Mohammadis the forefather and highest prophet of Islamic religion as well asthe founder of the Quran. The name has been used to mean highlypraised. Mohammad was born in the city of Mecca around the 570 AD.His father did not leave to see him being born whereas his motherdied while he was six years old. With all these losses, his uncletook him in and raised him. Mohammad grew up and rode on camels alongArabia and Syria. In the journeys, Mohammad met a variety of peoplealong the way from different nationalities and religions includingpagans, Jews, and Christians. Mohammad married a Meccan widow at theage of 25 years (Bokhari, and Seddon, 2012). The two led a happy andfulfilling marriage for 24 years when she died. Although the Muslimreligion allows polygamy, Mohammad had a monogamous marriage withKhadija.
Athis late 30s, Mohammad visited Mount Hira on a regular basis formeditation and seclusion. When he was 40 years old, he went up to themountain as usual. He came back with a message that an angel hadvisited him, therefore, making him a prophet. Khadija, his wife, wasshocked at first but later ended up becoming his first follower.While at the mountain, the angel appeared to Mohammad and told him toproclaim. Like all the previous prophets, he was hesitant. Mohammadtold the angel that he was not a proclaimer, the angel insisted whilehe resisted. The angel could not take it anymore therefore, he gavehim a command. The angel ordered Mohammad to decree in the name ofthe Lord who created him and who made man from a clot of blood(Bokhari, and Seddon, 2012).
Mohammadacquired forty followers within the first three years of ministry.The people of Mecca, however, had different teachings from that ofMohammad. He faced rejection and persecution in Mecca thereforefleeing to Yathrib. While he was in Medina, he fought Mecca and wonthe battle thus proving that Allah is on his side. By the year 634AD, Islamic religion had spread all through the entire Arabianregion. In 100 years of Mohammad’s death is had gone far beyond toAtlantic region and China (Bokhari, and Seddon, 2012).
Oneof the greatest teachings of Mohammad was to worship the one trueGod, Allah. He preached against the worship of idols as well aspracticing superstitions. Mohammad insisted on complete submission toGod, not leaders or the community. He said that submitting to Allahwas outright autonomy. While talking about freedom as anotherteaching in his ministry, he stressed for people to turn away fromshameful sins. If a person is sincere to their values, ideals andthemselves as a whole, they will be avoiding sinful desires whichlead to self-destruction eventually. Mohammad also taught on thesanctity of life. It came at a time when there were many small casesof revenge and honor killings.
Mohammadstressed the importance of forgiveness which could be exempted in thecourse of justice. He also discouraged the act of burying childrenalive because of parents feeling inadequate to provide for them as hetaught that Allah would provide for both the children and theirparents. One of his powerful teachings was the instructions aboutjustice and truth, “the heavens and the earth stand upright byjustice’. He stressed the importance of speaking the truthregardless of who it is harming and upholding justice at allestablished time “the hour of judgment is better than seventy yearsof worship.” (Bokhari, and Seddon, 2012). Mohammad taught that thetwo principles of truth and fairness when adhered to, would assist insolving family, public and global challenges.
Thethree religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, are the threeprinciple monotheistic religions which all originated from the Arabland. They all have a belief in only one God. Monotheism has valuesof charity, family, and respect. Over the years, the three religionshave been spreading from their point of origin crossing theboundaries of ethnicity and race (Stroumsa, 2015). It is clearlyevident that the teachings of Mohammad are still followed up to date.They form the basis for Islamic teachings.
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