Muhammad's Life

Muhammad is born in Mecca

570 CE

Muhammad was born in the year 570 in the town of Mecca, a mountain town in the high desert plateau of western Arabia.

Teenage Years

580 - 594

When young boy, Muhammad worked as a shepherd to help pay his keep (his uncle was of modest means). In his teens he sometimes traveled with Abu Talib, who was a merchant, accompanying caravans to trade centers. Older merchants recognized his character and nicknamed him El–Amin, the one you can trust.

Muhammad's Marriage

595 AD

Muhammad marries his wealthy twice-divorced distant cousin, Khadijah, who later becomes his first follower. She had already borne two sons and a daughter from her previous marriages

First Revelation


Muhammad receives what he comes to believe is his first otherworldly visitation, which he later identifies with the angel Jibreel and a revelation from Allah. At first, he believes he may be possessed by a demon, and attempts to commit suicide, only to be stopped by the angel.

Islam Preached Publicly

613 A.D.

Muhammad begins to preach Islam publicly in Mecca.

The Hijra


Due to growing animosity between the pagan and Muslim Meccans, Muhammad and his followers flee to Medina, marking the beginning of the Hijra era of the Islamic lunar calender, and also paving the way for Muhammad's metamorphosis from a preacher to a political and military leader.

Conquest of Mecca


The Muslims conquer Mecca. This is the first of many non-Muslim worship places to be forcibly converted into a mosque. Muhammad is now the ruler of Arabia.

Muhammad dies



Clovis chosen king


Clovis chosen king of Franks at age 16. He is founder of the Merovingian dynasty of Frankish kings

Defeats the Roman legions


Defeats the Roman legions under Syagrius at Soissons.

Ends Roman domination over Gaul.

Franks under one rule


Clovis dies


Clovis extends rule to the areas France and Western Germany
Clovis Dies



Franks defeat Burgandians. Burgandy absorbed by Franks.

Live in Peace


Under first Frisian King Eadgils Franks and Frisians live in peace.