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resume his earlier plan to expose people to Islam and communicate his Message in a great spirit of
zeal and matchless enthusiasm.
Zaid bin Harithah, his companion, addressing the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said, “How dare you
step into Makkah after they (Quraish) have expatriated you?” The Prophet (Peace be upon him)
answered: “Hearken Zaid, Allâh will surely provide relief and He will verily support His religion and
When he was a short distance from Makkah, he retired to Hira’ Cave. Whence he despatched a man
from Khuza‘ah tribe to Al-Akhnas bin Shuraiq seeking his protection. The latter answered that he
was Quraish’s ally and in no position to offer protection. He despatched the messenger to Suhail bin
‘Amr, but to no avail, either. Al-Mut‘im bin ‘Adi, a notable in Makkah, however, volunteered to
respond to the Prophet’s appeal for shelter. He asked his people to prepare themselves fully armed
and then asked Muhammad (Peace be upon him) to enter into the town and directly into the Holy
Sanctuary. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) observed a two-
prayer and left for his house
guarded by the heavily-armed vigilant ‘Adi’s.
It has been reported that later Abu Jahl, the archenemy of Islam, asked Mut‘im if his behaviour
suggested protection or conversion, the latter replied it was merely protection. Abu Jahl was
relieved and said that he would give Muhammad protection for his sake.
The Messenger of Allâh (Peace be upon him) never forgot Mut‘im’s favour. At the conclusion of the
battle of Badr, he declared publicly that if Mut‘im had been still alive and asked for the release of the
Quraishite captives, he would not deny him his request.
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