History of Civilizations I – Response Paper: Life of Muhammad The persuasion of the prophet Muhammad was to make sure that everyone believes in the goodness and oneness of Allah, to show everything comes to you from Allah and his gift and point in peoples’ actions. His persuasion was not only existing for people around him; but also; the persuasion was existing for those who believed in the Old or the New Testament who were also in the search of the truth of the God’s covenant. Water was significant for the Apostle because of the fact that water was indispensable for the purification. The purification was important because it was the beginning of the prayers for Allah. All prayers follows the purifications as the prophet Muhammad followed Allah; people followed the prophet Muhammad. That is why water was significant for the Apostle. The prophet Muhammad found his first convert was sent by Allah at Hira where every year the apostle of Allah was praying for a month. The convert was “Read” that was told over and over again by Allah until the prophet Muhammad stopped saying “I cannot read it” and asked “What shall I read?” As you can see here, the prophet Muhammad started to follow Allah by asking what he can do for Allah and it was clear that the mission was only depends on the act of “following”: follow the prophet Muhammad, follow Allah. There were mainly two tribulations that the prophet Muhammad faced: the Quraysh and the nobles. The tribulation that was caused by the Quraysh was to prevent the spread of Islam and turn its believers from Islam. On the other hand, the nobles posed a problem because to believe in Allah and his apostle the prophet Muhammad, they wanted to see something earthly; but, as Muhammad has come with words, he had nothing to deal with these people without encouraging them to show their gratitude and graceful of Allah.