Muhammad (peace be upon Him) son of Amina and Abd-Allah (may ALLAH be pleased with them) of the Qurayshite tribe, and a descendant of Isma’il (the eldest son of the Prophet Abraham), was born in Mecca in AD 570 (i.e. in European times early Middle Ages).
Prophet Muhammad’s father passed away shortly before his birth and his mother when he was six. He was raised by his grandfather, the superior of Mecca, and after his death he was taken over by his uncle Abu Talib.
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) became famous for his truthfulness, generosity and honesty, earning the title from his community ‘Al-Amin’, i.e. trustworthy. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was often called upon to settle disputes and give advice to the Meccans.
At the age of 25, he married Khadijah (may ALLAH be pleased with her), a woman who was highly respected in Mecca and was very successful business-woman.
Two sons and four daughters were born to them. They had a long and happy family life and their marriage was very successful.
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) did not adopt the bad standards of the time of ignorance (Arabic – the period of paganism before Islam). He never worshiped idols, committed adultery, or drank alcohol. He used to meditate from time to time in the Hira Cave near the top of Jabal an-Nur (Arabic for “mountains of light”) on the outskirts of Mecca.
Volumes of books have been written on his biography, and is still among the most read literature after Quran, and inspiration to life’s of millions of Muslims around the world.