The Holy Prophet of Islam
The Prophet was born in Mecca in August 570 AD. He was given the name Muhammad, which means, the praised one. When the Prophet was over thirty years of age, love of God began to possess him more and more. Revolting against the polytheism and the many vices of the people of Mecca, he chose regularly to meditate in a cave two or three miles away. When he was forty years of age he received his first revelation. In these, the first verses of the Qur'an (96:2- 6), he was commanded to proclaim the name of One God, Who has made man and sowed the seed of His own love and that of fellow man in his nature; and it was foretold that the world would be taught all kind of knowledge through the pen.
These verses constitute an epitome of the Qur'an.
33: 46. O Prophet ! truly WE have sent thee as a Witness and a Bearer of glad tidings, and a Warner,
33: 47. And as a Summoner unto ALLAH by HIS command, and as a light- giving Lamp.
33: 48. And announce to the believers the glad tidings that they will have great bounty from ALLAH.
7:159. Say, `O mankind, truly I am a Messenger to you all from ALLAH to Whom belongs the Kingdom of the heavens and the earth. There is no god but HE. HE gives life and HE causes death. So believe in ALLAH and HIS Messenger, the Ummi Prophet, who believes in ALLAH and HIS words; and follow him that you may be rightly guided.'
34: 29. And WE have not sent thee but as a bearer of glad tidings and a Warner for all mankind, but most men know not.
68: 4. And for thee, most surely, there is an unending reward.
68: 5. And thou dost, surely, possess sublime moral excellences.
33: 41. Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but he is the Messenger of ALLAH, and the seal of the Prophets and ALLAH has full knowledge of all things.
33: 22. Verily, you have in the Prophet of ALLAH an excellent model, for him who hopes to meet ALLAH and the Last Day and who remembers ALLAH much.
33: 57. ALLAH sends down HIS blessings on the Prophet and HIS angels pray for him. O ye who believe, you too should invoke HIS blessings on him and salute him with the salutation of peace.