Ask a Muslim: How did Islam begin?


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By Maimoona Harrington

How did Islam begin?

Islam originated in a city called Mecca, also spelled Mecca, in the Arabian Peninsula, now Saudi Arabia. In 610 CE, the Prophet Muhammad (peace_be_upon_him) received his first revelation, also known as “وحی (wahi)” in Arabic, in the cave of mountain Hira, also known as mountain Jabal. Noor.

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was well known to be an honest and truthful person. He was orphaned at a very young age after the death of both his parents. He was taken in by his uncle Abu-Talib and his grandfather Abu-Muttalib who belonged to the then famous clan called Banu-Hashim. His grandfather was the leader of the tribe called Quraysh in Mecca.

Often, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) would travel to the outskirts of Mecca and meditate in the Hira cave for solitude. It was there that he received his first revelation at the age of 40.

Photo of Muslims gathered in Mecca by Maimoona Harrington

Angel Jibraeel (Gabriel) came to him one of those nights and said to him, “Recite in the name of your Lord who created.

The Prophet (pbuh) said to the angel “I cannot read”. This divine revelation is recorded in the Quran of the Muslim Scriptures in chapter 96 called “Al-Alaq” meaning “The Clot”.

Thus, this first revelation to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) marked the beginning of Islam and the prophet’s journey to spread the message of God (Allah) to mankind from his own home, relatives and friends.

I am not a religious scholar. I have tried to answer this question with the best of my knowledge and understanding of Islam as a Muslim.

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