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Islamiyat 2058

Visit of Al Taif

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Visit of Al Taif
When Banu Hashim came under the leadership of Abu Lahab, he banned the preaching of Islam and made it difficult for Muslims to live there. Then our holy prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) decided to visit the city of Taif which was about 70 miles away from the holy city of Mecca.

The Taif was basically an oasis city where there were lush green gardens of rich people of Arab. A display of wealth could be observed there.

When our holy prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) visited there along with Hazrat Zaid bin Harsa. When they started the preaching of Islam, the people of Taif refused to listen to him. It was not the end of the story, they sent hooligans who chased our holy prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and stoned him. It was so fierce and cruel act. The shoes of our holy prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) filled with the blood.

There were three leaders in the city of Taif who came to our holy prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and instead of supporting him, they misbehaved with him.

Our holy prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) along with Hazrat Zaid bin Harsa, took shelter in a garden. This garden belonged to Utbah. Utbah sent some grapes through his slave named Addas. Addas was from the Christian religion. When he gave the grapes to our holy prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) he said Bismillah. Then Addas asked our holy prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) that what did he say as no one in Taif knows these words. After that our holy prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) introduced him to Addas. Our holy prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) asked Addas where is he from. He replied that he was from Nineva and he is from the Christian religion. Then our holy prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said that you are from the city of Hazrat Younus (Jonah). Addas asked how he knows about Hazrat Younus (Jonah). Our holy prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) replied to him that he was my brother. He was the messenger of ALLAH and I am also the messenger of ALLAH. After listening to this answer, Addas touched the feet of our holy prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) with courtesy and respect.

After that our holy prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) received a message from ALLAH through Hazrat Jibrael. Hazrat Jibrael came to see our holy prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) along with another angel asked him for the permission to punish the cruel people of Taif. At this point our holy prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), who was sent as a mercy for all the worlds, refused it and instead of punishment, he prayed for the people of Taif. Our holy prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) prayed for their next generations to be the follower of Islam and believers in one god, ALLAH Almighty without any association with Him.
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