- Muhammad Mustufa (s.a.w.s)
- Father’s name
- Abdullah ibn Abdul-Muttalib
- Mother’s name
- Aminah bint Wahb
- Date of Birth
- Born approximately 570 CE (Year or Elephant)
- Place of Birth
- Abu al-Qasim
- Rasûl’Allâh, al-Amîn, as-Sadîq, al-Mustafā
- 62 Years
- al-Masjid an-Nabawi, Medina
From Birth to Proclamation
Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad Ibn Abdullah (s.a.w.a.) was born in Makkah on 17th Rabiul Awwal circa 570 A.D. (53 years before migration to Madinah). The holy parents of Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) were Janab-e-Abdullah Ibn Abdul Muttalib (a.s.) and Janab-e- Aamenah binte Wahb (a.s.). The year in which Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) was born is famous as ‘Year of Elephant”.1 The respected father of Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) expired while he was still not born. His father expired on his way when he was returning from a trade trip to Syria. At age of six and eight years, he (s.a.w.a.) lost his beloved mother and benevolent grandfather, Janab-e-Abdul Muttalib (a.s.) respectively. Before the death of his grandfather, he was handed in the guardianship of his uncle, Janab-e-Abu Talib (a.s.).
The Arabian Peninsula was covered in the darkness of ignorance and paganism. All sorts of evil and vices were predominant. Idol worshipping, bloodshed, burying daughters alive, etc. were commonplace. In such a dull environment where the only sign of culture was poetry, the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) was brought up. He kept himself busy in grazing the cattle along with his grandfather and his uncle. Despite staying in this filthy environment, his character was not in the least affected nor his thoughts influenced. Allah guards whom He selects for the great task of Prophethood. The Holy Quran declares: Allah best knows where He places His message.
In his youth, he traveled with a trade caravan to Syria along with his uncle, Janabe Abu Talib (a.s.). It was on this journey that his honesty, intelligence, cleverness, skill and other moral qualities were illuminated. These noble qualities were the reason of his becoming the head of the trade caravan of Janab-e-Khadija binte Khuwailid (a.s.), the richest lady of Arabia. Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) handled the trade caravan very successfully. At the age of 25, he married Janab-e-Khadijah (a.s.).
During the forty years of his life before proclamation, Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) infused life into the dead society of the Arabs by his honesty, truthfulness, chastity, purity, bravery, etc. His pure, unblemished and sublime character earned him the titles of ‘Ameen’ (Trustworthy) and ‘Sadiq’ (Truthful). These titles and praises from enemies highlight his towering and immaculate personality.
The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) often visited the ‘Cave of Hera’. There he spent his time worshipping Allah and pondering over His creation. In one of his visits to the cave, Hazrat Jibraeel (a.s.) called upon him with a message from Allah (s.w.t.) to announce the commencement of his prophetic mission. Thus, his Prophethood was formally announced