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The Quraishites, mortified at the escape of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) along with his devoted
companions, and jealous of his growing power in Madinah, kept a stringent watch over the Muslims
left behind and persecuted them in every possible way. They also initiated clandestine contacts with
‘Abdullah bin Uabi bin Salul, chief of Madinese polytheists, and president designate of the tribes ‘Aws
and Khazraj before the Prophet’s emigration. They senthim a strongly-worded ultimatum ordering
him to fight or expel the Prophet, otherwise they would launch a widespread military campaign that
would exterminate his people and proscribe his women.
His pride wounded and kingship no longer his, ‘Abdullah bin Uabi bin Salul, a priori responded
positively to his Quraishite co-polytheists. He mobilized his supporters to counteract the Muslims.
The Prophet (Peace be upon him) on hearing about this unholy alliance, summoned ‘Abdullah and
admonished him to be more sensible and thoughtful and cautioned his men against being snared in
malicious tricks. The men, on grounds of cowardice, or reason, gave up the idea. Their chief,
however, seemingly complied, but at heart, he remained a wicked unpredictable accomplice with
Quraish and the envious Jews. Skirmishes and provocations started to pave the way for a major
confrontation between the Muslims and polytheists. Sa‘d bin Mu‘adh, an outstanding Helper,
announced his intention to observe
(lesser pilgrimage) and headed for Makkah. There
Omaiya bin Khalaf provided tutelage for him to observe the ritual circumambulation. Abu Jahl, an
archenemy of Islam saw him in the Sacred Sanctuary and threatened he would havekilled him if he
had not been in the company of Omaiya. Sa‘d, fearlessly and defiantly, challenged him to
committing any folly at the risk of cutting their caravans off.
Provocative actions continued and Quraish sent the Muslims a note threatening to put them to death
in their own homeland. Those were not mere words, for the Prophet (Peace be upon him) received
information from reliable sources attesting to real intrigues and plots being hatched by the enemies
of Islam. Precautionary measures were taken and a state of alertness was called for, including the
positioning of security guards around the house of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) and strategic
junctures. ‘Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported that Allâh’s Messenger (Peace be upon
him) lay down on bed during one night on his arrival in Madinah and said: Were there a pious
person from amongst my Companions who should keep a watch for me during the night? She
[‘Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her)] said: We were in this state when we heard the clanging
noise of arms. He [the Prophet (Peace be upon him)] said: Who is it? He said: This is Sa‘d bin Abi
Waqqas. Allâh’s Messenger (Peace be upon him) said to him: What brings you here? Thereupon he
said: I harboured fear (lest any harm should come to) Allâh’s Messenger (Peace be upon him), so I
came to serve as your sentinel. Allâh’s Messenger (Peace be upon him) invoked blessings upon him
and then he slept.
This state of close vigilance continued ceaselessly until the Words of Allâh were revealed saying:
“Allâh will protect you from mankind.”[5:67]
Here, the Prophet (Peace be upon him) peeped from the dome of his house asking his people to go
away, and making it clear that Allâh would take the charge of protecting him.
The Prophet’s life was not the o nly target of the wicked schemes, but rather the lives and the whole
entity of the Muslims. When the Madinese provided the Prophet (Peace be upon him) and his
Companions with safe refuge, the desert bedouins began to look at them all in the same
perspective, and outlawed all the Muslims.
At this precarious juncture with Quraish, intent on pursuing their aggressive and devilish plans,
Allâh, the All-High, gave the Muslims the permission to take arms against the disbelievers:
“Permission to fight is given to those (i.e. believers against those disbelievers), who are
fighting them, (and) because they (believers) have been wronged, and surely Allâh is Able
to give them (believers) victory.” [22:39]
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