The Age of Prophet Muhammad When He Became a Prophet ~ Hi all readers! We must admit, that the discussion about the Prophet Muhammad will never be finished. The discussion will always be interesting. Why? Of course, that is because the Prophet Muhammad was the last Prophet who had a large following in the world. Some of the most common discussions about him are when he was born, when he was married, who were his wives, and so on. And, in this article I will explain about the age of the Prophet Muhammad when he became a Prophet.
We must admit that the discussion of how old the Prophet Muhammad was when he became a Prophet is one of the important discussions that must be known by all Muslims. I say that because that’s when he received the first revelation from God. At that moment his status changed from an ordinary person to a Prophet.
Before I explain about the age of the Prophet Muhammad when he became a Prophet, I want to explain that there is a difference between the Prophet and the Messenger of Allah. By the way, do you know what the difference is? What is meant by the Prophet is a person who has received revelation from God but he is not obliged to convey it to humans. Whereas what is meant by Allah’s Messenger is a person who has received revelation from God and he is required to convey it to humans. So, not all Prophets are Allah’s Messenger, and all Allah’s Messengers are Prophets. This is one of the basic knowledge that must be understood by all Muslims.
Now, how old was the Prophet Muhammad when he became a Prophet; when he received the first revelation from God but he was not required to convey it to humans?
If we read the references of Islamic history, we will find an explanation that the Prophet Muhammad became a Prophet when he was forty years old. There are many processes that occurred before he became a Prophet, such as the events in the Cave of Hira, the first revelation, and so forth. I explained a few things about that in the previous article. You can read it here.
Now, how old was the Prophet Muhammad when he was the Messenger of Allah? Of course, the question above is one of the important questions we must know because of the important things as I have explained above.
If we examine the explanation of what happened after he received the first revelation at the Hira cave, then we will find an explanation that after that the Prophet Muhammad returned to the house of his wife, Khadijah bint Khuwailid. He felt very cold. That’s why he asked his wife to put a blanket over his body.
After that Gabriel came to the Prophet Muhammad to deliver the word of Allah;
يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلۡمُدَّثِّرُ ١ قُمۡ فَأَنذِرۡ ٢ وَرَبَّكَ فَكَبِّرۡ ٣ وَثِيَابَكَ فَطَهِّرۡ ٤ وَٱلرُّجۡزَ فَٱهۡجُرۡ ٥
O you who covers himself [with a garment]  Arise and colors  And your Lord glorify  And your clothing purify  And uncleanliness avoid . (Al-Mudasthir ; 1-5). Etc.
All Readers! That is a brief explanation of the age of Prophet Muhammad when he became a Prophet and when he became a Messenger of Allah. Do you understand? If you want to ask, please ask!
I think that’s enough for this article. May be useful. Amen!
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