son of Prophet Ibrahim.
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2. His wife proposed him for marriage
At the age of 25 years, he married Khadija who was a widow of 40 yrs. Since Khadija was his employer, she proposed to him. It was a monogamous marriage that lasted 24 years until her death. All his later marriages were a diplomatic alliance to secure his base as a leader. It’s worth noting that he had five children with Khadija, he had none with any of his later wives.
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3. An Easygoing Family Man
Unlike most men who expect the lady of the house to do all the household work, without helping them to make their task easier, Prophet Muhammad would assist in the housework, and even used to fix his clothes himself.
4. First reaction to becoming a prophet
When Gabriel first appeared to Muhammad, he was terrified and fled as he thought he was being attacked by an evil spirit. In 610 when he had his first Quranic revelation, he was extremely terrified. He experienced an intense pain and even thought of dying. He thought it was impossible that someone like him could be a prophet.
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5. Mythical journey to heaven and back
Prophet Muhammad is believed to have completed a mythical journey to heaven and back in one night described as Isra and Mi’raj. Isra is the first part of the journey, in which he rode the winged horse known as Buraq to a mosque and had a discussion with other prophets- Jesus, Moses, etc., and Mi’raj is the second part of the journey in which he rode to heaven and spoke to God.
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6. The sacred verses!
Prophet Muhammad continued to have revelations throughout his life until before his death in 632, so he kept adding to the Quran his whole life. The last additions came just a few months before his death.
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7. He led an early form of Occupy Wall Street
Mecca being a center of pilgrimage and trade was like a seventh-century bull market flooded with corrupt and arrogant elites of Mecca. Prophet Muhammad was against this, and he demanded social and economic justice. This provoked intense opposition from the city’s rulers. Though the intent was to reform, however, those in power saw it as a call for revolution.
8. League of virtuous
Prophet Muhammad along with various other Meccans created an alliance to establish fair commercial dealing known as Hilf al-Fudul. The alliance plays an important role in Islamic ethics because of Muhammad’s role in its formation.
9. Established the Constitution of Medina
The Charter of Medina, also known as the Constitution of Medina, was outlined by the Prophet Muhammad in 622 CE shortly after his arrival at Medina. It constituted an agreement between the various groups of Muslims, Jewish, pagans, and Christians in Medina, declaring them to constitute “one nation.” The charter formed the basis of an Islamic state in Medina.
10. The arbitrator
Prophet Muhammad at the age of 35 helped settle the delicate issue between two clans regarding the resetting of the sacred Black Stone in Kaaba. He got the leaders of both clans to hold ends of the cloth, and himself carried the Black Stone in that cloth.
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11. He acknowledged his own fallibility
Prophet Muhammad had the courage and integrity to acknowledge his mistakes publicly. This is evident from the now infamous case of “the Satanic verses,” when Muhammad, hoping to mend the rift with his tribe, pronounced a verse in which he acknowledged the Meccan gods to be the intercessors of Allah but he took it back the very next day when he realized that there is only one supreme god.
12. The attempts on the life of the Prophet
There were frequent attempts on Prophet Muhammad’s life and his surviving from these countless attempts on his life is considered to be the evidence that testifies his prophethood. It is also said that apart from the countless attempts on Prophet’s life while he was alive, there was also an attempt long after his departure. Two Europeans wanted to abduct the body of Prophet but failed and were executed after that.
13. Tried to bring racial equality
The Prophet tried to remove racial biases present in the society by his personal examples. His closest companions’ Bilal bin Riba and Salman Farsi were former slaves. The Prophet in his last sermon declared “a white has no superiority over black, nor does a black over a white, except by piety and good action.”
14. Advocated women’s rights
The reforms which the Prophet Muhammad instituted in the 7th century did not exist even in the West until the early 20th century. These include ending the ‘honor’ killings, taking a woman’s approval before her marriage, providing women’s right to own private property, and also get a unilateral divorce if the husband is abusive. He also advocated re- marriages for a widow or divorcee women. The Prophet supported women education too and declared that “learning is obligatory upon every Muslim man and woman” and that “he who gives the best upbringing and education to his daughters shall enter paradise.”
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15. Not a supporter of wars
Prophet permitted war only to establish religious freedom or for self-defense. The Prophet forbade retaliation in any kind even at the time of persecution and ill-treatment of him and his followers in Mecca. He was against the holding of slaves except as prisoners captured during conflicts and his humane treatment of prisoners during a conflict was exemplary: no women, children, hermits or other non-combatants were to be harmed and that prisoners or slaves were to be fed the same food and clothed the same clothes as the Muslims themselves.
16. Died without a successor
Prophet Muhammad left the world without designating a successor. His final illness lasted 10 days, and many considered it important that in the absence of a son, Prophet should make his wishes unequivocally clear but he never did so. Ironically, some believe it to be the reason behind the divisiveness between Sunni and Shiite that exists today.
17. Prophet Muhammad’s Legacy
We all know that Prophet Muhammad’s true legacy was the Quran and Sunnah which is the guiding light for the generations to come. Among the material things, according to Prophet’s brother-in-law named Amr Ibn Al-Harith, when he passed away he left behind a piece of land which he had dedicated for the good of the community.
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18. One of the greatest hundred in history
In the book “The 100” by Michael H. Hart, Prophet Muhammad was rated No. 1 man from history who had the greatest influence on humankind.
19. The most popular name
Muhammad means “highly praised,” in all its various forms (Mohamed, Mohammad, etc.), is deemed the most popular male name in the world.
20. Never wanted to show his face
Prophet never wanted his face to be drawn or sculptured as he was strictly against idol worshiping. He knew people would start worshiping him if they find his portrayal. This is the reason we’ve blurred the face of Prophet Muhammad in this article so as to keep the religious sentiments intact.