Episode 9: Quraish in a fix

    As the enmity of persecutors increased, so did the number of the Prophet’s followers. The Quraysh were baffled about how they were going to stop the people from taking the Prophet peace be and blessings upon him and his teachings seriously. Makkah was a commercial center frequented by tribes people from far and near and during the Hajj, or when it is about to draw near, a plethora of them were to come again. The people coming to Makkah had somehow to be kept at a distance from the Prophet peace be and blessings upon him, lest they should hear his sermons and digest his words, or that they may contemplate or reflect and meditate upon them. They went to Walid Ibn    Al‐Mughira, who was old and a man of standing, to seek his advice. He said, “O people of Quraysh, the time of Hajj has come around when delegations of the Arabs will come here. They have all heard about this man, so agree upon a common ground hence you do not contradict one another and each one of you says the same thing.” Different suggestions were put forward but Walid was not satisfied. At last, he was asked to suggest some way out. Thereupon he said, “The most convincing thing in my opinion would be that all of you present him as a sorcerer. You should say that he has brought a message through which he creates a rift between fathers and sons, or where brothers fall out from brothers, as well as husbands part ways with their wives and that families break up under his influence.”
    The Quraysh came back to the shenanigan suggested by Walid. They sat when the time of Hajj commenced, warning everyone to keep clear of Muhammed, repeating what they had already agreed upon each other. (Ibn Hisham, Vol. I, p. 270).

    The persecutors of the Prophet peace be and blessings upon him were consumed by a rancor disregard for every consideration of humanitarianism and kinship; their torture was embittered by the refinements of cruelty and their misbehavior and rudeness was helpless and ineffective enough to pollute the sacred asylum held as the holiest sanctum by the Arabs. One day while the Prophet peace be and blessings upon him was praying at the Kaʹbah, a company of the Quraysh occupied their places in the sanctuary. ‘Utba Ibn Abu Mu’ayt brought the fetus of a camel from somewhere and when the Prophet peace be and blessings upon him prostrated in prayer, he laid it on his back and shoulders. The Messenger of God peace be and blessings upon him remained in prostration until his daughter Fatima (May Allah be pleased with her) came running and threw it off him. She called down evil upon the one who had done it and the Prophet peace be and blessings upon him also joined her in the condemnation. (Al‐Bukhaari)


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