The First Revelation
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ went to cave of Hirra for meditation and prayers. This type of prayer belonged to Abrahamic Religion. From the cave, Prophet ﷺ used to look at the sight of Holy Kaaba. According to some scholars the begining of revelation started from true dreams of Prophetﷺ. One day Prophetﷺ was in the cave, suddenly the angel(Gabriel) appeared in front of Prophetﷺ and said to recite these verses.
اقْرَأْ بِاسْمِ رَبِّكَ الَّذِي خَلَقَ ۔۔۔۔عَلَّمَ الْإِنسَانَ مَا لَمْ يَعْلَمْ
Recite in the name of your Lord who created
(The Quran 96: 1-5)
Prophet ﷺ replied, “I don’t know how to read” then the angel embraced Him ﷺ with his chest against Prophet’s ﷺ chest and asked again to repeat these 5 verses. He repeated these verses three time and then Prophet ﷺ started to recite. The angel disappeared. Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was approx 40 years of age at the time of first revelation.
The Arab Mystic Priest
Prophet ﷺ went back home and at the time he was shivering due to the incident of the cave. Prophet ﷺ asked Khadijah to cover him with blanket. After few moments Prophetﷺ shared the whole incident of cave with Khadijah. During this time, Waraka ibn Nawfal who was Mystic priest and paternal first cousin of Khadija arrived with Asad bin Uzza. Khadijah told about Prophet’sﷺ first revelation to Waraka who acknowledged His ﷺ call to prophethood as authentic. History recounts Waraka saying: “There has come to him the greatest Law that came to Moses, surely Muhammad is the prophet”. Then Waraka also said that Jesus(PBUH) told about You in The Bible read more
The Arab Mystic Waraka ibn Nawfal said to Prophetﷺ that pagans will disturb you and fight you. I will not be alive at that time but if I am then I will stand with you and will defend you. Waraka was almost same age as of grandfather of Prophet ﷺ. Warka passed away after some time.
Prophet Muhammadﷺ started to spend more and more time in the cave of Hirra sometimes it lasted over a month. In the cave Prophet ﷺ used to meet the angel who revealed revelation over him and taught Him Allah’s will. The angel also told the way of ablution and prayer(Salah) with the passage of time. This was initial period of Prophethood. After that angel Gabriel asked Prophetﷺ to start preaching Islam in concealed method.
لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا ٱلله
There is no creator but Allah