The Basic Teachings Of Islam
The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was the last Prophet. Allah chose him to reveal His Last and Final Message to Mankind. He recieved the Noble Qu'ran from Allah through the Angel Jibril.
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was born in Makkah (Mecca) and was orphaned at a young age. He was looked after by his grandfather and then his uncle after his grandfather died. Muhammad (pbuh) led an honest and sincere life, and was know as the truthful (As-Sadiq) and the trustworthy (Al-Amin).
He recieved the first Revelation at the age of forty. He lived in Makkah (Mecca) for thirteen years, and called people to Islam. However, the majority of the people of Makkah refused to follow him and obey his words. They made fun of him and even tortured him and those who followed him too. He suffered a great deal, but he continued to preach the Word of Allah. He was compelled to leave Makkah and go to Al-Madinah (Medina) where the people welcomed him there. He lived in Al-Madinah (Medina) for ten years calling people to obey the words of Allah. He had to fight those who attempted to stop him from spreading the Message of Allah.
Before he died at the age of sixty-three, the whole of Arabia had accepted Islam as their religion and became Muslims. This shows that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was a human being just like everyone else. He was not a Divine being, but was only a slave of Allah as well as a messenger. All Muslims must obey him, respect him, love him, but must not worship him nor attribute to him qualities which only Allah possesses. Muslims must follow his great example and follow the Righteous path on which he preached upon.
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) taught that all men, whether rich or poor, whatever colour or race, are equal before Allah. It is only their obedience to Allah and their good deeds which may make some people better than others. He taught us to love, respect and to be kind to one another, and to others of Allah's creation.
He was the last and final Prophet and no Prophet shall come after him. Those who obey Allah and follow the teachings of His Messenger Muhammad (pbuh) shall be rewarded with Paradise in the Hereafter.