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  • · 570-632
  • · Arab prophet and founder of Islam
  • · Grew up orphan in house of uncle
  • · Engages in trade and marries quraysh widow named khadija
  • · Their Son died in childhood
  • · In 610 he began meditating at night in mt turris (?) around Mecca
  • · During night vigil: ‘night of power and excellence” had big revelation
  • · Over next 3 years he shared this and subsequent revelations w only close family and friends
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