A Unique Mercy and Solace

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How did Hz. Muhammad feel in Uhud Mountain? What has Hz. Muhammad taif experienced?

A Unique Mercy and Solace from the Compassionate

Aisha -Allah be well-pleased with her- explains:

“Once I asked the Prophet -upon him blessings and peace- whether there had been a day where felt more distress than the Battle of Uhud.

‘Yes, I suffered a lot in the hands of your tribe. The worst was what they did on the day of Aqabah.[1] Again, I sought the protection of Abdiya’lil ibn Abduqulal, who over and above rejecting me had all the troublemakers stone me until I was left in blood. So I turned back, distraught. Only when I reached Kam’us-Saalib could I come to my senses. There I looked up and saw a cloud shading me. On a closer look, I noticed Jibril in the midst of the cloud. He was calling out to me:

‘The Almighty knows the way you have been treated by the tribe and how they have refused to shelter you. To do to them as you wish, he has sent you the Angel of Mountains!”

Then the Angel of Mountains greeted me and called out:

“Muhammad! Allah the Almighty has heard what the tribe has said to you. I am the Angel of Mountains. The Almighty has sent me to do to them as you command. What do you command? If you wish, I shall tumble these two mountains down on their towns!”

“No. I only wish from the Almighty that He bring forth from their children people who will only worship Him and who will not attribute to Him any partners”, I replied. (Bukhari, Bad’ul-Khalq, 7; Muslim, Jihad, 111)

The following poem beautifully expresses the love of the Compassionate for His noblest servant:

So beloved are you in Divine eyes, that for you

He would sacrifice the world and what’s in it.

The Ta’if journey contains many lessons:

  1. First, it emphasizes the importance of inviting to Islam. Even though it was the year of grief, the Prophet -upon him blessings and peace- did not take any time off, carrying on his call with patience and perseverance.
  2. Although the locals of Ta’if stoned him, the Noble Messenger -upon him blessings and peace- had no ill wishes for them. Together with displaying the Prophet’s -upon him blessings and peace- compassion, this also shows that an inviter must also be compassionate.
  3. A caller to Islam must be self-critical and continue praying for the guidance of others without falling into despair. Upon seeing a mistake, it was common for the Messenger of Allah -upon him blessings and peace- to remark, as if to attribute the mistake to himself:

“What is it with me that I see you do such and such?”[2]

Again, Suleyman’s -upon him peace- remark upon noticing the absence of the Hoopoe during a meeting is of a similar kind:

“What is it with me that I do not see the Hoopoe?” (an-Naml, 20)

  1. The guidance of Addas following the Ta’if journey is of great importance in raising the spirits of the Messenger of Allah -upon him blessings and peace- in the most testing of times. It also shows that even when undergoing great struggles, the guidance of even a single person should provide more than enough comfort.
  2. An inviter should set an example through his manners.
  3. An inviter ought to be cultured and know how to interact with people, and know to say the right words at the right time, just like the Prophet’s -upon him blessings and peace-encounter with Addas.

[1] The Day of Aqabah is the day in which the Messenger of Allah -upon him blessings and peace- stood near Aqabah, in Mina, and called people to Islam. While some heeded his call, many others responded with insults. The incident was hence referred to as the Day of Aqabah thereafter.

[2] See Muslim, Sa­aât 119; Abu Dâwvud, Kha­tem 4, Adab 14.

Source: Osman Nuri Topbaş, The Prophet Muhammed Mustafa the Elect, Erkam Publications

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