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The Prophet’s journey began when Jibril (AS) came to him, split open his chest, and washed it with zam-zam water. Jibril (AS) then took a basin that was filled with wisdom and faith, and poured it into the Prophet’s chest; and then, finally, Jibril (AS) closed his chest, held him by his hand, and took him on his night journey.

The Prophet (SAW) began his mission by secretly preaching to those he trusted the most; it was during this stage of his mission that the most eminent of Muslims – those known as “As-Sabiqunal Awwalun (the ones that preceded others to the faith, the ones who were first to embrace Islam) – embraced Islam. The first person to embrace Islam was Khadijah (RA). The members of the Prophet’s household had become Muslims, the next to accept the Prophet’s invitation to Islam was Abu Bakr (RA). Then people entered into the Faith, one after another until Islam spread throughout Makkah; even every member that became Muslim.

At the age of 35, the Prophet (SAW) did his people a great service, helping to avert inner strife that would have lasted for many years and would likely have resulted in the demise of the Quraish. This occurred when the leaders of the Quraish decided to rebuild the Ka’bah, as it was badly in need of repair. When they finished building it, the only task that remained was placing the famous Black Stone in its place. There was, however, one serious problem: the people of each sub-tribe wanted the prestige that came with performing that honorable task. They were on the verge of fighting when a wise, old man among them suggested they allow the first man who would enter the gate of the Masjid to judge between them. They agreed, and much to their pleasure and satisfaction, the first man who entered upon them was the Messenger of Allah (SAW). They were pleased because they knew he (SAW) was trustworthy and that he would not take sides.

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