The disbelievers shut their ears against all guidance and hinged their belief in the Prophet (pbuh) on a material miracle.
The disbelievers tried to bargain with the Prophet (pbuh), saying: “O Muhammad! Come, let us worship what you worship and you worship what we worship so that you and we share the matter. If what you worship is better than what we worship, we will take a share of it. And if what we worship is better than what you worship, you will take a share of it.”
The disbelievers tried to tempt the Prophet (pbuh) with worldly riches, power, and sovereignty, laying them under his feet, hoping that this might dissuade him from calling people to Islam and worshiping Allah alone, with undivided allegiance.
Shall we believe in you while you are followed by the lowest of people?
Never will we show belief until we have a share of your prophethood.
Malicious attitudes and hateful looks angrily pursued the Prophet of Islam(pbuh), almost influencing his steps and causing him to slip and lose his balance and firmness on the earth.
Accepting a god other than one’s Maker creates servility in the soul and produces oppression. The souls of the Quraishi chiefs clung to worldly life, tightly shackled by a love of supremacy and the pleasures derived from it, and by a refusal to be molded by the principles of ‘Right and Wrong’, ‘Halal (Lawful) and Haram (Forbidden)’, ‘Do and Do not do’.
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This struggle of one against all proceeded, in which the Prophet started to publicly worship Allah, the Most Exalted, before the eyes of Quraish at the Ka‘bah, in broad daylight, without regard for the Mushrikin and their persecution.
The warner’s cries kept reverberating through Makkah. Shortly afterwards, Allah Almity revealed His Command of open and general preaching of Islam, saying: "Proclaim openly that which you are commanded, and turn away from the Mushrikin." (pbuh).
After three years of secret preaching of Islam to individuals a group of first believers emerged, firmer than mountains, closer than brothers, ready to shoulder and convey the Message, following which the Prophet (pbuh) received the Divine Command of declaring the Call to the Quraish: "Warn, (O Muhammad), your closest kindred."( Ash-Shu‘ara’ 26: 214).
Clouds of multilayered darkness covered the minds and lives of the people of Jahiliyyah (Pre-Islamic Days of Ignorance of Allah), who were dragged down into the evil depths of idolatry, debauchery, and sin.