After that Muhammad stayed with his mother. She gave him the best care and upbringing a mother could give her child. And when he was six she went with him to Medina, at the time called Yathrib. She wanted him to visit his uncles (her brothers) as well as the grave of his father, Abdullah. Muhammad’s grandfather, Abdul-Muttalib, accompanied them on that journey, along with Umm Ayman, Amina’s maid-servant.
And on their way back to Mecca, something happened that no one expected.
A strong, hot sandstorm began to blow. Amina fell seriously ill, and soon afterwards she died on the return journey. Continue reading
Muhammad kept away from his people and their idol worship. He spent most of his time herding goats to help his uncle. Many people related stories about kindness to birds and animals. When pigeons pecked at his food, he left it to them out of sheer love and pity.
He was a shepherd until the age of thirteen. Then his uncle took him on a camel caravan on a trading journey to Damascus. And here, another strange thing happened.
Not far from Damascus there was a monastery in which a monk named Bahira lived. When the caravan stopped nearby, Bahira, in accordance with Arab custom, went to welcome them and show his hospitality. Continue reading
When Muhammad turned twenty-five, he set out on a trading journey to Damascus. The merchandise he was to sell belonged to a notable businesswoman by the name of Khadija. Khadija sent her servant with him, a youth named Maisara.
Maisara: Yes, indeed. I went with Muhammad. He’s a great man. He doubled the profit that my mistress could get from selling her merchandise. And such a kind man as well! He was ever so gentle with me throughout the journey and he taught me a great deal. I told my mistress all about him– his good manners, his gentleness, and his wisdom. And now she is eager to have him for a husband.