1097 MOHAMMEDAN ASCENDENCY.-CAREER OF THE PROPHET. 1097
Mohammed and Kadijah took a certain Jew, or, as
some say, a monk, named Waraka, into their confidence, and told him all that had occurred. Thereupon the holy man said: "I swear by Him in whose hands Waraka's life is, that God has chosen thee to be the
Prophet of this people." Such was the commission of Mohammed, the beginning of his prophetic office.
For more than twenty years
revelations continued to be
given by Gabriel, as circumstances seemed to require. No
one ever saw the celestial visitant but the Prophet himself, he was his own interpreter.
What Gabriel told him in the
grotto he repeated to Kadijah
or other believers; and these
revelations, gathered together
by his followers after his death,
constitute the Book Al Koran,
the Bible of Islam.
Having persuaded himself
of the truth of his visions,
Mohammed began proclaiming
his mission to the Arabs. His
first converts were those of
his own household. From this
nucleus his doctrines leavened
the surrounding neighborhood.
Finally the tribe of Hashem
was called together in council.
Before the assembly the
Prophet stood up and explained his purpose and the
principles of the new faith.
There was much contrariety
of opinions among the Hashemites. The Prophet's uncle,
Abu Taleb, arose and pronounced him a fool. Young Ali
expressed his admiration for his
cousin's doctrines and his purpose to follow him and fight for his cause.
Most of the tribe voted in the same way; but
Abu Taleb remained an infidel.
After a brief proclamation of his doctrines
at Hajasha, Mohammed repaired to Mecca.
Here he preached with passionate vehemence. He told the Meccans that they were a race of
miserable idolaters, unfit either to live or to die. "There is no God but Allah," he shouted