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  • Muhammad was born in 570 CE to a merchant tribe in Mecca. Unfortunately, both of his parents died before he was 6 years old, so his Uncle, Abu Talib, raised him.
  • Before becoming a prophet, he was married and had a son; he was also a respected merchant and traveled. However, became increasingly concerned with material gain and rich and poor.
  • Around the age of 40, he started to receive revelations from Allah while meditating in the hills of Mecca. They were sent to him through the Archangel Gabriel.
  • He began preaching to his family and clan. By 620, he had a small majority of Mecca following him, and by 650, his followers began compiling his teachings as the Qu'ran.
  • Facing certain persecution from elites, Muhammad flees to Yathrib (Medina) in 622. This is known as the Hijirah, migration, and it marks the beginning of the Islamic calendar.
  • After many battles with Meccan clans, a treaty was created in 628 that allowed Muslims to return. In 629, Muhammad returned to Mecca with nearly 10,000 converts.
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