The Prophet's Mercy

Look at Rasul Allah, Sallal-lahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam, when he went to al-Ta'if. Al-Taif did not have Abu Lahab. Al-Ta'if did not have Abu Jahl. Al-Ta'if did not have Utbah. Al-Ta'if did not have Al Waleed. Al-Ta'if did not have any of these prominent non-believers to fight against Rasul Allah Sallal-lahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam. So he decided to go in an expedition to present Islam to them. Per chance, per chance that they would accept what the Meccans have rejected.

Right? So he goes to Al-Ta'if. The minute he enters Al-Ta'if, they have already lured their children to start throwing pebbles at Rasul Allah, sallal-lahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam, to such an extent that they caused him such severe injuries that he started to bleed from his forehead, to such an extent that the blood of Rasul Allah sallal-lahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam mixed with the dirt and the sand that he was walking upon. Of course, the next strategy is to retreat.

Rasul Allah, sallal-lahu alayhi wa sallam, said, these people are not even ready. If this is the reception I am getting and I have not even invited them or started to invite them and this is how they are dealing with me, I do not fit in this environment. So he began to retreat and he went and he rested in an orchard, in a garden - that a riwaya says ha'it, ha'it in Arabic means a garden in that terminology. He said- What did he say, Rasul Allah, sallal-lahu alayhi was alihi was sallam?

Imagine if someone pelts me now outside the Islamic centre of England. First of all, I will probably lose it at the organisers. Where is the security? Where are you? Did you not protect me? I am coming all the way from Australia. I have family. I have 11 children to look after. Is this the way I get treated? I will make an issue from now till tomorrow. Right? I will create a scene.

Rasul Allah, sallal-lahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam, the riwaya says he sat in that garden and he communicated with Allah. "Qaala: Itha lam yakun bika ghadabun 'alayya falaa obaali." He says "Oh Allah, If you are not upset with me and you are happy by what I am doing, then I do not mind what happens to me." And then he drops what we call a virtual bombshell. He drops a virtual bombshell, no one expects what the Prophet says after that. Of course, he said a long du'a first, and then he says that.

But what is the occasion that made the Prophet, sallal-lahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam, say these words? We have reports, by the way, that the angel who is in charge of the mountains- you know, there are angels who are in charge of different things, the wind, the mountains, the trees, whatever, the water, the rain. So one of those angels came to Rasul Allah, sallal-lahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam, and said "Ya Rasul Allah, law shi'ta la atbaqtu alayhim al-akhshabayn."

Akhshabayn means what? Akhshab it means mountain. He said if you wish ya Rasul Allah, I would have collapsed Al-Ta'if between the two mountains. Insha'Allah if you go to Hajj and visit Al-Ta'if, Al-Ta'if sits between two mountains. It is a hilly area eighty one kilometers almost away from Mecca. So the Prophet traveled all this distance in order to preach on foot the message of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala. Eighty one kilometers traveling for this purpose and that particular city sits between these two (mountains). So the Angel says, I will collapse these two mountains on top of the city of Al-Ta'if.

Look what the Prophet says. He says "Allahuma ihdi qawmi, fa innahum laa ya'lamun". Oh Allah, guide not my enemies, not my foes, not my adversaries, not the ones I hate, not the one who pelted me, not the ones who did not welcome me, he related those people to him - salwatAllah wa salaamuhu alayh- he said, o Allah, guide my people. Ajeeb! My people, ya Rasul Allah? These are the ones that pelted you, the ones who have caused you so much injuries. You are calling them your people? Yes.

Guess why? The angel asks him why? How are they your people ya Rasul Allah? Look at the refined akhlaaq of Ahlul Bayt. Look at the refined akhlaaq of the Prophet sallal-lahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam. When Rasul Allah is described in the Qur'an, he is described with what superlatives? "Wa innaka la'ala khuluqin 'atheem"(68:4), "surely o Muhammad, you possess the best of character, the best of morality".

You do not treat people the way they treat you, no, because you relate to Allah. They may relate to sand, but you relate to heaven. This is the akhlaaq of Rasul Allah "idha attasaluhum bi it-tirab, fa anta itasalta bi Rabb as-samawat wa al-ardh". They relate to something other than the prophet. So you do not bring down your system to that who mistreats you because then your system and his are alike, and you have a message and the others may not have a message.

So your message should always be of that kind which is inviting and not the one that rejects people and turns them away from the faith. He said, "la 'alla Allah yukhriju min aslaabihim man yuwahhidu Allah", Perchance, Allah will bring from the loins, meaning from their progeny, from their descendants, someone that may bear witness to the oneness of Allah one day. And guess what? Most of Al-Ta'if now are followers of Ahlul Bayt, salawat Allah wa assalamuhu alayhim ajma'een, bi da'wat Rasul Allah, by the supplication of Rasul Allah, sallallahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam [Allahumma salli 'ala Muhammad wa 'aali Muhammad].