Towards Madinah |#WhoIsMuhammad PBUH

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Part 18 (II)

The Quraysh declared a prize of hundred camels for whoever finds Muhammad, so everyone went out to find him and Abu Bakr.

But the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم instead of going in the direction of Yathrib, he went in the opposite direction towards Yemen. He had Abu Bakr with him. When they had reached Mount Thawr, Abu Bakr entered first to see if everything was clear, and he covered the few holes that was there inside with a cloth. They entered the cave and the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم slept on Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه ‘s lap. Suddenly, something stung Abu Bakr’s foot, nut he did not twitch, fearing that would wake the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, but the pain was so intense that tears began to roll down his cheeks and fell on the Prophets’ صلى الله عليه وسلمface . the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم woke up and saw Abu Bakr was in pain , so he applied some spittle on the injury and the pain disappeared. For three nights the Prophet and Abu Bakr stayed in the cave, and during this time the Abu Bakr’s son Abdullah would spend the nights in the outskirts of Makkah and update them about the news of Quraysh. Abu Bakr’s slave,would graze his goats near the mountain and provide them with fresh milk.

Meanwhile the search party scoured the south of Makkah where the Prophet and Abu Bakr were hiding. Once the Quraysh even came upon the mouth of the cave , and they had looked down while standing at the edge of the cavem they would have surely found the men they were hunting. With Quraysh so close to discovering their hiding place, Abu Bakr became very tensed about the Prophet’s safety. The Prophet reassured him,

“How can you be apprehensive about two with whom is the third, especially when the third one is Allah?”

On the first night of Rabi-ul-Awwal, the guide hired by the Prophet came to take them to Yathrib with Abu Bakr’s two camels. Abu Bakr’s slave also accompanied them.

They journeyed all night and half of the next day. The Prophet rested for a night and they resumed the journey the next day and on the way they found a tent of Umm Ma’bad on the outskirts of a place known as Qadid, about 130 km from Makkah. They asked her if she had anything to offer for four weary travelers, and she apologized since she had nothing to offer, saying that her goats were grazing far away. The one she had with her was unable to give enough milk for the four travelers.

The Prophet asked for permission to milk it, and when he did, the milk overflowed from its udders. He filled a large bowl with milk and first let her drinkm after that the other travelers drank their share of the milk. After they had finished, he milked the goat once again and left a whole bowl of milk for her. When Umm Ma’bad told her husband of what happened, he said: “That was the man from the Quraysh that I have been hearing about, if I ever have the opportunity, I will join his followers.

On the third morning, and when they left Qadid , a man by the name Suraqa bin Malik spotted them.  When he came close to the Prophet and his companions, the Prophet was unconcerned, he kept moving reciting the verses of the Qur’an all through. And everytime Suraqa tried to come close, his horse would slip on the sand, and finally he surrendered to the Prophet. Suraqa offered them food, but they refused his ration, but the Prophet told him not to inform the Quraysh about their whereabouts and he agreed, and asked to be given a letter of safe conduct for future security. He then returned to Makkah and told the hunters that their search will go vain since he searched the whole area and failed to find the fugitives.

The four travelers continued their journey and reached Qubaa, which was on the outskirts of Madinah (Yathrib), where they were warmly welcomed.

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The Trip to Taif | #WhoIsMuhammad PBUH

The Year of Sorrow in which the two main support system of the Prophet -Peace be upon him- his uncle and wife passed away, was indeed a hard one and start of a new struggle. Now the protection whcih Abu Talib had given him was not there anymore. The Prophet -Peace be upon him-realized there was no hope left from the Makkan people therefore he decided to look for another place to spread his message, starting from, a city south of Makkah, the city of Taif. 

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The people of Taif were wealthy and prosperous, had large farms and vineyards. Is also was an important  religious center since it had the Temple of Lat ( a god they used to worship).

In the 10th year of Prophet-hood, the Prophet -Peace be upon him- set out with Zayd bin Harithah -May Allah be pleased with him-to Taif and met with it’s chiefs and leaders to whom he invited to Islam. They not only rejected him message with extreme rudeness and harshness but to add to that, they ordered the children of Taif to throw stones and sand on the Prophet -Peace be upon him- and his companion driving them both out of Taif while mocking and insulting them. 

They both were severely injured and  Prophet’s -Peace be upon him- feet were bleeding and he almost collapsed. They both rested outside of Taif, in an orchard which belonged to two Makkans, who had seen the torture he had gone through, had some mercy on him and sent their slave to tend to the Prophet’s-Peace be upon him-wounds and a place to rest so he can resume his journey back to Mkaah. They also sent their Christian slave-Addas-with a basket of grapes to the Prophet-Peace be upon him-seeing the personality and kindness of the Messenger of Allah -Peace be upon him- he immediately accepted Islam.

It was then when angel Jibrael-May peace be upon him- came to the Prophet-Peace be upon him-and said that Allah had heard what his people and done to him-Peace be upon him-and therefore has sent the angels in charge of the mountains to you so if you say they’ll crush the people of Taif between the two mountains.

Despite being deeply hurt by their actions he-Peace be upon him-rejected that offer and said:  I rather hope that God will produce from their descendants such persons as will worship Allah, the One, and will not ascribe partners to Him. [Muslim: 1795]

Such was the incredible pure heart of the Messenger of Allah may Allah’s peace and blessing be upon him. 

Arise and Warn | #WhoIsMohammad PBUH

Allahuma-Sali-ala-sayidna-Muhammad-was-salimArabia was submerged and engulfed by the violent and unwise practices of its people. The birth of the prophet in the “Times of Ignorance” was a sign of Allah’s mercy upon mankind. He had chosen yet once again to guide His people towards the right path through His messenger peace be upon him. The prophet peace be upon him belonged to one of the most famous tribes in Arabia. He was an orphan since his birth. His mother died when he turned six. After the tragic death of his grandfather too, Abu Talib, his uncle took him in his custody. The Prophet was an illiterate man and worked as a shepherd in his youth.

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“O you (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) enveloped (in garments), arise and warn”
(Qur’an 74:1-2)

Immediately after the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم  got the command from Allah to proclaim the message of Islam, he wasted no time. Calling a group of people who were rooted on idolatry to the oneness of Allah (Tawheed) was not an easy task, Continue reading

Do you know your weakness?

imageAs people gathered around the kaabah and the prophet peace be upon him stood at its gate after destroying the idols inside it, he addressed his audience: ‘O people of Quraysh! What do you think I will do with you now? They all replied in unison, ‘You will deal with us in kindness you are a noble brother and son of a noble brother’ the prophet peace be upon him said, ‘in that case I will say to you what Yusuf said to his brothers:’ there is no blame on you. Go for you are free’ (Al Sirah an Nabawiyyah by Ibn Hisham 4/54,55) Continue reading

“…But I am not the best of you”

Any-Muslim-Abu-Bakr-as-Siddiq-Quotes-He had a spotless ancestry, humble nature, wide knowledge, and was well known for his refined manners. Abu Bakr’s name in Jahiliyyah (age of ignorance) was Abdul Kaaba. Prophet peace be upon him named him Abdullah. He lived as a well to do merchant in Makkah before the advent of Islam. He is known to have never worshiped an idol even before Islam. After the first wahi (revelation) came down, Abu Bakr became the first man to embrace Islam without any hesitation. Continue reading