Muhammed's Relationship With God

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Muslims believe Muhammed to be the last prophet, told by God in the early 600s to spread Islam. Starting from his small hometown in Mecca, Muhammed eventually succeeded in popularizing Islam throughout the whole Arabian Peninsula. Muslims believe that he was chosen by God because he represented the simple traditional values of life that all humans should follow. Muhammed was a persuasive religious leader because of his family, his beliefs of equality with women, and his relationship with God. Since Muhammed was orphaned at a very young age, he was constantly humbled and learned different lessons about life from many different family members. One important family member that influenced Muhammed in his childhood was his uncle Abu Talib (Wolfe, …show more content…
He himself never had more than one wife at once because he did not think he could necessarily treat them both fairly if they were both his wives. On the other hand, Muhammed did decree after one of the wars that left many unprotected widows and children that it would be acceptable for men to take in these unprotected people as wives and children, to marry and live with them. One would usually think of this as treating women unequally or as objects, but Muhammed specifically stated that “unless a man can treat several wives equally, he should never enter into multiple marriages”, in other words he was only allowing these marriages to keep these women and children alive and happy, not for lust or any other reason (Barlow, 26-32). Although women’s rights are hindered in modern day Islam, Muhammed still had a huge impact in the fight for equality between men and women. Many Muslim women today still recite prayers and sayings in honor of Muhammed in an attempt to try to make society like it was back in his time (Bassiouni, 44). Muhammed’s treatment of women not only increased his amount of religious followers, but it spread the idea of equality among everyone. Muhammed was able to persuade many people into first, converting to his religion and second, completely changing their views on women and equality. He was able to completely transform how women were …show more content…
It is believed that here God told Muhammed, through the angel Gabriel, that he was going to spread Islam and be the bearer of the divine message or basically be a prophet. Although, it is clear throughout Islamic religion that the only job of Muhammed was to strictly “read what God had ordered and ordained, nothing more” (Bassiouni, 10). Therefore, theoretically everything Muhammed said would apparently be with the help of God, making it that much more persuasive and significant. In Muhammed’s time everyone was pagan and believed in multiple gods that controlled different aspects of life. Muhammed’s hometown of Mecca’s economy revolved around the beliefs of multiple Gods, which attracted followers from other towns to come to Mecca and purchase these idols along with other objects that were related. Since Muhammed’s basic belief in a monotheistic religion without statues of gods was extremely different from the popular pagan one, the community felt threatened that he would destroy their entire economy. Muhammed continued to preach even with threats of the community, yet he did not have much success until he told his story of when the Angel Gabriel visited him from God. The visit from Gabriel was the turning point that led to the spread of Islam. Muhammed was able to physically support his statement that he supposedly

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