From Merchant to Messenger

The Prophet Muhammad’s struggle for legitimacy

 as revealed in the Koran

(Mid-June 2022)


To the immortal Abū al-Qāsim Muhammad ibn ʿAbd Allāh ibn ʿAbd al-Muṭṭalib ibn Hāshim.

The man of the hadiths (see 1001 Saying and Deeds of the Prophet Muhammad, Boreal Books) is not the man of the Koran, as revealed in From Merchant to Messenger. You may actually develop, like I did, a grudging admiration for what he accomplished without any assistance from an all-talk omnipotent mentor Who would not lift a finger to help him establish his credentials as His spokesperson.

One’s man courage, intelligence and persistence in the face of impossible odds impressively and irrevocably changed the course of human history. Without his inspiration, I doubt I would have found the will to complete my series of six books on the Koran.


To the beautiful, young Arab-Canadian woman who found the time to talk with me when I was most in need of another voice inside my head, and whom I upset with my portrayal of her Prophet in Remembering Uzza. I’m sorry. He was a complicated man.

Bernard Payeur