: On mount as-safa


Emad Fadel
26-05-2010, 06:20 AM
The book entitled "Sealed Nectar - Ar-Raheeq al-Makhtoom" is one of the best modern books that were written about the biography of the Prophet.
The following story is taken from this book

ON MOUNT AS-SAFA:
After the Messenger of Allh (Peace be upon him) became sure of Abu Talib's commitment to his protection while he called the people unto Allh, he stood up on Mount As-Safa one day and called out loudly: "O Sabahah! " Septs of Quraish came to him. He called them to testify to the Oneness of Allh and believe in his Messengership and the Day of Resurrection. Al-Bukhari reported part of this story on the authority of Ibn 'Abbas May Allah be pleased with him). He said: "When the following verses were revealed "And warn your tribe [O Muhammad (Peace be upon him) ] of near kindred." [26:214]
The Messenger of Allh (Peace be upon him) ascended Mount As-Safa and started to call: "O Bani Fahr! O Bani 'Adi (two septs of Quraish)." Many people gathered and those who couldn't, sent somebody to report to them. Abu Lahab was also present. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:
"You see, if I were to tell you that there were some horsemen in the valley planning to raid you, will you believe me?" They said: "Yes, we have never experienced any lie from you." He said: "I am a warner to you before a severe torment." Abu Lahab promptly replied: "Perish you all the day! Have you summoned us for such a thing?" The verses were immediately revealed on that occasion:
"Perish the two hands of Abi Lahab..." [111:1]. Muslim reported another part of this story on the authority of Abu Hurairah (May Alah be pleased with him) He said: "When the following verses were revealed:
"And warn your tribe [O Muhammad (Peace be upon him) ] of near kindred." [26:214]
The Messenger of Allh (Peace be upon him) called all the people of Quraish; so they gathered and he gave them a general warning. Then he made a particular reference to certain tribes, and said: "O Quraish, rescue yourselves from the Fire; O people of Bani Ka'b, rescue yourselves from Fire; O Fatimah, daughter of Muhammad (Peace be upon him) , rescue yourself from the Fire, for I have no power to protect you from Allh in anything except that I would sustain relationship with you." It was verily a loud suggestive Call stating unequivocally to the closest people that belief in his Message constituted the corner-stone of any future relation between him and them, and that the blood-relation on which the whole Arabian life was based, had ceased to exist in the light of that Divine ultimatum

Emad Fadel
26-05-2010, 06:29 AM
SHOUTING THE TRUTH AND THE POLYTHEISTS' REACTION:
The Prophet's voice kept reverberating in Makkah until the following verse was revealed:
"Therefore proclaim openly (Allh's Message Islamic Monotheism), that which you are commanded, and turn away from Al-Mushrikn (polytheists)." [15:94] He then commenced discrediting the superstitious practices of idolatry, revealing its worthless reality.
The Makkans, on their part, burst into outrage and disapproval. Muhammad's (Peace be upon him) words created a thunderbolt that turned the Makkan time -honoured ideological life upside down.
They could ill afford to hear someone attaching to polytheists and idolaters, the description of straying people. They started to rally their resources to settle down the affair, quell the onward marching revolution and deal a pre-emptive strike to its votaries before it devours and crushes down their consecrated traditions and long standing heritage. The Makkans had the deep conviction that denying godship to anyone save Allh and that belief in the Divine Message and the Hereafter are interpreted in terms of complete compliance and absolute commitment, and this in turn leaves no area at all for them to claim authority over themselves and over their wealth, let alone their
subordinates. In short, their arrogated religiously-based supremacy and highhandedness would no longer be in effect; their pleasures would be subordinated to the pleasures of Allh and His Messenger and lastly they would have to abstain from incurring injustices on those whom they falsely deemed to be weak, and perpetrating dreadful sins in their everyday life. They had already been fully aware of these meanings, that is why their souls would not condescend to accept this 'disgraceful' position not out of motives based on dignity and honour but rather because:
"Nay! (Man denies Resurrection and Reckoning. So) he desires to continue committing sins." [75:5]
They had been aware of all these consequences but they could afford to do nothing before an honest truthful man who was the highest example of good manners and human values. They had never known such an example in the history of grandfathers. What would they do? They were baffled, and they had the right to be so.
Following careful deliberations, they hit upon the only target available, i.e. to contact the Messenger's uncle, Abu Talib and request him to intervene and advise his nephew to stop his activities. In order to attach a serious and earnest stamp to their demand, they chose to touch the most sensitive area in Arabian life, viz., ancestral pride. They addressed Abu Talib in the following manner: "O Abu Talib! Your nephew curses our gods; finds faults with our way of life, mocks at our religion and degrades our forefathers; either you must stop him, or you must let us get at him. For you are in the same opposition as we are in opposition to him; and we will rid you of him." Abu Talib tried to appease their wrath by giving them a polite reply. The Prophet (Peace be upon him),
however, continued on his way preaching Allh's religion and calling men hitherto, heedless of all their desperate attempts and malicious intentions