The Prophet’s (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) Journey to Taif (Second portion)
The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam), who was a rock of steadfastness and perseverance, did not lose heart over this check from the chieftains, and tried to approach the common people, but nobody listened to him. Instead they asked him to clear off from their own town and go wherever else he liked. When he realized that further efforts were in vain, he decided to leave the town. But they would not let him depart in peace, and set the street urchins after him to hiss, to hoot. to jeer at, and to stone hm. He was so much pelted at with stones that his whole body was covered with blood, and his shoes were clogged to his feet. He left the town in this woeful plight. When he was far out of the town, and safe from the rabble, he prayed to Allah thus:
“O my Allah! TO thee i complain of the feebleness of my strength of my lack of resources and my being unimportant in the eyes of people. O, Most Merciful of all these capable of showing mercy! Thou art the Lord of the weak, and Thou art my own Lord. To whom art Thou to entrust me, o an unsympathetic foe who would suddenly frown at me, or to an alien to whom Thou hast given control over my affairs? Not in the least do I care for anything except that I may have Thy protection for myself. I seek shelter in Your light-the light which illuminates the heavens and dispels all sorts of darkness and which controls all affairs in this world as well as in the Hereafter. May it never be that should incur Thy wrath, or that Thou should be displeasure with me. I must remove the cause of Thy displeasure till Thou art pleased. There is neither strength nor power but through Thee.
The Heavens were moved by the prayer, and (Jibrail Alayhis salaam) appeared before the prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam), greeting him with Assalam alaikum and said: “Allah knows all that has passed between you and these people. He has deputed and angel in charge of the mountains to be at your command. ”
Saying this, Jibrail (Alayhis salam) ushered the angel before the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam). The angel greeted the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) and said:
“O, Prophet of Allah! I am at your service. If you wish, I can cause the mountain overlooking this town on both sides so collide with each other, so that all the people therein would be crushed to death, or you may suggest any eather punishment for them. ”
The merciful and noble Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) said:
“Even if these people do not accept Islam. I do hope from Allah that there will be persons from among their progeny who would worship Allah and serve His cause.”
Behold the conduct of our noble Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam). Whom we profess to follow! We get so much irritated over a little trouble or a mere abuse from somebody that we keep on torturing and taking our revenge throughout our lives in every possible manner. Does it become people who claim to follow the magnanimous Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam)? Look, even after so much suffering at the hands of the Taif moh, he neither cursed them nor did he work for any revenge, even when he had the full opportunity to do so.