Why was the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was given the duty of prophethood at the age of 40? What can the wisdom behind it be?
Submitted by on Wed, 11/02/2015 - 10:06
Dear Brother / Sister,
The age of forty is the age when man becomes mature. It is the age when his abilities and talents become mature and his faculties settle. At this age, it was possible for the Prophet (pbuh) to receive the divine revelation and to face the difficulties of call to Islam and propagating it.
Besides, an extraordinary claim of messengership like prophethood could have caused more doubts, hesitations and objections by people if he had been younger. It would not have been logical for a person who was known as "Muhammad al-Amin" (Muhammad the Trustworthy) in all phases of his youth up to the age of 40 to tell lies and to do wrong things contrary to his high ethics throughout his life.
As a matter of fact, when the Prophet (pbuh) first declared Islam openly on Safa Hill to the Qurayshis, he asked them, “Would you believe me if I said there was an army ready to attack you behind that hill?” they answered as follows: “Yes, we have never heard any lies from you.”
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