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Saudi ArabianBorn Muhammed ibn Abd Allâh al-Mustafa BANU HACHIM

Religious, political, and military leader

Born on August 18, 570 in La Mecque, Arabie Saoudite

Died on June 5, 632 in Médine, Arabie Saoudite

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Born in the Arabian city of Mecca, he was orphaned at an early age and brought up under the care of his uncle Abu Talib. He later worked mostly as a merchant, as well as a shepherd, and was first married by age 25. Being in the habit of periodically retreating to a cave in the surrounding mountains for several nights of seclusion and prayer, he later reported that it was there, at age 40, that he received his first revelation from God. Three years after this event Muhammad started preaching these revelations publicly, proclaiming that "God is One", that complete "surrender" to Him (lit. islam) is the only way (din)[n 2] acceptable to God, and that he himself was a prophet and messenger of God, in the same vein as other Islamic prophets.



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