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Patience in the face of persecution September 24, 2008

Posted by Msfatima in Islam, Life.
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Islam revolutionized the lives of many and pulled the pagan Arabs away from their false practices and deities. The reason for Islam’s success was due to the perseverance of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and his followers in the face of arduous persecution from the disbelievers of Makkah. The believers did not falter in their belief nor did they give up, with their entire trust in Allah (SWT). There were many instances where the elite of Makkah were the visionaries in the plotting against the Prophet ﷺ; they used negative propaganda, as well as mental and physical persecution. In the end, the Muslims were victorious due to their belief and continuous struggle on the path of Allah.

When the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ began to openly preach to the people of Makkah there was indifference from the general populace, except for the chieftains who were truly restless. “By God, we cannot tolerate this any longer-our forefathers are denounced, we are called ignorant, and our gods are insulted.” This was what the Quraysh said to Abu Talib the uncle of the Prophet ﷺ in order to stop the Prophet from preaching his message. Since this was not very effective, the Quraysh decided to warn the pilgrims who would come to Makkah for Hajj. Nevertheless the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ would go to the people who had gathered for pilgrimage following them to their camps and invited them to Allah. Close behind Abu Lahab would cry aloud, “do not listen to him for he is a liar; he is an apostate.” Even with the false propaganda, the Prophet was steadfast upon the message and people responded to his call. There was no propaganda campaign launched against the disbelievers by the Muslims even though the opposition was severe, the methods used by the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ were never counter-productive.

Another tactic the disbelievers used against the Muslims due to their animosity was mental persecution, such as calling the Prophet ﷺ a liar, a poet, and a magician along with other slanders. These were ways of degrading The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and the message he brought to the people.

But they say, “[The revelation is but] a mixture of false dreams; rather, he has invented it; rather, he is a poet. So let him bring us a sign just as the previous [messengers] were sent [with miracles].” [Surah Anbiyaa: 5]

The disbelievers of Makkah kept changing their viewpoints about the Prophet’s ﷺ  , even though they believed the message true within their hearts, pride and arrogance stopped them from accepting. The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ had full trust in Allah and told the Prophet in the Quran, Then perhaps you would kill yourself through grief over them, [O Muhammad], if they do not believe in this message, [and] out of sorrow. [Surah Al Kahf: 6]. Allah was telling the Prophet ﷺ to commit no such act since he was grieved over people from his own family not accepting the message, the Prophet was reassured that help will come.

Another scheme the disbelievers of Makkah devised was physical persecution against the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and the believing Muslims. The Quraysh could not attack the Prophet ﷺ directly due to him being under the protection of his uncle Abu Talib (great chieftain of Quraysh) and that is why the pagans directly attacked the body of believers. In one such instance, Ammar Bin Yasir (RA) who was a freed slave of Banu Makhzum was thrown on embers and tortured continuously. When the Prophet passed by he said, “O family of Yasir! Be patient, you will certainly find your place in paradise.” Both of Ammar’s parents were martyred in the way of Allah. The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was telling the believers to persevere and be patient for their sacrifices would ultimately by rewarded by Allah. This was an incredibly trying time for the Muslims but with their unshakable faith in Allah and the hereafter, these pains were incomparable to the reward.

In the end it can be seen that even with the continuing tyranny from the disbelievers of Makkah, the believers remained steadfast only increasing their faith in Allah. This is why Islam was successful for on the 20th of Ramadan, 8th Hijrih, when the Muslims were humbly victorious over Makkah.

References: I mainly used the books The Sealed Nectar and When the Moon Split by Safiur-Rahman Mubarakpuri

ﷺ-Arabic: Salallahu Alayha Wasalam—English: Peace Be Upon Him

Photo credit: BBC-Mark R.



1. maji6 - September 26, 2008

May Allah make us tolerant with hilm and Sabr.

sometimes patience can become very hard.If god gives someone patience its truly a blessing. mashallah to those who have it.

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