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Do not grieve... Allah is with us.
I Am the Prophet, No Lying.
Power of the Word.
Your God has forsaken you
If this is the truth, rain down upon us stones from the sky!
Bring us a Qur’an other than this or change it!
Turn Mount As-Safa into gold for us to believe you!
Prostrate before our gods to prostrate before your God!
He said, “Behind me is that I heard a saying which, I swear by Allah, the like of it I have never heard. By Allah it is not poetry, or magic, or soothsaying. O people of Quraish, obey me and lay it on me. Do not come between this man and what he is in. Withdraw from him. By Allah, the saying I heard from him will be a great event. Should the Arabs defeat him, others than you will rid you of him. Should he triumph over the Arabs, his supremacy will be yours, his glory will be yours, and you will be the most fortunate of all people by him.”
The followers of Muhammad (pbuh), mostly the poor and slaves, were a subject of ridicule and laughter for the strong, wealthy chiefs of Quraish. They arrogantly said, “Had it been good that to which Muhammad is calling us, such people as Bilal, Suhaib, and ‘Ammar would not have preceded us to it.”
The Mushrikin of Makkh considered it beneath them to declare belief in Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and submit like the rest of the people. They placed themselves in the position of gods and gave their followers laws to follow and obey. Arrogance and authority inhibited them from accepting Islam for fear of becoming servants of Allah like the rest of ordinary people.
A sorcerer! A madman! A liar! Rather, he is a poet!
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.”