Muhammad the Prophet of Mercy


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  • Muhammad the Prophet of Mercy


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    4. We will make
    you our king

    The
    disbelievers tried to tempt the Prophet
    r with worldly riches, power, and sovereignty; laying them under his feet,
    hoping that this might dissuade him from calling people to Islam and worshiping
    Allah, Alone, with
    undivided allegiance.

    An envoy of the pagan
    leaders, ‘Utbah bin Rabi‘ah, came to bargain with the Prophet
    r,
    saying, “If you are only
    seeking wealth with the matter with which you came, we will collect for you
    from our wealth until you become the richest among us. If you are seeking high
    rank, we will make you our master and will decide no matter without you. If you
    are seeking dominion, we will make you a king over us. And if that which comes
    to you is an evil spirit you see and cannot drive away from yourself, we will
    seek treatment for you, and we will freely spend the foremost portion of our
    wealth until we cure you of it
    .”

    When ‘Utbah finished, the
    Messenger of Allah r,
    who was listening to him, said, “Have you finished, O Abul-Walid?” He
    said, “Yes.” The Messenger of Allah r said, “Then listen
    to me
    .” ‘Utbah said, “I will.” And he r recited:

    (In
    the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful: Ha­-Mim
    1. (This is) a Revelation from the Most
    Gracious, the Most Merciful. A Book whose Ayat are explained in detail. A Qur’an
    in Arabic for a people who know. A giver of glad tidings and a warner; but most
    of them turn away, so they do not hear. And they say, “Our hearts are within
    coverings from that to which you invite us, and in our ears is deafness, and
    between us and you is a barrier, so work (on your way); indeed, we are
    working.” Say (O Muhammad), “I am only a human being like you. It is revealed
    to me that your God is only One God. Therefore, take the Straight Path to Him
    and seek forgiveness from Him. And woe to the Mushrikin
    .)2

    The Messenger of Allah r continued reciting the
    Surah to ‘Utbah, who listened attentively to the recited Ayat,
    supporting himself upon his hand placed behind his back. On reaching the Ayah
    that required prostration, the Messenger of Allah r
    prostrated himself and then said, “You have heard, O Abul-Walid, what you
    have heard; it is you and this
    .”

    ‘Utbah went back to his companions, who whispered to one
    another, “We swear by Allah, Abul-Walid has returned to you with a different
    countenance from that with which he departed
    .”

    When he sat with them, they said, “O Abul-Walid, what is
    behind you?

    He said, “Behind me is that I heard a saying which I swear
    by Allah the like of it I have never heard. By Allah it is neither poetry, nor
    magic, nor soothsaying. O people of Quraish, obey me and lay it on me. Do not
    come between this man and what he is in. Withdraw from him. By Allah, the
    saying I heard from him will be a great event. Should the Arabs defeat him, others
    than you will rid you of him. Should he triumph over the Arabs, his supremacy
    will be yours, his glory will be yours, and you will be the most fortunate of
    all people by him
    .”

    They said, “He bewitched you with his tongue, by Allah, O Abul-Walid.”

    He said, “That is my opinion regarding him. Do with him as you
    please.”
    3


    1 These letters are one of the miracles of the
    Qur’an, and none but Allah Alone knows their meanings
    .

    2 Translated meanings of Fussilat 41: 1-6.

    3
    Ibn Hisham, As-Sirah An-Nabawiyyah,
    ‘Utbah bin Rabi‘ah
    Negotiating with the Messenger
    r, vol. 1.

     

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