Throughout time, God entrusted righteous individuals to convey His message and call mankind toward His religion, so that they may be successful.
Muhammad was the last of the prophets to spread Islam. As with all prophets, he was an ordinary man, who required nourishment and sleep no different to you and I.
He was known first and foremost by the people for his exemplary manners and honesty; adopting the nickname ‘Al-Ameen’ (meaning the honest one), and was widely respected amongst the leaders of the Meccan tribes.
At age 40, Muhammad received his first miracle revelation from the angel Gabriel. Not long after, he was instructed to spread the teachings of Islam and continued to do so up until his death, which occurred 23 years later. A century later, Islam had spread to Spain and as far East as China.
Muhammad’s teachings or ‘sunnah’ were passed on through his companions who took great care in preserving them for future generations of Muslims. Like the Qur’an, the prophetic teachings are a revelation from God that Muslims cannot do without.
By the star when it descends, Your companion [Muhammad] has not strayed, nor has he erred,
Nor does he speak from [his own] inclination.
It is not but a revelation revealed,
Taught to him by one intense in strength [Gabriel] -
One of soundness. And he rose to [his] true form.