Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was born in Makkah on 17th Rabi-ul-Awwal. He was born an orphan and when he was five years old, his mother Amina Binte Wahab died. His grandfather Abdul-Muttalib who also passed away when the Prophet was only eight years old and then his uncle Abu Talib, became his guardian then brought him up.
At the age of 25 he married Bibi Khadija who was a widow of forty years of age.
When he was 40 years old, revelation came to him from Allah (SWT) ordering him to ‘read in the name of Allah’ and the first to know about this was Bibi Khadija and his cousin Imam Ali A.S.
During his last pilgrimage to Makkah, the Holy Prophet of Islam proclaimed at Ghadeer al-Khum that Imam Ali A.S., would be his successor, in accordance with the wishes of the Almighty Allah.
The Prophet of Islam passed away on the 28th Safar in 11 AH and is buried in the Masjid al-Nabawee.
If you follow the sketch of the Masjid al-Nabawee as shown on Page 27 you will notice that there are many pillars and places of importance, which will be explained briefly.
This is the door through which Jibra’el used to come to the chamber of Janabe Fatimah Zehra A.S.
Whenever Jibra’el came to the Prophet of Islam with a Wahee ‘revelation’, he came through this door.
The poor new Muslims who use to come to Medina from different parts of the world use to stay at this stage till they found their own shelter.
The Prophet of Islam was heard saying that a piece of Jannat is between his mimber and his Zaree. Some historians say that Bibi Fatima A.S. is also buried here.
It is also said that the Prophet of Islam was heard saying that this piece of land would be raised to meet Jannat on the day of Quiyamat.
This is the same mimber that the Holy Prophet (SAW) used to give khutbas from.
Just before the mimber is the Mehrab al-Nabawee. It is from this Mehrab that the Prophet of Islam used to conduct Salaat al-Jamaat.