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Thursday, 09 February 2012 18:40

Beginning of the Prophetic Mission

Muhammad [SAWA], though endeared and respected by Makkans for his wisdom and virtues, preferred solitude and kept his distance from the polytheist society. Disgusted with the corruption all around, he used to retire to the Cave of Hera, on a mountain outside Makkah, meditating Allah's Majesty and worshipping Him.

 

Finally the day dawned which was change the history of the world. When he had reached the age of 40 and was engrossed as usual in praying to Allah at his retreat of Cave Hera, suddenly that harbinger of Divine tidings, the Archangel Gabriel, appeared with the first verses of the Holy Qur'an:

"Recite in the name of your Lord Who created;

Created man from a clot;

Recite and your Lord is most Generous;

Who taught (to write) with the pen. Taught man what he knew not."

(Holy Qur'an, 96:1-5)

With these verses, Gabriel announced to Muhammad [SAWA] that Almighty Allah formally him to formally announce his mission to mankind as the Last and Final Messenger.

Khadija on hearing the event at once believed in her husband's mission and so did his young cousin Ali ibn Abi Taleb [AS], who was incidentally present at Cave Hera when the revelation took place. Thus started the beginning of a divine mission which was destined not only to cleanse the Arabian Peninsula of the filth of polytheism but whose radiance would eventually dispel darkness from all over the world.

Muhammad's [SAWA] formal announcement of his Prophethood had a mixed reaction on Makkan society. While the oppressed classes hastened towards the call of Islam, happy that the day of deliverance had finally dawned, the Makkan oligarchy and those who felt a danger to their vested interests and hegemony; ganged up to ridicule the Prophet, in their desperate bid to nip in the bud the final revelation to the human race.

Undeterred by Jahiliyah's arrogant attempts, Muhammad [SAWA] continued to propagate the great divine mission entrusted to him, and the next 23 years of his lifetime saw the gradual unfolding of the grand miraculous event; the Holy Qur'an, Allah's own words sent down through the Archangel Gabriel.

Even today after 14 centuries, Allah's book the Holy Qur'an stands as a living miracle for humanity. Its revelation was completed a couple of months before the Messenger's passing away, and besides being the source of the 'Shariah' (legal code) for the Muslims, it is a source of knowledge goading man to contemplate and discover the mysteries of science, inspiring high ethical values and morals in its readers and showing the perfect path for mankind's happiness both in this world and the hereafter.

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