BILAL AS AN EXAMPLE
A notable example of the cruelty
dealt to Muslims was that of a slave from Abyssinia by the name of
He became Muslim, and soon after, his master learned about it. Furious, the master was determined to force Bilal to revert to paganism. But Bilal firmly refused.
The master, as
angry as could be, often threatened Bilal and used foul language, mocking and
cursing him. He used force, hitting and kick him, and shouting in his face to
renounce Islam. But Bilal would never do so; he bravely took all kinds of
punishment, yet never surrendered to his master's wishes. Bilal simply refused
to compromise—he was steadfast, hardy, and firm in his belief.
It is always
blistering hot in summer in Mecca, and the master escalated his pressure in a
new way. He decided to punish Bilal to the point of breakdown. Many times he
dragged Bilal to a nearby hill, threw him on his back, beat him up severely,
then carried heavy stones to lay them on his chest. The master desperately
wished to break Bilal's resistance, even to the point of making it difficult to
breathe, how cruel!!
such conditions, Bilal was powerless, sweating profusely, feeling bone dry and
faint. Even his tongue was so dry he could hardly move it. And the stones were
so mercilessly heavy on his chest, he could hardly breathe. His master, showing
off before onlookers, would shout with foul language and insult him, to force
Bilal to change from Islam back to paganism.
As the master
saw Bilal near faint, and Bilal moving his lips, he would listen, but to his
dismay he heard Bilal saying:
"AHAD, AHAD, AHAD"
أحــد، أحــد، أحــد
To mean: Allah is one,
Allah is one, Allah is one.
What a love
for Allah Bilal had and how strong his faith was! What a magnificent will to
stand in the face of all this abuse!
scene happened a number of times, in front of the spectators and crowds! You
wonder where humane feelings had gone, don't you!? At last Abu Bakr saw to it
that Bilal, the slave, was bought, then set free.
BUT THIS WAS JUST ONE EXAMPLE
Other Muslims were also tortured but
in different ways. A woman was tortured so much that finally she lost
her life! It was Abu Jahl, Muhammad's uncle, who hurt, hit, and tortured her so
much that she bled and bled from her wounds. She went into shock and the shock
was too much for her to take. She finally died, but her martyrdom added nothing
but admiration for her courage in sticking to Islam with no compromise. Her
She was the first martyr for Islam.
was another well‑known example. He was also a slave who embraced Islam.
master insisted that he change his
religion, but Yasir was stubborn, unshakable, and unbending in his faith. His
frustrated master became so furious that he beat Yasir to exhaustion, then tied
each of Yasir's legs to a separate animal. The animals were suddenly whipped
and startled into running in different directions, splitting Yasir's body in
half! This horror took place in front of a crowd, the crowd of disbelievers, be
they cheering or disgusted! It was a happy death for Yasir though, since his
next life is certainly that of peace and happiness. The two martyrs were the
the famous companion of the Prophet (pbuh).
MUHAMMAD (PBUH) HAD IT TOO
Muhammad (pbuh) had his
share of abusive treatment too. Threats, foul language, defamation, and
ridicule became ever more frequent and consistent, and it used to hurt him
deeply. Muhammad (pbuh) never answered in the like, it was his stand not
to do so. On the contrary, he never lost a chance to call for the belief
in Allah and accepting His teachings.
the wife of Abu Lahab, was so mean and of so evil intent that she used to throw
sewer matter, thorn, dirt, and rocks in front of the Prophet's house. This was
done often just for the sake of hurting the
very man who was a Messenger of Allah, calling for the belief in Him! Muhammad
never complained, and all that he did was to clear the area of the mess which
Abu Lahab's wife often put in the way.
At one time, Abu Jahl, another uncle
of the Prophet, tried
to scare the Prophet and hurt him. Full of spite, he had a piece of cloth in
his hand, wrapped it around Muhammad's neck in an attempt to strangle him. And
of all things, this was done while the Prophet was worshipping at the Ka'ba.
The vicious Abu Jahl pulled the cloth tightly, even to such a degree that the
Prophet could hardly breathe! Fortunately,
saw what was happening and he came to the rescue. After releasing him, Abu Bakr
said in disgust, "Would you kill a man just for saying 'Allah
is my Lord.'" In spite of all this, once released, the Prophet didn't even
protest, a real example of patience.
At another occasion, the
Prophet was kneeling during prayer, and while he was absorbed in worship,
someone full of spite put his foot on the Prophet's head! He pressed so
hard that Muhammad (pbuh) could not in any way sit up—felt as if his neck was
about to break. Fortunately, the person must have changed his mind and
moved away, thus relieving Muhammad (pbuh). Even then Muhammad (pbuh)
didn't protest, he simply took it in stride.
It is said that at one time a disbeliever even threw manure on him, with all that smell and dirt soiling the meticulously
clean Muhammad, just for the sake of hurt! Why are people so mean when all that Muhammad (pbuh) was calling for was belief in the Almighty and His directives that lead to
decent living! Was it in response to their own repeated failures that they had to react so violently? Was not their coming to Islam their greatest success? Did
they have to be that blind?
SOME COMFORT AT HOME
It was a
prolonged period, critical and trying, not only for Muhammad (pbuh), but also
for all Muslims. The Muslims were not numerous, and Muhammad as the leader
would learn about exploitations and ill-treatment done to Muslims, just about
(pbuh) felt extremely pained inside. He would go home, inform his wife and
receive some understanding. Khadija listened, comforted, and gave solace to
him, as much as she could, but the prolonged, constant inhuman treatment kept on
and on. It was demeaning to the dignity of man, so unnecessary!
(pbuh) of course did mind the grave situation, but he faced it bravely. His
course of action was to carry on the commands of Allah to the people, no matter
what. His was to keep the struggle, carry the torch, keep pressing for Islam,
and so he did brilliantly.
power-hungry Abu Jahl, the veteran enemy of Islam, passed by Muhammad one day.
He used foul and demeaning language at Muhammad (pbuh). The Prophet (pbuh)
turned his face away without saying one single word. Muhammad (pbuh) was
feeling very hurt and it
showed on his face.
Although he was startled by the abuse and felt insulted, Muhammad (pbuh)
preferred not to say anything in return.
This incident came to the
who was another uncle of Muhammad (pbuh) but equal in age to him. Hamza was an
accomplished sportsman and a hunter, highly respected by others. He was a man
of power and influence in the
area. When Hamza heard of what Abu Jahl said about Muhammad, he became very
angry and his blood boiled inside. He thought to himself: "Muhammad calls us
for the most noble thing, patiently and nicely, yet he gets nothing but ill
treatment and abuse in return! What sense of decency is that, and what kind of
people are we?!"
rushed to the Ka'ba where Abu Jahl was. He got in a fight with him, shouting
and hitting Abu Jahl until Abu Jahl was wounded in the head and the blood poured
all over his face. The relatives of Abu Jahl wanted revenge, but Abu Jahl
stopped them, fearing the possibility of grave trouble. Abu Jahl confessed to
them the bad treatment he dealt Muhammad, and the foul language he used against
down some, but he left the Ka'ba and went to Muhammad. His intention was to
become a Muslim. He declared his acceptance of Islam, to the great happiness of
the Muslims, especially Muhammad (pbuh). Hamza became one of the very best
defenders of Islam. He did everything for Islam, even laying down his life for
PAGAN QURAISH TRY DIPLOMACY
the leaders of the opposition to Islam, were feeling, and rightly so, that a
serious powerful revolution was taking place. It was the challenge of a growing
Islam, spearheaded by Muhammad (pbuh). The Meccans, especially Quraish, were
extremely frustrated, since none of their solutions seemed to work and everyone
talked of nothing but Muhammad and the Message of Islam. In almost every house
someone was becoming Muslim, fathers, mothers, and children. It brought about
tremendous conflict within the family, and became a remarkable subject for
discussion or discord. This seemed to go on and on, day and night, month in
A DIFFERENT APPROACH
Ut'ba ibn Rabi'a on a mission, in an attempt to offer wealth and the highest
position ever to Muhammad. The aim was to give anything Muhammad (pbuh) asked
for, but on one condition, that Muhammad stop his efforts for Islam.
Muhammad (pbuh) answered
simply by reading Chapter 45 of the Quran. Ut'ba had at first listened, then a
look of fear showed on his face, and he began to tremble. Then he could stand
it no longer. He cried loud, asking Muhammad (pbuh) to stop, to please
stop from reading any more.
Ibn Rabi'a was
so impressed and so taken by what he heard, that he knew his offer to Prophet
Muhammad was senseless. Ibn Rabi'a's head was swimming with an instinctive
his efforts were useless.
left, knowing it was foolish to try to persuade Muhammad to agree to Quraish's
offer, since it was obvious to him that Quraish did not have strong point on its
side, none at all. Quraish was fooling itself.
Rabi'a went back, he told the disbelievers of Quraish all about his meeting with
Muhammad (pbuh). But Quraish did not want to believe him. They said, "Muhammad
had charmed you!" Little did they know that what charmed him was not Muhammad
but the magnificence of the Holy Quran, the Book of Allah, and its deep touching
LIFE IS UNBEARABLE—TO
Islam was about five years old by now, and
Mecca had become so terrible and unbearably tense that something had to be
done. With so much turmoil, beating, and persecution, it was becoming
impossible for many, many Muslims to live in Mecca anymore.
At a council
meeting, the Prophet gave them the good advice to leave Mecca and go to
the king of
Abyssinia, was fair and a
kind man; he was Christian.
Eleven men and four women left Mecca
at first. Most of those who left were eminent people in Mecca
with respectable positions. A second emigration followed sometime after, and it
consisted of 80 men, not counting the women and children. They were under the
leadership of Ja'far Ibn Abi Talib.
These Muslims had to leave behind most of
their belongings, friends, and family, and go where freedom was. They had no
better choice. They were to go to a foreign country, with different habits and
customs. They had to work and support themselves in the new country, a task not
easy for anyone. All this was done, just because there was some freedom of
Abyssinia. Above all, however, it was done to escape the intolerable life in Mecca,
the persecution dealt to every Muslim because of his faith.
THE DISBELIEVE S WERE AFTER THEM IN ABYSSINIA
The two emigrations to Abyssinia were the biggest blow yet to
the pride and self respect of the disbelievers of
Mecca. They could hardly believe it, especially when they knew that it would
give publicity to the new faith (Islam) abroad. Their anxiety and worry seemed
to double, and they wanted to force the immigrants to come back. The
disbelievers of Quraish did not want to have their image or reputation
tarnished. The disbelievers sent emissaries to Abyssinia, under the leadership
of Amr Ibnil Aas, known to be clever with his tongue. The emissaries took
costly gifts to King Negus, and they asked the King to force the Muslims back to
Mecca, so that the Meccans could deal with them as they saw fit. They first
approached the Patriarchs to enlist them on their side.
Being fair and wise, the
King wanted to hear the other side too. He sent for them, and
the brother of Ali, and cousin of the Prophet, was their representative. When
he was asked, Ja'far presented
a clear, very appealing picture of the positive effects on the Meccans of
acceptance of the teachings of Islam.
"O King, we were an
ignorant people, we used to worship idols and eat dead bodies, and we committed
indecencies and cut our own relations. We trespassed on our neighbors, and the
strong among us used to devour the weak.
"We were in this condition when Allah sent us a messenger
of our own whom we knew to be noble by descent, to be truthful, honest and of
chaste actions. He called us to Allah, that we might declare His unity,
serve Him, and leave all those deities which our forefathers used to worship,
deities of stone.
"He commanded us to speak the truth, and to pay
back our trusts, to unite with our relatives, to treat our neighbors with
kindness, and to refrain from things forbidden and from blood shedding.
"He forbade us all from doing indecent acts, from lying
and from the misappropriation of the property of the orphans and from the
libeling of virtuous women.
"He commanded us to serve Allah and to join no
one in His service, and he commanded us to pray, give alms (Zakat, be
charitable), and fast. So we believed in him and followed him in what he
brought to us from Allah; we served Allah alone, we made lawful what He declared
to be lawful and unlawful what He declared to be unlawful to us.
"But our people became our enemies, they tortured us and
put difficulties in the way of our faith, attempting to revert us to the worship
of idols, and that we should permit all the evils that we used to permit.
"At last, when we were oppressed and abused beyond our
endurance, we left our country and chose yours above others, and we sought
shelter in your neighborhood. We hope that you will be just to us."
King Negus of Abyssinia was very impressed. He
asked Ja'far to read from the Holy Quran, and Ja'far read the chapter called
Maryam (No. 19). This impressed him even more.
Then the emissaries of Quraish claimed the
Muslims make serious charges against Jesus. Ja'far gave a good reply which
silenced the disbelievers, exposed their lies, and at the same time impressed
Negus and the priests alike. He explained, "We say as to Jesus what our Prophet
had taught us to say: He was the servant of Allah, His messenger, and His word,
which He sent to the Virgin Mary."
The emissaries from Quraish were speechless
and defeated, they lost their argument. They left the area soon, like a dog
with its tail between its legs. The King had refused their demands, their
effort was a complete failure. The Muslims were glad to stay in
Abyssinia for a little longer, until they could return to Medina. They enjoyed
the freedom of practicing their religion and worshipping without threats or
Of those who
went to extreme in giving trouble to the Muslims,
was one. Omar was a strong man in mind and body, intelligent and very proud.
He was a patriot, a well known man, and he loved his relatives dearly. He was
in his twenties, a bitter opponent of Islam, and a grave enemy to the Muslims.
His pride was hurt greatly when he learned that a handful of Muslims had left
the area for
Abyssinia, to enjoy the
relative religious freedom over there.
He thought of the failure of the disbelievers
Mecca to stop the Muslims, or the turmoil in the area, and the divisions among
the people. His passion and anger made him boil. Singularly, he decided to
kill Muhammad (pbuh), no less, whom he thought was the cause of it all. The
idea was building up in his mind for some time.
With a gloomy
look and somber face, Omar headed with determination toward the area where the
Prophet was. On his way he met a friend, whose name was
Na'eem ibn Abdullah.
They talked to each other, and Na'eem told Omar, "Why don't you look to your
own family first and put them right?" By this he meant that Omar's sister had
become a Muslim and if Omar was to correct anything, he ought to start at home,
first and foremost! That just about crushed Omar! How could his very own
sister become a Muslim? This was unbearable and unbelievable for Omar, he was
boiling with anger.
OMAR GOES TO HIS FAMILY
As a result, Omar changed direction, he
wanted to see his sister immediately. He was furious, literally fuming, when he
entered her house. She and her husband had become Muslims for some time, and in
their house there was a Muslim guest reading the Quran for them. When they
heard that someone entered their house, the guest hid himself.
But, for a few
moments after entering her house Omar could hear unusual words that caught his
attention. The Quran was being read, it sounded heavenly, serene words,
powerfully peaceful. Omar, who was
had by now become
There developed a feeling of turmoil inside, a powerful one, to say the least.
"What did I hear?" Omar shouted. "Nothing."
His sister answered defensively; but by then Omar had caught hold of Sa'eed, his
brother-in-law. In a fit of anger he attempted to hit him. Omar's sister
intervened, and instead of preventing her husband from being hit, she was hit by
Omar. That was the climax, Omar was jarred, he was severely shaken, seeing that
he hit his sister instead. You see, Omar loved his family very much.
She was cut on the head, blood poured down
her face, making her look pitiful. Still mixed up, Omar felt very bad, and his
anger left him immediately. Now he was feeling sorry and guilty.
Still bleeding, Omar's sister and her husband
were defiant, saying they had embraced Islam, and they didn't care even if Omar
intended to destroy them. The emotions were quite high, and Omar's head was
swimming. He had gone through much turmoil in a short period, and he felt even
worse when he hit his sister by mistake.
Omar wanted to find out as to what made his
sister such a fearless Muslim, and what was so attractive about Islam. So, out
of curiosity, Omar asked his sister to let him hear some recitation from the
Quran. It was this very thing, the mere recitation of certain passages from the
Holy Quran, that did the miraculous work of transforming Omar completely. His
heart softened, and he had a cool feeling inside. He felt the urge now to
change, to change right away, to become a Muslim. Omar wanted to be a friend of
the Muslims and not their enemy, he wanted to have the honor of being a Muslim,
to be its defender, its supporter and not its destroyer! What a dramatic
change! He came with the intention to kill Muhammad (pbuh) only a moment
before, and so quickly he wanted to change, to be Muslim in faith! What a
WHAT DID OMAR HEAR?
Omar heard Ayahs from the Holy Quran
57: Ayah 1-7) as follows:
Omar walked the streets with a changed heart,
he was eager not to kill but to meet Muhammad (pbuh) on friendly terms. No, his
intention by now was not to kill Muhammad, it was to serve Allah, and to declare
his change to Islam.
Prophet Muhammad and some Muslims were in a
meeting. They heard Omar's footsteps and someone said: "Omar is coming." There
was a hush of expectation; a feeling of impending trouble. Omar asked
permission to enter, and upon entering the house, he came face to face with
Muhammad (pbuh) and the Muslims.
It was a moment of suspense, yet
expectation. They were truly surprised and most delighted that Omar was asking
to be accepted into Islam. Omar, of course, was accepted right away, and with
pleasure. Muhammad (pbuh) was very happy on that occasion, and so were the
other Muslims, among whom were Ali and Abu Bakr.
OMAR THE MUSLIM
Omar, who at first was so much against
Prophet Muhammad and Islam, suddenly and dramatically became an enthusiastic and
energetic Muslim. He talked to others about Islam from the depth of his heart,
and he urged and encouraged everyone to see it as it is.
Omar even began to pray in the open, at the Ka'ba itself, and the Muslims of the day happily joined him. For them, this was
an encouragement of the first degree. The Muslims didn't dare do so before, and
they used to worship in congregations in places far away, in the outskirts of
Mecca. They didn't dare to worship at the Ka'ba before or else the pagans could
overreact and severely damage the Muslims. With Omar around, the Muslims could
pray at the Ka'ba with caution and some feeling of security.
The Meccans, and especially Quraish, felt
highly incensed, the news of Omar's conversion was a big blow. Added to all the
frustrations for Quraish they see the Muslims along with Omar praying in unison
and freely, at Quraish's heart of hearts, the Ka'ba itself! Muslims knelt,
prostrated, then stood in reverence, united in action and intention, all
worshipping Allah Almighty and nothing else. That was very unsettling for the
disbelievers at that time, a severe blow to their pagan way of life.
CHRISTIANS HAD HEARD TOO
A fact-finding delegation of twenty
Christians came to see what Muhammad was preaching. The delegation asked
Prophet Muhammad about Islam, and he explained about it and recited from the
Quran to them. They discussed many, many matters with him—they became
impressed. So impressed were they that all decided to change to Islam, and on
going back to their people, they preached Islam to their community! They
converted many Christians to Islam, and became a good focus for it!
This incident infuriated and frustrated the
disbelievers even further. Failures are hard to take, and Quraish couldn't
tolerate this further success. They saw Islam nibbling away at the very
foundation of their social, economic and political strength.
DOUBTS IN THE HEARTS OF QURAISH'S LEADERS
Even the leaders of Quraish, the ones posed
as formidable enemies to Islam, began to doubt themselves. Abu Jahl, Abu Sufyan
and the like, questioned themselves, "For what real reason are we so hurtful to
Muhammad and the Muslims? Why are the Muslims increasing in number? Why do
they stand so bravely in the face of trouble and torture? Why have our efforts
to stop Islam failed?"
Meanwhile, the people listening to the
Prophet's teachings were steadily on the rise. They met in a house to hear
Muhammad preaching Islam, worshipping the Almighty, and reciting the Holy Quran.
One day, Abu Sufyan, Abu Jahl and a third
arch enemy of Islam, each going individually, attended the Islamic discussions
the Prophet was conducting. None knew the others were present to hear Prophet
Muhammad (pbuh). Later in the evening, when the congregation had dispersed, Abu
Sufyan was surprised upon meeting Abu Jahl and the other opposition leader.
After all they were the enemy, weren't they?
They were embarrassed, each taken by surprise
to see they all had come for the same purpose—to hear Muhammad! Though they
claimed it was out of curiosity that they joined the Prophet's congregation,
none of them believed the others. Deep in their hearts they knew that was not
The night after, the same three were at the
congregation again. They felt they were inspired and had learned from the
congregation of the night before, and they enjoyed what they had heard. When
the congregation was over, the three bumped into each other again, and they were
even more embarrassed to see each other for a second time.
By the third
night, the experience repeated itself, and when they saw each other afterwards,
they took a solemn oath not to go back to Muhammad's teachings—the sessions were
too magnetic! This shows how attractive the congregations were. Even his worst
enemies couldn't resist the temptation to attend, not once or twice but three
THE PROPHET IN THE MIDDLE OF IT
With Muslims persecuted constantly, kicked
around and cursed regularly, Muhammad (pbuh), had his share of ill treatment
too. On top of that, a large number of influential Muslims was still far away
in Abyssinia. It was a painful time, and threatening, especially for
Muhammad. But the Prophet would not even blame individuals, he
never even used a single bad word against anyone, or lost his temper! He didn't
force his way on anyone, or push Islam on anyone; instead, he embraced all
people with care, love and tenderness. His patience and endurance in the face
of all difficulties were beyond human capacity. Keeping his poise, calmness,
and ability to help at all times was a magnificent example for all. He was
always delighted when someone embraced Islam.
He was a very good teacher and a superb
example. The Muslims found him to be the finest example of a human being, rich
with the best of qualities. At home he was the kind loving father and the ideal
husband. As in early days of his marriage he helped at home with the chores and
he even used to sweep the floor. He even mended his own sandals, and this was
at a time when such a thing was a unheard of for a man of his position in
His example as being persistent, persevering,
energetic, patient, considerate, kind, loving, caring, and helpful, was imitated
by the Muslims, as much as they could. He, of course, was under the scrutiny of
everyone, and his enemies were always on the lookout for a weak spot in him, but
to their dismay, they could never find one.
A WAR OF
Having failed in every attempt, the
formidable Quraish started a war of propaganda, aiming at the people who came to
Ukadh State Fair and other nearby places. Those gatherings took place during
the sacred months of the year.
Quraish and other disbelievers tried to
counteract Muhammad (pbuh) and the Message of Islam, but to no avail. Quraish
was so fearful that Islam, the new magnetic religion, was going to destroy its
own livelihood, that they developed an obsession to stop the spread of Islam, or
better still destroy it.
The disbelievers accused Muhammad (pbuh) of
being a magician, a fortune-teller, and a wizard of speech but the general
public did not take to that. To their dismay, the disbelievers discovered that
their campaign had boomeranged, in other words their campaign attracted people
more toward Muhammad (pbuh) than away from him! The campaign in effect became a
means to help Muhammad (pbuh) rather than hinder him—they saw influential
people, though not Meccans, attracted to the call of Muhammad (pbuh). The non‑Meccans
at Ukadh Fair, could appreciate for themselves the precious Message of Islam.
They loved the Islamic call for decent living with Allah's consciousness at its
heart. Many of them liked it so much they decided to convert to Islam. They
became a means to spread Islam in different parts of
Arabia, areas at a distance from Mecca.
A NEW FORM OF PERSECUTION: BOYCOTT
Pagan Quraish and other disbelievers reached
point of frustration. Every day, every week, every month or year, each of their
efforts were a failure to stop Islam. They were frightened and anxious about
their future. They knew well that their points of view were extremely weak, and
they were certain to fail whenever they confronted the Muslims. They could
think of only one more measure, which promised to be successful, as a desperate
move. Quraish took the following decision:
MUHAMMAD AND THE WHOLE HASHIM CLAN WERE TO BE BOYCOTTED, AND KEPT AWAY FROM ANY
CONTACT WITH OTHER PEOPLE, SOCIAL OR OTHERWISE.
The intention was to force Muhammad (pbuh) to
stop his efforts, by completely cutting him off, so that he would no longer
attract people to Islam. This was a passive-active form of punishment,
extremely cruel and very dangerous.
The valley was fairly spacious, surrounded by
high "mountains" on three sides. The area was outside
Mecca, very rugged, almost without trees. The valley was spacious alright but
it was extremely restrictive, especially with armed guards at strategic
elevations observing every move, day and night. The besieged, Muhammad (pbuh)
and the Hashim clan, were to be more or less imprisoned—imprisoned for no crime
but answering the call to Allah's commands and improving the society.
To be in that area, even in this day and age,
gives you a somber, eerie feeling, a feeling of the atrocities dealt not only to
Muhammad (pbuh) but also to his family, his clan and the others who accepted
long, very tough years, except for the sacred months,
(Muhammad's family) along with
stood side by side, determined to defend Muhammad and to support him, and each
It was an imprisonment in its ugliest form, a very trying period—devastating to
say the least.
the seventh to the tenth year
of the Islamic mission. When the siege began, Muhammad (pbuh) was forty seven
years old, and Khadija sixty two. During the siege, not even human
communication was allowed with the Meccans or the outside world, just imagine!
It must have felt like a jail, but mind you it was not for any crime, it was
only because Muhammad (pbuh) was calling for the worship of the Almighty and the
goodness of man!
Many armed guards were stationed on top of
the hills which overlooked the eerie, almost treeless valley. If you were the
guard, you would see little in the area except some tents, some human figures,
and an occasional tree! The duty of the guards was to prevent any form of
contact, whatsoever, between the besieged people in the valley and the outside
Not only were Muhammad (pbuh) and his family
forced out of their homes, put in the hostile valley, but they were also
prevented from any communications or dealing with the outside world. As a
result, everyone of the besieged suffered. Food, shelter, possession, human
feelings, or human contact, all suffered. They suffered to beyond limits of
endurance. There was untold misery, and not for a short period, a season or
two, but for three long years.
As to the Muslims who were not of the Hashim
clan, they suffered even more at the hands of the tribes they belonged to, not
only persistently but also severely—it seems everyone took advantage of them
during this cruel period of trying to wipe out Islam.
How was the
treatment of Bilal?
Why did the
disbelievers take advantage of Bilal?
bought Bilal from slavery and set him free?
Yasir and his
wife, Sumayah, were repeatedly tormented by Abu Jahl until they lost their lives
in a most cruel way. How was that?
How much abuse did Muhammad (pbuh) himself receive from the disbelievers in Mecca?
Who is Hamza?
How did Hamza
convert to Islam?
In dealing with Muhammad (pbuh), did Quraish try diplomacy?
What did the Meccan disbelievers try to do to the Muslims in Abyssinia?
How did the king of Abyssinia react to the delegation of pagan Quraish?
What is the name of the king of Abyssinia?
How did Omar convert to Islam?
What did Omar discover in the house of his sister that dramatically changed him?
Being as angry as could be, Omar went with the intention to kill Muhammad (pbuh). What made Omar become Muslim?
How did the Muslims receive the conversion of Omar to Islam?
The cruelest period of persecution for the Muslims was when the pagans of Quraish tried to boycott the clan of Benu Hashim. Describe the boycott.
For how long did the boycott of Muhammad (pbuh) and Benu Hashim last?
During the boycott, did Muhammad (pbuh) and the Muslims give up?
How old was Khadija when the boycott started?
How old was Muhammad (pbuh) when the boycott started?