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Tuesday, 19 October 2021 10:44

The Journey to Taa’if to Propagate Islam – Part Four

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Hazrat Aa’ishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) reports:

I once asked Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), “O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! Did you ever encounter a day that was more difficult than the day of Uhud?”

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, “All the trials I suffered from your people were severe and difficult. However, the most difficult day that I endured was the day when I presented myself before the son of ‘Abd Yaaleel (at Taa’if). He did not accept my message, and I departed from there in a state of extreme grief and sorrow.

Wednesday, 13 October 2021 10:30

The Journey to Taa’if to Propagate Islam – Part Three

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‘Utbah bin Rabee‘ah and Shaibah bin Rabee‘ah had hearts that were harder than stone (as they were staunch enemies of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and Islam). However, when they saw Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) seated beneath the tree in their orchard, in a state of helplessness and having suffered oppression, then even their hearts became soft, and they were overcome by feelings of kinship to their relative and person of their clan, the Quraish.

Wednesday, 06 October 2021 05:57

The Journey to Taa’if to Propagate Islam – Part Two

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While returning from Taa’if, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) sought refuge in an orchard belonging to Utbah bin Rabee‘ah and Shaibah bin Rabee‘ah. On entering the orchard, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) sat in the shade of a tree and made the following du‘aa:

اللهم إليك أشكو ضعف قوتي وقلة حيلتي وهواني على الناس يا أرحم الراحمين أنت رب المستضعفين إلى من تكلني إلى عدو بعيد يتجهمني أم إلى صديق قريب ملكته أمري إن لم تكن غضبانا علي فلا أبالي غير أن عافيتك أوسع لي أعوذ بنور وجهك الذي أشرقت له الظلمات وصلح عليه أمر الدنيا والآخرة من أن تنزل بي غضبك أو يحل بي سخطك ولك العتبى حتى ترضى ولا حول ولا قوة إلا بك

O Allah! To You alone do I complain of the feebleness of my strength, the scarceness of my resources and my unimportance in the eyes of people. O the Most-Merciful of those who show mercy! You are the Rabb of the weak! To whom will You entrust me – to a distant enemy who will frown at me, or to a close friend to whom You have assigned my affair? O Allah! So long as You are not displeased with me then I am not concerned or worried in the least. However, ease from You will bring me relief. I seek protection in the divine radiance of Your countenance, which illuminates all darkness, and through which the affairs of this world and the Hereafter continue in harmony, (I seek protection) from You sending down Your anger upon me, or from your wrath falling upon me. You alone do I strive to please, and I will continue until You are pleased, and there is no ability (to refrain from evil) and no power (to carry out righteous actions) except through You.

Wednesday, 29 September 2021 11:11

The Journey to Taa’if to Propagate Islam

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After the demise of Abu Taalib, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) did not have any person to protect him and support him. Likewise, after the demise of Hazrat Khadijah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) did not have anyone to console him and comfort him.

Thus, in the 10th year after prophethood, at the end of the month of Shawwaal, due to the cruel persecution of the Quraish, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) decided to travel to Taa’if. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) hoped that the people of Taa’if would perhaps accept the message of Allah Ta‘ala and become supporters and protectors of deen. Hence, accompanied by Hazrat Zaid bin Haarithah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) set out for Taa’if.

Wednesday, 22 September 2021 14:19

The Year of Grief and Sadness – Part Two

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Hazrat ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports, “I once asked Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), ‘O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)! Did you benefit your uncle, Abu Taalib, in any way? After all, he would protect you and assist you.’ Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, ‘The fire of Jahannum burns him up to his ankles. If I did not intercede for him, he would have been in the depths of the fire.’”

A few days after the Muslims emerged from the Valley of Abu Taalib, Abu Taalib passed away. This was during the month of Ramadhaan or Shawwaal in the tenth year after Nubuwwah. Three or five days after the demise of Abu Taalib, Hazrat Khadijah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) also passed away.

After Ibnud Daghinah granted amnesty to Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), and informed him that the Quraish accepted his amnesty on condition that he worship Allah Ta‘ala within the confines of his home, Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) began performing his ibaadah in his home.

However, after some time, Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) made a special place in the courtyard of his house where he began performing salaah and reciting the Qur’aan Majeed. Thereafter, when he would engage in ibaadah in the courtyard of his home, then the women and children of the Quraish in the locality would gather around him and earnestly watch him make ibaadah. In fact, they would be so immersed in watching him and listening to him that they could not move their eyes away from him.

During the period when the Banu Haashim were under boycott in the Valley of Abu Taalib, Hazrat Abu Bakr Siddeeq (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) set out from Makkah Mukarramah with the intention of migrating to Abyssinia (and joining the other Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) who had made hijrah to Abyssinia).

On reaching a place named Bark-ul-Ghimaad , Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) met Ibnud Daghinah, the leader of the Qaarah clan. Ibnud Daghinah asked Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), “O Abu Bakr! Where are you going to?” Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) replied, “My people have driven me out. I wish to travel in the land of Allah and worship my Rabb freely.”

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had informed his uncle, Abu Taalib, that besides the name of Allah Ta‘ala, ants had eaten the entire document on which the oppressive resolution was written. Accordingly, Abu Taalib came to the Quraish and informed them of what Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) had mentioned.

Abu Taalib then made a proposal saying that if the claim of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was proven to be true, then the disbelievers should cease their persecution. On the contrary, if his claim is proven to be false, then Abu Taalib and the Banu Haashim would hand Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) over to the disbelievers. The disbelievers agreed to this proposal and sent for the document to be brought.

On account of the difficulties and hardships that the Muslims were being subjected to, some of the disbelievers, who were compassionate at heart, thought of breaking this resolution to boycott the Banu Haashim.

The first person who had this thought was Hishaam bin ‘Amr. He thought to himself, “How shameful it is that we are eating and drinking to our fill, while our relatives are longing for a little grain and are spending their days in starvation!” Due to the pity that he felt, he would go during the night and leave a camel-load of grain at the entrance of the valley of Abu Taalib.

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