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.
Daybreak slowly pushes darkness out until daylight spreads everywhere; so was the Prophet of Mercy (pbuh) commanded to preach Islam, slowly pushing darkness, breaking the idols, and guiding people to Allah Almighty.
Arise! There is no longer time for rest. Pull yourself away from the warmth of home and family and come to striving. Arise and shoulder the Message. Arise for humanity to worship their Creator. Arise to defeat darkness, eliminate Shirk, and uplift the Word of Allah most high.
This singular capacity for mercy is traced all along the Prophet’s life. To grasp a glimpse of its expansiveness, you must envision him warning people on Mount As-Safa, going from one house to another in Mina, following people in marketplaces, assemblies, and gatherings, calling out: “O people! Say, ‘There is no god but Allah’ and you will succeed.”
To the Prophet (pbuh), ‘Abdullah bin Ubai bin Salul, the chief of hypocrites in Al-Madinah, was a worse enemy than the disbelievers. He was the one who rudely treated the Prophet (pbuh) when he (pbuh) first arrived in Al-Madinah and happened to pass by a gathering in which ‘Abdullah bin Ubai bin Salul was present, before ‘Abdullah embraced Islam.
A living picture of the Prophet’s feelings that can be seen, heard, and felt.
Without specifying a certain class, race, or origin, or making a special mention of Muslim followers, the Prophet of Mercy (pbuh) teaches, saying: “Show mercy to those on the earth, and He Who is in the heaven will show mercy to you.” (Abu Dawud).