Islam teaches that Muhammad’s role as the final prophet of Allah was to confirm the authentic teachings of previous prophets and to rectify mistakes or innovations that followers of previous monotheistic faith traditions had introduced into the original religion of humankind. Muhammad is also viewed as the conduit for the completion of God’s guidance to humanity; the scope of his mission is seen as encompassing all people, rather than a specific region, group, or community. Furthermore, his life serves as a perfect model of how to practice Islam fully.

“And We have not sent thee (O Muhammad) save as a bringer of good tidings and a warner unto all mankind; but most of mankind know not” (Quran 34:28)

Essentially, Muslims view Islam not as a “new” religion, since it embodies the same message and guidance that Allah revealed to all His messengers, but rather a reestablishment of the “primordial” religion of humankind, centered around recognizing Allah’s Oneness and adhering to His commands. The view of Islam as having achieved its final form through the scripture given to Muhammad and his own teachings is an important aspect of faith. Consequently, Muhammad is considered the final messenger of Allah, the “Seal” of the Prophets. Any claimants to prophet hood after Muhammad, who died in 632 C.E., are not accepted by Muslims.

“Muhammad is not the father of any man among you, but he is the messenger of Allah and the Seal of the Prophets; and Allah is Aware of all things” (Quran 33:40)

Beginnings of Islam: The life of Muhammad

The early life of Muhammad including his work as a merchant, his marriage to Khadijah, his early revelations, and the persecution of early Muslims by his own Quraysh tribe.

Prophet Muhammad lineage all the way to Adam

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