Unformatted text preview: dessert meditating. It as there that he had a visit from the angel Gabriel who said, “Recite what is written in your heart” • Muhammad was reluctant to begin his career as a prophet, but he did and continued to receive random recitations (the suras) • Muhammad could not read or write, therefore he would say the recitations and his followers would repeat it and memorize it • Muhammad claimed that there was only one god and that those that worshipped false idols would receive damnation, because Mecca was known as a religious centre where you can worship the idols, Muhammad caused conflict and was forced to move to Medina. • After his wife died, Muhammad married seven women, mostly political arrangements because he was also a political leader • The earlier suras (found at the end of the Qur’an) were shorter and more poetic in form and content. The later suras that Muhammad received were longer with more rules and regulations...
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