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A biography of Muhammad with several sources Thanks for using a source other than the text Muhammad Muhammad was born about AD 570 in the city of Mecca an important trading center in western Arabia He was a member of the Hashim clan of the powerful Quraysh tribe Because Muhammads father Abd Allah died before he was born and his mother Amina when he was 6 years old he was placed in the care of his grandfather and after 578 of his uncle Abu Talib who succeeded as head of the Hashim clan At the age of about 25 Muhammad entered the employ of a rich widow Khadijah in her commercial enterprise They were married soon after Two sons both of whom died young and four daughters were born One of the daughters Fatima acquired special prominence in later Islamic history because of her marriage to Muhammads cousin Ali About 610 Muhammad while in a cave on Mount Hira outside Mecca had a vision in which he was called on to preach the message entrusted to him by God Further revelations came to him intermittently over the remaining years of his life and these revelations constitute the text of the Koran At first in private and then publicly Muhammad began to proclaim his message that there is but one God and that Muhammad is his messenger sent to warn people of the Judgment Day and to remind them of Gods goodness The Meccans responded with hostility to Muhammads monotheism and iconoclasm As long as Abu Talib was alive Muhammad was protected by the Hashim even though that clan was the object of a boycott by other Quraysh after 616 About 619 however Abu Talib died and the new clan leader was unwilling to continue the protective arrangement At about the same time Muhammad lost another staunch supporter his wife Khadijah In the face
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