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Muhammad – Social Change and Equity: Islam is the second largest religion in the world following Christianity, which has the most adherents on the planet. While Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world, there is limitless ignorance among non-Muslims regarding the story of Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam. This ignorance has been exacerbated by recent global events like the 9/11 attacks that have contributed to international panic on whether this religion fuels terrorism. While the prophet has received tremendous respect from Muslims, he has attracted criticism from non-Muslims and his detractors. Some of these people have called him a lunatic, a demon-possessed pedophile, and a terrorist. Despite these criticisms, Prophet Muhammad is a fascinating leader who founded a religion that has constantly influenced the course of global history. His influence originates from the fact that he fought for social change and equality against the status quo through using religion to unite the people of Mecca under one God. Prophet Muhammad’s Fight for Social Change and Equity: Muhammad was born in 570 CE in a nouveau riche Mecca where many residents were not nomads but financiers and traders who earned a living from the caravans that stopped in the region for water from its underground spring (Armstrong, p.24). This region was considered holy to the Bedouin since it housed the Kabah, which was a cube-shaped granite building that was taken care of by the Quraysh, Muhammad’s tribe. While he was orphaned as a child and taken in by relatives, Muhammad’s life took a significant turn when he married Khadija at the age of 25 years. His wife was an older widow who he worked for by managing her caravans. Muhammad’s influence i... ... middle of paper ... ...e the word of God in war-torn regions. This is based on Muhammad’s example of using God’s word to introduce peace in war-torn Arabia. Muslims continue to struggle on all fronts to put the word of God into practice in a violent-controlled society. In conclusion, Prophet Muhammad played a crucial role in the foundation of the Islamic religion. This role was exemplified in his fight for social change and unity of the people of Mecca under one God. Generally, the prophet achieved his goal of unity since his life formed the basis of the Muslim law and has been used as an example for Muslims to emulate. In addition, his struggle to promote peace in war-torn Arabia contributed to the unity of the people. This peace initiative has been used as a model by Muslims across the globe who struggle on all fronts to put the word of God in practice in today’s violent society.

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