Seerah

Invitation to Islam and Feeding the People – Part Three

As long as Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) sufficed on inviting the people to Islam, the Quraish did not interfere with him. However, when he began to invite to Islam openly, began to speak ill of the idol worshippers and began to prevent people from engaging in kufr and shirk, the …

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Invitation to Islam and Feeding the People – Part Two

Although Abu Lahab was the uncle of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), he always remained in the forefront of causing harm to Islam, just as Hazrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) always remained in the forefront of supporting Islam. Abu Lahab remained in the forefront when it came to denying Islam, causing …

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Invitation to Islam and Feeding the People – Part One

Hazrat ‘Ali (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates: When the verse “And warn your close relatives” was revealed, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) instructed me to bring a saa’ (approximately 3.2kg) of grain, the shoulder of a goat and a bowl of milk. He then requested me to summon all the children of Muttalib.I …

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Openly Inviting to Islam – Part Two

After being commanded by Allah to invite to Islam openly, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) ascended Mt Safaa and summoned all of the tribes of the Quraish by name. When they had all assembled, he asked them, “If I were to inform you that there is an army on the other …

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Openly Inviting to Islam – Part One

For three years, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) continued inviting people to Islam secretly and people gradually embraced Islam. After this period of three years, the following command was revealed, instructing Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) to invite to Islam openly: فَاصۡدَعۡ بِمَا تُؤۡمَرُ وَ اَعۡرِضۡ عَنِ الۡمُشۡرِکِیۡنَ Then proclaim openly that …

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Assembly of Muslims in Daar-e-Arqam

As people continued to gradually embrace Islam, the number of Muslims increased until they now formed a small group. At that time, the house of Hazrat Arqam (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was chosen as a place for all the Muslims to congregate. Hazrat Arqam (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was among the first Muslims, being …

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The Islam of Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Two

When Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) heard the report of his brother, Hazrat Unais (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), he said, “My heart is not yet fully satisfied and convinced.” Most probably, Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) wanted to hear a detailed description of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and the stories regarding him. …

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The Islam of Hazrat Abu Zar (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part One

It is reported from Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbaas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) that when Hazrat Abu Zar Ghifaari (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) learnt of the prophethood of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), he said to his brother, Hazrat Unais (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), “Go to Makkah Mukarramah and gather information about this man who claims that he …

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The Islam of Hazrat ‘Amr bin ‘Abasah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part Two

Hazrat ‘Amr bin ‘Abasah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) continued: As soon as I heard of Rasulullah’s (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) appearance, I went to Makkah and met him in secret. On meeting him, I asked, “Who are you?” He replied, “I am the messenger of Allah.” I asked, “Did Allah Ta‘ala send you …

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The Islam of Hazrat ‘Amr bin ‘Abasah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) – Part One

Hazrat ‘Amr bin ‘Abasah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) says: From the very beginning, I disassociated myself from idol worship and I was completely averse to it. I understood and knew that idols could neither benefit nor harm and were mere pieces of stone. On one occasion, I met a scholar from the …

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