It was a man
from among themselves who was to lift the humanity from
their slough of ignorance and depravity into the light of
faith and devotion to one God.
When Muhammad (peace be upon him and his household) was 38
years of age, he spent most of his time in meditation and
solitude. The cave of the mount Hira was his favorite place.
It is there that he used to retire with food and water and
spend days and weeks in remembrance of Allah. Nobody was
allowed to go there except Khadijah and 'Ali. He used to
spend the whole month of Ramadhan therein.
The period of waiting had come to a close. His forty years
of life had varied experiences, and from the world's point
of view, he had developed a maturity of mind and judgment,
although in reality he was the embodiment of perfection from
the very beginning. He has said: "I was a prophet when Adam
was between water and clay."
His heart was overflowing with profound compassion for
mankind and a pressing urge to eradicate wrong beliefs,
social evils, cruelty and injustice. The moment had arrived
when he was to be allowed to declare his prophethood. One
day, when he was in the cave of Hira, Jibril (Gabriel) came
to him and conveyed to him the following message of Allah:
(Read in the name of thy Lord Who created, created
man from a clot (of congealed blood): Read and thy Lord is
most Bountiful, no taught with the pen, taught man that
which he knew not). (Qur'an, 96:1-5)
These were the first ayats to be revealed, and the date was
the 27th of Rajab, 40th year of elephant (610 C.E.).
The flow of the Divine message which continued for the next
twenty-three years had begun, and the Prophet had arisen to
proclaim the Unity of God and the Unity of Mankind, to
demolish the edifice of superstition, ignorance, and
disbelief, to set up a noble conception of life, and to lead
mankind to the light of faith and celestial bliss.
Hyder Reza Zabeth