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What else did they do to prevent the message being spread?

3. The third thing we'll mention is that they tried to ban the recitation of the
Qur'an in public. When the Qur'an was recited, they would try to drown it out w
ith their voices or stop it from being recited. Ibn ABbas mentions whenever the
prophet PBUH recited the Qur'an in front of the ka'bah the Quraysh would begin s
houting and making noise, and they would curse the one who revealed it, and the
one upon whom it was revealed. Thus if somone wanted to listen to the Qur'an, he
would have to pretend he isn't listening and hear it over the noise. Because of
the shouting the prophet PBUH often tried to raise his own voice above theirs.
But this is when Allah revealed "Do not say it loudly, nor in a whisper, but say
it in a moderate voice". And once the companions came together in the house of
Al-Alkam, they said "no one has recited the Qur'an in public, except the prophet
PBUH, who is going to volunteer?". Then Abdullah ibn Masud said "I will do it".
But they said "we don't want you because you don't have family members to help
and protect you. You don't have a tribe". Indeed ibn Masud was a yemeni, he wasn
't a Qurayshi nor even a Meccan. Recall in those days tribal lineage was everyth
ing - if you were apart of a tribe you were protected. But ibn Masud said "I wan
t to do it - I put my trust in Allah". This is ibn Masud who the prophet PBUH sa
id "If you want to recite the Qur'an properly, go to ibn Masud". He was the one
who said "I have taken more than 70 surahs directly from the prohpet PBUH". So i
bn Masud said "I want to do this" and he went to the ka'bah the next morning whe
n the people had gathered. Of course the ka'bah was the place of socialisation.
When the businesses of the day had been done, everyone would gather in the shade
of the ka'bah and gossip and relax. So when all gathered, ibn Masud stood at th
e maqaam of Ibrahim, and began reciting in a loud and beautiful voices. Surah ar
-Rehman. It was so beautiful people gathered around him to listen. One of them a
sked "what is this he is reciting?" Realise the whole science of tajweed is spec
ific to Qur'an. The art and words of the Qur'an is on a different level and its
mesmorising. So they all begin talking and gossiping. Until one of them said "O
this is what Muhammad claims is from Allah, this is what he is reciting". So imm
ediately people pounce on him and begin beating him because again he is not from
Quraysh so he has no protection. And they continued to beat him until he could
not recite. And he came back bloddied and battered and brusied and the sahaba sa
id "this is exactly why we didn't want you to go". But ibn Masud said "Nothing h
as increased other than my contempt for the Quraysh - I am willing to do this ag
ain tomorrow". So the sahaba said "enough enough - you have caused them to be di
stressed".
We also know the famous story wherein the three leaders of Quraysh went in secre
t to hear the recitation of the prophet PBUH:
Muhammad bin Ishaq said in As-Sirah: "Muhammad bin Muslim bin Shihab Az-Zuhri to
ld me that it happened that Abu Sufyan bin Harb, Abu Jahl bin Hisham and Al-Akhn
as bin Shurayq bin `Amr bin Wahb Ath-Thaqafi, the ally of Bani Zahrah, went out
one night to listen to the Messenger of Allah when he was praying at night in hi
s house. Each one of them took up a position for listening, and none of them kne
w that the others were also there. They stayed listening to him all night until
dawn came. When they left, they met up on the road, each of them blaming the oth
ers, saying to one another; `Do not come back again, lest you give the wrong imp
ression (i.e. that you like what you hear).' Then they went away until the secon
d night came, when each of them came back to his place and spent the night liste
ning. When dawn came they left, then when they met up on the road, each of them
blamed the others, saying the same as they had said the previous night. Then the
y went away until the third night came, when each of them came back to his place
and spent the night listening. When dawn came they left, then when they met up
on the road, they said to one another, `Let us not leave until we promise not to
come back,' so they made a promise to that effect, and went their separate ways
. In the morning, Al-Akhnas bin Shurayq took his stick and went to the house of
Abu Sufyan bin Harb, where he said, `Tell me, O Abu Sufyan what do you think of

what you have heard from Muhammad' Abu Sufyan said, `O Abu Al-Akhnas by Allah, I
have heard something I understand and I know what is meant by it, and I have he
ard things I do not understand and do not know what is meant by it.' Al-Akhnas s
aid: `Me too, by the One by Whom you swore.' Then he left and went to Abu Jahl,
and entered his house. He said, `O Abu Al-Hakam (i.e. Abu Jahl) what do you thin
k of what you have heard from Muhammad' He said, `What did you hear' He said, `W
e and Banu `Abd Manaf competed for honor and position: they fed people so we fed
people, they engaged in battle so we engaged in battle, they gave so we gave, u
ntil we were neck and neck, like race horses. Then they said, we have a Prophet
among us who receives revelation from heaven. How could we compete with that - B
y Allah we will never believe in him.' Then Al-Akhnas got up and left him.''
SubhanAllah from this we realise how beautiful the recitation of the prophet PBU
H himself must have been. That is mesmorises and moves the hearts even of these
three leaders and Abu Jahal himself. So on the 4th day as above Al-Akhnas goes t
o Abu Suffyan and says "By Allah this recitation seems to be the truth". Abu Suf
fyan was too embarrased to agree so he said "I understood some of it but other p
arts I didn't understand". Of course he is guarding his politician position - he
dosen't want any phrase to be spread. His son was Mowereya who founded the Umma
yad dynasty. Recall the subtribes in the Quraysh:
Banu Makhzum - Abu Jahal
Banu Umayya - Abu Suffyan
So Abu Jahal speaks of the truth as to why he will never accept the prophet PBUH
: "us and the Banu Abd' Munaf have always been in competition. When they give wa
ter, we give water." Indeed the Banu Abd' Munaf (Banu Hashim) were the most nobl
e of the Quraysh. So Abu Lahab says "we are right at the end of the race, and no
w they tell us they have a prophet - how can we win here? So by Allah I will nev
er accept him". Notice he is being honest here that he cannot accept because of
competition and arrogance. So one of the tactics was they tried to prevent the r
ecitation of the Qur'an - Allah mentions this in the Qur'an.
4. Fourth tactic was to ridicule the prophet PBUH and his believers. Many report
s are reported. Once the prophet PBUH did not recieve new revelation, perhaps th
e wife of Abu Jahal, and said "I see that your Shaytan had abandoned you because
you haven't recited anything new". At this the prophet PBUH felt very grieved w
hich is when Allah revealed surah ad-Duha "Your Lord has not abandoned you, nor
has He detested you, the Hereafter is better for you and your Lord will give you
and you will be satisfied...". Also, especially Abu Jahal - he would go out of
his way and personally try his best to smear the religion. If its a person of st
atus he would make fun of him and say him "how can you leave the religion of you
r father? are you better than your father and grandfather?" Whether its Makhzum,
Umayya or Munaf etc. And if its a lowly person he would get physical and abuse
them. Once someone Abu Jahal owed money to someone and Abu Jahal refused to pay
him. Abu Jahal said to him "Go to Muhammad and he will give it to you". So the m
an went to the prophet PBUH and told him that Abu Jahal owes him money. The prop
het PBUH took this man by the hand and took him to Abu Jahal's house, knocked on
the door and said "Oh Abu Jahal give the man his money now". Abu Jahal's face c
hanged to complete white, he began trembling and ran all the way back and threw
money in the person's face without even counting it. Abu Jahal later said in one
report that he did this because he saw a herd of angry camels behind the prophe
t PBUH - this of course was from Allah. So Abu Jahal tried to smear the prophet
PBUH but it backfired.
5. A fifth tactic was smearing and downright lies. This is where the Quraysh sto
oped to a very low level that they've never stooped to before. And whats amazing
is whoever rejects Islam says one of these very lies today. Of these lies "he i
s crazy". But the prophet PBUH said "I lived a whole lifetime with you, you know
who I am, can't you think?". They said also "he is a fortune teller, he is eith

er a magician or magic has been done on him". And to this day non muslims say si
milar things, and the most common understanding is that the prophet PBUH was del
uded into thinking he was a prophet. But its impossible to completely sane in ev
ery other area but not one area. Because they cannot doubt his sincerity. They a
lso accused him of being a poet. But the prophet PBUH himself said "I lived 40 y
ears before this and I never wrote any poetry". And indeed until his death, perh
aps only two or three lines of poetry came from him. One scholar said never did
the prophet PBUH give a whole couplet of poetry. And yet the Qur'an is beyond wh
at they can understand.
THe main story is the story of Al Waleed ibn Mughira. Again the Qur'an was compl
etely unprecedented. Its tone, style, language etc is completely unique and on a
nother level. Imagine the Qur'an being recited to the masters of the Arabic lang
uage. And the biggest master was Al Waleed ibn Mughira who was the chief of the
Banu Makhzum. He was the shakespeare of Mecca - the best poet of Mecca. He is th
e father of Khalid ibn Waleed. So once the prophet PBUH was reciting to the Qur'
an and Al Waleed ibn Mughira managed to listen for the first time and he is mesm
orised. He stops in his tracks and he goes away a changed man. While he is walki
ng away he says something - and again the people of Mecca were few and its a ver
y small village so news spreads rampantly. So as he walks away he says "By Allah
, I have heard a speach from Muhammad that is neither from the speach of men or
jinn; the top of it is fertile and beautiful, it has a rhythm and it surpasses e
verything I've heard and nothing can surpass it". The people panicked that their
greatest poet has admitted defeat. When the news reached Abu Jahal he went to A
l Waleed ibn Mughira. He said "your people have heard your praise of the Qur'an,
and they will not be satisfied with you until you say something against it". Co
mpare this to Abu Talib - he stood his ground and said do what you want. But Al
Waleed ibn Mughira is not like this - "what do you want me to say?" Abu Jahal sa
ys "call him a mad man". But Al Waleed ibn Mughira said "he is not a mad man, we
know a mad man and Muhammad is not like this". Then Abu Jahal said "say he is a
fortune teller". But Al Waleed ibn Mughira says "he isn't that - he dosen't hav
e that way of speech". So Abu Jahal said "call him a magician". But agin Al Wale
ed ibn Mughira said "he isn't a magician". Then he said "say he is a poet". But
Al Waleed ibn Mughira said "By Allah I am the best poet, and I am telling you th
is isn't poetry from man". So Abu Jahal said "you need to say something and we w
on't be satisfied with you until you say something." So Al Waleed ibn Mughira sa
id "leave me alone for a few days". And so he began walking around in his house,
thinking about what he will say. He is going back and forth until he comes acro
ss an idea, and before he could say it, Allah revealed in the Qur'an, excatly wh
at is happenning in the privacy in his house, and the feelings of his heart and
the expression in his face that nobody, even his family did not know. Look at th
e beauty of the Qur'an - that is so perfectly coincides with reality, that befor
e he can say something the prophet PBUH recites it and exposes him. Surah Mudath
ir the second part: Allah speaks directly to Al Waleed and by Allah this is a mi
racle. No one could have known this yet it's in the Qur'an:
"Leave Me with the one I created alone
And to whom I granted extensive wealth
And children present [with him]
And spread [everything] before him, easing [his life].
Then he desires that I should add more.
No! Indeed, he has been toward Our verses obstinate.
I will cover him with arduous torment.Indeed, he thought and deliberated.
So may he be destroyed [for] how he deliberated.
Then may he be destroyed [for] how he deliberated.
Then he considered [again];
Then he frowned and scowled;
Then he turned back and was arrogant
And said, "This is not but magic imitated [from others].
This is not but the word of a human being."

I will drive him into Saqar."


These are so powerful, that Allah is saying do you think you can challenge my sp
eech? So this was the fifth point of smearing the prohpet PBUH. Its also narrate
d Abu Jahal would stand outside of Mecca and tell the pilgrams "careful, there i
s a mad man in town - he is my own nephew and he has gone crazy. And I warn you
do not listen to him because if you do you will be mesmorised and captivate you.
So when you see him turn around". SubhanAllah this was the cause of conversion
for many people - one of them said "oh if he is a mad man, I will cure him since
I am a doctor". So he went to the prohpet PBUH and said "I heard you are a mad
man, or have some issues so I will cure you". But the prohpet PBUH said "I am no
t mad but listen to my message". And the prohpet PBUH recited Kuhtbah Hajjah; he
didn't even get to the message, just Khutbah Hajjah and the man said "stop, rep
eat what you have just said". This is not even the khutbah and the doctor said "
By Allah I have never heard anything more beautiful than this" and he accepted I
slam. But of course the bulk of people listened to Abu Jahal and avoided the pro
hpet PBUH.
6. Their sixth tactic was to challenge the prohpet PBUH for a miracle. And they
demanded to see something with their eyes. Again Allah mentions many such challe
nges and miracles. Allah says "they say we will never believe in you until you c
ause the Earth to springforth water. Or you are simply blessed out of nowhere th
at this desert is converted into grapes and dates so we can eat from it. Or brea
k up the skies now - show us; or why don't you bring Allah himself and bring the
angels. Or have your house transformed into gold; or go up into the heavans whi
le we watch you. And we won't listen to your murmuring until we see a book comin
g down". Then Allah tells the prohpet PBUH "Say: I am only a prophet, not God wa
lking on Eath". A question comes, why didn't Allah give these miracles to them?
Well firstly, Allah did give them many miracles. The major one was the splitting
of the moon. And when Allah did this they said "he bewitched our eyes". Second,
Allah revealed the greatest miracle - the Qur'an. Thirdly, Allah knew they are
just asking out of arrgoance. Allah says "if we were to bring down the angels an
d ressurect the dead in front of them, and all of the creation spoke to them, th
ey still wouldn't believe". Another wisdom is that Allah is above being so petty
that every time Allah asks you will get. Another wisdom is that if Allah is cha
llenged, He takes it but with the challenge back. And that is "if you reject you
will face the punishment". Narrated in Bhukari, once they begged the prohpet PB
UH to convert Saffat into gold. The prohpet PBUH felt they were very sincere so
he made a special dua to convert it into gold. So Allah send Jibraeel AS down an
d said "if you want I will convert Saffat into gold, but if they reject htey wil
l not have a second chance". Of course Allah doesn't play games, this is beyond
Him - its too petty and this isn't a joke. If they refused the punishment will c
ome instantly and so the prohpet PBUH realised its better this dosen't happen. T
here are at least 20 more verses about this where Allah says "the only reasons W
e dont sent signs is because the early nations rejected them. How do you know oh
Muhammad - I know; when the miracles come they will reject them". And again the
prohpet PBUH had enough miracles with him.
7. The seventh tactic was attempts of a middle ground - so negotiations directly
with the prohpet PBUH. So they told him "one day we'll all be muslim, the next
day we worship our idols". This is the comprismise they wanted. Of course there
is no comprismise in tawheed. So Allah revealed Surat Al-Kafirun:
Say, "O disbelievers,
I do not worship what you worship.
Nor are you worshippers of what I worship.
Nor will I be a worshipper of what you worship.
Nor will you be worshippers of what I worship.
For you is your religion, and for me is my religion."

The scholars say the fourth and fifth verses refers to what you do to worship i.
e. their worship was to idols, and they used to throw arrows to the idols, clapp
ing, singing and whistling. The second and third refer to who you worship i.e. A
llah alone v idols.
Once they called a meeting the prophet PBUH in Abu Talib's house and asked him d
irectly "what can we do so that you can get rid of this message?" The prophet PB
UH said "I only want one word from you". Abu Lahab stood up "one word? We'll giv
e you 10!" Of course he understood it as just one condition but the prophet PBUH
said "what I want is the khalima, there is no God but Allah". And then Abu Jaha
l said as revealed by Allah in the Qur'an "has he made our objects of worship in
to one? This is crazy".
The most famous incident of outright bribery is of Utbah ibn Rabi'ah. Utbah was
from the Banu Hashim and was a man of wisdom. He is a distant cousin of the prop
het PBUH. He is the one who commands the christian to give the grapes to the pro
phet PBUH when he returned from Badr. He was the person who, when the prophet PB
UH was looking and saw a man racing back and forth on a red camel; the prophet P
BUH said "if the Quraysh have any good in them, they will listen to the wise man
on the camel". And this was Utbah ibn Rabi'ah who was saying "Oh people, if you
die you die. If you win you kill your own brother. There is your brother, your
uncle etc. Are you really going to fight them? Whose going to be the victor?". S
o he tried to stop the Battle of Badr from happening with a moving sermon. But o
f course Abu Jahal stood up and told people to ignore him. So Utbah fought and w
as killed; him, his brother and son were all killed in the very beginning of Bad
r.
So the Quraysh are sitting in their gathering, and they are simply cursing the p
rophet PBUH, making fun of him etc. Utbah says "has any of you tried to negotiat
e with him?" They say "no we haven't". So he said "ok then thats what needs to b
e done. Send me as a representative, allow me to speak on your behalf, he is a g
ood person I'm sure we can work something out". So they say "of course go and tr
y whatever you need you'll have". So Utbah goes to the prophet PBUH and says "oh
my nephew, you know your status and lineage but now you've come forth with a ma
tter than has caused havoc in out society. Oh Muhammad, are you better than Abdu
llah? Are you better than Abdul Muttalib?" Thus clearly these are trick question
s - of course the prophet PBUH is better but no young man is going to see he is
better than his father, grandfather etc. Especially Abdul Muttalib the biggest c
hief in history. The prophet PBUH did not even answer - this is wisdom. This is
great wisdom. Utbah himself is a jaheleya - to him Abdul Muttalib was the greate
st arab ever. And the prophet PBUH understood this also, thus he didn't say "of
course I am better - I am a prophet of God on tawheed etc". No. He remained sile
nt. And then Utbah kept on going and said "we have never seen any young man as p
romising as you, flip around and become so unpromising. What a faliure you have
become. The arabs are making fun of us, the society is split up, 'we are waiting
for the cry of the pregnant woman' to have civil war. So you are a clever man,
listen to me, I will propose certain conditions: if you wish for money, I have t
he power to give you more money than you desire. You shall be the richest of the
arabs. If you want power, we will make you our king. (The Quraysh didn't have a
king, but they were so desperate - in their hatred of Islam they are willing to
unify). If you want women, go choose any women you want and we will ensure she
will marry you (of course this is what men want). And if you think you are unwel
l we will get the best doctors for you." So the prophet PBUH said "are you done?
". Again this is wisdom - you do not interrupt a person when you are speaking. T
hen he said "now listen to me" and he begins reciting surah fussilat. Just like
the Quraysh, Utbah has never listened to the Qur'an in one go without any noise.
And so Utbah was sitting back initially but as the prophet PBUH recited Utbah's
expression begins to change. He beings to palpatate and there is a verse which
says "But if they turn away, then say, "I have warned you of a thunderbolt like
the thunderbolt [that struck] 'Aad and Thamud." When the prophet PBUH reached th

is verse, it was so powerful and frightening Utbah put his hand on the prophet P
BUH's mouth and said "I beg you do not bring this punishment". It moved him so m
uch he is trembling. So he turns and runs back to the same group and says to the
m "Listen to me - leave this man alone because I have heard a speach from him th
at I have never heard before. And I could not comprehend all of it however he is
going to have an importance. And if the arabs get rid of him for us then our ha
nds are clean, but if he overcomes the arabs, then by Allah his victory is our v
ictory; his power is our power". Indeed Allah says "We have given you a book; yo
u will become the rulers". This is excatly what happened. Because of the Qur'an
the arabs ruled the world. When Utbah said this they told him "he has bewitched
you as he has bewitched everyone else" as of course they cannot accept the truth
.