Nigerian Muslims and their counterparts in some other countries are celebrating the birth of Prophet Muhammad.

He was, and still is, one of the most influential figures of all time, yet most of us have little real sense of the man himself.

Here are 10 facts you need to know about the Prophet.

The Prophet As An Orphan

Prophet Muhammad was born an orphan as his father died before his birth, and his mother died when he was just 6 year old in Mecca. The 6-year-old was left on the margins and worked as a camel boy on the trade convoys to Damascus. He eventually made his way up to become a business agent.

He Was Nicknamed “The Truthful One” Before He Became A Prophet

Muhammad became a Prophet at the age of forty. Prior to that he was living a normal life in society. He conducted business, married, attended social gatherings, and mingled with all types of people. He did not lie even when he told jokes and never cheated in business.

He had one characteristic that quickly became apparent to all those who interacted with him; honesty. He was never known to have lied and even those who rejected his message referred to him as the' truthful one'.

Prophet Muhammad

An Advocate Of Women’ Rights

The reforms which the Prophet Muhammad instituted in the 7th century did not exist even in the West until the early 20th century. These include ending the ‘honor’ killings, taking a woman’s approval before her marriage, providing women’s right to own private property, and also get a unilateral divorce if the husband is abusive. He also advocated re- marriages for a widow or divorcee women. The Prophet supported women education too and declared that “learning is obligatory upon every Muslim man and woman” and that “he who gives the best upbringing and education to his daughters shall enter paradise.”

The Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him consulted women and weighed their opinions seriously. Women prayed in mosques, sought knowledge, and were both teachers and students in the early period of Islamic history.

Established Rights Of Animals

Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him prohibited animal abuse. He said that the one who kills an animal for sport is cursed.

He taught Muslims never to hit any animal as animals can’t speak and can’t explain their pain.

He also chastised people who overload their horses or camels and told them to “Fear Allah concerning these animals that cannot speak.

He also taught that people can go to heaven because they cared for animals.

Kind To The Kids

The Prophet always treated kids with kindness and mercy. He always enjoyed their company and played with them to make them happy.

He was once on a journey to an important meeting with the elders of the city when he found a boy crying because of the death of his pet bird, and instead of continuing the journey with the rest of his men,he stayed with the child for a long time to soothe and offer his condolences.

Condemned Racism

Racism can destroy societies that’s why the Prophet said in His last address that “ All mankind is from Adam, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor a non-Arab has superiority over Arab, also a white has no superiority over black, nor a black has superiority over white except piety and good deeds”.

Loving Family Man

Unlike most men who expect the women to do all the household work, without helping them to make their task easier, Muhammad helped his wives in housework by performing several chores, such as sweeping the floors, washing clothes, and shopping for groceries.

He Knew How To Say He Was Wrong

Prophet Muhammad had the courage and integrity to acknowledge his mistakes publicly. This is evident from the now infamous case of “the Satanic verses,” when Muhammad, hoping to mend the rift with his tribe, pronounced a verse in which he acknowledged the Meccan gods to be the intercessors of Allah but he took it back the very next day when he realized that there is only one supreme god.

He Preached Forgiveness

The Prophet of Islam saw a potential friend and ally in everyone, inspiring his followers to forget and forgive, even under the harshest of circumstances.

Never Wanted To Show His Face

Prophet never wanted his face to be drawn or sculptured as he was strictly against idol worshiping. He knew people would start worshiping him if they find his portray.

Before his death the Prophet warned his followers that they should not worship or make idols of him like the followers of other Prophets did. He continuously educated them of his mortality and his being a man, except that he is the Messenger of God.