Muhammad the Prophet of Mercy


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  • Muhammad the Prophet of Mercy


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    17. Your God has forsaken you

    The
    suspension of revelations for a time was perhaps the hardest thing on the soul
    of Prophet Muhammad
    r,
    unequalled by any other trial he r faced while conveying the Message of His Lord,
    and made worse still by the gloating of Quraish: “The Lord of Muhammad has
    forsaken him!
    ” And their insults: “O Muhammad! I hope that your Satan
    has finally left you
    .”
    1

    Communion with Allah U was the provision of the Messenger r along the arduous path among reluctant souls
    in the face of conspiracies and harm poured down on the Call and the preacher
    of the Call by disbelieving tyrants.

    With the suspension of
    revelations this provision stopped, the gushing spring withheld, and his heart
    felt a strong longing, left lonely on the path with no supplies.

    This was an unbearable
    experience.

    A flood of love and mercy
    was then revealed, consoling, comforting, assuring, and giving hope:

    (By the morning brightness. And (by) the night
    when it covers with darkness. Your Lord has neither forsaken nor hated you. And
    indeed the hereafter is better for you than the present (life of this world).
    And verily, your Lord will give you (all good) so that you shall be
    well-pleased.
    )2

    This was all purely for
    Muhammad
    r, for his tired soul, his worried mind, and his
    pained heart. Your Lord has never forsaken you as they claimed, and never will.
    He
    U
    never hated you or deprived you of His
    Mercy, Protection, and Refuge, past or present. Remember:

    (Did He not find you (O
    Muhammad) an orphan and gave you a refuge?
    And He found you unaware and guided you? And He found you
    poor and made you rich (self-sufficient with self-contentment)?
    )3

    He is (Your
    Lord
    ) and Protector
    forever.
    The ever-gushing
    spring of His Bounties never receded and more is in
    store for you that shall make you well-pleased… success, removal of obstacles,
    prevalence of your faith, and triumph of truth
    .
    These, the thoughts of your mind and the desires of your heart, while facing
    disbelief, obduracy, persecution, intrigue, and gloating mockery… (Verily,
    your Lord will give you (all good) so that you shall be well-pleased
    .)4


    1 Narrated by Jundub
    bin Sufyan
    : Sahih Al-Bukhary, Book of Tafsir Al-Quran, Hadith no. 4569; similar
    versions of the Hadith are also reported by Al-Bukhary (
    4600), Muslim (3355), and Ahmad (18043).

    2
    Translated
    meanings of Ad-Duha 93: 1-5.

    3
    Translated
    meanings of Ad-Duha 93: 6-8.

    4 Adapted from Sayyid Qutb, In the Shade of the Qur’an, interpretation of Surat Ad-Duha [93: 1-8], thirty-sixth
    edition, Dar Al-Shorouk.

     

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