Muhammad’s Early Life and Roots


An excerpt from Part One-Muhammad’s Early Life and Roots of the book Muhammad by Yahiya Emerick…



          Muhammad also had an early experience with civil action. The issues that led to the al-Fijar War emphasized the need for a fairer code of honor and justice among the tribes of the desert. With no police or courts, revenge was the only recourse. One man who was cheated out of his goods by swindlers in Mecca complained openly to the Quraysh leaders, invoking their custodianship of the holy shrine, so they attempted to bring more reason to intertribal disputes. One of ‘Abdel Muttalib’s sons, Zubayr, gathered the leaders of several clans in Mecca, and this group took a pledge to “help the poor and the needy, assist the oppressed, protect the weak and secure their rights from tyrants, and to establish peace and harmony among the people.” Muhammad, who was still in his teens, participated in the meeting and took the oath along with a slightly younger boy by the name of Abu Bakr, with whom he would soon establish a close friendship. In later years, Muhammad said, “I would not trade that oath I took in ‘Abdullah ibn Jud’an’s house for a heard of red camels. Even today I would not hesitate to be a member of such an institution.”

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