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6. Glad tidings of success. Ever since the time they experienced the adversities of life, the
Muslims had been certain that entrance into the fold of Islam did not entail involvement into
hardships or digging one’s own grave. They had been aware that the Islamic Call had one
goal, viz extermination of pre-Islamic tradition and destroying its iniquitous system, to go on
parallel lines with extending its influence allover the earth and holding in firm control the
political situation worldwide to lead humanity along a course conducive to Allâh’s Pleasure,
and perfect enough to rid people of worshipping Allâh’s servant to worshipping Allâh,
Himself. Glad tidings of this sort were being revealed sometimes explicitly and at other
times implicitly, in a manner relevant to the situation. When the Muslims were forced to
undergo constraints, or when their life was kept under continual restraint, there would be
revealed verses telling identical stories of past Prophets with their people and the sufferings
and pains they had experienced. The verses would also include suggestive clues to the final
tragic end of the Makkan disbelievers envisaging their final perdition, yet and at the same
time, bearing glad tidings to the believers and promising the true servants of vicegerency on
earth to go with absolute success, and victory to attend the Islamic Call and its proponents.
Here we could adduce some of the verses of this category pregnant with glad tidings
referring to the final victory that would crown the perseveranceand patience of the Muslims:
“And, verily, Our Word has gone forth of old for Our slaves, — the Messengers,
that they verily would be made triumphant. And that Our hosts, they verily would be
the victors. So turn away [O Muhammad (Peace be upon him) ] from them for a
while, and watch them and they shall see (the punishment)! Do they seek to hasten
on Our torment? Then, when it descends into their courtyard (i.e. near to them), evil
will be the morning for those who had been warned.” [37:171-177]
In the same context, Allâh told His Prophet (Peace be upon him):
“Their multitude will be put to flight, and they will show their backs.” [54:45]
He also said:
“They will be a defeated host like the confederates of the old times.” [38:11]
The Muslims who migrated to Abyssinia (Ethiopia) had the following:
“And as for those who emigrated for the cause of Allâh, after suffering oppression,
We will certainly give them goodly residence in this world, but indeed the reward of
the Hereafter will be greater, if they but knew.” [16:41]
In the context of the story of Joseph, there was:
“Verily, in Joseph and his brethren there were
(proofs, evidences, verses,
lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) for those who ask.” [12:7]
i.e., the Makkans will receive the same fate that befell Joseph’s brothers, viz, failure and
surrender. In another instance, Allâh speaks about the Messengers:
“And those who disbelieved, said to their Messengers: ‘Surely, we shall drive you
out of our land, or you shall return to our religion!’ So their Lord inspired them:
‘Truly, We shall destroy the
(polytheists, disbelievers and wrong-doers).
And indeed, We shall make you dwell in the land after them. This is for him who
fears standing before Me (on the Day of Resurrection or fears My punishment) and
also fears My threat.” [14:13,14]
During the war between the Persians and the Romans, the disbelievers had a sincere wish
that victory be the former’s lot, because both parties professed polytheism, whereas the
Muslims prayed for a Roman victory because both groups believed in Allâh, His Messengers,
Books, the Revelation and the Hereafter.
The war resulted in the overthrow of Rome by Persia. They were pro-Persian, as we have
said, and in their hearts they hoped that the nascent movement of Islam, which at that time
was, from a worldly point of view, very weak and helpless, would collapse under their
persecution. But they misread the true signs of the times. They were told that they would
soon be disillusioned in both their calculations, and it actually so happened when Heraclius
carried his campaign into the heart of Persia and the Makkan Quraish were beaten off at
“And on that Day, the believers (i.e. Muslims) will rejoice (at the victory given by
Allâh to the Romans against the Persians) with the help of Allâh.” [30:4,5]
During the season of ‘Ukaz forum, and other such occasions, the Messenger of Allâh (Peace
be upon him) himself would communicate not only glad tidings pertinent to the Garden
(Paradise) but also news of promising prospects for the true believers in the Call of Islam.
He would openly tell them that they would surely prosper, rule the whole of Arabia and
subdue Persia if they professed the most serious pillar of Islam, i.e. the Oneness of Allâh.
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