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You must know - By Dr. Magdy Abdal-Shafy,
1. Do you know that the Arabic word "Allah", meaning God in English, was used by Jesus in the Aramaic language?
2. Do you know that Muslims believe that God has revealed 99 of His names (or attributes) in the Holy Qur'an?
3. Do you know that Allah in Islam is Merciful and oft-forgiving?
4. Do you know that there are no other deities besides God in Islam?
5. Do you know that the corrupted Bible portrays God as the one who regrets, forgets, and wrestles with a human being?
6. Do you know that there had been sixteen saviors that preceded Jesus in the Ancient pagan religions?
7. Do you know that the sole text that talks about Trinity in the Bible is not mentioned in any of the ancient codices?
8. Do you know the early Christians never thought of Jesus as a god incarnated?
9. Do you know that Jesus, according to the Bible of Judas, the Bible of Peter and the sayings of early Christians, was never crucified?
10. Do you know that Psalms 22, 88, 91,116 and 117 prove that Jesus had never been crucified?
11. Do you know that In 2 Samuel 5:13; 1 Chronicles 3:1-9, 14:3, King David had six wives and numerous concubines?
12. Do you know that In 1 Kings 11:3, King Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines?
13. Do you know that In 2 Chronicles 11:21, King Solomon's son Rehoboam had 18 wives and 60 concubines?
14. Do you know that although Jesus called for love, he also called for using the sword in (Luke 22:36)"
15. Do you know that in the New Testament Innocent children punished with death?
16. Do you know that Mary, the mother of Prophet Jesus (pbuh) , was 12-14v when she married Joseph, who was 90 years old?
17. Do you know that Jeremiah 8:8 and Deuteronomy 31:25-29 state that the Holy Book is corrupted?
18. Do you know that Jesus (pbuh) never said that he was a god in the Bible and that he addressed God as the One God?
19. Do you know that many Prophets in the OT raised dead peoples from among the dead?
20. Do you know that most of the Prophets in the OT went astray?
21. Do you know that there are many references in the Holy Bible that Jesus was just a Prophet whom God sent to the children of
22. Do you know that according to Jesus Seminar "82% of the deeds and 85% of the words in the Bible are not Jesus’ (pbuh)"?
23. Do you know that the corrupted Bible contains many scientific errors that prove that the word of God has changed?
24. Do you know that the Holy Book contains many historical errors that prove that the word of God was corrupted?
25. Do you know that the authors of the bibles are not known?
26. Do you know that the Holy Book contains porn stories? This proves that God's word was distorted?
27. Do you know that the corrupted Holy Book has given prophecies that never came true?
28. Do you know that many ancient bibles were burnt and proscribed by the church without good reasons?
29. Do you know that the concept "Jesus being a god" was endorsed in
30. Do you know that Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلمis mentioned by his qualities in many places in the OT?
31. Do you know that Prophet Jesus(pbuh) predicted the advent of Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم?
32. Do you know that Rek Wed 8/6/10& Sam Wed (6/8/2) & Atroheid (20/126/14) in the Hindu Book predicted Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم?
33. Do you know that Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم was predicted as the last Prophet by his name in Rek Wed 8/6/10& Sam Wed (6/8/2) & Atroheid (20/126/14)?
34. Do you know that the Hindu Holy book, Parti Sarg, Parv III: 3, 3, Verse 5 mentions Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلمby name?
35. Do you know that Prophet Muhammad's صلى الله عليه وسلمname is Ahamed, Aymd, and Ahamat in Rek Wed 8/6/10& Sam Wed(6/8/2) & Atroheid(20/126/14)?
36. Do you know that Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم is mentioned by the name" Rebh" in Athroyd(20/127?6-4)?
37. Do you know that Prophet Muhammad's صلى الله عليه وسلم name is mentioned by these names: Karou(Athroyd:20/21/6), Karm (20/127/11)and Kery(2/21/6)?
38. Do you know that Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم was given the epithet" Antum Awtar"in Bhakout Buran, Brthum Askand, and Adhay 3. Shlouk which means" the seal of the Prophets?
39. Do you know that Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم is given the epithet" Akd Weshoanr"in Rek Wed 5/27/1 which means "Mercy for the world"?
40. Do you know that Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم is given the epithet" Jakt Bety" in Bhakout Bruan (21/9/19) which means "the Master of the World"?
41. Do you know that Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم is given the epithet "Smdra Radot Arein(1/163/1) which means "the Arab Prophet"?
42. Do you know that Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم if given the epithet" the lightening lamp" in Rek Wed (7/9/6) and yagr Wed (31/18)?
43. Do you know that a prophecy containing the name" Muhammad" is found in Prati Sarg Parv III: 3, 3, Verse 5?
44. Do you know that Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم is mentioned by the name" Mamah" in Kuntap Sakt, verse three?
45. Do you know that Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم is mentioned by the Sanskrit word" Nrashans" which means Muhammad? Both mean the praised one?
46. Do you know that the Sanskrit word" Schero" in the Holy Hindu refers to Muhammad?
47. Do you know that the Kalki Avatar( the last Prophet whom the Hindus wait) is Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم?
48. Do you know that Prophet Muhammad's صلى الله عليه وسلم birth year is predicted in the Hindu Book?
49. Do you know Prophet Muhammad’s صلى الله عليه وسلم parents are mentioned in the Hindu Holy Book as the parents of the last Prophet ( Kalki Avatar)??
50. Do you know that Hindu Holy Book identifies the last Prophet by his stable food dates and olive which were the Prophet's صلى الله عليه وسلم stable food?
51. Do you know that the last Prophet in the Hindu Holy Book would receive his first revelation in a cave and Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم received his first revelation in Cave?
52. Do you know that the Vedas states that the last Prophet would be born in an honorable clan? This perfectly fits the Quraysh, the Prophet's clan.
53. Do you know that
54. Do you know that the Hindu Holy Book mentions the number of the enemies of Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم?
55. Do you know that Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم was raised illiterate, unable to read or write, and remained so till his death.
56. Do you know that Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم was so trustworthy that his enemies called him the "Trustworthy" before his advent?
57. Do you know that Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم ascension into heaven is mentioned in the book of revelation? (19: 11-15)
58. Do you know that Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم was very religious, and he had long detested the decadence and idolatry of his society?
59. Do you know that `within a century of the death of the Prophet, Islam had spread to
60. Do you know that the Sanskrit words" Ela Seed meaning the House of God" is designation given to Mecca in the Hindu Holy Book.
61. Do you know that the Sanskrit words" Nabha Brthioya, meaning the House of God" is designation given to
62. Do you know that the Sanskrit words Nahy Kml meaning the earth rose" is designation given to
63. Do you know that the Sanskrit words" Ady Bashkr terrth" meaning the first house assigned for God" is designation given to Mecca in the Hindu Holy Book.
64. Do you know that the Sanskrit words" Daro Kein meaning the mother of villages" is designation given to Mecca in the Hindu Holy Book.
65. Do you know that the Sanskrit words "Mktishour" which refers to a place where victims offered" meaning the House of God" is designation given to Mecca in the Hindu Holy Book.
Muhammad in the Holy Book
66. Do you know that there are more than fifty prophecies in the Holy Book about Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم?
67. Do you know that Muhammad's صلى الله عليه وسلم birth year was predicted in the Old Testament of Moses?
68. Do you know that Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم is also named" Ahamd", which is the same in meaning as Muhammad?
69. Do you know that the Holy Book mentions the number of the companions who participated in opening
70. Do you know that Baca, the place where the Muslims do their pilgrimage is mentioned in the Old Testament?
71. Do you know that
72. Do you know that the location of
73. Do you know the black stone in the Kabba is scientifically proved to be sent from the outer space?
74. Do you know that the Holy Book gave a physical sign to the last Prophet and Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم had this sign on his shoulder?
75. Do you know that the migration of Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم to
76. Do you know that physical torture and persecution that the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم faced in
77. Do you know that Badr invasion, one of the important invasions in the Islamic history, was predicted in the Holy Book?
78. Do you know that physical miracles accompanied Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم in his birth and in his childhood?
79. Do you know that physical miracles accompanied the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم even long before he was appointed a Prophet?
80. Do you know that Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم used to retire from the world before being appointed a Prophet in a cave in a mountain?
81. Do you know that Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم never indulged himself in illicit affairs before or after being appointed a Prophet?
82. Do you know that the Arab idolaters didn't belie the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم and their denial of his message was out of jealousy?
83. Do you know that the media in the west propagates lies about Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم?
84. Do you know that Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم bore three year of economic and social boycott imposed by the enemies?
85. Do you know that the idolaters offered the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم wealth, kingship and women to leave his message but he refused?
86. Do you know that instead of incurring God's wrath over his enemies, Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم always asked God to guide them?
87. Do you know that Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم presented evidence to his Prophethood that outnumbered the other Prophets'?
88. Do you know that Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم presented scientific evidence to his Prophet-hood that are supported by science?
89. Do you know that Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم was merciful to his adherents, his enemies, children, animals and birds?
90. Do you know that Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم married only widows to support them financially? He only married just one virgin.
91. Do you know that Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم was tolerant to the hypocrites and even to his bitter enemies?
92. Do you know that Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم, guided by the Holy Quran, was the first to put human rights?
93. Do you know that Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم, guided by the Holy Quran, was the first to call for the rights of environment?
94. Do you know that Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم, guided by the Holy Quran, was the first to call for the rights of the handicapped?
95. Do you know that Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم was the first to put the ethics of wars long before Geneva Resolutions were issued?
96. Do you know that Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم predicted the present social ills and the world political disturbances?
97. Do you know that Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم, despite his responsibilities, liked humor and never held it repugnant?
98. Do you know that Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم hosted a Christian delegation in his mosque and gave them a place in it to do their prayer?
99. Do you know that Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم never prostrated himself to an idol before being appointed a Prophet?
100. Do you know that Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم was always solicitous of the poor and the needy, the widow and the orphan and the slave?
101. Do you know that Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم would spend the whole day in teaching people the religion, leading armies and he would spend the whole night standing in prayer?
102. Do you know that all the Prophet's صلى الله عليه وسلم daughters died in his lifetime except, Fatima who died shortly after his death?
103. Do you know that Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم prohibits destroying churches and synods during wars?
While the bible says: Kill everything that "breathes" from humans and animals!( Deuteronomy 20:16)
104. Do you know that Caliph Omar prohibited praying in churches and synods lest Muslims should claim any rights in possessing them?
The Holy Quran
105. Do you know that the Holy Quran is the sole holy book that was written down the moment it was revealed?
106. Do you know that the Holy Quran is the sole Divine Book that you can read in the same language that it was revealed in?
107. Do you know that the Holy Quran is the sole holy book that presents scientific evidence to the existence of God?
108. Do you know that the Holy Quran presents scientific evidence to its Divine Source?
109. Do you know that the Holy Qur'an was not authored by Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم? It was authored by God.
110. Do you know that the Holy Quran gives prophecies that came true in the time of the Prophet and even nowadays?
111. Do you know that the Holy Quran is the same around the world and is the same over the span of history?
112. Do you know that the Holy Quran undermines the basics of atheism in a scientific ways?
113. Do you know that the Holy Quran, unlike the Holy Book, presents high qualities of God?
114. Do you know that Holy Quran corrects the imperfections attributed to God in the Holy Book?
115. Do you know that there is a complete chapter in the Quran named" Mary" while there is no single mention of the Prophet's صلى الله عليه وسلم family?
116. Do you know that the Quran was revealed piecemeal during the Prophetic career of Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم?
117. Do you know that the revelation of the Holy Quran started in 611 c.e. and ended with the death of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم in 632?
118. Do you know that the Holy Quran is divided into 114 chapters and 6,616 verses?
119. Do you know that Islam has laid the foundations of modern civilization?
120. Do you know that the Muslim scientists laid the basics of modern science?
121. Do you know that the Arabic word "Islam" means utter submission to God and peace?
122. Do you know that the word "Muslim" means "anyone or anything that submits itself to the will of God".
123. Do you know that Islam is not a cult? Its followers number over 1.5 billion worldwide.
124. Do you know that along with Judaism and Christianity, Islam is considered to be one of the three Abrahamic traditions?
125. Do you know that there are five pillars of practice in Islam? These are Shahadah , prayers, fasting, Hajj, and poor-due.
126. Do you know that a Muslim must believe in one God, all Prophets, all the original scripture, the angels, the Day of Judgment, the Destiny?
127. Do you know that Muslims neither worship Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم nor pray through him? Muslims solely worship the unseen and Omniscient Creator, Allah.
128. Do you know that the Islamic teachings states that "No compulsion in religion."?
129. Do you know that Islam behooves that a Muslim should believe in Christianity and Judaism as religions revealed by God?
130. Do you know that Islam is the religion of all the previous Prophets?
131. Do you know that Islam holds all the Prophets in high moral positions and that they imparted God's message?
132. Do you know that Islam considers Jesus(pbuh) a Prophet, not a god, and puts him high in revered rank as a Prophet?
133. Do you know that Islam is a complete system for life?
134. Do you know that Islam presents solutions to social ills that the world suffers from?
135. Do you know that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world?
136. Do you know that Islam fights apartheid?
137. Do you know that Islam only prohibits what is harmful to the human health?
138. Do you know that Islamic teachings can solve the problem of poverty all over the world?
139. Do you know that in Islam there in no intermediaries between you and God?
140. Do you know that Islam overpowered polytheism in the
141. Do you know that Islam stresses the importance of satisfying the human physical needs along with the spiritual ones?
142. Do you know that Islam stresses the importance of teaching women?
143. Do you know that Islam wasn't spread by the sword as Christian missionaries claim?
144. Do you know that Islam fights violence and terrorism?
145. Do you know that Islam does not approve of intimate mixing of the sexes, and forbids premarital or extramarital sex?
146. Do you know that Islam categorically opposes homosexuality and considers it a sin?
147. Do you know that the sources on which Islam is based is the Holy Quran and the Hadith( traditional sayings of the Prophet)?
148. Do you know that Muslims believe that Islam is the complete and universal version of a primordial faith of all Prophets?
149. Do you know that Muslims maintain that previous messages and revelations have been partially changed or corrupted over time?
150. Do you know that Muslims repudiate the Christian doctrine of the Trinity and divinity of Jesus?
151. Do you know that Islamic law covers all aspects of life, from matters of state, like governance and foreign relations, to issues of daily living?
152. Do you know that Muslims do not believe in the concept of "vicarious atonement, they believe in the law of personal responsibility?
153. Do you know that Islam was not spread by the sword? It was spread by the word and the example of its followers?
Terrorism in Islam?! (click here)
Let's look at the real terrorism in the Bible:
Pedophilia with 3-year old slave girls in the Bible!
Forcing 3-year old slave girls into sex during the Mosaic Law in the Bible! (click here)
More on Pedophilia and Rape in the Bible! (click here)
Terror in the Bible by a number of Prophets! (click here)
Pregnant women will be ripped open! (click here)
The NT punishes children with death! (click here)
Terrorism: "kill all the boys and non-virgin women"!
Also under the Mosaic Law! (click here)
Another killing all men, women, children and animals by Moses! (click here)
Another taking all women and children as spoils of war by Moses! (click here)
Moses was a murderer before he became a Prophet! (click here)
Killing all of the "suckling infants" by the thousands by Saul! (click here)
Dashing little children against rocks in the book of Psalm!
Praising the dashing of little children against rocks as a form of revenge! (click here)
42 innocent children were killed using Wild Bears by Prophet Elisha!
Prophet Muhammad on the other hand loved children even those who threw stones at him in the city of
Both equal: "Kill Righteous and the wicked"! (click here)
Maiming of the enemies' bodies under Moses' and David's Laws:
Cutting the hands and feet of the enemies in the Bible, and hanging their alive bodies on trees until they DIE. (click here)
Virtues of the Holy Quran
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Modern discoveries support the plagues on the Pharaos in the Holy Quran - by Magdy Abdal-Shafy, Alexandria Egypt
The ancient Egyptian had been monotheistic people; there lived among them many prophets. As time passed they became idol-worshipers as the drawings on their temples show. They even were enforced to worship their kings as the case with Ramses the second, who deified himself and compelled people to worship him.
When God sent Moses to him, he not only rejected following him but even he announced that he is God. He tortured those who followed Moses, especially the Jews. For this reason, God sent many forms of tortures just to make them believe.
According to the Holy Quran, God sent Moses to the Pharos of Egypt at that time. Moses’ call to God was accompanied by many miracles.
The Pharos and a large group of people refused to believe. God sent many plagues on them; each time they were inflicted they asked Moses to pray to God that if He lifted His inflictions, they would believe. But when God lifted His infliction, they continued in their infidelity. So God inflicted on them heavy tortures. These inflictions took many forms.
The Quran relates the events that happened between the Pharaoh and Moses, giving details additional to those found in the Old Testament. What is said about serpents and the prevalence of magic at the time, and Pharaoh’s statement of his divine attribute, tallies with the information about the Pharaoh revealed from the deciphered hieroglyph tablets.
The Holy Quran says in this regard:
We punished the people of Pharaoh with drought, and shortage of crops, that they might take heed.
7-The Purgatory, 130
Also the Holy Quran says in this regard:
133- So We sent on them; the flood, the locusts,
the lice, the frogs and the blood. How many different signs! But they still remained arrogant, for they were a people full of sin.
7-The Purgatory, 133
The Holy Quran also says in this regard:
57- So We expelled them from gardens, springs.
58- Treasures and every kind of honorable position.
59- Thus it was made the children of
The Poets, 57-59
IPUWER PAPYRUS , an ancient papyrus, supports the Holy Quran
IPUWER PAPYRUS says:
a standstill. Whatever was stored, wheat, rye, geese and fish, perished.
10: 6-3 Crops wasted everywhere
2: 5-6 Disasters and blood everywhere
2:10 Blood flows in rivers
3: 2 Gold and lapis lazuli, silver and malachite, carnelian and bronze decorate the necks of slaves
Ipuwer Papyrus- Leidon 344
The accounts of the Ipuwer Papyrus are perfectly in tune with the Holy Quran account regard the afflictions inflicted on the Ancient Egyptians.
By Magdy Abdalshafy
Prophet Muhammad (saw)
By Magdy Abd Alshafy
The touchstone of a true prophet is always is his loyalty to his call, his devotion and his readiness to sacrifice his happiness, and even his life to achieve his call and impart God's word.
Contrary to the true prophet, a false prophet is one who claims prophethood for mundane benefits; his concern is always to seek fame, authority and power. His teachings are always obscure, though sometimes mixed with morals but always tainted with misconception about the basics of the true religion.
A false prophet, even if he seems to promote a divine call, never succeeds, because it is not logically accepted that God would allow a person to do such things in His name.
There is no reference in history to a false prophet who successfully established a false religion, simply because he would profess in God's name though God did not appoint him as a prophet, so God would reveal his lies.
If a false prophet is faced with hardships, afflictions, attempts on his life and some failures, he would certainly waive his call. Historical archives are full of stories of those false prophets who would surrender their call when they were afflicted with any problem. On the other hand, the true prophet would always remain steady, strong and ready to give his life to impart God's word. Prophets were always persecuted, tortured and even killed to impart God's wword.
Among the prophets, the Prophet Muhammad (saw) stands as the one who was afflicted most, the one who was persecuted most, the one who was tortured most and even the one who faced attempts on his life most, more than any other prophet. He never despaired, he never slackened, but rather within only twenty three years, he changed a nation of polytheists into a civilized nation of monotheists, who carried his teachings to the world.
The Prophet Muhammad (saw) was born an orphan, poor and never indulged himself in worldly desires during his boyhood, nor did he play with his comrades in games. When he became a prophet, he was tortured, persecuted, and he faced murder six times. He spent all his wealth on the poor and his call, and he would spend three months living on water and dry dates. If he could not find any dates, he would fast and he would put a rope around his stomach to kill the pains of hunger. His bed was a carpet made of straw, and his pillow was filled with poor fibers that always left signs on his skin. There was only two dirham in his house when he died, and even then he was worried about what to do with them, and kept asking his wife to give them in charity.
Why did the early pagans reject Islam?
No prophet had evidences to prove his prophethood more than the Prophet Muhammad (saw). He performed various physical miracles and prophesized many things that came true in his time and many that have come true in our modern time. Another evidence for his prophethood is his high morality and his attributes that featured his life before bring a prophet and after; He was nicknamed : As-Sadiq , Al-Ameen ( The one who is truthful and the one to be trusted ) and his enemies always used to come to him, before he became a prophet, to resolve and adjudicate problems between them. Also, there were plethora's of mental evidence that testified to his prophethood and those were the reasons behind the conversion of a large number of peoplew at his time. Moreover, many of his adherents witnessed physical miracles, which was and still is also another evidence to support his prophethood.
In our age, the age of science, there are about one thousand scientific statements in his words and the holy Qur’an; all of which are compatible with modern science. There are many prophecies about the Prophet (saw) in the Bible as well; the year he would be born, the place of his immigration, physical signs, his life, and his holy wars.
Despite all of these proofs, he was rejected by many of his contemporaries. The same false claims that his contemporaries spread about him in the past are repeated nowadays; the same fallacies they invented about him are reinvented again against him in the western media.
No doubt, the self-control and tolerance the Prophet (saw) exuded is a strong proof to his prophethood.
When the Prophet (saw) began the call to monotheism in public, he faced all kinds of persecution and torture, along with his companions.
Like Jesus (as), he was rejected, tortured and offended, but his torture was more as Jesus (as) was sent to a nation of believers, but Muhammad (saw) was sent to a pagan nation who didn’t know the basics of religion.
It should be noted that the idolaters did not accept the Prophet (saw) because of any absurdities or any contradiction between his call and any moral system. Nor because it lacked the basics; the mental and the material evidences to its divine source, they didn't believe in him because:
The political and social leadership which was in their hands would be forfeit.
There would be no difference between the different classes of the society, as the new religion called for equality between all people.
Each tribe boasted of a certain privilege over the other, so they adopted a hostile attitude towards the Prophet (saw) who would bring much honor to his tribe.
There was a pagan religion that all of the Makkans were devoted to. They found the new religion a threat that would undermine their long established religion; it was shameful in their eyes to believe in any other religion other than the religion of their forefathers.
The idolaters rejected the Prophet (saw) because he called to the worship of one God, a concept that was against polytheism.
They objected to the personality of the chosen prophet; they expected that the chosen prophet would be from among them i.e. wealthy and high in social status.
The new religion would be a great change to the deeply seated customs that they were familiarized with.
It is when the Prophet (saw) began to call people to the worship of one God, and began reciting the Qur’an, and arguing with them using the verses of Qur’an that they began to plan how they could foil his call. The heads of the tribes convened and decided to launch a merciless war against the Prophet (saw), to force him to give up his call. All the societal classes twisted their efforts in the face of the Prophet (saw). It is shameful that his uncle, Abu Lahab, joined the enemies of the Prophet (saw) and played the biggest role in tarnishing the image of the Prophet (saw) among people.
Each class saw a direct threat to its own interests in the new religion. So, to foil the call, they resorted to all possible means, no matter if it was inhuman. They tortured him physically and psychologically, his name was ridiculed, and they launched a media war against him to tarnish his image among the tribes. They put him under heavy peer pressure and tried to entice him by offering him what a false prophet would aspire for, so they exerted economic and social blockade on him, and this all culminated with many attempts on his life.
No doubt the suffering and the persecution that the Prophet (saw) faced steadfastly proves, without an iota of doubt, that he was truly a prophet of God.
It is impossible for a false prophet to face all of this persecution, psychological and physical torture, and stay loyal to his false call. Contrary to this, like Moses (as) and Jesus (as), the Prophet Muhammad (saw) bore persecutions, torture, hunger and attempts on his life, yet he remained patient and believed that God will support him.
In the midst of torture, weakness, humiliation, and terror, he used to calm his companions and promise them triumph over his enemies and even over the super powers at that time (Rome and Persia). How could he be sure of that unless he was a prophet?
How could just one man stand in the face of whole merciless nation that threatened his life unless he was a prophet sent from God?
The Prophet (saw) persecuted and tortured
For thirteen years, the period that the Prophet (saw) spent in Makkah, torture and persecution against the Prophet (saw) never stopped. These heinous attacks never subsided, but rather increased severely and daily. Despite this, no single event was reported that the Prophet (saw) responded or attacked anyone that tortured him. Though these attempts were fearful, people continued to embrace Islam, which at that time meant persecution and even death.
For the sake of brevity, we will use the following situation that shows the resentment that they harbored towards the Prophet (saw) and his call.
At his door, a Jew used to put their garbage, even though they used to talk about the advent of a prophet and even referred to Muhammad (saw) himself to be the expected prophet. The same thing was done by the idolaters; they used to throw thorns on his path.
They idolaters strangled him while he was praying, and beat him severely during physical torture.
They jeered at him using the most abusive words; everywhere he went, there were many that jeered at him, yet in his heart he wanted to save them from the darkness of polytheism.
Abu Jahl, his archenemy, used to lead all the persecutions against him and his companions. At one time, he swore in the names of his idols that he would put Muhammad’s (saw) face in the dust, or tread on his neck while he was praying. When he went to do as he swore, he came back filled with panic saying that when he was about tread on the neck of the Prophet (saw), he saw a tunnel of fire between him and the Prophet (saw).
He saw the miracles himself, but his heart was folded in darkness that he didn't see the truth.
Enticed by Abu Jahl’s words, another man by the name Uqba ibn Abi Mu'ayt, brought rotting entrails and put them on the Prophet's (saw) back while he was prostrating in prayer, causing all the idolaters around to burst into laughter jeering at the Prophet (saw).
They imprudently nicknamed him with bad words, yet he never answered them back.
Psychological war against the Prophet (saw)
During the time when they were torturing the Prophet (saw), there were always people who believed in him, and this fuelled the anger and grudge in their hearts. Every day, news of people embracing Islam was carried to them.
When the physical torture didn't get the desired goals, the idolaters added psychological torture;
They belied him, calling him a liar though they themselves had nicknamed him the truthful.
They called him insane, yet they had chosen him several times as an arbitrator to adjudicate between them, and without his wisdom, a war with endless consequences and miseries would have arisen.
They asked for miracles and when God gave them the miracles they didn’t believe, calling him a magician.
They contacted the head of the Jews in order for questions that would show his falsehood, and gave him questions that only prophets who received revelation could answer. When the Prophet (saw) received revelation concerning these questions, they still didn’t believe.
They asked for miracles and the Prophet (saw) performed many, such as cleaving the moon asunder so they could see half of the moon on either side of the mountain. Then they asked for more miracles such as moving the mountains, changing the mountain into gold, making the desert into a garden, and making God and the angels descend. They said, even if you did all this we still wouldn't believe in you.
Being confused and unable to justify the miraculous nature of the Qur’an and the lofty wisdom they claimed that someone had taught the Prophet (saw). God, to defy their allegation that this book was produced by a human, challenged them to produce only ten verses similar to the holy Qur’an but they could not.
Even his uncle persecuted him
The Prophet’s (saw) paternal uncles, Abu Lahab and Abu Talib, didn't believe in him. The latter, though he didn't believe, he didn't adopt a hostile situation against the Prophet (saw), in fact he supported him.
The first on the other hand, adopted a hostile stance against the new call, and spared no effort to undermine it, and he was notorious for his stance.
Many prophets faced the same problem while calling their nations to the worship of God. Moses (as) was persecuted and even fought against the pharaoh, who brought him up. The Prophet Noah (as) faced the same problem when his son didn't believe in him. Prophet Lot (as) faced the same problem when his wife didn't believe in him. In the case of the Prophet (saw) it was different, his uncle, not only disbelieved in him, but he led most of the hostile campaigns against him, and inflicted all forms of persecutions on the Prophet (saw). The reason why he didn't believe was the prevalent customs at that time, among which adhering to the religions of the forefathers was one of the most respected. They considered it a shame to abandon the religion of their fathers. Despite the continuous offences, the unspeakable persecutions, and the defamation that Abu Lahab staged against the Prophet (saw), the Prophet (saw) remained patient, containing himself and stayed focused on imparting the word of God. He followed him wherever he went shouting at people saying, "Don't believe him."
In the yearly congregation when people came to Makkah for pilgrimage, the Prophet (saw) would go to them to explain Islam and recite the holy Qur’an. In his footsteps his uncle would go pelting him with stones and saying to the people: “Don’t believe him, I am his uncle."
The Prophet (saw) would leave with blood dripping from his face and heels, heedless of the pains and humiliation that his uncle inflicted on him imparting the message of God
Even the people were shocked at his heinous stance against the son of his brother.
Moreover, to humiliate the Prophet (saw), Abu Lahab asked his two sons who had already married the Prophet's (saw) two daughters before Islam, to divorce them and they did, which hurt the Prophet (saw) emotionally.
One day, the Prophet (saw) gave a banquet for his relatives, and when the Prophet (saw) opened a discussion about his call, Abu Lahab, who was among them, started to attack the Prophet (saw) verbally and began distracting people's attention to something else.
When this verse was revealed, "And admonish thy nearest kinsmen,” (26:214), the Prophet (saw) gathered people around himself and asked them: "If I tell you that there are armies waiting to pounce down on you, will you believe me?" They all answered him saying, "Yes, we will. We have never experienced you lying."
The Prophet (saw), after getting this testimony that he never lied, said:
"I am a Warner to you, heralding a heavy torture (unless you believe) to you all."
Seeing that the Prophet (saw) got from their mouth the confession that he was always trustworthy, Abu Lahab reviled him saying, "Perish you! How dare you gather us for this."
Abu Lahab's wife too, used to propagate lies about the Prophet (saw), and many times she tried to stone the Prophet (saw) with heavy stones. She used to go from house to house to tarnish the Prophet's (saw) image.
Enticed by his father, Utbah, his son, went to the Prophet (saw) and mocked the holy Qur’an and audaciously declared that he wouldn't believe. He even pulled the Prophet (saw) by his collar till his clothes were torn and spat at his face, which by the grace of God didn't reach the face of the Prophet (saw). The Prophet (saw) incurred the wrath of God on him, and shortly after that he was on a journey with his friends and made camp in a place where lions dwelled. Knowing the curse of the Prophet (saw) would surely befall him, his friends did their best to find him a secure place among them where no lion could reach him, but a lion came at the pitch black of night, smelling them all while they were sleeping, till it found him and killed him.
Pressure practiced on his uncle
Though the Prophet's (saw) tribe was large, none supported the Prophet (saw) in the beginning, except his uncle Abu Talib, who brought him up. It was tribalism that stood behind his support, but it wasn't quite enough. When the Prophet (saw) initiated his call in public they asked him to stop the Prophet (saw). They said to him: "Your brother's son has belittled our religion and degraded our idols saying that we are not on the right path. You should either stop him or you should leave him to us (to kill him), as you are too, an adherent of our religion." He placated them saying to him good words and they returned, but the Prophet (saw) didn't leave his call.
Despite their attempts to foil the call of the Prophet (saw), more people embraced Islam and those who were put through torture didn't revert. So, they returned again with hearts filled with anger. They said to Abu Talib:
"We have asked you to stop your brother's son but you didn't, and we hold your status so high and we swear that we can't bear him anymore, so if you don't stop him, we will launch a war against you and him unmindful of who would perish."
When the Prophet (saw) came back home, his uncle begged him to save him from the imminent war, and not to overload him with what he can't bear.
Tears filled the Prophet’s (saw) eyes and he said, "I swear I won't stop calling for Allah, even if they put the sun in my right hand and the moon in my left hand till the day I die."
This is solid evidence that he wasn't a false prophet, because a false prophet can't expose himself and his relatives to death for a call that he knows is false.
Later, the polytheists returned to Abu Talib, the Prophet's (saw) uncle with one of the most handsome young men and said to him:
"Here's one of the most handsome young men, take him as a son and give us Muhammad (saw), your son, to kill him, this young man for that."
“This is so absurd, how can I take your son to feed and nourish and give you my son to kill," he replied.
Media war against the Prophet (saw)
Perhaps the term, "media war," is a recently invented term, but it was actually practiced in ancient times. The term means effacing the truth and inventing lies against the target. A media war was another form of torture that the great Prophet (saw) bore; it was very similar to the modern world’s media war. It is the same war that is being launched against him nowadays in the western media, with the aim of diverting people's attention away from the truth.
There were eyes monitoring those who talked to the Prophet (saw), who visited him, or even just approached him. Also, there were eyes on all the strangers who came to Makkah; a man would come from a very far distance to embrace Islam, but would always find people following his footsteps lest he should make his way to where the generous Prophet (saw) stayed. They would first warn him against the Prophet (saw) and how he affected people by his magic, they would tell him that he was insane and a liar, and if they found the man insisting on meeting the Prophet (saw), torture would be his reward.
The Arab poets were enticed to compose poems in which they degraded the great Prophet (saw), reviled him and defamed him. They were asked to spread these poems among the different tribes outside Makkah, and nothing did those Arabs like more than poetry, which was the chief pastime for them. The basic theme of these poems was, “Muhammad (saw) is a magician, mad and under a magic spell.” To their horror, one of the well-known doctors at that time volunteered to come to cure the Prophet (saw) of the claimed illness, to end the ongoing war and the social disturbances. No sooner had the man sat before the Prophet (saw) telling him that he would cure him of the illness he suffered from, than the Prophet (saw) stroked his shoulder gently and asked him to listen to him. It was only few seconds and the heart of the man began to quiver by the mesmerizing words of the Qur’an, and he embraced Islam in public.
Where else in history is there a man who bore such insurmountable difficulties, with such trust and steadfastness till he succeeded in imparting the word of God?
How could he stand unshaken like a mountain, steadfast in the face of the roaring storm of infidelity after he sent his companion to a far land?!
What kind of person could face all these conspiracies and problems at the same time?
The heads of the infidels decided to convene to see what plans should be followed.
Under the leadership of Al-Walid ibn Al-Mughirah, who was one of the most influential persons among them, they organized a meeting.
"The time of pilgrimage in which delegations come from everywhere is approaching, they must have heard about the man, so agree on a certain word that we all should attribute to him. Otherwise, if we disagree on him, the people will discover that we are lying about him."
"Give us your opinion so that we all stick to it," they said.
"No, you say first and I will hear you," he said.
"Let's say that he is a soothsayer,” one said.
"No, this is not a good idea, I have heard his words, and his words do not sound like the words of the soothsayers," Al-Walid said.
"Let's say he is insane," another said.
"No he is not insane, we have seen the insane, his words and behavior are not like the insane," he said.
"What about saying he is a poet?" another said.
"He is not a poet, we have known poetry, we know all its arts, we know its rhymes, its rhythm and its figure of speech," he said.
"So let's say that he is a magician," one said.
"No, he is not, we have seen magicians, his words are not like theirs. His words are so sweet, so sweet like a palm a tree, so beautiful and arranged like thick fruitful branches, nothing of that you mentioned valid, the best of what you said is that we should say that he is a magician who uses his magic to separate between a man and his son, and between a wife and her husband.” He said.
The unbelievers were sure of his Prophethood
The holy Qur’an is full of evidence to a divine source; these evidences are diversified to address every mentality and each human culture. There are solid evidences that the infidels couldn't deny about the Prophet (saw) in their hearts; the prophetic biographies tells us about incidents that show that they truly believed in their hearts, even though they wished to kill the Prophet (saw) and his adherents (ra).
But for the strict beliefs they followed and exhorted on each other, many of them would have believed; many of them testified to the Prophet (saw) and many also testified to the uniqueness of the holy Qur’an.
Abu Jahl, Abu Sufyan and Al-Akhanas, being sure of his Prophethood, used to go to the Prophet's (saw) house in the pitch black. Each one, taking precaution lest he should be noticed by the other, took a different route to the Prophet's (saw) house. Each sat in the darkness listening to the holy Qur’an being recited by the Prophet (saw) at night. When the prophet finished, each of them made his way back home, but unexpectedly they met each other. They accused one another and urged each other not to do it again, but they did the same thing three times, and each time they blamed one another.
Al-Akhanas, being convinced that he was truly a prophet went to Abu Jahl and asked him about his opinion about the Prophet (saw) and about what he listened to. Obsessed with his grudge and envy, he said: "We and Bani Abd Manaf, the Prophet’s (saw) tribe, have been rivaling (for honor); something too brag about, we too have some pride, so what if they say there is a prophet among us…where is that prophet among us that we could brag about. I swear that we will not believe in him."
Al-Na'dar ibn Al-Harith, a versatile and highly experienced scholar said to the heads of the infidelity:
"O' people, you are facing a predicament that you have no way to suppress, Muhammad (saw) has been a young among you, he has been the most loveable to your hearts, he was the most veracious among you, the most honest among you, so how dare you belie him when grey hairs appeared in his beard saying 'he is a liar.’ I swear in God's name that he is not, we have experienced the magicians words and ways, you belied him saying he is a soothsayer but I swear he is not, we have experienced their rhymed words, spell and spasm, then you belied him saying he is a poet but I swear he is not, we have experienced poetry and all its arts, you belied him saying that he was insane, I swear he is not, we know insanity and its fits, ravings and its confusion, So people! Make up your mind about what you should do, I swear it is really a predicament."
It is ridiculous that this man travelled to Persia to learn about the fictions there, and came back and followed the Prophet (saw) wherever he went. He used to sit with the people the Prophet (saw) sat with reciting the holy Qur’an and he would tell them about the fiction he learnt, he also used female singers to attract people to what he said.
Psychological pressures and attempts to buy the Prophet (saw)
Despite the several attempts to dissuade the Prophet (saw) and foil his message, the idolaters decided to add a new way which coincided with all the attempts that were being practiced against the Prophet (saw). They decided to offer him wealth, high social status, nobility, kingship on condition that he left his message, yet he strongly rejected their offers. No doubt, rejecting such allurements proves that Muhammad (saw) was a true prophet of Allah, who rejected the wealth and nobility for the sake of his call despite the humiliation, offences, poverty and hardships he suffered.
The delegate they sent said to the Prophet (saw):
"Son of my brother, you have harmed us, you broke the ties among the members in your family, and you criticized our idols, so we offer you the following privileges, just on one condition: you put aside what you call people for."
If you want to be our king, we can declare you our king, but on the condition that you put your message aside.
If you want money, we would amass money at your feet till you became the wealthiest among us, but on the condition that you put aside your call.
If you are ill, we will bring you the best of doctors, on the condition that you put your call aside.
They promised him wealth, kingship, glory and leadership that any false prophet would aspire for, but the Prophet (saw) looked far into the heavens and then said to them:
“Can you see this far sun? It is easier for you to get fire from it, than for you to make me abandon my message."
The Prophet (saw) rejects their allurements
Thinking that the Prophet (saw) would easily waive his message in exchange for such tempting allurements, they decided to send another negotiator; they sent Utbah ibn Rabia, a versatile man of the culture and poetry. He chose soft words in addressing the great Prophet (saw) and began to allure him into the same offers, he said:
“If your goal is to gain leadership, we will make you our leader and we won't take any decision unless you approve it. And if you seek to achieve kingship, we would announce you as a king over us. And if you money, we would amass you money till you become the wealthiest among us. And if you are possessed by a devil, we would spend all that we have till you are cured.” Then the Prophet (saw) said, "Have you finished?"
Then the Prophet (saw) began to recite some Qur’anic verses, among which words that warn them of the punishments that were inflicted on the perished nations.
The negotiator stood up, panicked by the words of the holy Qur’an and raised his hands and put them gently on the mouth of the Prophet (saw) asking him in the name of God, and his maternal relationship to stop.
This shows how he believed in his true Prophethood, otherwise why did he supplicate him to stop.
His group, who were waiting for his return, on seeing his face betraying what he harbored in his heart and the effect of the meeting said, "We swear in God's name that Abu Al-Walid has come back to you with a different face from that he went with,” then they asked, "what's wrong?"
He said: "I swear in God's name that I have never listened to words like that which I heard, I swear in God's name that his words (Qur’an) are not poetry (as they falsely claimed), nor are they like the word of magicians, nor are they like soothsayers’ words." He seriously said to them: "Listen to me, and I guarantee what I say. Leave him alone with what he calls for, his words will someday be of great impact, if the other tribes killed him, then you would be saved (from killing him), and if he defeated them, you will be honored by the glory and the kingship he would achieve."
The replied to him, "We swear that he has enchanted you."
This was not the sole attempt they made to make him put aside what he called for. They diversified in choosing negotiators thinking that one would affect him more positively, and to create a pressing aura. So another group of the nobles among them, which were his close relatives, went to him. They talked to him softly, they said:
“If your goal is to gain leadership, we will make you our leader and we won't take any decision unless you approve it. And if you seek to achieve kingship, we would announce you a king over us, And if you seek by which you call people to, we would amass you money till you become the wealthiest among us, And if you are possessed by a devil, we would spend all that we have till you are cured."
The Prophet (saw) dumbfounded them, saying these historic words that proved that he had no aims behind his call:
“I don't seek what you offered; I didn't call you to what I call to get money from you, nor did I seek by it honor and nobility among you nor did I seek to be your king by it, but God has sent me as a Warner and to convey to you His message and I exhorted and advised you and if you accept it, you will gain success in this life and in the hereafter, and if you reject it, I will remain patient till God adjudicates between me and you."
They offered to amass money till he became the richest among them, but he refused though he wasn't rich, and had already spent his entire wife's money on feeding the poor and freeing the slaves.
They offered to declare him as a king over them, but he refused though he was at the time humiliated and persecuted. This is a position that any false prophet would seek to attain. The offered to make him their leader, but he refused though he was humiliated and ignored. They offered to marry him to the noblest and most beautiful women, but he refused though he at that time was married to a lady fifteen years older than him, and it was normal for any man to marry many women.
So they attempted again.
Seeing that the pressure they put on the Prophet (saw) did not bring any fruit, they decided to go to Al-Haseen, one of the most revered and influential persons whom they glorified much. They asked him to accompany them to talk to the Prophet (saw), to convince him of abandoning his religion.
He went with them to the Prophet's (saw) house. He debated with the Prophet (saw), but the Prophet (saw) using some verses revealed to him, answered him, this debate ended with the most influential man embracing Islam.
It should be noted that all forms of persecutions went side by side with the attempts of making the Prophet (saw) change his mind.
In another attempt they went to the Prophet (saw) offering to stop their abuse to him, on the condition that he talks about their idols in a good way, but the Prophet (saw) refused as his main mission was to remove polytheism and call for monotheism.
They also offered that they would worship Muhammad's (saw) God for one year, on the condition that he worshipped their idols for one year, but he refused. Also, they asked him to omit some verses from the holy Qur’an and the reward would be ceasing to fight him, but again he refused.
The suffering of the early Muslims
The Prophet’s (saw) pains and grief was indescribable, and as was already shown, the polytheists tried many things. Despite the multiple sources of pain, the most grievous of these was seeing his adherents being tortured, scourged and beaten by the infidels. Most of them were poor, helpless slaves.
It is from Allah’s greatest wisdom that most of those who followed him in the beginning were helpless. Had they been predominantly amongst the noble or money tycoons of that era, it would have been said that this religion was spread because of the dominant authority which the nobles practiced over the weak.
The strength of belief that adherents to this faith showed, undoubtedly attests to this religion being spread due to their courage and conviction.
The torture inflicted on them was indicative of the truthfulness of this religion, and the truthfulness of the Prophet (saw), as the followers were not offered anything from the fleeting joys of this mundane life. At that time belief in the Messenger (saw) implied incessant pains and acute miseries, which in most cases resulted in death.
Their stifled sobbing, mixed with their outcries were echoed throughout the vast desert. His heart brimmed with pain for them. On numerous occasions he went to them, to solace them and their faces bespoke the emotional and physical pains which they had experienced. Their thin bodies reflected their hunger and thirst. Their untidy hair reflected their long sleepless nights whilst their hands were handcuffed, nonetheless their souls were free.
Some amongst them died of thirst and hunger while they were left lying in the burning desert without food or drink. Some were killed during the unbearable tortures, while others lost their eyes. Some were flogged till they died, and some were burnt in a resolute fire, yet they never wavered and forsook their religion. The rich among them were dismissed out of their families, and experienced hunger and poverty after leading luxurious life. Some were tied by ropes like pit animals, and given to the children to be dragged through the streets of Makkah.
Why do you think they followed him with such firm resolve, even though they experienced these unspeakable tortures?
What benefits could he have promised them when he had nothing to give?
Do you think they were deceived when they followed him or did they discover the truth on their own in this great Prophet (saw)?
One more question:
Do you think a false prophet could bear all of these tortures, and at the same time unwaveringly abide by his call?
Indeed he is a prophet as this is an inherent quality only of true prophets!
The torture of the early Muslims was unbearable, so the great Prophet (saw) ordered them to emigrate to Abyssinia. It was a difficult decision for the Prophet (saw) to part with his brothers, but their life was in danger.
To survive with their religion, they left their homeland to the unknown; they left their property and the ones whom they loved. In the darkness of the night, they made their way in the desert to the Red Sea.
The great Prophet (saw) remained with just a few Muslims, facing the infidels. They worried about nothing except their Prophet (saw) facing the polytheists, resentment and plots of murder.
His concern and worry for them never ceased, especially because his daughter was among those who emigrated.
His heart was with them, and with the handful of Muslims standing by him, and with the world that was looking for the true path out of the mire that paganism left them in.
The infidels had another plot, so they sent a delegation loaded with presents to the Abyssinian king in order to get back those helpless strangers. When they met the king, they tried to convince him that these people were rebels who left the religion of their forefathers, but to their horror, the Muslims when summoned, explained to the king that their religion calls to the worship of one God.
The delegation of infidels decided to make another plot to intrigue the Muslims, so they met the king again, and told him that holy Qur’an talked badly of Mary (as) and Jesus (as). Upon hearing this, he summoned the Muslims and asked them what the holy Qur’an say about Jesus (as) and Mary (as) and they recited some verses that showed how the Holy Quran deemed Mary (as) and Jesus (as) very high. This moved the king, and he declared that the Muslims were under his protection. All the troubles they faced far away, heaped more sadness on the Prophet (saw), especially when the king of Abyssinia embraced Islam. This led to a military confrontation against dissidents, led by the priests, who were defeated by the king.
Do you think that they would have followed a man, and for him bear all kinds of torture, emigration and estrangement, if he was not a true prophet?
Economic and social blockade
The more they tried to dissuade the Prophet (saw), the more he adhered to his call.
The more they killed his adherents, the more people embraced Islam
The more torture they performed on his adherents, the stronger they became.
The more they prevented the Prophet (saw) from contacting people, the more people came to listen to him.
The more they tarnished his words, the more people wished to listen to them.
There was nothing to stop him, the strongest among the idolaters became helpless before him, and all their attempts that lasted for ten years went into vain.
So, they decided they should launch the worst economic and social blockade history had ever witnessed, in case the Prophet's (saw) tribe would not hand him over to them to kill him.
This agreement was signed by forty people, the conditions of this oppressive agreement were:
1. It is not allowed for anyone to sell food to Muslims.
2. No one is to buy from them.
3. No one is to talk to a Muslim.
4. No one is to marry from among the Muslims, and Muslims are not allowed to marry from them.
The Muslims gathered in a place called "She'ab Abi Talib"
Unmindful of the fearful consequences of this blockade, the Prophet's (saw) will to impart God's word was not sapped.
This blockade lasted for two or three years. The Prophet (saw) and his wife spent all their wealth on getting food at double the price, and even triple the price for the helpless and besieged Muslims.
When caravans of food came to Makkah, the idolaters raced to its owners and bought it for double the price lest the Muslims should find their way to it, and buy something for their children. People did not find anything to eat; their food was the yellow leaves of the trees. The cries of the children were heard across the city.
Knowing that the Prophet (saw) was in danger and that he would be killed, his uncles made him always change his place of sleep. After a blockade that lasted for three years, God made an insect eat the agreement paper that the idolaters had signed.
The archangel told the Prophet (saw) about this and the Prophet (saw) told his uncle about it; the uncle of the prophet went to where the nobles of Quraish convened, and said to them:
“My brother's son told me that an insect has eaten the agreement paper except the word “In the name of Allah,” so if he is correct, you should raise your blockade, and if he is a liar about this, I will give him to you to kill."
They all agreed and brought the agreement paper. When they opened its box, they found that an insect had eaten it, leaving the phrase, "In the name of Allah," so the Muslims were set free.
Part twenty one
The year of Sorrow
The end of the blockade was not the end of troubles for the Prophet (saw), but it was the beginning of more troubles and persecution. The Prophet’s (saw) uncle, who used to safeguard him against the attacks of the idolaters, died leaving him alone facing more hardships. Yet he remained unshaken as the mountain around him, his will and determination did not change in the slightest.
He was distressed by the death of his uncle, and while he was in this sadness, his wife Khadija (ra), the source of relief and solace to him, died just 45 days later.
His uncle and his wife were a source of solace to him; his uncle prevented many troubles that were planned against the Prophet (saw), and his wife was the solace to his heart; she spent all her wealth on his call.
Tortures and persecution doubled, to the extent that persecution became daily routine. The Prophet (saw) went to abodes of ten tribes to expose them to Islam, and to ask them to support him, but most of them had conditions that ran counter with the spirit of Islam. One of the leaders of these families proposed that they would support the Prophet (saw) against his enemies, if he agreed to pass to them leadership in case he died.
The Prophet (saw) answered them saying, "It is to God’s decision to put the leadership of Islam where he wants." In such a fearful atmosphere, in which murderous intent was harbored against the Prophet (saw), and persecutions followed him and his adherents wherever they went, the Prophet (saw) declined their offer.
If he had been an imposter, he would have accepted whatever they proposed, as long as the deal would go into effect after his death. Imposters do not care about what happens after their deaths, they would seek such an opportunity in which they would be defended and supported.
Part twenty two
In the same month in which his uncle died, the Prophet (saw) decided to go to Al-Ta’if, a city which is about one hundred kilometers from Makkah. He took with him a slave whom he freed; he didn't ride a camel or a horse, and walked in the desert in the month of May when the desert is burning.
But contrary to his expectations, the general atmosphere in Ta’if was terribly hostile. He approached the noblest among the people there, but they weren't different from those in Makkah.
They jeered at him, belied him, offended him and used abusive words against him. They didn't see the Prophet (saw) with their hearts and minds, because pride and envy blinded their vision.
He met the heads of the town and exposed them to Islam; one of them said that he would go to the Ka’aba to tear its cloth, objecting to God if he truly sent the Prophet (saw).
The others mocked the Prophet (saw) saying, “Hasn't God found someone else to send as a messenger than you?"
Another said, "If you are truly a prophet, I am nothing to talk to a prophet and if you are not, you are far less important to talk to."
It was the same concept that the people in Makkah followed, it would be a dint in their pride to follow a man who was not amongst the nobles; this was the concept followed at that age and every age, but God knows well who is best to make into a prophet.
Like Makkah, the nobles in this city held all the people under their sway. The Prophet (saw) asked them not to impart any news about him to his enemies in Makkah, as this would bring persecution and certain death, but though they promised him they would not, they didn’t stick to their promise.
Part twenty three
For ten days the Prophet (saw) moved from one house to another, exposing people to Islam but to no avail.
He addressed many people, debated with them, convinced them, but it was the same situation as in Makkah; people that tried to block the light of the truth to their long-chained hearts.
Fearing that the call to Islam would bring its fruit, the leaders in the town precipitated the departure of the Prophet (saw) out of the city.
To doing this, they enticed their slaves and children to hoot the Prophet (saw) through the alleyways; they chased the great Prophet (saw) out of the city, and kept pelting him with stones till blood poured from his body, dripping on the burning sands of the desert.
His companion too, who tried to shield him was badly wounded in head.
The mob did not stop until they had chased him two or three miles across the sandy plains, to the foot of the surrounding hills.
There, wearied and exhausted, he took shelter in one of the numerous orchards, and rested against the wall of a vineyard. At a time when the whole world seemed to have turned against him, Muhammad (saw) turned to his Lord and prayed, the words of his prayer are so touching, that are still preserved. He was weary and wounded, but confident of help from his Lord, and he prayed to his Lord saying:
"O God! To You alone I make complaint of my helplessness, the scarcity of my resources and my insignificance before mankind.
You are the most Merciful of the mercifuls. You are the Lord of the helpless and the weak, O Lord of mine! Into whose hands would You abandon me:
Into the hands of an unsympathetic distant relative who would sullenly frown at me, or to the enemy who has been given control over my affairs?
But if Your wrath does not fall on me, there is nothing for me to worry about.
I seek protection in the light of Your Countenance, which illuminates the heavens and dispels darkness, and which controls all affairs in this world as well as in the Hereafter. May it never be that I should incur Your wrath, or that You should be wrathful to me. And there is no power nor resource, but Yours alone."
Part twenty four
The return to Makkah
Heart-broken and depressed, Muhammad (saw) set out on the way back to Makkah. When he reached Qarn Al-Manazil, Allah, the Almighty sent him Gabriel (as) together with the angel of mountains. The latter asked the Prophet (saw) for permission to bury Makkah between Al–Akhshabain; the Abu Qubais and Qu‘ayqa‘an mountains. Full narration of this event was given by ‘Aishah - May Allah be pleased with her - (the Prophet’s spouse). She said:
"I asked the Prophet (saw) if he had ever experienced a worse day than Uhud. He answered that he had suffered a lot from those people (the idolaters), but the most painful was on the day of ‘Aqabah. I went seeking support from Ibn ‘Abd Yalil bin ‘Abd Kalal, but he spurned me. I set out wearied and grieved heedless of anything around me, until I suddenly realized I was in Qarn Ath-Tha‘alib, called Qarn Al-Manazil. There, I looked up and saw a cloud casting its shade on me, and Gabriel addressing me: Allah has heard your people’s words and sent you the angel of mountains to your aid. The latter called and gave me his greetings, and asked for my permission to bury Makkah between Al-Akhshabain, the two mountains flanking Makkah. I said in reply that I would rather have someone from their loins who will worship Allah, the All–Mighty with no associate."
This was a concise meaningful answer fully indicative of the Prophet’s (saw) matchless character and the fathomless magnanimous manners.
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