The Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) was born in 570 ADin Makkah Mukarama, the power Centre of Arabia and he died in 632 AD. His father Abdulla (ra) died before his birth, and his mother Amina died soon after. There was nothing extraordinary in his external circumstances. But from his early childhood, his personality reflected extraordinary character. On seeing him, his grandfather Abdul Muttalib (ra) used to remark that his grandson would reach a high place in life.
In Quran chapter 93 and 94 clearly and briefly describe that the circumstances of his early years and assert that Allah (swt) took special care of him, guidance through revelations.
His livelihood was provided by one of the wealthy ladies of Makkah Mukarama, having become impressed by his extraordinary personality and character, desired to marry him; she is Bi BiKhadija-ul-Kubra (ra). Besides, the Prophet was especially gifted with a vision to recognize favorable opportunities and turn every disadvantage into an advantage.
In his book, The Individual Psychology, the well-known German Psychologist Alfred Adler has written that, after studying human beings all his life, the greatest potential he found in them was “their power to turn a minus into a plus.”
Throughout human history, the greatest example of this human potential coupled with Vision is to be found in the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh). Historians have acknowledged this unique quality in him in diverse ways. For instance, British writer Mr. E.E. Kellet writes: “Muhammed faced Adversity with the determination to bring success out of failure.”
The Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) Vision was on a totally different plane from that possessed by the commoner. It would be true to say that such extraordinary Vision has never been found in a person who is not a Prophet. The extraordinary nature of this Vision is proof in itself that it was not a human quality in the simple sense, but he had received it, in a unique insight, from the Almighty whose knowledge encompasses past, present, and future.
As an illustration of this, we mention some incidents from the life of the Prophet (pbuh). These events are not just proofs of his superiority, but in their essence, they also provide evidence of the fact that the Prophet (pbuh) was an inspired person. Who had received knowledge directly from God, an ability the acquisition of which is impossible for an ordinary man?