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mountains. The latter asked the Prophet (Peace be upon him) for permission to bury Makkah
between Al–Akhshabain —Abu Qubais and Qu‘ayqa‘an mountains. Full narration of this event was
given by ‘Aishah (May be pleased with her) (the Prophet’s spouse). She said: “I asked the Prophet
(Peace be upon him) if he had ever experienced a worse day than Uhud. He answered that he had
suffered a lot from those people (the idolaters) but the most painful was on the day of ‘Aqabah. I
went seeking support from Ibn ‘Abd Yalil bin ‘Abd Kalal, but he spurned me. I set out wearied and
grieved heedless of anything around me until I suddenly realized I was in Qarn Ath-Tha‘alib, called
Qarn Al-Manazil. There, I looked up and saw a cloud casting its shade on me, and Gabriel
addressing me: Allâh has heard your people’s words and sent you the angel of mountains to your
aid. The latter called and gave me his greetings and asked for my permission to bury Makkah
between Al-Akhshabain, the two mountains flanking Makkah. I said in reply that I would rather have
someone from their loins who will worship Allâh, the All–Mighty with no associate.” A concise
meaningful answer fully indicative of the Prophet’s matchless character and the fathomless
magnanimous manners.
The Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon him) then came back to wakefulness and his heart was set
at rest in the light of that invisible Divinely provided aid. He proceeded to Wadi Nakhlah where he
stayed for a few days.
During his stay there, Allâh sent him a company of jinns who listened to him reciting the Noble
“And (remember) when We sent towards you [Muhammad (Peace be upon him) ]
(three to ten persons) of the jinns, (quietly) listening to the Qur’ân, when they stood in the
presence thereof, they said: ‘Listen in silence!’ And when it was finished, they returned to
their people, as warners. They said: ‘O our people! Verily! We have heard a Book (this
Qur’ân) sent down after Moses, confirming what came before it, it guides to the Truth and to
a Straight Path (i.e. Islam). O our people! Respond (with obedience) to Allâh’s Caller [i.e.
Allâh’s Messenger Muhammad (Peace be upon him) ], and believe in him (i.e. believe in that
which Muhammad (Peace be upon him) has brought from Allâh and follow him). He (Allâh)
will forgive you of your sins, and will save you from a painful torment (i.e. Hell-fire).’”
The same incident is referred to in
“Say [O Muhammad (Peace be upon him) ]: “It has been revealed to me that a group
(from three to ten in number) of jinns listened (to this Qur’ân). They said: ‘Verily! We have
heard a wonderful Recital (this Qur’ân)! It guides to the Right Path, and we have believed
therein, and we shall never join (in worship) anything with our Lord (Allâh).’” [72:1,2] … Till
the end of the 15th verse.
From the context of these verses and their relevant interpretation, we can safely establish it that the
Prophet (Peace be upon him) was not aware of the presence of that group of jinns. It was only when
Allâh revealed those verses that he came to know of it. The verses also confirm that it was the first
time they came. However, the context of the different versions suggests that the jinns repeated
their visits later on. The presence of that company of jinns comes in the context of the Divine
support givto His Messenger, and constitutes a propitious sign of ultimate victory and success for
the Call of Islam. It provides an unshakable proof that no power however mighty could alter what is
wrought by Allâh:
“And whosoever does not respond to Allâh’s Caller, he cannot escape on earth, and there
will be no
(protectors) from him besides Allâh (from Allâh’s punishment). Those are in
manifest error.” [46:32]
“And we think that we cannot escape (from the punishment of) Allâ h in the earth, nor can
we escape (from the punishment) by flight.” [72:12]
Given this support and auspicious start, depression, dismay and sadness that used to beset him
since he was driven out of At-Ta’if, he turned his face towards Makkah with fresh determination to
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