And strive in His path with the striving due to Him. He has chosen you and has not placed upon you in the religion any difficulty. (It is) the religion of your father, Abraham. He the Almighty named you “Muslims” before [in former scriptures] and in this [revelation] that the Messenger may be a witness over you and you may be witnesses over the people. So establish prayer and give zakah and hold fast to the Almighty. He is your protector; and excellent is the protector, and excellent is the helper. (Quran 22: 78)
He was imbued with an uncanny and uncommon intuition and perception very early in life. He understood what his father was ignorant of. He knew of portents that were unknown to his mother. He knew that the Almighty is indeed Mighty; that He is beyond depiction and representation; that He is the Carver and Designer of everything in the cosmos; that worship of trees and idols were indulgence in ignorance and error.
One day he asked his mother: ‘My Mama! Who is my Lord?! She replied: “I am your Lord”. Then he said: “My Mama, who is your Lord!’. His mother responded thus: “Your father is my Lord’! Then he posed yet another question: “if my father is your lord, who is the lord of my father?’ His mother became astounded. Then she said: “Nimrud is the lord of your father’. But the young boy was not satisfied. He therefore said: ‘If Nimrud is the lord of my father, who then is the lord of Nimrud’?