Story 1: The Holy Prophet (S) And Two Circles Of Believers

One day when the Holy Prophet (S) entered the Mosque (Masjid un-Nabi),1 his eyes were cast over two groups who were busy with their own affairs, forming separate circles. One group was engaged in prayers and supplication, while the other was busy in educational activities.

The Holy Prophet (S), after critically examining both groups, became very happy and turned towards his companions who were assisting him, and said, “Both the groups are engaged in useful pursuits and are blessed and prosperous.” He (S) added, “I have been sent to educate and instruct them.”

He (S) then made his way towards the group who had assembled for educational activities and sat in their circle.2

  • 1. At the advent of Islam, Masjid un-Nabi (The Mosque of Madinah), was not exclusively devoted to the performance of ritual prayers. It was also a centre to carry out the religious and social activities of Muslims. Whenever Muslims were called to an assembly, they gathered in this Mosque. They were informed about any significant events and any crucial decisions made were publicly announced.

    When the Muslims lived in Makkah, they were deprived of all forms of liberty and social activities. They could neither freely perform their religious obligations and practices, nor were they able to properly receive their religious instruction. This situation lasted until Islam spread to more tolerant parts of Arabia, for example Yathrib, before it became famous and came to be known as ‘Madinat ul-Nabi’ (The City of The Prophet). According to the proposition of the inhabitants of Madinah, and the pact made between them and his Eminence, the Holy Prophet (S) emigrated to this city, and all the other Muslims gradually emigrated in turn.

    From that time onwards, Muslims acquired their liberty of conscience. The first achievement of the Holy Prophet (S) after his emigration to Madinah was to choose a plot of land where he (S) with the help of his Companions was able to erect this Mosque.

  • 2. Muniyat ul-Murid, p. 10.