Lead: Ironically, his home town, the City of Mecca, proved to be most resistant to the work of Muhammad the founder of Islam.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Perhaps it is true that no prophet has honor in his own country but in Muhammad's case the prejudice was probably also due to tribal rivalry because his clan, the Hashim, were not the most prominent in the City.

Three years after the initial vision which launched his career as the messenger of Allah, Muhammed began to preach openly. The year was 613. The people of Mecca worshipped many God's and Muhammad message that Allah was supreme began to attract opposition. Slowly, however, with the opposition, came support. Several young men of the city, some from the wealthiest families, were attracted to his message and the movement began to grow.