Makkah was a desert city. Its main distinction was the Ka'aba, the house dedicated to the One God and built under divine inspiration by Prophet Abraham. The majority of Makkah's inhabitants were idol worshippers. Makkah functioned as a city-state, governed by a council of ten hereditary tribal chiefs with clear division of power. The most powerful of Makkan tribes was the Quraysh - the tribe of Muhammad. The city's inhabitants were poor but generous people, they loved poetry and war, and were fiercely loyal to their tribes and their gods. While it had no natural resources of its own, it was an active commercial centre. Foreign traders brought their goods to be sold in the local market. Muhammad became a trader and accompanied Abu Talib on business trips to Palestine and Syria.
He is not one of us who proclaims the cause of nationalism and he is not one of us who fights the cause of nationalism and he is not one of us who dies in the cause of nationalism. Nationalism means helping your people in an unjust cause. Prophet Muhammad t:, ··~~~
• =· The Ka'aba ~ inMakkah =-