Ancient Greeks Essay

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Ashley Ramsey Period:4 November 15, 2009 The life of Muhammad and the spread of Islam Ashley Ramsey Period:4 November 15, 2009 The life of Muhammad and the spread of Islam The life of Muhammad started in 570 in the town of Mecca, a town in the desert of western Arabia. His name means “to praise, to glorify” in Arabic. He was the first and only son of Abd Allah bin Al-Muttalib and Amina. Abd Allah died before Muhammad's birth and Muhammad was raised by his mother Amina. When Muhammad was five or six his mother took him to, an oasis town a few hundred miles north of Mecca, to stay with relatives .On the return journey, Amina took ill and died. Mecca was Arabia's most important pilgrimage center and Abdul Al-Muttalib was the most respected leader. He controlled important pilgrimage concessions and frequently presided over Mecca's Council of Elders. Muhammad’s grandfather died in 578, Muhammad’s grandfather died in 578, Muhammad, aged about eight, passed into the care of a paternal uncle, Abu Talib. Muhammad grew up in the older man's home and remained under Abu Talia’s protection for many years. When young boy, Muhammad worked as a shepherd to earn a living. In his teens he sometimes traveled with Abu Talib, who was a merchant, accompanying caravans to trade centers. On at least one occasion, he is said to have traveled as far north as Syria. Older merchants recognized his character and nicknamed him El–Amin, the one you can trustMuhammad carried her goods to the north and returned with a profit. Impressed by Muhammad's honesty and character, Khadija eventually proposed marriage. They were wed in about 595. He was twenty-five. She was nearly forty-six children were born to them, two sons who both died in infancy, and four daughters. Mecca prospered too, becoming a well–off trading center in the hands of an

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