TThis is Muhammad. He was originally born into a very important family in Mecca around 570. He had a hard childhood, his father died before he was born, and his mom died when he was 6. He was living with his uncle after that. After having traveled on his uncles caravans as a child, he managed a caravan business owned by a woman named Khadijah. Eventually they married.
The caravan trade made Mecca a rich city. But the wealth only belonged to a few people. Poverty began to become an issue when the rich decided they would not help the poor and keep their wealth to themselves.
One day Muhammad decided that he was fed up with the greed of the wealthy. So he went to a cave to meditate. Then according to Islamic teachings, an angel appeared and spoke to him. Muslims believe that Muhammad continued to get messages from god for the rest of his life.
In 613 Muhammad began to spread his beliefs of the word of god. He didn't have many followers and Mecca's merchants refused to believe there was only one god.
Muhammad and his people decided to leave Mecca and make their way to Medina because they were starting to get threats from Mecca's leaders. The leaders even planned to kill Muhammad at one point.