Episode 14: Lessons to be learned from this period of history:

    Muhammed was neither seeking Prophethood nor was he dreaming about it. Allah used to inspire his heart to seek seclusion in order to worship and purify his soul, and to prepare his spirit to carry out the duties of the message. If Allah?s Messenger was seeking for it, he would not have been frightened when it came to him. When Muhammed came from the mountain in order to ask Khadijah (May Allah be pleased with her) about the incident, which took place in the cave, he was not assured that he was a Messenger until he saw Gabriel and heard him say, ?O Muhammed, you are Allah?s Messenger and I am Gabriel.?
    Waraqah ibn Naufal and Khadijah (May Allah be pleased with her) assured him that what he saw in the cave was the same revelation as that which came to Moses. Allah?s Messenger surprised the Arabs with something unfamiliar, thus they objected to it vehemently. Their primary concern was to put an end to the Prophet peace be and blessings upon him and his companions. This is a historical refutation to those who claim that Muhammed was a preacher of nationalism and that he represented the hopes and aspirations of the Arabs at that time. This is a ridiculous claim because the historical events belie this notion, as we have witnessed. Those who made such remarks were simply biased in their nationalistic views and this led them to claim that Islam was a matter that originated from the Arabs and their thought. This is a clear denial of the prophecy of the Messenger and an insult to the message of Islam. The phrase, which the Prophet peace be and blessings upon him uttered to his uncle and his rejection of the offer of the Quraysh, is evidence that the Prophet peace be and blessings upon him was truthful in his proclamation of Allah?s message and his desire to guide the people to the straight path. In the same way, the caller must be persistent and determined with their call no matter how gravely the wrongdoers oppose them. They must turn away from their temptations of honor and positions because the adversities disputing the path of truth should bring comfort to their consciences and hearts. Furthermore, Allah?s pleasure and His Paradise should be more valuable to them than the entire honor, positions, and wealth combined in this world. The order of the Messenger peace be and blessings upon him to his companions (May Allah be pleased with them) concerning the first and second emigrations to Christian Abyssinia is an indication that the ties among religious people, even if their religions are different, are stronger and more reliable than their attachment those bereft of religious sensibilities. The revealed religions, in their authentic and agreed upon sources and principles, adhere to the greater social objectives in the same way that they are in agreement concerning belief in Allah, His Messengers and the Last Day. This makes the relation between them stronger than any bond based on family ties, blood or country with those who have no God?consiousness.

    Soon after the end of the boycott, in the tenth year of his mission, the Prophet peace be and blessings upon him lost his uncle, Abu Talib and his loving wife, Khadijah. Both were his protectors, tried and true helpers and devotedly attached to him. Their deaths meant a great loss to the Prophet peace be and blessings upon him who at that time was already destined to encounter as many adversities in succession soon thereafter.

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