Mercy for Mankind

This is the 6th Part on the Series ‘Images from Seerah’s Album’.

An eye-wetness account of what happened in Taif and beyond! 

MERCY FOR MANKIND

In my album pictures are beautifully arranged and kept in order. Let us move to another section to see the fourth picture. It is very dear to me; I look at it time and again and have shown it to my friends for years. While the earlier three pictures depicted how seriously the Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) took his message, this shows how kind and considerate he was towards audiences.

The Fourth Image – The Wounded that Rained Forever 

This is the tenth year of the da’wah and apostleship. The people and the leaders of Makkah are still not prepared to worship the one and only God. Allah, and follow the Prophet and turn Makkah into a center of the Divine Mission. On the contrary, they are now planning to do away with the Missionary himself. The caring uncle Abu Talib has passed away, leaving him without the traditional tribal protection. The twenty-five-year long companionship with his wife, the Lady Khadija, has ended with her death. Where is he to seek solace and shelter?

Makkah has laid its best-cut gems on his lap, but he is in search of a settlement where a society based upon the worship of One God can flourish. He feels the need for a place where preparations can be made for the establishment of Allah’s rule. The Prophet thinks of Ta’if and sets out for it. This is perhaps the only city close to Makkah. It is a fertile land, with abundant water, and fruit-laden orchards. Maybe the leaders and the wealthy there respond well to the call.

The way to Ta’if passes through a difficult terrain, hilly rocks and valleys, It is summer, hot blazing summer of Arabia He is now 50, already past his youthful energetic days. He cannot afford to buy a horse or camel to ride as his resources have been drained by missionary activities. He covers the distance on foot in a pair of sandals accompanied by his adopted son and youthful follower Zaid bin Haritha. On his arrival at Ta’if the Prophet immediately goes to the three leaders of ‘Banu Thaqif: Abd Yalail, Masud and Habib. He presents before them the message of Islam. All his hopes are dashed to the ground. He has been rejected by his native Makkans for the last ten years. He has cherished high hopes of the people of Ta’if. These three leaders too, blinded by their pelf and power, refuse to see the truth and accept Islam. The answers they give are quite interesting.

The first arrow aimed at the broken heart is: ‘Could God find none but you to make a prophet, you who do not have even a donkey to ride?’ The second one presents his political philosophy: ‘If God had sent you, the hangings of the Ka’bah would have been torn down. The third one’s logic is: ‘Let me never speak to you for if you are a messenger from God, as you say, then you are too great a personage for me to address; and if you lie, it is not fitting that I should speak to you. Broken hearted the Prophet leaves that place. The leaders of Ta’if stir up their slaves and town reprobates to insult him and shout at him. They aim pellets at his ankles and knees. When he sits down because of the terrible pain, they force him to get on his feet again. The stones and pellets continue for quite a distance. He is exhausted because of injuries and loss of blood and at long last he takes refuge in an orchard outside the town.

Now look at this picture. Whose heart will it not rend to pieces? ,

“The knees are badly hurt, the shins bruised and bleeding, the blessed robes are crimson. The faithful Zaid lifts up his fainted master from the dusty road and carries him to a place where he finds water. When he tries to take off the shoes, they would not come off because of the sticky blood that has jelled in them” (Manazir Ahsan Gilani: An Nabi-ul-Khatim, p 58).

“What a day it was! How terrible was the scene! He who had come for all the peoples, for all times to come, was being returned and rejected. Not only did they refuse to accept his message, they also injured him till he fell to the ground. And it was he who would save them from falling into the fire, holding them and pulling them back by their waists. {Ibid, p 58)

“Once Aisha said, “O Messenger of Allah, has there been a day harder on you than the day of (the battle of) Uhad?” He replied,” The hardship that I suffered at the hands of your people were not less but the hardest day was when I presented my message before Abd Yalail in Ta’if and he rejected it”. (Naeem Siddiqui: Mohsin-e-lnsaniyat, p 196)

Now keep all these scenes of woe before your eyes — hopeful journey to Ta’if, broken heart and bruised body, the hardest day of life – and mark the words that he utters while he prays to his Lord:

“O Allah unto thee do I complain of my weakness, of my helplessness, of my want of resources, and of my lowliness before men. O Most Merciful of the merciful, Thou art Lord of the weak. And Thou art my Lord. Into whose hands wilt Thou entrust me? Unto some far off stranger who will ill-treat me? Or unto a foe whom Thou hast empowered against me? I care not, so Thou be not wrath with me. But Thy favoring help -that were for me the broader way and the wider scope! I take refuge in the Light of Thy Countenance whereby all darkness’s are illuminated and the things of this world and the next are rightly ordered, lest Thou make descend Thine anger upon me, or lest Thy wrath beset me. Yet is it Thine to reproach until Thou art well pleased? There is no power and no might except through Thee.”

You saw the condition of the heart, the dedication to the Da’wah, hardships of the journey, trust in the Lord and the desire to win His pleasure. These colors are quite clear in the picture but there are certain other colours which I would like to point out to you. Listening to the Prophet’s prayer quoted above, Zaid offers this suggestion: “O Messenger of Allah, pray for their destruction” But he who is mercy from head to foot, says: “Why should I curse them? If they do not believe in Allah, I hope their next generations will worship the One and Only God.’

A writer has written in these words: “This was a reflection of the merciful aspect of the Prophet’s personality. It was an amazing example of his immense and immortal love and affection for humanity and his patience and perseverance. History fails to present even a semblance of this profundity of love for humanity, faith in the truth of his message and dedication in faithfully delivering this message to the world. No other great Personality could rise to these heights of kindness towards humanity” (Abul Kalam Azad; Rasoole- Rahmat, p 152).

The Prophet now leaves the garden and sets out for Makkah. When he reaches the place where pilgrims put on their special robes (Ihram), the angel Gabriel comes and says, ‘Allah has seen the response shown you by the people (of Ta’if) O Muhammad (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him). Here is the angel in charge of the mountains. He has been sent by your Lord and is at your command”. The angel of mountains approaches the Prophet and begs his permission in these words: “Oh Muhammad (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) I am at your disposal. I can move these mountains to crush and destroy the city they surround”. What follows is worth observing.

“Was there any thing out of his control whose ankles and knees had been battered? Was the given authority ever withdrawn? He who was battered with stones and pebbles was now empowered to answer easily with rocks and hills. To what use did he put his power, he who could command the angel of mountains? Would he make life difficult for them who made his life miserable? He could do it if he wanted, and he had every right to destroy those who had tortured him.” (Gilani: An Nabi-ul-Khatim}

History that has recorded the flood that drowned Noah’s people, the storm that overcame the Aad, the roar and thunder that shook the people of Thamud, the rain of stones that covered the people of ‘Lot’ and the Nile which drowned the armies of Pharaoh, has also recorded the answer that Muhammad (PBUH) gave to the angel of mountains. The Prophet says, “I am not disappointed. I do hope that from their loins Allah will bring forth a people who will worship the One and Only God and will not ascribe partners to Him”

How beautiful, captivating and moving is this picture of Ta’if! How can one help not loving it? It is like a fountain of love. What a wealth of compassion! How kind is the Prophet to the creatures of His Lord! How firm is the rock of hope on which is based the edifice of Da’wah ! Everybody loves one’s friends. How many people are there who love their enemies?

A good word draws a good word; but how many are there who give blessings in response to stones and abuses. There are no feelings of revenge, no hate, no anger, no foul words, no self-conceit, nor any misuse of power. Instead, what we find is the tenderness of heart, sympathy, kindness, mercy and a message of life. Force is used only when indispensable, to the needed extent only -and that also to curb mischief. The biggest concern is that hearts should be conquered so that they bow before their Lord; the greatest wish is that there should be people who respond positively to the invitation of truth and join in sooner or later.

I think of this picture again and again. We often forget it completely when we are in the middle of conflicts, arguments and scuffles. We forget that we are against the disease and not the patient; we hate sin and evil, not the evildoer. A bad person is like a bad part of the body and is amputated only when there is no hope of recovery left.

Compare yourself with this picture. Do you have the kind of love, kindness, mercy, tenderness of heart, magnanimity, perseverance and strength of character that you could respond to abuses and stones with blessings and good wishes? Is it possible that people throw stones at you and you strew flowers in their way? Is it possible that you are rejected and you do not give up hope, you are torn apart and still you keep contact, you are oppressed and you forgive, you are deprived and you keep giving? It is not easy to answer evil with good. But without doing so you cannot go very far in the field of Da’wah, good deeds and your steadfastness in Islam-Only the fortunate few are endowed with this wealth and the fortunate is he who has been granted patience.

The Lord says: “And who is fairer in speech than he who calls to Allah and acts righteously and says: “I am a Muslim”? (O Prophet), good and evil are not equal. Repel (evil) with that which is good, and you will see that he, between whom and you there was enmity, shall become as if he were a bosom friend (of yours). But none attains to this except those who are steadfast; none attains to this except those endowed with mighty good fortune. (Fussilat 41:33-35)

To tell you the truth, you will never be able to conquer hearts until you have the same spirit and perseverance, magnanimity, love and kindness. The Caller is personally a rival or enemy to none. He fights for the well-being of others. He kills with the same intention with which a surgeon amputates a good-for-nothing limb.

………To be continued, Inshaa’Allah

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This is MuQeet. Author. Educator. Soft Skill Trainer. Freelancer. Editor. YasSarNalQuR'aN is my primary blog. There are two other amazing blogs: www.Muqith.wordpress.com and www.IslamCalling.wordpress.com Subscribe if you wish to stay connected, InshaaAllah. Thank you.
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