Islam: Religion Of Peace - What Ta'if Teaches The Modern World (part 2)

From Dinopak | By Hasan

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The bringer of Islam, the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ (Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) is a great example of tolerance and keeping order. Many incidents in his life, his actions and reactions displayed kindness and concern for humans, regardless of who they were or what they did to him. The holy Prophet ﷺ was not an anarchist, he was kind and anxious for his people so he prayed for them even though they denied him, waged war, and believed in many gods which centred on their global market. We find this very much today too where kindness and sacrifice are replaced by materialism and a love of maintaining the economy.

The famous incident that took place in the valley of Ta’if is a prime example of patience and forgiveness taught by Islam. Prophet Muhammad ﷺ went to Ta’if to invite the people to believe in One God. He spoke with the leaders, but they rejected his call. He then turned to the people to give them the glad news of Islam, but this angered the leaders so they ordered the children to throw rocks at Muhammad ﷺ as he left. The people stoned him so badly that he bled profusely and his shoes were literally filled with his blood. According to authentic traditions, after he was able to escape their persecution, he made a heartfelt du`a (supplication) to Allah. In response, the Angel Jibril came to Muhammad ﷺ with the angel in charge of the mountains.

Jibil told Prophet Muhammad ﷺ that he was sent from Allah with this angel so that if he wanted, the angel would crush Ta'if with the two surrounding mountains. The Prophet ﷺ had a perfect opportunity for retribution but did he take it? No. In his great patience he replied not with violence but with the statement:
“O Allah, guide these people, because they did not know what they were doing.”
A decade later, the people of Ta'if embraced Islam. The people were not ready, they rejected Allah and His Prophet with the worse of reaction but the message that came to save them did not reply with greater violence or anger. That message of monotheism, patience, forgiveness, accountability and perseverance forgave the people of Ta'if, not only that, its messenger, the Prophet, made du`a for them. When was the last time you made du`a for your enemy?

This is one great example of a great man who literally rejected revenge and destruction upon his community. It was the compassion in him for rescuing his people that motivated him to take the higher path. He ﷺ never said that he was going to compel them into belief or condemn them for saying 'no'; but in fact he refrained from any and all evil thought, always hoping for the best for people, through effort, understanding and sacrifice.

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