The Prophet’s (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) Journey to Taif (First portion)

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For nine years, since his selection by Allah for His mission, the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) had been delivering the

message of Allah in Mecca and making all out efforts to guide and reform his community. Excepting a few persons
who had either embraced Islam or who helped him though no accepting his creed, all the rest in Mecca left no stone
unturned is persecuting and deriding him and his followers His uncle Abu Talib was one of those good hearted
people who helped him, in spite of his non-entering into the fold of Islam. The following years, on the death of
Abu Talib, the Qureysh got a free hand and therefore accelerated their sinister pursuits without check and hindrance.
At Taif, the second biggest town of Hijaz, there lived Banu Thaqif, a clan strong in number. The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam)
left for Taif with the hope of winning them over to Islam, thus giving quarter to Muslims from the persecution of the Qureysh, and also establishing a base for the future propagations of Islam. On reaching Taif he visited the three chieftains of the clan separately, and placed before each of them the message of Allah, and called upon them to stand by his Prophet’s (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam), they refused even to listen to him and, notwithstanding the proverbial Arab hospitality, each of them treated him most contemptuously and rudely. They plainly told him that they did not like his stay in their town. The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) had expected civil, even a cordial treatment and due courtesy from them, as they were the heads of the clan. But one of them sneered:

“Hey, Allah has made you a Prophet!”

The other exclaimed with derision:

“Could Allah not lay His hand on anyone else, beside you to make his Prophet?”

The third one gibed at him:

“I do not want to talk to you, for if you are in fact a Prophet, then to oppose you is to invite trouble, and if you only pretent to be one, why should I talk with an impostor?”

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